First time to South Beach and it was awesome, all thanks to the location of our hotel! Right at Ocean and 11th is great for those who are looking to walk everywhere. Right across the street from the beach, a block away from David's Cafe, a few blocks (still walking distance) from Lincoln Road Mall and the shopping along Collins Ave, next to the Clevelander, down the street from Wet Willie's and News Cafe, and easy access to bike rentals and the boardwalk.
This hotel doesn't have a fancy reception, instead a simple desk and smiling staff, and it has everything you NEED. Our junior suite included a full kitchen (with plates, pots, etc.), a couch, a safe, an awesome shower (rain shower and hand-held at the same time) and a comfy queen (although it seemed like a king size) bed. One of the BEST perks of this hotel is the ROOF TOP POOL with the best view of the ocean! This hotel is great value for your money!
There are 3 buildings to this hotel. If you go to bed early and hate walking, this is not the place for you. The Clevelander is next door and those parties last all night long, so if you don't like music at 3am, go elsewhere, or ask for the building far from the Clevelander.
The only thing I can complain about, if I had to find something wrong, was that our room sometimes smelled like cleaner. Which is nice to know that the room was cleaned, but the smell was a bit strong.
The staff was very helpful. I mentioned ahead of time that we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and we were greeted with a bottle of wine! 2 guys helped with our luggages, Louis (when we arrived) and Brian (when we left) who were both great and friendly. Concierge called the night before we left to ask if we needed assistance during check out and, gave us a 1 hour later check out which allowed us to spend some time at the pool.
Overall, FANTASTIC and would definitely return to this hotel!
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- Also Known As:
- Strand Ocean Drive Hotel
- Strand Ocean Drive Miami Beach