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South Seas Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #101 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Santee
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“weak service but decent place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The staff was very rude and lazy but seems to be common in Miami. Valet finally got off his cell phone when we were past him, inside, and had carried our luggage up the stairs. Waited for a good 2-3 minutes at front desk while attendant talked to someone else working there. When we left we ordered our car for 5:45am and it showed up about 6:20am even though there were 2 valets just hanging out outside doing nothing.

But, it is a great location, the pool is nice, and from other reviews I have read it seems to be comparatively clean for Miami hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Miami Beach, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Resturant was fab and priced right..pool great, employees helpful, and access to the best beach in America! Would stay there again and again!!! Great for families or anyone who wants a hotel with a peacefull island oasis feel.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

I made my reservations on the phone and the person was extremely helpful and nice, I told him I needed a lot of rooms and if they offered a group discount and they did and the price was FANTASTIC!!!!!! as we stood there on labor day weekend. The Hotel was in excellent condition. The staff was very polite and helpful from the front desk to the cabana boy. The breakfast was nice and fresh and the coffee was amazing. The pool was great, the room was a bit musty but it went away once we started going in and out of the room (we only needed it to sleep anyway as we were enjoying the sites). I would definitely stay there again. :-)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belo Horizonte, MG
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The South Seas Hotel it's a very good deal for those whom are looking for the best location for turism in Miami and good rates, which includes breakfast.

Look for Marcia, she is a front desk attendant and will assist you in everything.

Satisfied!

Rgds.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I stayed here for a 1 night stay and really enjoyed myself. Ana at checking in was pleasant and I was able to check in 1 hour early. Thank you for that. Rooms are clean and they have all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay including I-pod docking station. Nothing super fancy but good enough. Restaurant on site has good food. Great Mahi! Bartenders Lara and Charlotte make awesome drinks and they're very friendly. Pool area is beautiful and the hammocks in the back surrounded by palm trees are super relaxing. Nice touch.... Not to mention you're steps away from the ocean and in the heart of South Beach. One advice: If you valet your car, its $29 per night (comparable to most overnight parking) and it can take a while to get your car if you need it so call ahead from the room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I stayed at this hotel with my husband and two young kids for four days in September. The location is indeed very good, and the lobby provides for a great first impression, but the positive surprises pretty much end there. The room we stay in (two queen-size beds) was small and smelly (of mould), the bathroom was so tiny that I could not close the door after helping one of my kids sit down on the toilet seat (because their knees would be in the way) and there was no minibar, fridge or anywhere to keep water or milk cool. The breakfast was very basic, served on paper plates, and unfortunately, there was nobody manning the bar at the same time, so impossible to get for example a cup of espresso (even if you would be prepared to pay for it). I have stayed at hotels where the breakfast is basic before, but normally, you can pay extra to get eggs, warm toast etc - not so at the South Seas.

The food served at the pool bar was ok, and the pool represented the main attraction for our kids the first day. However, I was surprised to see that the hotel staff left the cushions for the sunbeds out in the rain, which meant that they were wet and stained the following morning. In general, the subeds and everything around the pool are faded and not very well maintained, even if they serve the intended purpose.

On the morning of the first two days, we ventured down to the beach, but just behind the South Sea sunbed area, there is a huge machine operated with an extremely noisy generator, which makes it very unpleasant - unless you like feeling that you are in the middle of a construction site when you are at the beach. It looked like the installation was permanent, and it certainly did not tempt us to spend time at that part of the beach.

For us, the main draw of this hotel was its proximity ot Lincoln Street (where we went to Nespresso for a decent coffee and warm breakfast), but we would never stay here again. The hotel is not terrible, and if I was in my early 20s and wanted a fairly affordable place to stay at South Beach, I probably would be ok with this hotel, but for a family seeking a relaxing week-end in nice surroundings, it just does not provide the required quality / service / standard.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed here for two days before going on a cruise, I've stayed at other South Beach hotels on Ocean and on Collins. This hotel is pretty laid back, most of the people who stay here are from Europe and South America. The location is excellent, right on the beach...and the pool area is nice too. I came here with my family and it was their first time in South Beach and they really enjoyed themselves here. The rooms were a little tight but functional and staff was very friendly. So if you're looking for a laid back place in South Beach with a great location and nice pool...this is it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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:
#71 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — South Seas Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 111
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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South Seas Miami Beach
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