Just returned from a week at the Manta Ray, which did not disappoint. The staff was helpful, welcoming and friendly from beginning to end. The property is just perfect, with a small, peaceful, comfortable feel, and a location right on the beach...just walk out of the room and you're there--which is exactly what we were looking for. The rooms (called "apartments") are spacious. We stayed in a one-bedroom, which included a full kitchen, 2 televisions (one nice big flat screen), very nice large bed, and a great shower. We didn't cook a lot, but when we did, we found all the pots, pans, dishes & utensils we needed were provided. Gerry, the housekeeper was also fabulous and very friendly and accessible.
The property is just a few blocks from the boardwalk, which has a number of places to eat and a couple small convenience stores, but we found it nice to rent a car for a few days, to have more restaurant and shopping options. We had a couple great meals at Boardwalk restaurants (La Plage and Las Brisas in particular), but in general, they were more overpriced than their downtown counterparts (we really enjoyed Universe Cafe-great calamari). Manta Ray provides free parking, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that we could easily visit Miami for the day (it took about 30min drive to get to Calle Ocho).
There was also free wireless internet, although the service was a bit spotty...I think they're working on that with their provider.
All in all, we had a really great stay, and definitely plan to return for another sunny relaxing retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our one- and two-bedroom suites are fully equipped to be your home away from home! We provide full daily maid service, free wifi, beach chairs, beach towels, gas grills, heated pool, complimentary movies, on-site laundry facilities, beach toys for your children. Forgot your sunscreen, beach umbrella or sand pail? Don't worry -- we are here to help you out! Rest and enjoy that cocktail as the sun sets and the children play in the sand. We have everything else covered. Hit the beach, hit the pool ... Leave the rest to us. Need to print your boarding pass? No problem! Let the office know and you can do it when the manager is there daily! Want to do something different? Ask us and we will help with creative and fun activities for all of you no matter what your preference! We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Ray Hotel Hollywood
- Manta Ray Motel