We are two adults in our mid-thirties. We stayed prior to a cruise, and, in the interest of honesty, booked as it was one of the last availalbe places in our price point (still understandably crazy) during ULTRA.
Check in/out - very different staff experiences. Arrived quite late, no smiles, greetings, 'how are you's'. Two desk clerks where it was like you could see them mentally flipping the coin for who would have to check us in. No information about the hotel provided - answered any questions with minimal interest. Directions on where to finr Mary Brickell were "go right". Terrible first impression - felt we weren't up enough on their 'hip' rating to warrant service. However, very pleasant and helpful check out clerk - tried to get us a taxi, and stayed on the line for about 20 mins. Not hisfault - TIP-for a taxi on a busy weekend, walk a few blocks with your luggage down to the gas station and wave one down. What might have been over an hour of frustrated calls solved in five mins.
Rooms-beautifully decorated and surprisingly spacious. Hallway areas are very dark, probably for 'cool' atmosphere (honestly, a bit try-hard). Large flat screen, super comfy bed, clean, and a complimentary fridge. No balcony - you likely have to ask for one. No views to speak of (they do not promote this, but keep your imagination in check).
Atmosphere-hotel feels like a youth hostel, but with 4* rooms. Very concrete, sparse. Breakfast offerings are available, but only saw hungover folk using the overpriced option. Plenty of places nearby. Around 9pm, cocktail bar in the lobby was underway - very young crowd, loud. Didn't bother us at all, but it's definately not a place to enjoy a relaxing drink.
Area-Mary Brickell Village is within walking distance - it's like an open air mall of sorts with multiple restaurants. McDonalds and Wendys are a shorter walk away (a block or so). Convenience store is a block away, with a decent selection of booze - stock up here for your fridge in the room. A more casual taco and a sushi place are also just down the block.
Do you book here?
If you're getting a good bargain, and are looking for a place with convenient walking distance to food, and don't mind the hostel vibe, sure. If you are looking for more upscale, classy, and near beach not so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrate your style at Aloft Miami-Brickell! Set in the financial district and minutes from Downtown, Port of Miami, Miami Beach, and major attractions like American Airlines Area and Bayside. Walk & explore -only a block from Brickell Metro train station and Mary Brickell Village (shopping, restaurants, nightlife, groceries).Our new Brickell hotel is unlike any other hotel in the Miami-Brickell area. You can mix and mingle over drinks and appetizers at our in-house W XYZ Bar. Relax in our Re:mix lounge, while shooting a game of pool and listening to some tunes. Plan a meeting in Tactic, our sleek meeting space, and come check out our beautiful Backyard for outdoor events!Rest easy, our guest rooms start on the 7th floor. Featuring loft-inspired rooms and suites with ultra-comfortable signature beds, oversized showerheads, custom amenities by Bliss Spa, and more. Every guest enjoys a 42" LED TV, desk with ergonomic desk chair, and connectivity station to maximize work and play.About Us:Aloft Miami-Brickell opened in August 2013. This vibrant and fresh hotel brand is a vision of W Hotels and part of Starwood. Offering 'Style at a Steal' this select-service hotel features loft-inspired rooms and suites set in a fresh and vibrant atmosphere. Offering 'Style at a Steal' this select-service hotel brand is doesn't feature room service, but does feature:(All items open 24 hours unless otherwise listed)* Re:fuel Grab & Go Snack Station- featuring healthy snacks, light meals, and sweet treats. * Re:mix Lounge- featuring mood music, a pool table, comfortable seating, and board games. * Re:charge Gym- connect your iPod/Android to brand new Life Fitness equipment, free weights, and yoga mats.* In-Touch Business Center- Check emails, print directions, or just surf the web.* W XYZ Bar- enjoy signature cocktails and appetizers. (5pm-12am)* Splash Pool- take a dive, swim some laps, or simply catch some rays. (6am-11pm)* Tactic Meeting Room- available for rent. ... more less
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