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Impala Hotel
Ranked #14 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Terrific Alternative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hotel Impala is one block off Ocean Drive, smack in the middle of the most travelled bits of South Beach. The rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms very, very nicely done. The attached restaurant, Spigo, is outstanding. Much more preferable than staying right on the strip, unless you intend to get no sleep at all. Very helpful and friendly staff. Some of the rooms appear to have balconies that overlook the narrow courtyard. I suspect they're nicer than our non-balconied room. As for the photos and the description of being in the heart of the Italian (?) district, just don't believe everything you see/read. The hotel is pretty enough, but the online photos are glamour shots if ever I've seen one, and the neighborhood is no great shakes. I thought the taxi driver erred when he pulled up in front. Still, if I were to go back, I'd have to have a good reason not to stay here.

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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for this great review and the compliments about our staff! Just for your information, only one of our rooms has a balcony and that is our Master Suite. It overlooks Collins avenue and is simply beautiful! What I think you are referring to is our outside corridor leading to the Suites. Even though they do not have their own balcony (except for the Master Suite), this very cute and charming little outside corridor overlooks the courtyard and gives an intimate feel!
Please ask for one of these rooms when you come back to visit us!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Ten of us recently visited South Beach and stayed at The Impala. It's a quaint hotel, very reasonably priced with very helpful staff especially Christelle, located on Collins Avenue between 12 & 13th Street

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you again! I feel honored to be mentioned by all of you and I am glad you enjoyed your trip and the restaurants and activities we planned for you and your friends! It really was a pleasure assisting you and finally meeting all of you!!!
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North Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the relaxing cozy Impala Hotel April 24-28. Thanks to Maggie and Christelle all our questions were answered and vacation needs met. From cabs called to stamps for postcards, they took care of everything. This was a long awaited vacation, postponed by Super Storm Sandy on Long Island, and we were not disappointed. My husband and I and 4 other couples in our group look forward to another stay at the Impala in the near future.

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Thank Jeanette R
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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments! After what you have been through with Sandy, it had to be PERFECT!!! And I am glad you felt we lived up to your expectations! It was a true pleasure having you with us and please come back soon!!!
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Massapequa, Ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We spent four nights at the Impala with four other couples, and we were all pleased with the clean, comfortable accommodations, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Also enjoyed our breakfasts and group dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Our stay could not have been better.

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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review! I am glad you had a perfect stay! Thank you!
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Seaford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Our group of five couples spent four wonderful days at this delightful hotel. The accommodations were perfect, the staff was most attentive and welcoming.
Breakfast was a great start to our days, delicious and well presented. Dinner at SPIGA, the on sight Italian restaurant was first rate ! The courtyard was an oasis of visual green space for quiet time and relaxation.
Christelle, the Manager, cheerfully oversaw all details and made our stay most enjoyable. We were very pleased with the Impala Hotel and highly recommend it.

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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you to all of you! Your group was truly a delight and I am so happy to see that you all had a good time! I am happy everything went just as planned and that it all worked out for you and your friends! Thank you taking the time to share this review!
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Norcross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Really enjoyed the stay. All around great stuff.
Bathrooms were very nice, loved the shower.
I would go back!
Next time I need to get some tips on restaurants nearby - a little dissapointed with some of the places to eat locally. All so clubby/chainy/cliche/overpriced. I guess you have to go a bit further to get the mom and pop places.

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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for these great words about the Impala! I am sorry you were not properly advised regarding places to eat but we are developing our Concierge services to something much more complete and targeted to our guests' different needs. Please come again and you will see that there are many great places around us where you can eat at very reasonable prices. There are a lot of great little local spots and I will be happy to share them with you next time you are around!
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Fulshear, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We got married in Antigua then headed to south beach for a little fun to end our honeymoon. We stayed in this little jewel and loved every second of it! The staff was great, the room was nice and clean and location is perfect! We had dinner at the restaurant there also and it was amazing! No complaints for this place and will always stay here when in Miami.

Room Tip: We stayed in #100, it was the first one next to the lobby and it was quite. I would assume that woul...
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Thank deanamiller
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ChristelleTropina, General Manager at Impala Hotel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you Deana for this great review!
I am so glad that you enjoyed your room! I remember that you had entered a request for a quiet room on your reservation and even if room 100 is close to the lobby I knew you would enjoy it as it is much larger and spacious but most importantly very quiet (it overlooks the quiet alley between the hotel and the Webster next door!)
I wish you one more time all the happiness in the world and am very happy to have shared part of the journey with you!
Please come see us again...let's say for your 1st year anniversary for example??? :-)
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Property: Impala Hotel
Address: 1228 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4607
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#17 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#17 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#25 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Impala Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Italian Elegance in the middle of South Beach." Meditteranean gem hidden in the middle of South Beach, the Impala Hotel is the ideal base for your romantic getaway in Florida. Hidden from the intense activity of the surroundings, this soothing calm location will warmly welcome you in one of its 17 rooms. You will enter the property by walking underneath an archway, and then through a landscaped walkway and courtyard, passing by a fountain. Built by Gianni Versace's architect, the Impala Hotel features numerous elements originally intended for the Versace Mansion, including an Italian-made floor mosaic in the lobby. Comfortable rooms feature wrought iron fixtures, wood furniture, and luxury bathrooms with coral rock. You will enjoy a fine dining at the Spiga Restaurant, an Award-Winning authentic Italian establishment. ... more   less 
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