We were placed into this hotel last minute by the booking company we had used for our vacation to Miami Beach because the original hotel we had booked (and prepaid for) had lost our reservation and was fully booked. I was very pleased to be relocated to the Richmond as it is located right on the beach with direct beach access, a much better location than our original hotel which would have been two blocks from the beach.
First the positives: The location of this hotel is IDEAL. Not only is this hotel located directly on the beach, but also close to nightlife and shopping. There is a gate with direct beach access. The pool is very nice and warm enough to swim in, even in January. The pool, restaurant, (although we never ate there) and lobby of The Richmond have a very serene, quiet and upscale ambiance. The hotel is a nice looking hotel and is well maintained. The staff was very polite to us. Our room was clean, nicely furnished with extremely comfortable bed with very nice all white bedding, and larger flat screen TV. We were on a corner and our room was totally quiet. Our room was on the 6th floor and overlooked a nicely landscaped private deck. We never heard our neighbors. One huge positive is that you can open the windows in the room we had. All night long all we heard was the sound of crashing waves and the smell of the ocean breeze was very refreshing and made our stay tolerable.
Now the negatives: The first negative is fairly minor. This is an older hotel, so expect older fittings, and plumbing. The water pressure is pretty good until your neighbor flushes, then you get scalded. This happened to me the first day, then you sort of hear it coming and step back to avoid it . All in all, it's to be expected from an older hotel. Even though the bathroom was very old (I'll include a pic) it was also very clean and well kept up, I found it charming.
The second negative is also minor. Being that this hotel is directly on the beach, you would think that they would have beach chairs and umbrellas. They don't. You can however rent them from the Catalina for $10 a chair. The Catalina has their chairs and umbrellas on the beach right when you enter the beach from the Richmond's private gate, even though the Catalina is not directly located on the beach, it is on the opposite side of Collins, across the street from the Richmond.
The third and final negative will only be a negative for some, a positive for others. This is an ALL SMOKING HOTEL. So, if you don't smoke (we don't) and mind the smell of smoke, don't stay here. after the 2nd day of having our windows open, the smell of smoke started to fade. but our first night in our room was like sleeping inside a dirty ashtray. We had booked a non-smoking room for our vacation. When the booking company relocated us to the Richmond our booking stated "non-smoking". The minute we got off the elevator on the sixth floor, the strong odor of cigarettes was present and there was a floor style ashtray with butts in it next to the elevator. I hoped that it was just the hallway, and that our room would be OK. When we entered our room, it was as if someone was smoking in it that minute, the odor was very strong and very thick. We immediately went back down to the front desk and told the man working there that we booked a non-smoking room and were given a smoking room by mistake. He told us that the entire hotel is a smoking hotel, and that there are zero non-smoking rooms. Just to clarify, he told me that they allow smoking in ALL of their rooms and if he moved us there was a good chance it would be the same or even worse. This was a first for me, I have never heard of such a thing. I guess this is a hotel that CATERS TO SMOKERS. So if you don't smoke, and can't tolerate smoke, stay someplace else. If you do smoke, then by all means go here, everything else about our stay was lovely.
- 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