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Essex House
Ranked #50 of 207 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Portland, Oregon
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“Updated vintage property in a great location!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

I stayed for just one night in November, for a one-hour business meeting followed by a night out. I chose Essex House because I wanted to stay in South Beach and I am an Art Deco enthusiast. The property is cozy with a European feel. My room was on the first floor. It was smaller than most new chain hotels, but this is what one would expect in an older building. In my opinion, it would be comfortable enough for two average-sized people with an average amount of luggage. The carpet, furniture, and bedding were new and crisp. The bathroom was kept up very well and the toiletries were nice (anything citrus scented is a good choice).

The front desk staff and bell staff were friendly and helpful. I met the Director of Operations while I was having dinner that night and he was nice and asked me about my stay.

They have a complimentary happy hour in the lobby each evening with wine and maybe snacks, but unfortunately I didn't get to take part as that was the exact time of my meeting. Zen Sai restaurant adjoins the lobby and I could not recommend it highly enough for food, drinks, and service. Really excellent bartenders there, I liked it so much I went before AND after my meeting.

They have a great patio adjacent to the entrance that is kept private from the street with planters. I really liked relaxing here - there are a few seating arrangements and you can have drinks and a smoke there.

Walking distance to some of the best spots in South Beach as well as the beach itself! Cost is reasonable-to-high for the area - I thought it was a good deal for what I got. If you are looking for Vegas Miami stay in North Beach. This one is a South Beach winner.

Room Tip: I had a nice view of a courtyard and fountain in my first floor room, but go higher if privacy is im...
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Stayed at Essex House for three day getaway. Rooms were clean and service was excellent. Location was perfect, adjoining the Clevelander Hotel and bar in the middle of South Beach. I would highly recommend a weekend at the Essex House.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

What a great place! Staff could not be any better! Cudos to the management! Stayed there three nights and enjoyed every minute. There are all kinds of bars and restaurants with is a short walk but check out the sushi restaurant off the lobby. Can't go wrong there! Right next door is the sister property The Clevelander with their outdoor bar area. This is THE PARTY PLACE in South Beach! Great crowd every night! Experience there is nothing short of remarkable!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester
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Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a suite which was well sized with good bathroom facilities.

The building has loads of character but after spending two weeks in the Florida Keys it looks a little tired in some places.

We also stayed on the ground floor which wasn't great. Having said that when you're partying on South Beach it hardly matters.

The hotel couldn't be situated in a better location with loads of bars and restaurants a moments walk away.

Also happy hour with free beers was a great touch!

In summary the hotel will more than fulfil your needs and for the money is exactly what you would expect .

Not quite a five star review but would happily stay again given the positives.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed at the Essex House for one night on our way back from Key West. This is a top notch managed hotel. The room was large and very clean and the staff was exceptional. We had some friends staying a different hotel and they moved to the Essex House after seeing our room. We are already planning a trip to South Beach and will definitely stay at the Essex House.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kerrykeel, Ireland
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Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

We Just returned from a great stay in miami and in particular Essex House hotel. I Can't say enough good things. All the staff were so helpful and friendly and we instantly felt at home here. The location is top class, rooms are perfect , clean and stylish. The storage room in the bedroom itself was very handy and allowed us to keep our bedroom clutter free. A big concern we had was that the rooms had no safes, and given we had had a very bad experience on our last trip in a hotel not far from the Essex house , we found all the staff to be honest and had no issues with valuables such as iPads , phones etc left in the room. This peace of mind was priceless. There are small safes at the front desk where you deposit your passport, cash etc...
The free beach towels were also a great bonus as was the tasty breakfast that was sufficient to set you off for the day. Essex house sister hotel the cleavelander where we enjoyed the perks of being an Essex house resident was the most happening spot in south beach and we spent more late nights there than we had planned.Its so much fun , It's a tough spot to leave .
All in all you will not be left disappointed with your choice of hotel in the Essex house, all aspects of this hotel are top notch and I would return there again in a heartbeat. Thank you all for helping to make our much look forwarded to trip live up to its expectations..

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adrian, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We stayed one night enroot to the Keys. The experience was awesome. Our rooms were clean and well furnished. The beds were comfortable. The hotel ambience was very relaxing. The staff that took care of us from the bell hop to the front desk clerk to the bartenders and everyone in between were the most courteous, polite and considerate people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They were over the top and made us feel like royalty. The Clevelander next door had a great happy hour during the lunch period and the food was fabulous. The night was filled with great music and a dance floor outside the Clevelander Hotel. The roof top views at the Clevelander can't be beat. We will be back for a vacation in South Beach at the Essex House and The Clevelander.

Room Tip: The Suites were very nice with huge bathrooms and jetted tubs.
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Property: Essex House
Address: 1001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139-5011
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#40 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#40 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#47 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Essex House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Essex House is an award-winning South Beach hotel in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Surrounded by nightclubs, cafes and designer boutiques, Essex House is an Art Deco landmark property in the heart of South Beach. The hotel features 70 rooms including 14 luxurious suites to help you leave all of your stress behind. Your stay includes complimentary continental breakfast, a daily happy hour at Zen Sai Restaurant, and access to the nightlife at our sister property, Clevelander South Beach, located just steps away on Ocean Drive. Essex House Hotel is the perfect choice when you want the best of all worlds. ... more   less 
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