I have stayed at South Seas Hotel for nearly 7+ years each time I go to Miami (avg 3x/yr). It truly has become my home away from home. Miguel greets his patrons with a great sense of hospitality and especially those who are returning patrons. It's always wonderful to see his pleasant demeanor and he runs from one place to another (the man doesn't sit still!).
Laura and Anna at the front are not only the BEST 2 faces to see when I arrive at the hotel (a sure sign that I'm home) but they inevitably ask me about my family et al. Their coridiality amidst the front desk chaos is much appreciated and recognized.
Irwin in Reservations is, bar none, the most proficient, accomodating and efficient representation the hotel has had in the Reservations area. Not only was he ever concerned about my well-being (as a return, long-time patron) but also ensured that he took the time to greet me when I did arrive on the property during my stay. Where do you find such personable staff?
The one thing that continues to lack, for me, is the valet service. I was struggling with my luggage and the valet person(s) remained at their post and didn't offer a hand to me. I was staying about a week so I did have a bit of luggage. When I called down for my car, it was often quite a bit of time before the car actually arrived. This is commonplace for the valet service. For the price of the service, I would probably expect a little more in the way of service. Perhaps that's not their role. Not sure.
Pilikia - the restaurant - has always been staffed by so many wonderful, warm and truly amazing people. Back in the day, Jean lit up the place with her effervescent personality that many people, near and far, would return to experience. Laura is so delightful and full of wonderful anecdotes that it is a pleasure to relate with her. They have a new staff person I met at night, and for the life of me, I can't remember her name, but she was LOTS of fun. Talking about basketball - she was DEF not a Celtics fan - lol and was wonderfully knowledgeable about the game and exceedingly hospitable and courteous. You know who you are, Miss Lady... lol
The breakfast: Hmmm - of course, I'm an old-timer - lol - so I remember back in the day when one could get eggs (even boiled) et all as part of the complimentary breakfast. Now one has to pay for that. Utterly disappointing. I do not eat a lot of carbs nor fruit, so it was very disconcerting that I had to munch on cheese if I wanted to have only protein. The variety is gone and overall, the breakfast is a significant downgrade from years ago. I found myself having to go out to eat breakfast in order to get something of viable nutrition. It might suit others, just fine though. :)
The rooms are always wonderful. Sometimes a few tweaks are needed here and there, but by and large, the staff is HUGELY accomodating and ever thorough. I appreciate them all.
The pool: One thing that continues to resonate with me (regarding the pool) is that there is no staff to monitor behavior and volume of the kids. I have no issue with children. I have children too, but they were always well-behaved in public, no matter where we were. These children (no matter what country they are from (and this is not ALL kids who visit the hotel, but some), yell and scream across the pool, splash guests who are lounging or relaxing either poolside or inside the pool, run often and risk injury etc. [ps: I'm not a huge fan of salt water pools... This one is a salt water pool... ]
I DO have to say that I compared South Seas Hotel to one of its peers The Raleigh during my stay and there was NO comparison. The front desk staff was rude and arrogant and absolutely snobbish. The wait staff in the restaurant were quite kind. Poolside staff doted on the patronage which was very sweet. Would I ever switch? NO WAY! I just wanted to see what else was out there. I do prefer their pool (chlorine) but not the uppity, entitled staff and patrons who are present therein. They do not hold a CANDLE to South Seas in terms of the staff and the quality of the property for the price. Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay right on the ocean, South Beach's hippest beachfront block, the South Seas Hotel is a boutique hideaway. 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. Enjoy a bountiful hot 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 or nap in a hammock in our shady palm garden. Bright tropical flowers frame the breezy entrance, where guests always receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff. Bright, fresh rooms. 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 a business center and beach towels. A conference room and event space is available for rental. Oceanfront hotel in the heart of Miami Beach's South Beach, Vintage Art Deco hotel with luxurious modern amenities, One block to the Miami Beach Convention Center, 20 minutes to Miami International Airport Walking distance to exciting Lincoln Road Mall and concert halls, 15 minutes to the Port of Miami ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- South Seas Miami Beach
- Hotel South Seas