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Viscay Hotel
Ranked #91 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Burnley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Happy days”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Happy days, was here for England qualifiers, just what needed, somewhere reasonable priced, clean and bang on for location, bit outdated but very reasonable. Been to few different hotels in miami and this was not one to complain about. Great staff. With everything on doorstep

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

For a one night stay prior to a cruise it ticked all the boxes. Clean comfortable and air-conditioned with friendly staff was all I needed. Beach and restaurants are on your doorstep while Lincoln Mall shopping a few blocks away. Although as a tourist there are other US shopping areas I'd prefer for value. Considering the silly prices for accommodation in this area it represented good value. No lift but luckily only one floor to drag the wife's cases up. The breakfast is what I term an 'extra fifteen minutes in bed breakfast' however it is 'free' . What is not free though is the service where a hotel minds your luggage if say you have a later flight or in my case a later check in for an evening cruise departure. Three Dollars per bag/case was the charge to store them in a small store room . Not a fortune I agree but have never been charged before in similar circumstances.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

The Viscay is a great little hotel situated in an excellent location on Collins and 10th. I had a large spacious room on the 2nd floor which had a great kitchen space and large comfy bed with space for sofa, dining table and two chairs. All staff I met were friendly and attentive, the breakfast was a welcome addition, though it's also great to sample breakfast on one of the many restaurants on Ocean Drive, situated one block away. Traffic noise could be heard but thus is South Beach and should be expected.
I would definitely stay here again as its in a great location and excellent value for money.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

You might not notice the Viscay Hotel from the street, but it is a very good option in South Beach. The hotel feels very authentic Art Deco, with vintage furnitures and plumbing. It is very clean and well kept.
Although it is very central, this is not too noisy. (Our room was on 10th street. A room on Collins Road might be less calm.)

Two minor things to improve: The wi-fi does not work very well. The signal was low in our room. Also, when you leave a couple of hours after check out, you have to store your bags in the hall, next to the front desk. The luggage is always attended but still, I would be better to have a storage room for more safety.

All in all very good option in South Beach!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Georges O
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Barbara Capitman was largely responsible for the movement to preserve the Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach. One of the late period art Deco structures saved is now the Viscay hotel. Dating from 1941, it is not as flamboyant as some others, but it has a quiet, gracious charm. There is a tenet not all that often followed in rehabilitating old buildings. “don't tear out good work”. The Viscay was rehabbed by someone who did follow this concept, and the result is very pleasing.
Main lobby is clean, spare and tastefully appointed. up a few steps is a sitting area used for the modest breakfast included in the room rate. The guest room access hallway is the first place I noticed something unusual afoot, The hall floor appears to be the original fir plank. Now in a deep finish with a runner over the main walking area. Matching runners also cover the stairs. I certainly did not expect to see wood floors in Miami, much less original ones. The 1st floor hall had an array of multi pane mirrors to provide a sense of space and decorative interest and a very large one on the landing to the 2nd floor. This vintage one so big that it has a cool optical distortion that makes for interesting viewing. There is no elevator, pool or outdoor private area for hotel guests.

Following other reviewers advice and only needing 1 bed for our stay, we took first floor room 6 facing away from 10th and well back from Collins ave. Rooms here are accessed with a real metal key that opens the original or vintage solid wood room door. Your keyring also includes one for the always locked 10th avenue entrance. The room had nubby stucco finish masonry walls with some arches and rounded corners all painted in a cool tone neutral tint. HVAC was from an air handler high on the inner wall instead of the under window location commonly seen. the unit operated by a digital display controller adjustable in single degree F steps. The low fan setting was quiet. A roomy closet, built-in peninsula table, bureau and wall mounted flat panel TV occupied one side of the room. A 6 foot counter with microwave, coffee maker and cube refrigerator beneath was in the entry alcove immediately by the door. useful space. freestanding queen bed with 1 bedside table, lamp and a wide armchair occupied the other wall. Bed had a firm supportive mattress and pillow selection that worked for both stomach and side sleepers.
Large double framed jalousie style pair of windows with venetian blinds and curtains presented a south view of the open space between Viscay and the adjacent hotel. No view to speak of, but several tall palm trees were established there and the windows gave good light thru the daylight hours. we could hear doves cooing nearby at several times during our stay. The floor of the room was a well done recent installation of cream colored tile. Cool underfoot.

