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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Ranked #31 of 210 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm a fan of Ritz properties but will have to agree with others that this one falls a little short. We choose it over Loews (next door) simply due to the brand. I don't mind paying serious money for their accommodations but this time I left feeling like I didn't get my money's worth. It's hard to put your finger on it as it often comes down to a series of little events that seem insignificant (and whiny if you complain) but ultimately add up to disappointment. Examples:

- We arrived on a late flight. No bellman. No doorman. No luggage assistance. Just one girl at the desk who offered to "find someone if we really needed help."

- No available chairs at the pool. I was offered a wait list or "you might walk down to the beach hut and see if you have better luck." They can't help that they're packed but you would think the pool and beach would communicate so they know how to accommodate the guests.

- $17 frozen margarita (no salt) arrived with salt, partially melted and tasted like incredibly cheap liquor. Again, I don't mind paying $17 for a frozen drink but I'd like to enjoy it.

- An incredibly limited poolside menu that didn't accommodate kids although they bill themselves as family friendly and they certainly had tons of guests with children. Also, never really had a stellar meal there.

- No assistance with booking beach activities and the beach (no fault of the hotel) really isn't impressive on this stretch. Tons of seaweed and litter.

- Expensive and unreliable Wi-Fi. It's almost an insult to pay for it when it's free at a Hilton!

The rooms were nice, beds were plush and Concierge was very helpful but overall I can't see staying here again. If you've never been to a Ritz, you may be impressed but if you frequent this brand you can see where they're missing the mark.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

This property might be terrific but the review is phony.
Hotelmode.com is a scam company. If you go on the internet you will see how they take your money upfront, cancel your reservation right before you get there and do not pay it over to the hotel. They then do not answer your phone calls.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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2  Thank janeshaber
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

After staying in another very popular South Beach hotel and being utterly disappointed with the quality of rooms, we decided to book a few nights at the Ritz Carlton. The service afforded by the welcome team (doormen, luggage porters etc) is absolutely exceptional, upon arriving as well as throughout the stay. We were taken care of by (Riley I believe his name was) throughout our time there. The lobby is quite grand and very different from the "trendy" Miami South beach style in other properties along this road. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and I was especially happy with the size of the bathrooms. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Jessica C
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

I have stayed at a lot of Ritz-Carlton hotels around the country and have generally had pretty good experiences, so i didn't think twice about booking the Ritz-Carlton South Beach when our travels took us to Miami. What i found at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach was an absolutely terrible hotel that should in no way fly the Ritz-Carlton flag. Upon arriving at the check-in desk, the check-in clerk was talking gibberish non-stop and was obviously annoying every guest she spoke with. When she got to us, we had no idea what she was saying because her English was so bad. She then proceeded to check us into a room that was already occupied, which we discovered when we entered the room and found dirty clothes, towels and luggage strewn about the room. We ran out of there as quickly as we could and didn't come across the guest or guests staying in the room. We went back to the front desk and got another attendant who had slightly more passable English skills, and after about 15 minutes she was able to assign us to a different room. i was shocked that the manager did not come out to apologize for the problem. What else is the manager there to do? The staff never acknowledged my 8 year old daughter, and being kid friendly is something that the Ritz Carlton is supposed to pride itself on. Luckily the next room we were assigned did not have a tiger or a clown waiting in it for us, but unfortunately the room we were assigned was not suitable for our needs. All of my interactions with the staff were bad, and when i checked out the desk clerk was downright surly. We should have stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, which is usually our go to hotel. We had stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Miami a few weeks prior to our stay at the Ritz and it was lovely.

Room Tip: Try to get a rom that is not already occupied
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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8  Thank NoRitzFan
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Kevin K, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2014

At The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach we take great pride in the level of service and attention to detail that we provide our guests. When your expectations are not met, we have failed in our primary endeavor.

I am truly sorry to hear your stay with us was not up to the standards of excellence you have come to expect from our brand. We take the events you experienced very seriously and should you wish to contact the hotel directly; would appreciate the opportunity to regain your trust.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Comments from our valued guests, such as yourself is invaluable as we continue to strive to deliver our guests the quality of service they deserve.

Kevin Kelly
General Manager

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Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Location is suitable for shopping, entartainment and of course for swimming beacause of its great beach . Employee is all perfect!! Bell Staff, Consierge, Reception, Restaurant and also housekeeping.. Especially thank you for Simon and İclal, who are on the front desk.
Beach is wonderful! Rooms are so clean! Thank you for everthing Ritz Family!!!

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

We stayed here for a few nights after having a not so great night at The Trump. Night and Day. First its in a much better location and the facilities are much better. And even better we had Ocean Front at a less expensive rate than The Trump. Everyone there was helpful and did exactly as they promised. Great Stay!

Room Tip: Stay In the tower looking out.
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have stayed here many times and feel like its our home away from home. But we could not say that if it were not for the club level staff! Mike, Lydia and Rashad, Eddie and all the staff ( I know I am forgetting someone)!are amazing and so accommodating. We had to cancel last minute because a death in the family and when we did re-book a couple of weeks later there were flowers, a nice sympathy note and sweets in our room!! This hotel really prides itself on their customer service and that is why we keep coming back. From the moment we check in and even around the hotel we are greeted by name! My only one wish is that the renovate the work out room. Many machines are not working properly and the wifi connection and access to the TV's are pretty bad. Having said this we are coming back in a couple of weeks. Cant wait to see our friends on the 10th floor!

Room Tip: Stay on the club level
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Address: 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2000
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
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
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#15 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#24 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#33 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $334 - $904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 375
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach exudes an air of modern sophistication with elegantly appointed guest rooms that draw inspiration from the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, South Florida’s golden sandy beaches and the vibrance of South Beach. An oceanfront, restored 1953 Art Moderne building, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach boasts a $3 million contemporary art collection featuring established and emerging artists and beckoning visitors to an oasis of luxury. Whether you crave a day of soaking up sunshine, water adventures, artistic experiences, the area’s best shopping or dining and nightlife, you’ll discover an unparalleled South Beach experience. New enhancements at The Ritz-Carlton Spa also offer guests a private oasis to relax and unwind with signature ESPA treatments, while a reimagined Ritz-Carlton Club® Level lounge feature elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean, along with signature cocktails, flavorable bites and a dedicated Club Concierge. ... more   less 
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