We unfortunately took it upon ourselves to book this part of our trip and not via our travel agent and learnt a very valuable lesson. What you see on the hotel's website versus what you get is completely different. We thought we would stay on Ocean drive as friends of ours said that is the place to be. Well, I bed to differ esp if you are travelling with children. We were supposed to stay 5 nights at this hotel but read further....
We drove from Orlando to Miami and were tired when we arrived in Miami. It took us 20 minutes in traffic on the 26 Dec to get from the port of Miami to Ocean drive, 1st nightmare. Ocean drive was packed with people, cars, bikes and people!!! We stopped outside the dingy looking Starlite entrance only be be harassed by the valet parking attendant. My husband said to him that we are checking into the hotel and need to offload bags etc. He bluntly said we have just 5 mins to do this. With 2 kids in tow and 6 heavy bags and a crowded street and sidewalk....we were not impressed. There is no bellman or porter at this hotel. I took 2 bags off the car and started walking in only for people to stop right at the entrance as Starlite restaurant is right there. I was blocked and even tramped on trying to get to the reception.
You walk past a bar 1st then there is a lady sitting behind the so called "reception", nightmare 2. We tried as quickly as possible to get bags out, checked in and went up to the 2nd floor. This hotels is extremely dingy and dark. We entered the room and saw that the door sides were badly damaged as was the walls. There was a fridge and micro in the room. The room had 1 light, no additional lighting. Beds were small and we stayed in New York and Orlando and never had this problem. The floors are tiled, no mats or carpets and we kept our shoes on as we did not want to walk without in the room. The bathroom was shocking!!!!! Dirty floors, the toilet did not flush properly, the hot water did not work, there was no clog for the bathtub. Eish a complete and utter nightmare.
My husband and I sat up till 1am (wifi was shocking) looking for an alternate hotel and eventually found another hotel and went to view those rooms just in case we were in for another disaster. We slept in our travel clothes, did not bath as there was no hot water and checked out at 7am from this terrible place. We told the man as the desk that we are checking out and only be charged with 1 night and gave him the reasons for us leaving.
Ocean Drive is not for families....fullstop. It is hectically busy, people everywhere mostly from South America, it's overpriced and ridiculous. A total tourist trap. Stay elsewhere on Ocean drive it is much better.
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- Also Known As:
- Starlite Hotel Miami Beach
- Starlite Miami Beach