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Colony Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   736 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #103 of 197 hotels in Miami Beach
Mold, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“12th April 2014”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi,
Stayed at the Colony for four nights, 31st March to 4th April 2014. I was a bit wary as had read some excellent and some terrible reviews. The terrible reviews are ridiculous, moaning about rip off prices at the bar/restaurant next to hotel. Firstly I don't think the Hotel owns these, like many on the strip they are leased. The prices are expensive, especially drinks, but they are no dearer here than an other cafe restaurant on the strip. It is the South Beach after all and you have to pay these prices. About $8 a beer $16 a spirit and $32 a cocktail - plus sales tax plus mandatory 20% tip.
Anyway back to the Colony, it is a beautiful Art Deco hotel. Very clean, great staff, towels and bedding changed daily. Remember it is an old building so room sizes small but perfectly adequate. We absolutely loved it. The location is great, as you would expect as built 90 years ago so premier spot directly across the beach.
But the big thing is the price, very very competitive compared to other hotels on the strip.
And you need to remember this, you are getting a great experience at an excellent price.
I cannot believe some of the negative reviews, the Colony is a charming hotel, very well run and a delight. I recommend highly. Many thanks to the hotel staff and big big thanks to Mr Nunez.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night at South Beach and the hotel was decent enough considering the location. It is an old hotel, and the rooms could need to be freshened up. Free wifi and the room was clean enough ( not super-clean, but ok.. ). The rooms were decent size and we had two rooms with three persons pr room. If you want a quiet hotel i recommend moving further up the beach. DO NOT eat at the restaurant located outside the hotel. overpriced and crap, and is why this review only got a Average and not Very Good from me.

Room Tip: Away from the street if you dont like sound
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice and clean, super good location and the best people working there!

I had some problems with my luggage (fly company issue) and some other stuff, and the guys from the reception was soooo friendly and helpful. The best receptionists ever!

Recommend and would stay there again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Watford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a 3 night stay in Miami, South Beach at this hotel. The package we'd taken was room only. The room was large and spacious with a good view in the heart of the south beach area. That was also a drawback, the night life was very noisy disrupting a good nights sleep.
Although there was a wardrobe there was no real facility for clothes to be stored. A fridge was provided which again was to store items there being no means to make a hot drink let alone anything else. Watch the prices in the restaurant, agree them before ordering, as they vary considerably once the bill arrives. An experience to stay there but one we will not be repeating I am afraid to say. Taking a photograph of the outside was the best part and you do not need to stay at the hotel to share that experience!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this hotel for our Honeymoon and the Hotel is in the perfect area of South Beach right across from the Beach on the strip and near all shops, bars and touring locations.

Although the rooms are very small they are very clean and comfortable. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. The Front Desk staff is wonderful and the Maids and other staff are very sweet and make your stay there very pleasant.

If we needed transportation any where they would get us a cab or limo. we choose to bus it to the Bayside Mall in Downtown Miami and they gave us the info on how to get there and back.

Downstairs you find the mini bar and Restaurant with delicious sea food and drinks.
Overall rating from us would be an excellent hotel to visit. i would stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms towards the front are excellent on the 3rd floor. No Pool or Fitness center at this location.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It may have been in the Movies but it certainly is no star. Our room was small and had an usual odour, I thought it was original 1930,s polish, my partner thought it smelt like something was dead in the room!!! We shared our room with three other inhabitants whom we had never met before:- Bertie - a very big black bug of some sort, Micky - a grey mouse with an ability to move sealed bags of biscuits across the storage unit and Colin -- I will leave you to work out what/who you think he was. We did not eat or drink at the Hotel mainly due to the prices and pushy staff. Valet parking was a nightmare - once we had found out what to do, getting our car back was another issue. We gave the recommended 20 minutes notice but 50 minutes later we still were without car --they had phoned the wrong reference number through apparently!!
The only good point was the beach across the road. The hotel is overated and over priced.

Room Tip: Try and get a beach front suite good view but noisy
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights after taking a cruise. The hotel was recommended by a friend. When we got there, they gave us a beautiful suite, however, there was NO HOT WATER. We complained to the hotel staff but they weren't very helpful. The best thing about this hotel is the location. Other than that, you should save your money. Stay somewhere where you can enjoy a hot shower.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Colony Hotel Miami Beach
Colony Hotel Miami
Colony Miami Beach
Address: 736 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#69 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#103 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Colony Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the most photographed Art Deco hotels along famed South Beach, The Colony Hotel is a renovated 1939 hotel that offers an intoxicating ambiance and fun in the sun for guests who just want to get away to relax and enjoy all that Miami Beach has to offer. Guests are within walking distance to South Beach boutique shops, restaurants, nightclubs, salon/spas, other world-famous sites like the former Versace Mansion and much more. We cater to visitors looking to escape the structured corporate environment and the vacationer who wants to come to relax and enjoy sun-filled days and fun filled nights. Everything that people enjoy about South Beach is literally at the doorstep of the Colony Hotel. ... more   less 
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