This was my 2nd stay in the hotel. First time was during a business trip during November 2012, this time was family holiday during July . It is amazing how 2nd views can change your opinion. The check in this time was slow.
The hotel is extensively carpeted throughout but the carpets are very dirty, especially around the buffet area in the restaurant.
The complete breakfast is good value at around 18 usd per person, but I was disappointed to see they still offer the "plastic" processed cheese, and have not yet considered to offer the better quality sliced real cheddar.
British travellers should note that if you bring traveller cheques, the front desk will only cash 100usd per day, and even that may be difficult.
Internet is available at no cost, but it is extremely irritating that you need to re-enter the username and password every time you open the iPad , even if it goes into standby mode for short time.
Pool towels (some very old/ smelly) are available at no extra cost, and you may take them to the beach. We found hotel towels lying on the beach at night so we returned them. It is not fair when people do that, as it eventually spoils it for other guests. It is a pity that the hotel does not negotiate a good rate for beach beds and umbrellas, which tend to be about 10 dollars each per day . One entrepreneur on the beach (turn right on boardwalk, then first entrance to the sand , then look right for the yellow white umbrellas) offered a 10 dollar reduction for holiday inn customers when taking 3 beds and an umbrella.
The pool area has a definite lack of sunshades. There are about 40 poolside beds, and only 6 sun umbrellas. The 5 tables and Chairs each had an umbrella.
We found the restaurant staff and bar staff to be great fun and so friendly. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the check in desk staff , as they gave me the impression that they didn't care.
I would still use this hotel for business purposes, as the location is great, but doubt I would come back for a vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Miami Beach hotel has a premium oceanfront location! Welcome to the tropically inspired Holiday Inn Miami Beach - Oceanfront, where our 1950's Miami Modern exterior blends seamlessly with vibrant contemporary South Beach style to wrap you in modern comfort. Eleven miles east of Miami International Airport, our Miami Beach hotel is located where I-195 meets A1A at the Atlantic Ocean.Our hotel in Miami Beach offers you an unparalleled location, with the Atlantic Ocean's sandy beaches as our backyard. Follow the South Beach Boardwalk into the Art Deco world of South Beach for shopping, dining or the vibrant nightclubs. Take a moonlit stroll on the beach by night and play in the surf by day, or simply relax by our large pool overlooking the beach and our lush, tropical garden with its hammock oasis; it's a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Families will find it easy to get to Miami's museums and attractions, as many are within 15 miles of our hotel.Business guests appreciate the close proximity of our hotel to the Miami Beach Convention Center, two miles away. Our Miami Beach accommodations are within 10 miles of Sony, Mt. Sinai Hospital and the University of Miami. The free wireless Internet access will help you stay in touch while you travel.Our non-smoking hotel is perfect for a Miami Beach trip. You can enjoy a delicious meal at our Paradise Cafe, dine in your room, or have a yummy Mojito at our Blue Parrot Bar. We have it all. ... more less
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