My family, (Dad, Mom, 16 & 13 year olds) stayed at the Marriott South beach for one night, pre-cruise. We arrived at the hotel at 2:30 pm, plenty of time to go for a walk, sightsee, have a late lunch, hit the beach and pool and then have a late dinner. The Marriott met our desire to do all of these things in a pretty setting close to the water with a comfortable room. We were about 15 minutes from the Cruise Port via taxi. All in all, this Marriott is a very good Pre-cruise hotel.
This Marriott is in South Beach which we had never seen. The hotel is about 5 blocks from the thick of South Beach action, which is great for families, or if you want a quieter stay within walking distance of nightlife. As you leave the hotel, turn right and walk up Ocean Drive, past very interesting Art Deco buildings on your left and the beach on the right. There is an outstanding Gelato stand on the left, about 2 -3 blocks from the hotel. When you get to 7th and Ocean Drive, turn left and walk one block to Collins and you are in the thick of ritzy shops, cool restaurants, fun bars.
For those with mobility issues. The hotel entrance has a semi-steep circular driveway. At the top of the drive, the main entrance is a set of about 15 steps. However, as you face those steps from the bottom, walk to your left, past the Maserati on display in the drive (my 16 year old loved it!) and behind the Maserati is an elevator that will take you to the lobby and the upper floors,
The hotel is a renovated Art Deco building with very modern and comfortable decor in the rooms. The bed was supremely decadent, we had a wonderful nights sleep. The bathrooms are spotless, modern and have showers with a luxurious waterfall/body spray design.
We had a city view room, and could see the cruise ships departing from the port from our balcony . We also saw flocks of "wild" parrots/parakeets roosting in the palm trees.
The staff at this hotel were very friendly. They are good ambassadors for the hotel brand. One of the front desk staff gave us excellent food recommendations to non-touristy places with good food.
The only disappointing part of the hotel was the food in the beach restaurant. It's a pretty spot, the staff is very friendly and very fast with service and the drinks were very good. The food wasn't bad, but it was bland and not a good value for the price. It was on par with what you get at other hotels, so it wasn't horrible, but new recipes and more flavor would be welcome.
There is an interesting tiny Aviary on the hotel's back patio with birds, plants, and other things. The patio has cabanas, a fountain, comfortable lounge chairs, a restaurant/bar, and two pools and a hot tub. It's a pretty, relaxing space with a beautiful view of the beach.
The beach is down a set of about 15 stairs (I didn't see a lift for mobility, so ask the front desk) through a gate and about 200 yards down a brick walkway to the beach access point. Take your room card with you; to get back to the Marriott, you need to use your room card to unlock the gate. The Marriott has a beach chair setup to the left of the access point with a kids' play area stocked with toys, and beach bar service. The chairs have flags you can raise to get beach service. It's a very nice wide beach with clean water, soft sand and easy entry into the water. Sadly, some of the beach patrons left trash near their chairs on the sand, although I saw staff cleaning the beach.
The Marriott is next to a pretty public park, that you can access from the front of the hotel, not from the back. That gives the beach area in front of the Marriott a more quiet feel than further up the beach. It's not private, just not mobbed.
I can definitely recommend this Marriott for Pre-cruise stays. We had a nice stay and it was a great way to kick off our vacation.
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