After reading a lot of reviews on area hotels, we chose Grand Beach because it was a bit further down from the craziness of South Beach. Ironically, it was the distance from the shopping and restaurants that was a disappointment! On paper, the distance doesn't look too bad, but in reality you can't walk to shopping, and maybe to a few restaurants---but not after dark for these two ladies. With weekend traffic on Collins Ave, a taxi to the Lincoln Rd. promenade was about $15-20; we did take the bus on one occasion, but it took 30+ minutes to go about 5 miles.
The hotel itself was very nice, just right for a long weekend. There are A LOT of kids at the pool, and dirty diapers in the bathrooms. We stuck to the beautfiul beach and adult pool on the 7th floor. Oddly, the bar at the adult pool was closed most of the time--which was inconvenient. No one enforces the "adult only" aspect of the pool, so the first day a guest had her screaming toddler there for several hours. The view from our oceanfront suite was perfect.
The staff we encountered were very friendly--especially at the coffee bar in the lobby. I do find it annoying that an 18% gratuity is included in everything--even the can of diet coke I purchased over the counter! The restaurant at the pool is average, at best. Very slow service and the food is just OK. We walked down the beach to the Eden Roc outdoor grille, and it was wonderful. The service there was impeccable--and the pool area and bar were way more impressive than Grand Beach. But of course, Eden Roc is in a different $$$ category :)
All in all, a great weekend and a nice hotel stay. If you don't mind paying for a taxi or have the patience to take the bus, the location won't be an issue.
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