My wife and I stayed here for four days in October 2008.
The Westin Coral Gables is a nice place. I attended a business meeting here and was quite pleased with the room. However, I think anyone visiting the area from out of state (like us) will be disappointed.
In the real estate world, it comes down to location location location. And this hotel doesnt have it. Sure, its in a nice place, surrounded by Starbucks, and a some shopping, a few banks..etc.. However it offers none of the typical Miami / Florida outings. The beach is a half hour away by cab, and a one-way trip will cost you 40 bucks for a taxi.
Second, the pool, while beautiful, is on the third floor, and surrounded by the hotel, so tanning, or sun bathing is only an option about two hours a day.
Third, my pet peeve for "business traveler" hotels is the lack of internet availablitly. The Westin hits you for 12 bucks a day for internet access, and then tacks on another 19 for parking. Thus, the typical business traveler needs to add 31 bucks a day for their "amenities".
My thoughts, blow this place off, and stay at one of the 100 art deco places in South Beach - cheaper, walk to the beach, free internet, etc. Check out my other reviews for some suggestions.
Again, not bad, but just not worth the rather extravagant price.
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