This hotel is in a great location if your activities are centered around South Miami or the University, the service is friendly and the rates are good. However, my overall impression of this hotel is one of dirtiness.
The hallway carpets are old, stained and obviously never vacuumed. A dirty glass and napkin sat outside my room for two days. Finally, when a half-eaten banana and candy bar along the hall had been rotting there for a day and a half, I suggested to the front desk that someone clean up! It still took them a couple of days to remove those items -- but the hallway itself still wasn't vacuumed and other trash remained!
The hotel must have some deal with local eateries because flyers are slipped under the door every night -- and remain in the same spot, adding up over the days.
The impression of dirtiness was reinforced in the restaurant -- every time I ate there, there was a clean space around the place setting -- but the rest of the table was covered in old crumbs.
Other aspects of this hotel were just wrong: I couldn't take a bath because the plug didn't fit properly in the tub. A room service Club sandwich arrived, cold, only after an hour. The elevators got stuck several times during my stay and I had to walk the flights up to my room. There are balconies off several of the rooms -- but no chairs to sit on.
This hotel probably doesn't have to try very hard because it gets a lot of University business. But if you stay, use it just to sleep, and close your eyes to the filth!
- 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:
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