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South Seas Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #93 of 200 hotels in Miami Beach
Bronx, New York, United States
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“An Incredible Time at the South Seas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

I just spent a wonderful 4 days at the South Seas with my friend. We had such an amazing time!


PROS:
Check was 1-2-3. The hotel, grounds and rooms were well kept and clean. The staff were very friendly. The pool is a decent size and it's an ocean front hotel. Complimentary breakfast. There were staff members walking around the beach with a menu for food and drinks. Beach/Pool towels are free. I loved that! You are in walking distance to everything!

CONS:
The A.C is on a timer. At first I was a little bothered by this, but then I realized I would spend most of my time outside than inside. No biggie. You have to pay for the beach chairs and umbrella. Two chairs and an umbrella cost $30 for each day. That was a bummer. The food at the Pikini Grill was eatable, but not fantastic. Oh, and if you order a beer on the beach, expect to get it in a paper cup. That was just a no-no for me. The room walls are a bit thin. I thought I wouldn't be able to fall asleep, but I did. So if you feel the noise may not let you sleep, bring ear plugs. The beds are firm and the pillows are just wonderful. The comforter was so cozy.

EXTRAS: You MUST go to Espanola Way. Eat at Tapas y Tintos. The food is amazing. The Seafood Paella with rice was mouth watering. It's made fresh. A little pricey, but it's for two people and you get a pitcher of sangria or a bottle of wine. Oh, and try the baked Queso de Cabra! I promise, you will not regret it! Stay AWAY from Miss MAO. Its Japanese and Chinese cuisine. The food was horrible!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Another commenter said something about having realistic expectations and I think that this concept is important regarding this hotel.

The good: You have a hotel on the beach that is clean, with a nice pool, lounge area, and hammock area. This is by no means a luxury hotel - if luxury is what you seek, you will be disappointed. However, what they lack in the general building, they make up in amenities and service.

Building: The building is fairly old, with small rooms and small elevators, but it is well-maintained and very clean. Despite what other reviewers have said, I saw no dirty carpet or bad odors.

Rooms: We had an Ocean front room on the fourth floor. If you are going to stay here I definitely recommend that you only stay in an ocean front or ocean view room above the 1st floor.

Breakfast: There is a very large *free* breakfast that includes: cold cereal, assorted fruit juices, sliced deli meats, yogurt, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, coffee, milk, bagels, toast, plus. They have a toaster to make your toast, heat your bagel or heat your "french toast." (It is really french toast and tastes good, but needs to be heated.). There are no made-to-order hot foods like fried eggs, pancakes or waffles. Overall, I was not disappointed in the breakfast, but wish they had one of those "make your own waffle machines."

Extras: Nice papaya amenities in the room. Flat-screen TV with free cable. Nice comfy "firm" bed with very clean (new?) sheets. In-room safe. Free bottled water provided first night. Bathrobes. Iron/ironing board. I-pod docking station with clock and radio. Free towels provided at pool. Free water with fruit essence at pool with attendant. Outdoor shower nozzle in hammock area to wash off the sand. Did I mention the hammocks with pillows? They are divine!

Restaurant: Good table side service and drinks. Great food.

The bad: Room walls are so thin that you can clearly hear every word that people say in the room next door. This needs to be addressed somehow. No coffee machine in room. (We brought our own hot water "boiler" and instant coffee/tea).

Overall, this was a very pleasant, relaxing hotel. I would recommend it and plan to go back.
Jolie Warshaw, the director of sales for the hotel, helped to make our anniversary weekend special in spite of the Memorial day crowds. Ask for her if you have any special requests.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

On arrival nice clean airy lobby reception staff very friendly and helpful room clean and fresh great big comfortable bed lovely bar area great pool deck with loungers and hammocks further back you walk approx 1 min out back gate and your on the beach I would definately return no problem

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I just returned from my first stay at the South Seas hotel and was really pleased. The beachfront location was perfect. We were able to walk right out on to the sand from the rear of the property and i loved that. The view from the room (Rm 435) was spectacular; nothing better than waking up with the sun shining through the window and seeing the ocean while lying in bed. The pool and cabana area were spotless and comfortable. The hammocks were a great place to hang out while i read my book. The hotel is within walking distance of Ocean Drive, Lincoln Drive and Espanola Way. The room itself was little small but comfortable and clean. They offer a small breakfast for free. Ordered lunch one day at the bar and it was yummy. The staff are quite accomodating, friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a great hotel that is reasonably priced with great staff, this is the place for you. It's a fantastic boutique hotel!!

