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Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Coral Gables
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Estero, Florida
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Big name, fancy prices, poor performance”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

The toilet in our room over-flowed at 2 pm. It took two tries to get my call to the desk answered and then I waited 20 minutes for the plumber to arrive, just before I had to leave to meet my family. Returned to the room after 7 pm to find the wet towels piled in the tub, toilet paper still in the commode, and no signs that any cleaning had been done.

I called the front desk, then the Westin “fast service” line and finally the emergency line - the phone rang and rang and was never answered so I had to trek back down to the lobby. Only then was the room cleaned and fresh towels supplied. God forbid there is ever a fire in this hotel - you would fry before they answer the phone. And if you let yourself think about the cleanliness of the bathrooms, you will surely have nightmares.

Room Tip: Most rooms are a very long walk from the elevator and all are quite a distance from the lobby.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Greetings Beachtango,

Thank you for your gift of feedback and giving the hotel the opportunity to utilize your experience as a tool for improvement. Guests are always our priority please rest assure that your experience was reviewed by the staff and it will assist us in improving our guest experience. Should your travels return you to Miami, feel free to contact our Guest Relations Ambassador and she will be glad to assist in the flawlessness of your stay. Be Well.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Westin to me confers a high level of service and style. The hotel was OK but not worth the rates. If you get a very good rate then it may be a perfectly good hotel.

I stayed here as part of a conference. The room was ok. It was clean. The bed was comfortable but I do recall in other Westins the beds were "heavenly". It was quiet enough and I didn't hear any noise from the neighboring rooms or hallway even tho the hotel was also in a sold out situation. The bathroom was ok but a bit dark. The tub has a rain shower. If you like these things then you are in luck. If you actually like a real shower then well...

The conference food was good. There is only so much you can do with buffets and the food there was good (not fantastic). The conference set up was a bit klugy with booths on the first floor in the hallway. Lunch was also set up there. It seemed odd and was extremely cramped.

The front desk staff were friendly.

The pool is outside. The pool itself is very small but the area is nicely done. If the weather isn't warm then the pool can be a bit nippy.

Room Tip: If you enjoy swimming then ask for a room on the second floor that opens out to the pool. You can li...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hello KBGA,

Thank you for your gift of feedback.We here at the Westin Colonnade are dedicated to making sure every guests experience is one to remember. We hope to see you again should your travels return you and your conference team to Miami. Be Well.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Nicely located near miracle mile. Upon arrival you must make it up a very narrow escalator to 2nd floor registration which is not a big deal unless u are lugging a sleeping 5 year old like I was (due to our circumstance we were guided to elevator down the hall & around the corner). Staff was pleasant and we were able to sneak a peek at a quinceanera that was taking place..fun! Here is the biggest downfall of the hotel...the walk to our room, it seemed to go on and on and on we almost felt like we were in a maze! If you have tired children or lots to carry or have older relatives with you make sure you ask for a room close to elevators. Our room 423 was big, more spacious than most, especially the bathroom. There is no balcony but that was not a deal breaker for us nor did we request one. The only downfall of the room was the air condition vent was covered with mold other than that the room was spotless (also there was a slight odor upon entering room possibly new carpet or poor choice of air freshener either way not a big deal). Lastly we enjoyed our stay at this Westin and will be making the long walk back to the lobby soon...at least it will burn off the extra calories we ate last night at Versailles Cuban Restaurant (which was DELICIOUS!!!!!).

Stayed November 2013
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hello Cyecye,

Thank you for feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a good time with us at the Westin Colonnade. 423 is one of our lovely Double rooms. Should your travels bring you back to Miami, feel free to contact our Guest Relations Manager so that she may continue to see to the flawlessness of your next stay.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and was one of the worst business hotels I have been to. Food was provided as a part of the business event but was generally horrific.

Room was large and somewhat clean but even though there was a balcony, I lacked fresh air. They are selling the linen etc, who on earth would buy? Nothing fancy or a bit interesting.

TV, nothing for free. Why have 2 TVs in a room?

To end on a positive note: Coffee machine in the room, was the best thing ever. Proper Starbucks coffee right in your room.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hello Evrim78, we would liek to offer our sincerest apologies. Your words help educate us about areas we need to improve on to help elevate our guests experiences. We hope that you will allow us to make the proper changes and be our guest again in the future. Should your travels bring you back to Miami, feel free to contact our Guest Relations Manager so that she may see to the flawlessness of your next stay. Be Well.
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Homestead, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

What was suppose to be a quick get-a-way for a conference did not turn out so good. We have stayed at the Westin Colonnade before and had a great time. We reserved a Townhouse suite. When we checked in, the front desk gave us our room key and when I asked about a late check out Monday, she advised that she could not because the hotel was totally booked. OK
When we got to our room it was not what we reserved but just a room with a kingsize bed. When I went to the front desk to advised, she stated that there must have been some misunderstanding. The problem with that is that it infers that a conversation occurred. She advised that no rooms were ready to go back upstairs and she would advise when it was ready.
Meanwhile 20 minutes later we receive a call who norms us that we don't have our room (the person hasn't checked out), so she offered to by some points for the downgrade and said if we wanted to change tomorrow I said no thanks. It went down hill from there.(Strike one)
No mini bar key, only one robe and the wall were so thin we could hear everything everyone said and did.(Strike two)
In the morning we went to have breakfast at SushiSamba (review to come) and that was strike three. We left and went to the Biltmore.
I hope it was just an off weekend...wife not a happy camper.

Room Tip: Don't get anything that is not a suite, the noise will keep you up all night.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hello Oscar R,

Our apologies that we did not have the townhouse you booked available. All of our rooms come with one standard bathrobe, additional bathrobs shoudl requested by calling out Service Express and additional amenities will be immediately sent by one of our housekeepers. If you could share your thoughts with me about SushiSamba so that I may pass it along to the restaurant management that would appreciated so that I can ensure that your experience there is corrected for the future (dwelch@westincoralgables.com). Again our apologies that you and your wifes trip did not go as planned. Should your travels bring you back to Miami, feel free to contact me so that she may continue to see to the flawlessness of your next stay.
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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

great location valet parked on Friday afternoon and never needed, great local places to hang out Locals is a must!! great food and craft beers
Mojitos in lobby @ 5 are a great addition to stay. friendly staff

Room Tip: rooms are great pool is on 2nd level with room acess to huge deck area great place to relax get some...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hello Mully1234, Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted to hear that you had such a great time enjoying everything there is to see in Coral Gables and our daily complimentary cocktail hour in the lobby. Should your travels bring you back to Miami we would be delighted to assist you in making more great experiences with us. Be Well.
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Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed at this hotel whilst visiting family. The hotel is situated close to the retail and business hub of Coral Gables. Plenty of tasty restaurants within walking distance. Staff and hotel were friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and a good size. I would definitely stay there on future visits.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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WestinC0ralGables, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Hello Joseaart,

Thank you for your gift of feedback. We are happy to hear your visit to The Westin Colonnade was flawless. We hope that should your travels bring you back to Miami, that you choose to visit us once again. Be Well.
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Property: Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Address: 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134-5425
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Location: United States > Florida > Coral Gables
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
#3 Green Hotel in Coral Gables
#4 Family Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 157
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Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is centrally located in the Coral Gables business district. We offer a retreat from the rigors of travel, yet still convenient to business, shopping, and dining. ... more   less 
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