Perhaps it was the desk clerk with the large stain on his shirt who greeted us that should have been our first indication that this hotel stinks -- literally and figuratively. Never, and I do mean never, have we stayed at such a dump. As they check in, guests are required to provide photo i.d. which is photocopied (what does that say about the clientele?). This hotel is trying desperately to be SoBe cool but fails miserably. Do not be taken in by the Expedia rating of 3.5 stars. The lobby and halls were covered in stained shag carpeting, and our room overlooked a dark inner courtyard (no view/no natural light/no advance warning) featuring couches and chairs for the patrons so we had the pleasure of being kept up all night by sounds of laughter and loud music bouncing off the walls of the courtyard. We were welcomed to our room by small, black bugs in the bathroom, light switches and outlets with exposed wiring (no plates), and the pounding sound of bass guitar from the lobby filtered through paper thin walls. Oh, I could go on but you get the idea. I felt like I was staying in someone's basement -- all for $ 285 U.S. per night! Our hotel room was two doors down from a public washroom that reeked of urine -- I'm not kidding! Do NOT stay here ... there are much better hotels available (ie. the Winterhaven) for less money. For that matter, stay at the local hostel (The Clay Hotel)for a better experience. Stay anywhere but here.
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- Also Known As:
- Catalina Hotel And Beach Club
- Catalina Hotel Miami