This is NOT a place for picky folks who are into fancy lobbies, nightly turndown service, room-service or pay-per-view. This hotel's first impressions: fairly basic but clean and courteous. And those first impressions are indeed what this hotel is about. Check-in was fast and efficient. My room was on the second of 3 floors. I usually dread being in one of the lower levels of smaller budget hotel properties because of noise from above, but this building is solidly built and noise was never a problem from above, below or through the walls. The room was like a well laid-out bachelor apartment, with a simple but comfy queen bed, flat screen TV with HBO and 40-odd other free channels, DVD player, highly usable kitchenette with clean dishes and utensils, toaster, microwave, and a full-size fridge that was actually cold. Bathroom was perfectly fine and very clean with soft, clean towels and the air-conditioner was quiet and cold.
I could see this place as a great place for long-term business-person stays. My own purpose was as a solo traveler in Miami for a golf tournament at Doral, which is a very easy 20 minute walk away. For families, there is a rudimentary, fenced in pool. For fitness buffs, there is a gym on the lower level and a park next door with a nice long jogging path.
I really liked the location. Besides being close to Doral, this property happens to be off 87th, which is the last exit on 836 West before the tolls (I hate paying tolls!) and 836 is only a few minutes south. 836 then gets you anywhere fast ... airport in 10 minutes with traffic, downtown in 20 minutes (and $1.25 one-way toll), and SoBe in 25 minutes. So long as you have a car (there is plenty of free parking) and don't mind the industrial park setting, this location can't be beat. Lots of chain restaurants and smaller places all around and a Walmart/Sams Club near 836 for those interesting in stocking up their kitchenette.
Final nice touch is the hotel's tuck shop which has a great selection of drinks and snacks. It operates on an honor-basis and the prices are actually really good ($0.50 for a can of soda, $4 for a pint of Haagen Dazs.
Only minor beef: free wifi gets really slow during peak evening hours.
I got my room for around $90 a night through Hotwire. An all-around great value!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the conveniences of a hotel with the amenities and privacy of a corporate apartment truly the best of both worlds. Candlewood Suites Miami, an all-suite hotel with fully equipped kitchens is centrally located just minutes from Miami International Airport with easy access to the City of Doral, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, Kendall, Miami Springs, and Medley. Whether your visit brings you for business or pleasure, one night or an extended stay, our friendly staff is ready to welcome you with a smile. At Candlewood Suites, we put the amenities where they really count: in your room. Spacious and well appointed, each suite has a fully equipped kitchen complete with microwave, full size refrigerator and dishwasher. Work efficiently at your executive desk with two separate phone lines and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Relax in your recliner while you enjoy your favorite movie from our free CD library. Purchase a light meal or snack 24-hours a day at the Candlewood Cupboard or take a dip in our outdoor heated pool. Our hotel is minutes from excellent shopping and an assortment of dining and entertainment venues as well as US Southern Command, Florida International University and Jackson Memorial Medical Center. We are also convenient to Homestead Speedway, Bayside Marketplace, and Miami (South) Beach. Become one of Facebook fans and participate to win free night and discounts! Candlewood Suites Miami Airport West. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Candlewood Miami
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