The Baltic Hotel is a gem of a small hotel with highly personalized service in upper Miami Beach, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, very close to many restaurants and convenience stores on Collins Avenue. The world renown Bal Harbour Shoppes is pleasant 15 minute walk to the north. Christina, the owner-manager of the Hotel seems to be seated usually at her desk, garlanded with fresh cut flowers most hours of the day and is very helpful to the guests. Her Hotel is booked at near capacity year round, not just during high season. Whereas 70% occupancy is considered very good in the hospitality business, her pleasant ambience ushers in a steady flow of energized clients.
Talking with some of the guests seated in comfortable lounge chairs, I note many are repeat visitors from all over the world, especially Germany and South America. Christina, a former Miss Costa Rica, speaks fluent Spanish. Guests now located permanently in Miami drop in just say hello. Christina is that engaging.. A virtuoso pianist serenades us in the afternoon. Christina will run errands for her guests to keep them comfortable and even does some light cooking in her kitchen for those with special dietary needs. . If I could spend just 10 minutes every day in the lobby of the Baltic Hotel and let the rest of the world pass by, I'd be a very happy man. 5 stars and many cheers for the Baltic.
M. R. from N.C.
Upstairs rooms may be quieter. Linens are sparkling white. For those like most of us on a budget t...
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