South beach can be overrated. I prefer not to stay at a boutique hotel on Ocean Dr or Collins Ave nor do I want to pay the ridiculous rates found on Miami beach.
Not quite a Category 6 to me. The lobby is large, loud, but very inviting and modern. The front staff can be a little more excited to see me, but I can understand it was that busy part of the evening where they get overwhelmed with check-in and needy foreign tourists.
I got a corner room #2003 with a fantastic view of the bay and the condo next door. Large room, comfortable king bed. Very clean. Bathroom a tad small, but we only used it to shower and stuff. Best part was a small balcony with two chairs to enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
If you are an Elite and have access to the Exec lounge, you're in luck. They have apps and pastries in the evening and the morning breakfast spread is extremely impressive. If you don't have access, there is breakfast and starbux downstairs.
Didn't get to use the pools since South Beach is a short and convenient 10 min drive.
Self Parking is $24 per night so no surprise.
Overall, an very enjoyable stay, worth my 30,000 points.
- Free Wifi