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“Funky and Wonderful”
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Hotel St. Michel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Coral Gables
Reviewed May 9, 2014

First I want to clarify that the hotel amenities listed on Tripadvisor no longer exist. At the moment there is no restaurant in the hotel (though a Peruvian one is in the works), no room service, no lounge, no free breakfast -- in fact, no breakfast at all. (What there is is very good complimentary coffee from seven until noon, and a ton of great restaurants within a three-block radius.) That said, Place St. Michel can offer a wonderful experience for those who are not looking for the standard American luxury hotel room. If that's you, book at the nearest Hilton or Marriott Renaissance. If you prefer something more European and distinctive, by all means book here. The hotel is in a stunning historical building with a ton of character and a beauty all its own. I was fortunate to luck into a large corner room with a sitting area, though I do think room sizes vary. Furnishings are antique, or old, depending on your perspective. The only modern thing in my room is a flat screen TV, but that rests on an old sewing machine cabinet doubling as a TV stand. A wooden armoire instead of a closet, and a bookshelf with actual BOOKS in it. You get the idea. Privately owned and operated, with all the creaks and bumps that implies, but also all the charm and warmth that's not part of a chain hotel experience. I came for business, but would love to return with family and/or friends.

Room Tip: Some rooms have sitting areas, which are a nice perk.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Definitely dated
No room service, no restaurant, not even coffee in the morning - I was told they were renovating
Forget the elevator. You need to call attendant to use it as it is that old
The place is a historical building after all!
Room was very clean, but again some updating would be nice
Wooden floor badly scratched
The plusses: relatively decent price for Miami, Good location in the heart of Coral Gables

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here one night before we went on a cruise. The hotel is very charming, with antiques in the rooms and an old-fashioned elevator that requires a member of the staff to operate it. There is a parking garage right up the street, which charges $14 a night. Since we were there on a Saturday night, there was no attendant, so we paid at the hotel. But be advised if you are paying at the garage, it must be cash--no credit cards, no checks and no bill larger than a 20! Our room was a nice size and since we were only there one night, we didn't unpack. The bathroom was very tiny but the fixtures were modern. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. There is also free wifi, which is very nice. The next day we walked to the Miracle Mile and had breakfast, then window shopped for a while. It was Sunday morning so all the stores were closed, but it was fun walking around. The staff are very nice and seemed to really care whether you had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Place St. Michel for one night in January while on a day trip to the Miami area with some friends. We agree with the other reviewers that the hotel is charming in its own way -- decorated with "antiques", pleasant and obliging staff, a bit off the beaten track but within easy walking distance of all the action on the Miracle Mile; funky -- temperamental heating/air conditioning unit, old-fashioned bathroom fixtures, ancient operator-required elevator, small wardrobes instead of closets; and reasonably good value for the money -- nearby and reasonable parking, close to but not in most of the Coral Gables action. We had a problem with the heating system, which one of the staff tried valiantly to fix … but to no avail. It was an unusually cold night when we were there; some extra heat would have been nice as the bed linens were not designed to keep guests as cozy as we would have liked. Besides being a bit on the skimpy side the blankets (and, indeed, all the linens) were a bit tired. In fact, "tired" is a good way to describe the hotel at the time we were there. It is in need of a good freshening up. With some new linens, a fresh coat of paint, and a few tweaks to the heating/cooling system it could be the charming vintage establishment it aims to be.

Room Tip: We had a corner room with a view to the street on one side, including from the bathroom, and to an...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Lots of antiques and very quiet. No room service. Rather funky but we liked the place and will return. Very attentive staff that appreciates you staying with them. Very clean. Dining room may open soon.

Room Tip: Small place. Get a suite.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

i stayed here with 10 other friends on our way to do the Ragnar relay from Miami to Key West. The rooms were great, the ambiance was wonderful. Walking distance to places to eat, pretty sites around the hotel. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Covered garage parking. We were all pleased with our stay here! Loved the antiques in our rooms and the hallways.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My fiancée and I stayed a weekend here and loved it! If you're expecting high tech, modern amenities, then stay elsewhere. But if you want European charm (which is what Coral Gables is all about) in a great location in the Gables, this is it! Comfortable bed, and vintage room decor make this a great romantic getaway hotel.

Room Tip: Our room was on the street, which was a bit noisy at times, so if you need quiet, maybe request a ro...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134-4501 (Formerly Hotel Place St. Michel)
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Location: United States > Florida > Coral Gables
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range: $105 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel St. Michel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The property is independently owned & operated capturing the essence of boutique hotel service and stay experience. Throughout the property our guests can experience the lure of this historic gem that sits in the heart of the World Famous city: Miami. Located in the vibrant community of Coral gables; Hotel St. Michel is located on a tree line street in the midst of tranquility. The hotel's central location allows it to be in close proximity to all the major attractions of the city of Miami. Hotel St. Michel ambiance allows our guests to feel at home which is ideal for catering to families while visiting Miami on their holiday. Our talented staff speaks several languages and is always available to assist in making reservations and other arrangements to ensure your vacation is fun filled, exciting and special. ... more   less 
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