I admit I was very worried after I read these reviews on TripAdvisor, but at the time I didn't have much choice. I was traveling to Miami Beach for a conference on a very limited budget and the other options within walking distance of the convention center were well out of that budget.
The first thing you need to know is that you check in and check out at the Richmond Hotel (sister property on Collins road a 5 min walk away). I went straight to the property and realized this, not a big deal. Knowing that this was a budget property, I did not have high expectations, I was incredibly happy to have those expectations exceeded by Richmond Studios. In contrast to earlier reviews, this was not a shady street at all. It is nicely kept with lots of other small hotels and private apartments on each side. It's located on the same block as Sanctuary hotel and spa and their highly rated restaurant Ola. There were no homeless people or any other activity going on that made me feel unsafe at all.
The spartan but comfortable rooms are really large studio apartments. The queen-sized bed was comfortable, the room was clean and the towels were soft. I couldn't ask for much more for under $100 a night. There is a small dining table and kitchen with a mini-fridge, a microwave and a Keurig coffee machine. The TV is nothing fancy, not a flat screen and small, but I didn't even turn it on. There is also free wifi.
Was it a luxury suite, no, but you definitely get your money's worth if you are on a budget and want to be in the center of the action on South Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy old Miami Beach charm in our budget-friendly South Beach get-away.Spacious, authentic deco accommodations located on James Avenue (one block from the beach)offering complimentary WiFi and special use priveledges of all of the amenities (Concierge, Cafe, pool & deck, jacuzzi and fitness center) of our oceanfront sister property: the Richmond Hotel. Easy walking distance to the Miami Beach Convention Center and all of the excitement of South Beach's food scene, shopping, nightlife and much more! ... more less
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