The only disappointment was we needed a late checkout and were told that it would cost $115. That seemed a little excessive for a couple extra hours in the room.

One quick note(not regarding the hotel): it turns out that Memorial Day Weekend is Urban Weekend in SoBe and i would advise anyone planning on going during that weekend to go the weekend before or the weekend after or plan on staying in Hollywood and driving in to SoBe for a visit. Locals leave town, businesses/restaurants shut down and the police are out in force.

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  • Stayed May 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

I've stayed at the South Seas Hotel several times and during different seasons. The Staff is always pleasant and eager to meet the needs of their guest, the rooms and facilities are always clean and fresh and I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
Thank you South Seas.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012 via mobile

As an exhibitor for EXXXOTICA, we can always count on the South Seas for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The food is amazing and we always crave for a Miami Vice by the pool. Thank you for the memories!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

I have stayed at the South Seas hotel every spring for 5 years straight and wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere else. Smack-dab in the heart of the Art Deco district on the main drag, the charm of this building and the cheerful attentiveness of the staff cannot be overstated. Rooms are no frills, and the bathrooms are small, but if you come to south beach to hang out in a hotel room, you picked the wrong town. Nothing beats waking up in the morning to have a quality fresh breakfast by the pool while the beach comes to life. The staff is always friendly and after so many years, it’s like visiting family every time I walk in the front door. They have never failed to go out of their way to make sure that we have always gotten everything that we need.

The pool area is kept impeccably clean, the rooftop deck is secluded and perfect for sunbathing, and the cabanas and hammocks near the boardwalk are the perfect late-night hang out spot. The hotel does not cater to the 20-something party time crowd, so things never seem to get out of hand. It’s a great place to just chill out and read a book while listening to the ocean and is perfect for kids.
The food at the bar/restaurant is decently priced and always cooked perfectly. If you don’t have the mahi sammich at least once, you have done yourself a great disservice.
I could seriously go on and on about this great hotel. If you’re looking for a decent value in a hotel that isn’t overrun with fist pumpers and barbi dolls, this is the place.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about South Seas Hotel

Address: 1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — South Seas Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay right on the ocean. On South Beach's hippest beachfront block, the South Seas Hotel is an A-list boutique hideaway in Miami Beach. It's within walking distance to a host of trendy shops and inviting cafes of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive. Guests also conveniently walk to south beaches hottest clubs while enjoying some of best people watching anywhere. Swimming pool & complimentary breakfast. Enjoy a bountiful breakfast overlooking the pool and sparkling sands of Miami Beach. Take a refreshing dip the turquoise ocean or relax in our palm-bordered swimming pool. Have a drink, dine poolside at our beach front café, or nap in a hammock in our shady palm garden. At night, tiki torches illuminate your romantic beach side hideaway. Sleek Art Deco-style setting. Gleaming terrazzo floors underline the mid-century modern flavor of the intimate public areas. Vintage photographs from Miami's red-hot Roaring Twenties line the corridors, linking South Florida's fascinating history with today's excitement. Bright tropical flowers frame the breezy entrance, where guests always receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff. Bright, fresh rooms. Luxurious amenities. Orchids accentuate the guest rooms, which are spacious for historic South Beach. Views may encompass the ocean, the pool, or the sparkling city lights. Flat panel TVs, iPod docks, waffle-weave robes, luxury bed and bath linens, complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. Also included in room rates are daily newspapers, business center, and beach towels. A conference room and event space is available for rental. o Oceanfront hotel in the heart of Miami Beach's South Beach o Vintage Art Deco hotel with luxurious modern amenitieso One block to the Miami Beach Convention Center o 20 minutes to Miami International Airporto Walking distance to exciting Lincoln Road Mall and concert halls o 15 minutes to the Port of Miami ... more   less 
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