Just returned from a business trip to Miami Beach. The Winterhaven is one of the "original" 1920s and 30's Art Deco style hotels that Miami Beach is famous for. Out door restaurant and expansive awnings greet you on arrival along with granite steps with the engraved round Hotel Winterhaven logo. Lobby is small/restaurant/registration is very small- but is made to appear bigger by the two story ceiling and and walls on three sides that are all window. It really is like stepping back in time- the lobby is preserved- rather than restored or updated- for preservationists this is a dream- but it does create some problems- like having the refrigerated wine racks for the restaurants right beside check in at lobby (mars the display of the art deco hotel).
Lobby itself was not what I would call nice- but certainly preserved the art deco look of the 1920s. I could be prodded into saying it was charming- but my view right now is that it simply looked dated.
Staff was very nice at check in- restaurant was okay for breakfast- I had free continental breakfast coupon- which was good for a very small danish of indistince origin and a cup of coffee. Sorry but I need my protein and had a $ 24 per morning breakfast of scrambled eggs and ham with no discount for my coupon. A real rip off- but I was to lazy to try to find an alternative in a day filled with busy meetings etc. This is not a good value in my view.
Elevator also preserved from the 1920s, apparently in 1920s it was acceptable for elevators to take 8-10 minutes to go from the first floor to the sixth and back- but perhaps I need to learn patience. Corridors to sleepy rooms were carpeted with dull brown reddish carpet.
Rooms did not have the usual Marriott style set up for business- desk with mutliple plug ins for Iphone, IPad, computer and my usual array of electronics. So I had to plug things in at a recepticle below the small working desk (unplugging a lamp and something else) and also in the bathroom. Room was sized like a Euro room- thank goodness I had a corner room with four windows. Closet was a surprise- large and spacious. Bathroom small even bby European standards.
Room HVAC when running would occasionally sound like a workman was in it with a jack hammer- this occured at three or four in the morning- fortunately I had my ear plugs with me. Made me wonder if the HVAC system was from 1929 as well.
Gym, given the age of this hotel, is non existent- however one can get a daily gym pass to Crunch gym about three blocks away. At the price of my room they should throw this in free. There is a running path on the boardwalk across the street- but for non runners like me you have to pay the $ 11/day.
At $ 299 per night I don't consider this hotel a decent value- the location however is great and it is convenient to the convention center.
I like older hotels especially those that preserve the flavor of the times but this is not Marriott's best effort- perhaps they are constrained by preservation laws- but one would think that they would upgrade the rooms and bring this hotel into the 21st century. The location does not outweight the super location in my opinion.
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