Location of this hotel is absolutely fantastic. Literally a block away from the beach and 2 blocks from all the shopping and restaurants in the area e.g, Lincoln road or Espanola way etc...
I was shocked to find out that the Hotel charged $32 for the valet parking, but since we arrived in the evening we just paid for it. Though to the credit of the front desk the guy did tell me about the $16 public parking about 2 blocks away, which is what I went to the next day.
The first room we were given was appointed in a stylish manner yet it was too cramped with two queens and a crib (they provided a wooden crib and not just a pack-n-play, full marks for that) hence we requested to be shifted to a room with 1 king bed as that would save space. The helpful front desk obliged quickly by giving us a choice of 2 rooms of which we picked the nearest. When we moved to this room I noticed a line of white-ish ants near the luggage area. I wasn't sure if these were termites or not hence i immediately called the front desk again and wanted a different room as my son is allergic to some termite chemical and we didn't wanna take any chances.
Again the front desk person upgraded us to a larger room in the first building (they have 3 bldgs) above the sushi restaurant, without any hassles. That sort of service, in my view goes a long way in making your stay memorable and wonderful and hence my 5 stars review to the hotel.
They gave complimentary beach cruisers (we didn't take those) as well as free beach towels and beach chairs which was pretty nice. They also have 2 pools one of which is a rooftop. Rooftop pool has good lounge area as well as decent view. They also had 7-8 happy hour with all the drinks (except very few) on the house. We did avail ourselves of this comfort and were happy with the service and < $5 appetizers..
The only complaint I have is that the entrance to the rooms is through their restaurants which gets awkward at times (more so at the lounge and bar in the first building). Otherwise their staff made our 4 days stay memorable.
They don't have microwaves in any of the rooms that we saw (not that they claim otherwise) hence people travelling with kids should make a note (there is always the hot tap water :D)
There's a ton of stuff to do in the vicinity of the hotel so you'll literally rarely be 2-3 blocks away from here. I even loved the wack to the parking lot 2 blocks away. Will def return here next time and spend more time on the beach :D
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- Also Known As:
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- Catalina Hotel Miami