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“Not bad for one night” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University

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Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Coral Gables
Melbourne, FL
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not bad for one night”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

We stayed here for one night on the way down to Key West. It's right off of Us-1 which we found very convenient. Check in was quick and easy. Paid $112 and got a clean room facing the back which overlooked a back road. The room was quiet and comfortable. The bathroom was tiny but clean. Carpets looked a bit worn and dirty. They need to be replaced. Overall it was a decent affordable place to sleep on our way down to Key West.

Room Tip: Their website didn't specify what view our room would be and we ended up facing a road. You may...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Savannah, Georgia
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62 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

We were given a room on the back of the property. It seemed like we walked for 30 minutes prior to getting to our room from the elevator. The room is old and very tired. The bathroom needs some serious remodeling. The rugs look like they've been walked on for centuries. The bed is small and not very comfortable. The pillows are also not very comfortable. To top off our experience, we woke up to a cockroach roaming the bathroom. We paid $189 for the night. The only positive about this hotel is that it is across from the University of Miami. But then again, if you can afford to send your kid to UM, you can afford a better place. I would not pay more than $39 per night to stay in this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JurisDr
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HICoralGablesTeam, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University, responded to this review, May 29, 2012
Good morning, and thank you for taking the time to write about our hotel. Its very unfortunate you didnt like the room at the end of the hall. Most people tend to like those as they offer more privacy. Next time however we will be glad to place you closer to the elevator. Also please be sure to stop by the front desk next time you encounter a problem, as most of them can be solved, and I am glad to do so. If your kid goes to UM I am sure I will be seeing you soon, upon your next visit please do not hesitate to stop by and ask for the manager upon check in. Once again I would like to thank you for writing your thoughts. I look forward for your next visit.

Best,

The Holiday Inn Coral Gables Team
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

My wife was at this hotel for a Body Talk presentation for 3 days. Ther staff was wonderful,friendly and always helpful Close to the airport and all amenities in Miami and priced reasonably. The room had a wonderful King Bed,desk for laptop etc and we walked right out to the pool area. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in area. They may not offer Lunch but you are in walking distance to many restuarants and we went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries Twice. The breakfast Buffet had anything you could want from roll,muffins,bagelks to fruit ,eggs,pancakes,bacon suasage and many yogurts and juices. We would go back there anytime and hope the Body Talk people schedule classes there again.

Room Tip: The King First Floor rooms walk right out to Pool area
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BobLC21
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denver
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635 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

Stayed there last week for a U of Miami graduation of a family member. They jacked the price up to $165 per night for a double, which for just how lousy the property was with equally lousy service was not right at all.

The property was tired and run down with huge scratches in the walls and elevator. No sense of pride by management. The room just ok, unimaginitive, not particularly clean, and again tired for not an update, maybe ever. My biggest beef was with the service and upkeep. We left mid-day for a graduation and there was a tray of food we passed in the hallway from roomservice. When we got back eight hours later the tray was still there. Disgusting.

Another negative was that we got, in two nights, five separate flyers under our room door for pizza orders. I have not seen that in a while, so these peeps just walk in and stuff under every door and the hotel let's them? surely the hotel has to know.

I would not stay there again, even if it was graduation weekend and this is the closest hotel. There have to be better options, well, much better options elsewhere.

Room Tip: yes stay somewhere else
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank finesilver
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HICoralGablesTeam, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are well aware of the pizza flyers being strewn across every room, unfortunately it has not been easy to control. Its never the same person, and therefore not easy to catch as we cannot simply stop every person we dont know walk through the front door. I am not making excuse I just want to illustrate that its a difficult task to prevent. However along with the help of our Security we are working on new methods to prevent this from continuing. Once again I do appreciate your comments, and I hope you give us another chance in the near future.

Yours,

The Holiday Inn Coral Gables Management Team.
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Northern Virginia
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

This property was very nicely appointed, and very convenient to the University of Miami campus. Staff were all friendly and courteous. Only small drawback was the tiny bathroom.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank joshNVA
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Chicago
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

Stayed here for business. Comfy bed. Screwy phone. Basic tv. Doesn't serve lunch every day but it's a 5 min. drive/20 min. walk to Whole Foods, AMC movies & shopping. Across from University & rail stop that can take you downtown. Sushi & Starbucks a short walk drive. Decent pool. The hotel wasn't spotless. Not much attention to detail. But it was fine for sleeping.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank beamin2
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

This hotel was a great fined nice rooms good air con good food Great and helpfull staff will go back again

Room Tip: just across the road from the station and near malls
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University

Property: Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University
Address: 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146-2904
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Location: United States > Florida > Coral Gables
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Coral Gables
#3 Family Hotel in Coral Gables
#4 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a wonderful stay at the Holiday Inn Coral Gables-University which is ideally situated in the upscale city of Coral Gables, on South Dixie Highway (US 1) across from the University of Miami and the Metrorail station. When priorities turn from work to play, guests are in the middle of great shopping, dining and entertainment at Dadeland Mall, Shops at Sunset Place, Village of Merrick Park, Coconut Grove and Bayside Market Place. Our Toucan's Restaurant and Lounge offers breakfast and dinner. The attractions that make South Florida a favorite tourist destination are just around the corner, putting guests within minutes of Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Zoo Miami, the Museum of Science, Miami Children's Museum, the American Airlines Arena, the Port of Miami and South Beach. ... more   less 
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