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“Very Pleasant Stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of W South Beach

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W South Beach
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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New York City
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very Pleasant Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

I don't really love South Beach, to tell you the truth. It's often sceney and pretentious and generally irritating. W South Beach is sceney, but it isn't pretentious. Staff were all very nice. There were a few blips in housekeeping as some other reviewers have pointed out. (One of our trash cans disappeared, never to return.) But the staff was very, very honest, we found. We left a tip for them, without a thank you note one day. We returned to find the bill still in place. In days after, we were careful to include a thank you note.

Our studio room came with a mini fridge, microwave and very stylish cutlery, china and cups for four. Housekeeping did our dishes, daily.

The lounge serves excellent cocktails by any standard. The restaurant, Solea, is good, as well, though its star chef, Marc Vidal, left earlier this year. The paellas are still very good. The beach and pool are well attended.

Like other W hotels, this one is beautifully decorated. We liked the art for the most part, though I found the Hello Kitty sculptures out front a bit odd.

I think all rooms have a balcony that faces the ocean. Ours was a gorgeous place to watch the sun rise.

Our only real complaint had to do with something the hotel probably doesn't have a lot of control over: The hotel was SWARMING with extremely obnoxious, ostentatiously Prada-wearing Russian women. One woman I was in an elevator with stared and giggled snarkily after another hotel guest (middle aged and not anorexic) got on the elevator, eating a sandwich. Her boyfriend looked on, smirking. I felt a bit like slapping them and the other hotel guest looked extremely embarrassed.

Other than some of the deplorable guests (which I suppose might be unavoidable in South Beach), the hotel was a real pleasure to stay in. It's a pleasant, 10 to 15 minute walk along the boardwalk to Lincoln Rd. (16th St.), where there are a lot of restaurants and shops. Many are touristy, but a few are both touristy and very good.

We didn't try the Acura service, but supposedly, the hotel will drop you off anywhere in South Beach, with advanced notice. They don't pick you up from the airport. Cab fare was a flat $32 rate. (Cabs do not turn on the meter.) It's a 45 minute to 1 hour trip to the Everglades.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fairhope, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

I just stayed one night and absolutely loved it!!! Wish I could stay more but had to move to downtown hotel for work. I found the service to be awesome. Anytime I asked for anything it was no problem! The rooms are amazing and smell incredible. Bed super comfortable. Will go back in a second. Loved it loved it!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2011

Stayed for two nights to celebrate DH's birthday! Used free night awards. Otherwise cannot imagine paying the outrageous prices listed on spg.com. The best available rate was more than $800 a night during our stay! Not even worth half that.
Room was beautiful and well-furnished. Lovely balcony with comfy chairs and amazing ocean/beach views. Good housekeeping (except various walls and furniture still had moving tags and painter's tape!). Loved in room coffee and fridge. Typical W bathroom with great Bliss products.
Nice beach set-up with chaise lounges, towels, and umbrellas. Pool scene was pretty ludicrous - the pool itself is lovely, the jockeying for seats is typical for the area (and well controlled by the staff), but the crowd was so bizarre - it was like someone moved a band of Williamsburg beard-growing hipsters to the beach! There was also a lot of smoking. The restaurants and lobby bar were a complete disappointment.
Note: The hotel is next to Collins Park - make sure you check whether there are any events scheduled at the park during your stay. We overlapped with Art Basel Miami. There was an "art" concert in the park right on the beach that our room faced; it involved someone screaming the F word over and over and over again and went on for hours. We called the hotel when it started and asked to be moved to the other side of the hotel only to be told that side was completely full. The next day we got to listen to construction all day long as the concert area was dismantled. What I found most disturbing is that I asked for a quiet room at reservation and check-in and no one told us about the concert or construction issues. In response to our complaints no one was able to give us an answer why we weren't warned about the concert so that we could have asked for a different room at check-in or found another hotel. We were given back some points, but it really didn't make up for the lost sleep and aggravation.
Enjoy Miami!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

We were there over New Years so it was very busy. Still service was excellent. Room was beautiful and modern but the white tile throughout was not that clean and was never cleaned well the whole week we were there. Other than that everything was great. The food at both restaurants was amazing, the spa lovely, the lobby breathtaking, the bar hopping. The pool area was busy but not uncomfortably and service there was exceptional. I dont have much to say because really this was a flawless experience.
Oh - except the wood slat shades in the bedrooms dont block the light well so if you want to sleep in be prepared to do it in bright light.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BreezyPalms
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Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

After a week in a suite at the four seasons decided to try for a couple of days a one bed with den (accommodation that sleeps 4) at this W hotel. Room was ready with 1h50m delay at 5.50pm. Went out for dinner, asked housekeeping to prepare the bed (sofa bed to be pulled out and sheets set) for my kids: came back at 10pm from dinner and bed was not done. A guy in black shirt came after 20 minutes with no idea about how to do a bed: I helped him! Went to bed to find out a bed side lamp was missing and main light in living room not working. Next day I was woken up at 9 by housekeeping; so I set the do not disturb sign outside, went for breakfast with family to come back in room at 10.30 and found housekeeping dangling the toilet brush around the living room while shuffling sheets and other stuff. I needed to get ready for a day out so asked the cleaning lady to leave and went straight to reception asking to talk to manager. Manager was not available but was told he would have called me. He never did. AVOID this HOTEL at all costs, unless you desperately want to spend time in this glitzy new building. I am sure there is better service around. Not a matter of price, it just does not live up to the hype they want to generate and performes a very poor service.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Angi00
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

I am a starwood platinum member and always enjoy the W hotels. I cannot imagine why anyone would stay at any other hotel. This is absolutely the one hotel that is always at full occupancy. Of course Miami has many other fine properties but this W is by far the best choice for anyone visiting south beach. make sure to registeras an spg guest and once you get your status upgraded to will receive many incredible benefits. The W hotel will always WOW you.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Westondrive
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Southwest
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2010

No towels, coffee or amenities in room upon check in. Next day same thing regarding housekeeping. On the positive side we did mention the problem at check out the next day and was granted a $100.00 credit to our bill for our inconvenience.
Hotel welcoming staff was ok, but with 8-10 staff standing around just talking among themselves seemed a bit excessive , they could have attended to guests.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank FuninVail
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Property: W South Beach
Address: 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — W South Beach 4.5*
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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