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Marriott Stanton South Beach
Ranked #22 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Northern Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Perfect Pre-Cruise Hotel”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

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.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Dear Guest:
Thank you for providing such a detailed description of your stay at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the ultimate South Beach experience and are thankful to be able to interact with such kind and generous guests. We are happy that you found our hotel to be such an ideal vacation spot. We appreciate your feedback in regards to our beach service, we are always looking for ways to improve. Thanks for taking the time to share this review; we'd love to have you back!
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Perfect Location on the Ocean Drive Strip.
Its quiet when you want to sleep. Believe me, we were there during spring break. rooms are quiet.
Its close enough to go out at night to all the clubs and restaurants. You can walk to anything. Everything fun is only about 400-500 yards away.
The beach is 50 feet from your hotel. The service is very good.
The Hotel is spotless and its safe for families.
The rooms are good. They are comfortable for a family of four (2 teenagers). The shower is not very good though. The door swings into the shower. You need to put down some towels. Horrible design. Bathroom is good size, Water pressure Is great , design stinks
All you need in South Beach is a fun attitude, a ton of money, and great pair of very dark sunglasses.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Everyone from the valet to the cleaning folks are first class.
The only cons at this hotel are that they nickel and dime you. You need to pay for WIFI. Its 2014 Marriott. The rooms are already overpriced, add another few bucks and add wifi.
The parking is expensive. Daily rate is $35
The Marriott should also put a ATM on the beach. The drinks and the food are good but way overpriced. But it is South beach.
Bottom line: Hotel is terrific, but bring your wallet, you will need it!!!!

Room Tip: Face the beach. Great view plus there is less noise at night
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Dear Guest:
I’d like to thank for sharing your experience at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay though we apologize for the inconvenience you encountered with the shower in your room. You can be rest assured that we take all feedback we receive under serious consideration. In regards to your comment about the wireless internet fee, it is important for us to point out, we offer complementary wireless internet at the hotel's lobby; we also have a 24 hours business center, free of charge for all our guests. In reference to your comment about our parking fee, please be aware parking is very limited in South Beach and therefore all hotels in the area, as well as city parking lots charge a parking fee. Our hotel does offer a safe place for your vehicle with unlimited in and out access. Thank you for your positive comments on our staff's level of service, we take great pride in their accomplishments. Should you plan to visit our area again, I hope The Marriott Stanton South Beach will be your preferred choice for your home away from home.
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Atlanta
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Love this hotel! Have stayed in the past with kids, this trip was just us. Great location on the quiet(ish) end of Ocean Dr.
Friendly staff. Deco restaurant has great fish tacos. Kirwin's by the driveway has the best toasted coconut ice cream. And my other favorite--Starbucks is right there too.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 5, 2014
Dear Guest:
It is always a pleasure to welcome our previous guests back. Thank you for your post about your fantastic stay at the Marriott Stanton South Beach! We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the ultimate South Beach experience and are thankful to be able to interact with such kind and generous guests. We are happy that you find our hotel to be such an ideal vacation spot. Thanks for taking the time to share this review; we look forward to serving you again soon and hearing your feedback after your return stay.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

The rooms and location of this hotel was excellent. I did not have the chance to partake in any of the amenities of the hotel because I was in town for a business conference. But the location is right on South Beach and the views from the patio are nice. While I was at the hotel there was construction on the street side of the hotel and woke up to backing trucks in the mornings so that was a slight negative for me.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear Guest:
I’d like to thank for sharing your experience at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. While I am happy to hear that you liked our location and our views, I would like to express my apologies for the interruption you experienced due to the construction that is currently taking place across the street. Miami Beach is a city that's growing and there are quite a few constructions taking place in the area. Unfortunately, we do not have control over it, however, I highly suggest you reserve an ocean front room for your next stay at our hotel. Above all, we wish for our guests to have the most attentive and superior service possible, and we make it our priority to provide that. For business or pleasure, should you plan to visit our area again, I hope The Marriott Stanton South Beach will be your preferred choice for your home away from home.
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Regretfully, due to a snow storm in the northeast, our pre-cruise stay at this property was abbreviated. However, the one night we stayed was a wonderful.

Our check in experience was very efficient and with in moments, we were sent to our room. Valet parking is the typical price for South Beach. However, the vehicle remained in the hotels garage which made it easy when leaving the following day.

I was traveling with my wife, daughter and niece (both 15). They were able to enjoy the pool and outstanding pool service in the morning prior to checking out.

We did not eat at the hotel restaurant but while the girls were at the pool, my wife and I walked to a nearby Cuban restaurant for a great breakfast.

We were in a room which had not been renovated but it was very clean and well maintained. The water pressure was good and the towels were what you would expect from a higher-end Marriott.

We will, without question choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear Guest:
Thank you for your post about your fantastic stay at the Marriott Stanton South Beach ! We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the ultimate South Beach experience and are thankful to be able to interact with such kind and generous guests. Thank you also for your positive comment on our staff's level of service, we take great pride in their accomplishments. Thanks for taking the time to share this review; we'd love to have you back!
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A very special thanks to all staff super nice and welcoming and a particular one to George and Gloria at the 11th floor executive lounge who s always made breakfast a very good moment on the beautiful terrace!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Guest:
Thank you for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. Thank you also for your positive comments on our staff's level of service, we take great pride in their accomplishments. I hope you will consider The Marriott Stanton South Beach as your host hotel when traveling back to area.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stayed for 4 nights with my husband. Staff all very friendly and helpful...especially the dining and pool staff.

We had breakfast included with our room rate and the buffet was very good. Same items for 4 days straight, but everything fresh and the omelet/fresh waffle station was delicious. Buffet is $26pp if not in your room rate and I would not say it is worth $52 for breakfast, so if it hadn't been included we would have gone elsewhere.

The room was clean if on the small side and the king bed was really comfortable. Balcony was big but we looked out over the adjacent park...and hence the construction going on so we didn't spend much time sitting out there. Bathroom is small - a bit of a challenge when 2 people are trying to get ready at the same time - but the shower pressure was good and there was hot water when we wanted it. On the cons...the air conditioning got progressively louder each night making the final night not restful and our fridge did not cool at all. The safe failed to lock while we were heading out and they did send someone up within 5 minutes to take care of it. We did have one day where they failed to clean our room...but that doesn't upset us like it might some.

We used the pool two days...and found it to be very pleasant. Staff was attentive, pool temp was perfect, and the view enjoyable. We did not use the beachfront chairs so can't comment on those...we thought they were part of the room package but were told once we were there that they weren't. We decided to save the $30/day rental and hang at the pool for free.

Location was great. Close enough to enjoy all the action on Ocean Dr and Collins, but far enough away to sleep each night. Starbucks conveniently next door and bike rental right in the park. We love to walk so after getting from the airport we spent the days & nights on foot to dinner and fun and found everything we needed within walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Erenia M, Guest Relations Manager at Marriott Stanton South Beach, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Dear Guest:
Thank you for providing such a detailed description of your stay at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. While I am happy to hear about your overall experience with us, I would like to express my apologies for the inconveniences you encountered. You can be rest assured that we take all feedback we receive under serious consideration and use it to improve our guests' experiences every day. Above all, we wish for our guests to have the most attentive and superior service possible, and we make it our priority to provide that. Let us know when you head back to South Beach; we value your business and your input, and I hope that you will consider letting us host you again to see the improvements we've made and show you a hassle free vacation!
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Property: Marriott Stanton South Beach
Address: 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139-7212
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > South Pointe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#18 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
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Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Stanton South Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 236
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