My husband and I stayed at the Richmond the evening before and an evening after our Cruise. We arrived on 5/10/09 around 12:30pm, knowing we could not check in until 4, we were able to change clothes, and check our luggage with them until our room was ready. We took a walk down Oceanview Ave, located behind the hotel and we on our adventure to find lunch. About a 15 minute walk we were on a nice strip of shopping and cafe style eateries. We ended up at a place called "the Front Porch", I had their Chicken Parmesen with Pasta Salad, and my husband enjoyed a club sandwich. Both were very good, service was great too! Considering this was Mother's Day and mid afternoon the city was bustling with people, but the staff was very attentive. We walked back to the hotel and sat pool side for a little while, and were able to check in around 3pm. The room was on the smaller side, but was clean, and very cozy. After reading some reviews here, we were a bit skeptical but found our fears pushed aside. Our room was a smoking room by request, and faced another building. The hotels in this area are very close together, however we never heard a peep in our room from the other facilities.
We experienced no problems with any staff member, or the amenities. The only complaint was the hotel resturant is pricey, but we knew this from reading other posts. Pancakes w/meat were $15.50. McDonalds is just a short 7 minute walk to Lincoln Rd.
The short walk to the beach was great! We also ate dinner at a place called BBQ Beach, located just a block down from the McDonalds. Great Food and service! Portions are large, my husband and I could have shared a meal!! Avg meal was around $20 a piece.
After our crusie we stayed another night at the Richmond. We arrived at 9:30AM and once again were prepared to check our luggage and walk the town, however the front desk clerk checked to see if our room was available and it was! We immediately put our stuff away and off to town we went. This time our room was larger (#420), however we could not adjust the air conditioner temperature nor turn it off. We did mention this to the staff, and the front desk clerk apologized immensly. This room faced the pool area to the other hotel, not a bad view at all. This room was also an adjoining room, we did hear some noise from the neighbors side but nothing other than their water running.
Both rooms were equipped with safes and were very comfy. Location in the city is great! Walking distance to everything! Our second room (420) did not have a hairdryer so we informed the front desk and had one delivered within 10 minutes to our room. We did enjoy the best Strawberry Daquri's at the resturant, they were made with fresh strawberries and no syrup base flavoring. But we suggest waiting for the drink special as our first two drinks were $29, but they went on sale 2 for 1 during happy hour (4-6pm), so the next two were only $14. The cook/bartender was very articulate about his preparation of our drinks...he was great and even delivered them to us poolside.
We would definitely stay here again however we were informed that eventually they will be a smoke=free facility. Bummer for us with that bad habit. We do recommend to check out Orbitz, Expedia, etc for the best price. We paid under $100 the first stay and under $130 the second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District and South Beach’s finest location. Authentic deco restoration, directed by our owners and embraced by our hand-selected staff providing cordial hospitality. Features 100 Guestrooms: offering all-white bedding, down comforters, Art Deco decor and unique 1930’s-inspired alarm clock with safes, bathrobe and iron/ironing board. Services include: heated swimming pool, Verandah Dining Terrace, WiFi, satellite television and Valet parking, rooftop Terrace and Solarium, business center and Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Richmond Hotel Miami Beach
- Richmond Miami Beach