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“Great value for sports fans...” 5 of 5 stars
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El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   21485 NW - 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056   |  
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Great value for sports fans...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

Great value for Miami; especially if you want to see the games at Sun Life Stadium (Marlins, Dolphins, etc). Superb lads weekend with the casino and the horsetrack within walking distance. The staff at the hotel's pub on the 9th floor "Legends" is most accomodating... The manager Chris sorted us out with transport to and from the games that was, otherwise surprisingly, quite hard to get. And Legends was a great atmosphere after the game til, eh-hem, silly-0'clock in the morning with like-minded away fans. (Go Cubs!). Pool table, dart boards, 360 degree bar, plenty o' tables, outdoor smoking balcony. Our room had a microwave, coffee maker, and small fridge that worked just fine. There is a mini-golf, swimming pool, and b-ball court as well but they all respectfully shut at 9pm, so we never got to sample, but they all looked reasonably inviting.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

We recently took a trip to sunny Miami for a couple baseball games and we stayed at the El Palacio sports hotel and conference center. The hotel was very clean and comfortable to sleep in as well. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. During our stay, we patronized the Legends Sports Bar and Restaurant on the 9th floor. The bar was very nice and spacious with plenty of seating available in a very relaxing atmosphere. The staff there were also very friendly and helpful. The drinks and the food were very good and reasonably priced. We had a excellent time while we were there and i would definitely recommend to anyone visiting this hotel and bar they are assured a great time!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

The upstairs sports bar had a great view of the horse track and the bartender/beverage director, Chris, was more than helpful in providing transportation advice to Sun Life stadium. After the baseball game, he agreed to stay open past the usual closing time for several hours to accommodate the dozens of fans in town for the game. He is a very useful asset to the Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

The staff at Legends Sports Bar were fantastic. They provided assistance with transportation and recommendations for our stay. Chris Stachowski the manager was great and made our hotel selection worth every penny.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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moravia,n.y.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

This is a family orientated place and a good spot if you have kids. The staff makes sure that you have everything you need. The rooms are very nice and the bathrooms are extremely clean. You have a very nice view of the racetrack from your balcony. A short walk to the casino,or a short drive to Sun-Life stadium.I will definately stay here on every trip to southern Florida

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

Stayed at El Palacio to be close to the SUN-LIFE Stadium for the Paul McCartney Concert. Mixed reviews made it a scary choice as once booked there is no refunds. There were both bad and good experiences.

THE BAD:
-Waited 45 minutes to check-in as line filled the lobby. There were only 2 people checking in guests. Nice people, but very slow and no management present to help or recognize that maybe people would not be happy wasting vacation time waiting to check-in. No apologies for anything as they did not recognize that there was a problem.

-Went to the Legends bar/restaurant on the 9th floor for dinner prior to the concert (they do NOT have room service). There were no waiters as such, only one poor guy trying to deliver meals after an hour wait when ordering from the bar. The menu is very limited and pretty much self service, but once arrived the food was pretty good. Saying it was organized chaos would be too generous to describe the restaurant/bar. It was obvious that management did not care about providing a good experience nor really care if anyone ever came back. The tables were dirty and trying to get anything (silverware, condiments, your check etc) was almost impossible. The bar and restaurant will NOT BE OPEN when you come back from a concert as they close by 10:30 or earlier if they get slow or tired.

-The hotel does not have a shuttle service to/from the stadium, but an independent tour bus agency will take you to the stadium for $10 each. If the guy takes 100 other people, then be aware how long it will take to get back AFTER the event with slow traffic conditions unless you leave early to be first on the bus. You can walk it as it is about a mile if you are healthy. Parking at the stadium can cost up to $30.

--You will pay a resort fee which allows you to play miniature golf, basketball or swim on the property. You will also pay safe fee whether you use it or not. Pool is NOT heated.

THE GOOD:
-Rooms were actually surprisingly nicely remodeled, clean and well appointed. We had the pool jacuzzi room (walls are paper thin) and had a little courtyard outside. Nice toiletries and plenty of towels. Big TV, CD radio, refrigerator and microwave in the jacuzzi room. AC unit would not cool the place if really hot outside.

-There are fast food restaurants 1/2 mile north and pizza delivery. The hotel also has some food, snack and drink vending machines which were extensive and microwaves off the lobby, making a late night snack at the hotel possible.

-Staff were not overly friendly but not rude. Just oblivious.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are prepared to deal with the lapses of care, consideration and total lack of service and hospitality and you absolutely MUST be a mile from the stadium this is the place for you. If not find a better run place closer to civilization as there is very little in this part of town.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

The hotel appears to be into price gouging. It is located within walking distance to SunLife stadium. We were there to see a Paul McCartney concert and there was a large line to check in. I handed my reservation confirmation to the clerk who tore it up and proceeded to process my reservation. Somehow the price jumped $34. I questioned it and was told my rate was $119  plus tax etc. Only when I produced the email again on my iPhone did he reduce the rate to the agreed on $89.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center

Address: 21485 NW - 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Gardens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Miami Gardens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Palacio Sports Hotel is The Very Best Among Miami Budget Hotels El Palacio Sports Hotel and Conference Center is the closest Hotel To Calder Casino & Race Course and Sun Life Stadium in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida. Our Miami Gardens hotel is a mile from Sun Life Stadium, which hosts sporting, music and entertainment events all year long. From your room you can look right down onto the Calder Casino & Race Course. If you're searching for Miami hotel accommodations that are as close as possible to the sports you like, look no further. El Palacio Sports Hotel and Conference Center is the only name you need to know. ... more   less 
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