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“Not ready for Prime Time!” 1 of 5 stars
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W South Beach
Ranked #6 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Mississippi
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not ready for Prime Time!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

Ok, so I had 4 nights booked at the W in the Mega Suite. Got to the hotel, asked the front desk person which Mega suites were available, he said he would check, but blew it off. He just handed me room keys. Went up to the room. Ugh. It looks great in pictures, but the room itself was horrid. The room was not properly cleaned, there was remnants in the back of the toilet bowl from the previous guest if you know what I mean. There was a pair of little kids underwear in the closet from the prior guest. Went up to look at the upper area. Wow, this is where it got worse. All of the wood is very aged looking and a bit rotten looking. This place has been open a year if that? The railing up to the private pool was loose and the metal had rust all over it. The floor tiles up there had rust stains and there was a cat 5 cable taped to the floor from one end to the other. This is a 4 star hotel? The floors up there were very dirty and had hair all over the place. The outdoor shower bases get in the way and I can totally see people falling over them. The door to the outside to the upstairs did not lock and had no blinds. You can lay in bed, look up and the sun shines in and you can see other rooms as well. There is a door that goes out to the tennis courts right from the back of the upstairs terrace. So having a door that does not lock is not a good thing. So we go downstairs to talk to the Manager. He very condescending and offered us an unrealistic offer for a hotel of this caliber. So we checked out the next day. If you want to stay at this hotel, get ready to over pay for a sub standard room if you pick the Mega. The hotel lobby was beautiful and the grounds looked to be nice even though I did not go down there. Oh, the sinks did not drain properly either. This place is not ready for prime time. They have a lot of kinks to work out before being a top hotel. The staff was not friendly at all and thought they were all someone since they worked in South Beach. Uh, okay. You are a staff member at a hotel in south beach, you are not a celebrity, don't act like you are. I would never stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Zoomzilla
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

I stayed at the W South Beach for a couple of nights in February. The hotel is beautiful with amazing public areas and a beautiful pool. The rooms are huge and extremely modern. I got an Oasis Suite which had a beautiful ocean view. All in all I loved the hotel and the bar/lounge they have my only gripe is the service. Although they are not rude they aren't exactly very nice either.... they can definitely improve on this. Overall I would stay here again as the hotel it top notch (location, rooms, physical building/facilities)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Thank wgafster09
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Philadelphia PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

Spent a week at the W in early March for a conference. The hotel is trendy, cool, comfortable and fun. The food is excellent and the service is superb. I expected the hotel staff to be a bit stand-offish, but their friendliness actually prompted me to write a letter of praise to the hotel's manager...something that I've never done before. I'll definitely come back to play.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank babs96
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

There are a lot of high and low points to the W South Beach location. When traveling to the only 5 star hotel in the area my expectations are always high. Unfortunately, not all of these expectations were met.

Upon arrival our front desk person Daniel was very kind and helpful and there was no delay checking in at all. When we got to our room overlooking the Days Inn, I was appalled at the street noise level. Thankfully the patio doors seemed to help drown that out considerably. The room seemed clean until you made the mistake of wiping your hand on the counter at the minibar-Yuck. Also, there was a rotten grape under my side of the bed that I managed to step on and squash-double yuck.

The housekeeping problems continued the next day when we were out of shampoo and body gel and none was ever replaced. Ridiculous!

The highest point of our entire stay was Joshua who tends bar at the living room. He was truly an artist! He was pleasant , incredibly knowledgeable and attentive. If the entire hotel was like Josh we would have fallen in love, alas-it was not. Previous comments about the pool chaise lounges are continuing and I think something needs to be done about it if you are charging $700 a night. Either you are luxury hotel or you aren't, but they can't seem to decide here.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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1 Thank sammysmom2311
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

W South Beach is a refreshing change from the likes of the Shore Club / Delano etc. I wouldnt say better - just different. Beautifully decorated - it is sleek and cool... and sexy. Service was very good. Rooms are beautiful... Great Views of the beach. My only complaint with 'trendy' hotels is that often staff members have 'attitude problems'. Thankfully at the W only a couple of people fit into that category. Ate at MR. CHOW - Awesome (but expensive - $600 for 4 people) Random comment - The Pool chairs / Cabanas all of which are wooden already are starting to look old and worn.....?? Overall - Go for it. FABULOUS South Beach experience.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank ADDF
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Midland Park, New Jersey
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

I just returned from a long weekend at the W South Beach with 5 of my girlfriends. What an amazing place! We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite that was truly unbelievable with 2 huge bathrooms, a media room, 3 terraces and a media room. We were on the 17th floor and had great views with literally no noise from the bar or street below. We are 36 so I was a little nervous about the "Scene" at the W but we had a great time and never felt like people were snooty or pretentious. There were a few families at the hotel but it seemed to be mostly couples or groups of friends.

The pool was so gorgeous and the food, drinks and service were excellent. The burger at the pool was worth every penny as was the Watermelon Aqua Fresca, a sweet drink made with water, sugar and big chunks of watermelon - yumm. As another reviewer mentioned, you definitely need to grab lounges at the pool before 10am or they're gone. They do have another smaller pool where we ended up one day and it was fine for laying out but that pool's not heated. The beach was also nice with comfortable chairs for free and umbrellas for $15, cabanas for $30.

The service in general at the hotel was very accomodating however we were promised a late check out (4pm) but were advised the night before that they could not honor it. My only other complaint was that they do not offer free wireless in the rooms and they charge you $5.95 per 15 minutes to use the computers in their "Wired" room. We paid $1,600 a night for a suite and to not offer free internet is just silly. I stayed at a Holiday Inn a few weeks ago that offered computer service for free! For that reason alone, I gave 4 stars instead of 5!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ejh259
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Boston, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

The W on South Beach is a reflection of its surroundings - it's beautiful, buzzing with energy, trendy, sheik, and just over the top. It feels like there's always a party happening and if you're in Miami for a wild and crazy night followed by some sun at the pool/beach. This is a great spot. It's not quiet and it's not cheep, but it's an experience.

We enjoyed the (relatively) low key Living Room Bar on the first floor and the excellent set up at the beach and the pool. It was a great way to experience Miami. We’re not really “night club” people so the seemingly constant dance music was a bit much, but we just considered it part of South Beach way of life.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank bearjp
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Property: W South Beach
Address: 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1717
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — W South Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 395
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The W South Beach, wake up to spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic or wind down to scenic sunsets in 395 rooms and bungalows featuring the best of resort living. ... more   less 
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