Usually Tripadvisor reviews match my experience of a place, but once in a while the generally expressed opinion is so far from my own that I'm left wondering if I stayed in the same place that others are describing. This hotel was one of those times, and in this case, I think that the rooms might vary tremendously in different parts of the hotel, resulting in widely varying impressions of the place. On the upside, the hotel has a lovely facade and art deco lobby. The continental breakfast is adequate and the overpriced bar is attractive and presided over by an entertaining bartender named John. The blackout curtains are a nice touch and a helpful porter named Alfredo was another highlight of our stay.
Our room was a deluxe queen in the north building, and I'll quote the website here "...highlighted by a distinctive carpet pattern of chocolates and tans. Dressed all in white, the clean lines of the modern furniture compliment the dreamy white walls, a charming contrast to the beautiful original black and white local photography." OK. In reality, the carpet was stained with large rips near the door, and the walls were more dreary than dreamy and the view was of a narrow alleyway. The bed was rock hard, the lighting poor, the bedding cheap and the pillows flat. The plaster in the small bathroom was peeling and the TV was of the pre-flat screen variety. There was no coffee maker or mini-bar, the "superior bath amenities" are by Bath & Body Works and their "super-soft cotton bathrobes" are of an un-luxurious waffle fabric in a cotton-poly blend. Don't get me wrong: it wasn't a horrible experience; we didn't hate it here; but between the rave reviews on this site and the effusive prose on the hotel's website, we were left feeling disappointed and a little bit duped.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Moon Hotel, Autograph Collection is ideally located on Collins Avenue, combining two historic Miami Beach hotels via an arched breezeway. Unwind in the relaxation pool at this Florida beauty or on the sky-lit patio with breathtaking views of South Beach. Enjoy our fresh take on modern American fare and crafted cocktails at FIX restaurant and lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Moon Miami Beach
- Hotel Blue Moon