First I'll start by saying I'm very "meh" on SB; but she wanted to go so we went. Not wanting to completely break the bank on our way to Key West, we chose this place as a place to "hang our hats". I've stayed in some grody places around the world, so I wasn't completely bothered by the room, but it wasn't reflecting of the price paid (I could care less if it's South Beach or not). The outlets in the room were all worn out, the carpet was pretty bad, bathroom door didn't close, and everything was thoroughly beaten up. But like I said, I'm not that picky, and it was a place to sleep; those are just the highlights. Our view was fine though. Again, we were only there for a night.
We went down to the pool to grab a drink and some food and I'm happy to report they get an "A" for both. Food was great, as were the drinks ordered. Pretty reasonably priced as well. The staff behind the bar were funny and friendly. We then hopped down to the beach from the pool area and life was good again. After some time in the water, we headed back to the pool for her to lay out and for me to be a water rat.... The only negative part was getting out of the pool as it was getting dark/chilly and there were no towels... Asking for a towel only got me a "we don't have any". Nice, I'll just walk back to the room soaked and freezing, thanks for the help!
Was it worth my money? Nah, not really. I'm pretty pleased to see that they're renovating the place now though; let's see what the future holds. The location was actually very nice in my opinion, so take care of the hotel side of things (and maybe Miss "Rude-Without-Towels" by the pool) and it might be worth the money in the future. For now, I'll pass on it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shelborne South Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Shelborne Beach Hotel
- Shelborne Beach Miami
- Hotel Miami Shelbourne