Next to the deco style bureau was a narrow doorway into the bathroom.
Our bathroom most fully demonstrated the “don’t tear out good work” ethos. Vintage tile, tub, toilet and jalousie window blend with a modern pedestal sink/ultramodern HansGrohe faucet.
4 foot enameled tub was as clean and unstained as any new piece currently for sale. The vintage wall and floor tile, while worn at the floor entry and cracked in a few spots was all well seated and well grouted with no stains. all cracks were grouted tight to leave no gaps or edges. The original cross handle controls for the shower are true retro. Modern shower head mounted high on the wall presented no issues for 6 foot me to stand under. You do have to step back in time to adjust temperature with individual hot + cold controls and a diverter handle, but pressure was good and the faucets did not leak or drip. The bathroom did not have a fan, but the operable jalousie window quickly cleared any steam or moisture buildup. Biggest concerns here would be for those who would have difficulty passing through a 22 inch wide doorway or standing on a smooth untextured tub floor, or wishing for a longer, modern standard 5 foot tub. Vintage tub floor level is nearly the same height as the room floor, so egress is somewhat better than modern fiberglass units.

Our room was well sheltered from street noise, but emergency vehicle sirens and heavy trucks were still audible. Breakfast was a modest affair with toast, bagels, pastry, cold cuts & sliced cheese juice & coffee. it served us well. daily cleaning was done at our request by door hang tag. we never encountered cleaning staff in our room. in fact, the 1st floor hallway seemed to be vacant every time we used it.

Feb/March 2014 there is significant road construction along many blocks of Collins Ave southbound lane. This includes the section right in front of the Viscay. Their own infrastructure is fine, but there may be noise and disruptions as the roadway/curb,utilities & sidewalk are replaced. The 10th st entrance is a nice alternative to have and is a beautiful piece of architectural detail with cut stone, raised paneling, purposefully non parallel walls and mahogany/glass doors.
Nearby areas to the hotel are great. City and airport shuttle bus stop is on Washington ave:southbound at 9th and northbound between 9th and 10th. we chose to not rent a car, so the close bus access from the airport was a plus--- although Miami Dade transit schedules seemed to be wishful suggestions rather than timetables when we used them.

On foot, the huge selection of ocean ave restaurants & clubs is 1 block away. Bodegas and youth oriented shopping located along Washington 1 block to the west. Liquor store 1 or 2 blocks south. Espanola way - a bohemian area is six blocks north. And of course, the fabulous sandy beach and beach walkway stretches for many blocks in either direction -1 block away. decobike rentals are available in the park, but a bicycle, tandem, multigear bike and segway rental shop is next door to Viscay on 10th.

The Viscay's owners are part of the working staff. This place feels “real”. Note that current renovations of many Deco hotels and structures nearby now involve installing steel supports and removing everything except the outer layer of block and the facade. These places will be 21st century interiors wrapped in a 1930 skin. The Viscay is not. I feel they chose a better course.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

One block from the beach which was nice but the rooms were sparse. Bed was ok, breakfast was fine but could have used some fruit and yogurt not just bread products. We were lucky to find parking - right outside the side door and cost was $20 per night through the hotel. Quite noisy and it wasn't even the weekend. Staff was helpful.
For the $500. + for 2 nights I think we could have done better.

Room Tip: 1st floor as there are no elevators = away from street noise
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Besides the large and comfortable rooms, Viscay Hotel offers a great localization in South Beach, just one block away from the Art Deco Center and the beach. The hotel offers a simple, although good breakfast with croissants and coffee. I'd recommend this hotel for anyone who appreciates to stay in a good location for a good price. In my nest trip to Miami, I'll definitely stay at the Viscay again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Viscay Hotel
Address: 960 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5010
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#66 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Viscay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in 1941 by renowned Architect Albert Anis, The Viscay Hotel is part of the nations youngest Historic District and Tropical Urban Resort known as South Beach. Ideally located, only steps from the Beach and Ocean Drive. The Viscay is in the heart of the entertainment, restaurant, and shopping District, within easy walking distance to the Convention Center, Lincoln Road Mall and Flamingo Park Tennis Center. ... more   less 
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