When choosing our Miami hotel we were horrified at the typical prices for anything that wasn't a fleapit, so we started looking a little beyond Miami Beach and central Miami. The reviews of The Mutiny Hotel gave us some hope that it would be a good choice and we were mostly very satisfied.
Coconut Grove has a quiet suburb feel - typical North American villagey style (though it still manages rubbish like Hooters). There are a few decent restaurants (check reviews!) and some fastfood places. A decent smallish supermarket is a short walk from the hotel along the waterfront road.
The danger with choosing to stay some distance from the centre of a US destination is the usual lack of public transport options (we weren't driving). We researched our options before deciding on The Mutiny and were surprised/relieved to see that there was a local bus that connected Coconut Grove with two Metrorail stations. From there we could get to Downtown Miami and then onwards by bus to Miami Beach (total travel time about 60 mins). The Mutiny is a bit more than a mile from Coconut Grove Station, so we walked most of the time, catching the local bus on occasion. The biggest downside? The local bus didn't coordinate well with the train sometimes, and Metrorail was definitely seedy at times (the worst place is actually the interchange to the buses at Government Center).
Our apartment was a great size and we were very happy with the kitchen facilites. The bathroom had a few quirks, but was ok, and housekeeping sometimes forgot to leave detergent (but at other times actually put the dishwasher on for us unexpectedly). From other reviews it seems that the state of the rooms varies a lot, in part depending on whether the rooms are hotel- or individually-owned. I would make a point of asking for a quiet room, as the hotel sees a lot of wedding parties.
We found staff to be generally helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Few destinations can boast such a distinctive and colorful character as Coconut Grove. In the heart of this tropical paradise sits The Mutiny Hotel, a luxurious all-suite property neighboring the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay. A bright swatch of coral set against the intensely blue South Florida sky, the Mutiny's 12-story tower epitomizes the South Florida style; vibrant colors compliment chic accommodations elegantly decorated in a modern-lavish motif. Long a playground for the elite, The Grove - as it is known by locals - is also a second home to many celebrities, artists, and jetsetters. Its entertainment and shopping district reflects the quirky-yet-sophisticated nature of its residents, and visitors can find everything from haute couture to haughty kitsch in the many shops at CocoWalk, steps from The Mutiny's front door. After all, where else can you see stars in broad daylight, dance through an island festival, and enjoy dinner at a funky cafe? Only at The Mutiny. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mutiny Hotel Coconut Grove