I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews, but we had a great 3-day stay at this hotel for the Orange Bowl. We had a standard double room. It was a bit outdated (old furniture, no flat-screen TV, etc.) but our room was very clean and had the basic amenities (TV, HBO, microwave, mini-fridge, hairdryer, iron, alarm). There was plenty of space to hand clothes, but that area is open, with no doors, so anyone who enters sees all the clothing. My biggest disappointment was that I couldn't get the wi-fi to work, even after calling the front desk, and other guests said they had the same problem. It seemed like the cleaning crews were waiting to get clean linens and towels from the laundry, but they were good about bringing more towels to the room when they were ready (still warm from the dryer!).
Some of the common areas are a bit worn-down, for example, there were stains on the hallway carpets. But everything was clean, and there seemed to be plenty of help on hand. The manager was very active, checking in with his workers, staying on top of a busy game day weekend, and talking with guests. Two people were in the breakfast area, keeping everything stocked and clean. I found all the hotel workers to be very friendly and helpful, which is a bit unusual in Miami for the most part. The continental breakfast was above average... there was yogurt and whole fruit in addition to the usual breads & cereals. Plus... real orange juice... not watered down punch.
The hotel charged a "resort fee" which seemed a little silly... there's a standard pool, a couple of basketball courts and a few holes of miniature golf. They also charged extra for the safe in the room, even though they didn't ask whether or not you wanted one.
We didn't eat or drink in the sports bar, but we checked out the great view of the Calder horsetrack. We didn't want to mess with parking or traffic, so we walked to the Orange Bowl in Sun LIfe stadium. It was a long walk.. took us 20-30 minutes ... along a busy road without sidewalks in some parts, but to me it was worth it to avoid paying to park and getting stuck in the post-game exit rush. The neighborhood was just a bit iffy to walk through after dark, but we felt safe because there were so many cars and people around due to the game.
Standard rooms overlook the parking lot, while upgraded rooms overlook the pool and racetrack. Room...
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January 13, 2013
From all the staff here at El Palacio Sports Hotel we are delighted that your stay was a success and thank you for this great review. It is our pleasure to serve you and hope to see you back in the near future. BCS was a blast and we all enjoyed the guests and festivities.
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