We stayed here for 7 nights after our Caribbean Cruise. We were considering the Fountain Bleu, Eden Roc, the Blue Moon and the Marriott full service right in South Beach. We decided to stay here and we are SO GLAD WE DID. We were fully aware of the construction going on next to the pool before we made our reservation and since we were going to hang out at the beach during the day, we did not care. The construction is going on next to the pool to build a new tower. While it affected our view somewhat you could still see the ocean and beach from our room (9th floor oceanfront) which we were happy with. If you looked straight down, of course you could see the construction, but the hotel fully disclosed it was going on and we made the conscious decision to stay there so it was okay. The room was very clean and well maintained. The elevator lifts are a bit noisy and that kept us awake unless we turned the air fan on and then it was fine. We loved our oceanfront view so much that we didn't want to give it up to move to a room away from the elevator. The staff at this hotel are awesome. If you stay here, see Marcus at the Beach who manages the chairs and umbrellas. He took wonderful care of us and is a great asset to the Marriott Corporation. Also, Reynaldo at the Valet Staff was amazing. Every day he had a smile for us and new information or place to send us. He even negotiated our cab ride back to the airport and got us a discounted flat rate with the cabby. Infact, the entire Valet Staff makes this hotel reflective of its former grandeur. They are so friendly and jump at the chance to help you. I don't think we ever touched the front door during our entire 7 days there... they are constantly at that door opening it up for you whether you are going or coming. Finally, Efraim at the Front Desk took real good care of us upon check in and throughout our stay. The hotel is located at the north end in Miami Beach only a few streets away from where South Beach begins. We loved the location!! Quiet when we wanted it to be, but close enough to get us where we wanted to be during the day when we weren't at the beach. Bike Rental racks are right outside the hotel and will get you wherever you need to go. The bus stop is right outside the hotel as well and for $2.00 a person you can go anywhere up and down the strip. It was so convenient. Finally, taxis are abundant and parking is obsolete so renting a car is not suggested and plus you don't need it. Be sure to check out the Tiki Bar off the beach which has great food, service and views!!!!
A Very Happy Guest,