“Nice hotel. Just know what you're getting into”
Just got back from a quick trip down to Miami with the kids. As a Florida resident with a strong desire to get out of the house for a weekend we saw a deal online for this place where the first night was the temperature of that day plus a few extras like some free drinks and such. Anyway, considering everything else seemed real expensive this gave us a reason to drive down and check it out. As a parent with two younger boys this is written from that perspective.
The hotel was fine as was the deluxe studio oceanview we got. Slightly larger than your standard room at a Hampton inn with two queens. 12th floor was the highest they'd give us but it worked out fine frankly as we spent less time on the elevators and it was high enough to see everything. The hotel was filled with foreigners. Lots of French, German, and some Russian spoken. In fact it seemed most of the staff was foreign as well but most spoke decent enough english. We spent two nights there and were there mainly for the beach and pool. While everyone on here has some complaint about the hotel nobody said anything bad about the pool or beach which sold me. This advice was pretty much spot on.
Pool: I think the visitors are what made this kind of suck, not really anything the hotel did. The pool was borderline hot tub temperature but I'm just assuming it's due to being in Miami and not because it's heated. We really didn't use the pool all that much as it looks cooler in the pictures than it is but overall it's fine. Lots of international tourists here with all sorts of cultural things that took us off guard and made it a little weird. Besides the obvious examples of overweight men in speedos with gold chains, things like people eating their lunch standing in the pool was weird, plus we had the uncomfortable sight of a kid standing on the side of the pool urinating into it. Jeese, I know kids do it but when you see it like that it makes you kind of freak out a bit when you swim in it. Another thing to note is the poolside bar is majorly expensive. Standard fruity drink ran me from $13-15 after all the taxes and tips were added in and they really were pretty weak. They did bring out free popsicles for everyone which was nice.
Beach: Very nice beach, especially the service. They have the folks put out your lounge chair for you and give you towels and even deliver food and drinks out there. Very nice. We usually go to Clearwater on the gulf side and frankly there's nothing good about the Atlantic side by comparison (rougher sand, seaweed) but this is still a fun beach.
Meals: Run away fast. The prices ran us off right away the first morning. The only restaurant open the price was $24 per person for the buffet. Want to go a la carte? Try a $12 bagel on for size. No thanks. We walked to Denny's about a block away. I can't comment on quality.
My tips to the family trying to make this somewhat inexpensive:
- Reminder you're paying a mandatory $30 per day valet fee plus $20 for resort fee. So whatever "deal" you get throw that on there. So in short, this won't be a cheap trip.
- Bring a cooler with drinks in it and clear out the mini bar and throw that in there. You can bring the cooler down to the beach but not the pool. If you want to go super cheap bring milk and some cereal.
- Best place to set up is go down about 930am and get the lounge chairs on the pool deck facing out to the beach. You have a pool behind you, a beach in front of you, a bar to your left, and a hot tub to your right. Not a bad deal.
- We did a side trip to the Everglades for an airboat tour, and then drove up via Kennedy space center which was nice.
My wife thought this trip stunk. I thought it was ok. I guess for the price vs fun it did stink but it wasn't that bad.
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