After driving 10 hours by myself with 2 kids to see my Grandma in nearby South Miami Hospital, I was greated by an angel at the front desk. Apparently the reservation I made did not specify "non smoking." With little kids with me, this was very important. I explained our story and apologized for my overtired face. She was so kind, found a perfect room near the pool so that the children could unwind after driving and sitting at the hospital. It made all the difference to have a room close by, when one had to use the restroom and another was still swimming. Traveling alone with 2 children is hard, Althea at the front desk made it easier and with a smile. The kids loved the breakfast buffet and the ability to walk not just to that restaurant, but nearby Friday's was a bonus. Also, the proximity to the metrorail is a big plus. My mother in law does not own a car in the city and takes mass transit. She was able to pop in and visit easily on the train and even take the kids with her to a festival downtown without the hassle of driving in traffic.T he hotel has areas that are run down and some doors have paint peeling, but the location is fantastic and although old, it was very clean. It looks like they are still renovating so I would definitely stay there again.
Thank you again, Althea at the Front Desk!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University Hotel Coral Gables
- Coral Gables Holiday Inn