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“Disappointing and Frustrating Stay” 2 of 5 stars
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Shelborne South Beach, Wyndham Affiliate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #158 of 200 hotels in Miami Beach
New York, New York, United States
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“Disappointing and Frustrating Stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed here with my GF for 3 nights in Feb. 2013.
First off, only half of the rooms in the hotel are newly renovated, the other half are dated, old, and god awful. With one or two exceptions, the staff is lackluster and inattentive to any needs or problems. Our antiquated room had a brutally annoying squeaking noise, loud street noise, and a faulty smoke alarm that went off at 530am… twice. The best was when the front desk sent a security guard to the room to check out the smoke alarm, only to tell us he had to call the engineer…
The food is boring but not terrible, they serve out to the beach which is the best part of the hotel. The rest of the property is nice, and the location is great, but these are not redeeming qualities.
Save yourself the headache and book somewhere else!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The hotel misrepresented their accommodations completely. We had to move rooms twice because the rooms they gave us were not as booked. Unfortunately it was Art Basel week and we had nowhere else to go or we surely would have moved hotels. We ended join one of their "town homes." It was smelly and moldy and the hotel took no responsibility for the condition of the property. I would have been better off at a motel near the airport.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The photos of the rooms make them appear far newer and cleaner than they are! We were lucky in that we had a bigger 'standard' room than I heard others had. Ours had a little loveseat, table/chairs and a bathroom with a proper vanity, but i heard others were smaller and no place to put items in the bathroom)
There was only a shower, it didn't have a door to close, just a glass wall on one side, so water splashed on the floor.
There were NO ice buckets in the room and NO ice machines - they said we could call house keeping. There was also no coffee machine.
The room did have a microwave, a fridge and a sink

The pool closes at 7 pm!! How stupid is that!
Continental breakfast is pretty slim - no fresh fruit, but the oatmeal was quite tasty. we asked for cinnamon but never received it. I had to ask for a glass of water each day.

The doors are super close to each other so you can really hear when your neighbor returns at 2 am!!

They allow smoking on their balconies which is really disgusting to sit out there to enjoy the view and have smoke coming up to great you!

They do have a nice outside area to sit beyond the pool which is nice.

They have this interior black bar that is just horribly designed, all black and dark, who would want to sit in there!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

The customer service here is appalling. The staff do not give a damn about any customer here. Even though you are paying to stay here. They do nothing to help solve your problem. When asked to speak with a supervisor we were hung up. Also told there was no supervisor. Then told the supervisor was busy. This hotel is really spiraling downwards, very quickly. I will be writing to the better business bureau and also calling the Wyndham (who they are associated with) to try and speak to someone. Since calling the Shelborne has got me no where.
Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

When trying to book a reservation with this hotel it was impossible. We called the hotel ready to book a suite in the Shelborne Miami. Customer service was horrific. We were treated horrible, hung up on twice and no one was able to offer a solution. when asked to speak with a supervisor to try and help solve the problem, we were hung up on, and told a supervisor does not exist. Then later was told the supervisor was "Busy". We had full intention to bok a reservation and did not succeed becuase of the inappropriate, disrespectful behavior of customer service by more than 1 staff member. Maybe they are going under and just do not care about customer service but the way we were talked to and treated was just appalling. We warn you if you book here and stay here then dont expect anything besides horrendous service. They have 10 complaints in the Better Business Bureau as well. They obviously don't care about providing satisfactory service for their potential customers. PLEASE BE ADVISED! DO NOT BOOK!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

First thing, they had to move us 3 times.. The first room had holes in the wall and mold, the second room was similar to that; the only difference was it was painted.. After getting into a screaming match with the shifts manager in the lobby , we finally got move to a nicer room, with modern amenities.. The positive, it has a great location, easy to walk around; and its ocean front, staff is friendly enough (except the evening manager) the breakfast is include.

The negative: would not recommend this hotel for young travelers; more family orient place. They need to renovate their rooms, management needs to work on customer service, I was double charge, a total of 365 dollar extra came out of my checking account and they had no explanation for it..

But the bar has reasonable price alcohol for a hotel in Miami.. The beach towels and chairs are free, not very nice but still free

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I was in Miami for business and the Shelborne South Beach is only a few blocks from the Convention Center. What an overpriced dump! And I think it's unsafe. The water in the showers shifted from scalding to freezing in a matter of seconds and I would not be surprised if children had experienced burns. The black mold around the a/c vents was also disturbing. Finally, my door wouldn't lock and I worried that someone would get in the room while I was gone or asleep. Several calls to housekeeping produced no results. I think you have to be able to speak Spanish to get anything done. Only two elevators service the entire tower, so be prepared to wait. This might be a good place for drunken college students (and there are plenty, so don't plan on getting sleep), but not appropriate for business travelers. If that weren't enough, the rooms seem unfinished. The very aged, squeaky mattress in room had no bed skirt. The bathroom was tiny and frankly dirty. I could go on and on, but it's not worth it. Some reviewers seem to think this place is ok, so I assume there are a few working buildings in the room. The majority of them are dumps, however, and this place should be avoided at all costs. There are plenty of other hotels in South Beach.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Shelborne South Beach, Wyndham Affiliate

Address: 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#51 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#97 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#158 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shelborne South Beach, Wyndham Affiliate 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boasting a multi million renovation to be complete at the end of 2011, the Shelborne makes a re-entry to the Miami Beach scene in a classic rebirth of perfect Art Deco style. Modern accommodations and amenities meld seamlessly with tropical retro ambiance while an amazing beachfront location calls you to relax among gentle ocean breezes. Offering an unbeatable location in the heart of the South Beach, the Shelborne is one of the largest meeting and event spaces with over 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor flexible space. With three amazing dining outlets on site, there is something to meet everyone's likings. Greet the day with a warm espresso at Vesper American Brasserie outdoor cafe. Lunch and Dinner served daily both in the outdoor cafe and the indoor brasserie. Lucy's Cantina Royale serving up the best in tacos and homemade guacamole with chips made daily. Bar Tanaka is the newest sushi spot to hit South Beach, located in the lobby of the Hotel. Chef Zama Tanaka brings his skills from Philadelphia to serve some of the best sushi dishes Miami has to offer.Let Shelborne play host to any milestone event. Choose from four renovated spaces to accommodate intimate occasions or lavish affairs. Our referrals for preferred event planning specialists and our own onsite catering personnel and wait staff are here to assist with any and all event needs leading up to the big day. From weddings to Bar Mitzvahs, holiday parties to work conferences, Shelborne’s goal is to provide guests with our signature brand of all-inclusive hospitality. Utilizing the top resources on Miami Beach, we’re here to cater to your special celebration. Kick back and enjoy the festivities – and leave the heavy lifting to us. Vesper is the ideal setting to host an engagement party or rehearsal dinner. With three beautiful backdrops to set the tone for your big day, state of the art AV technology, and delicious fare, Vesper American Brasserie will leave both you and your guests extremely satisfied. Lucy's Cantina Royale is the perfect back drop to walk down the aisle as the sun is setting or an oasis to host your guests at a beachfront taqueria. ... more   less 
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