This was my first stay at a Ritz Carlton and my expectations were pretty high based on other luxury hotels I had visited. The lobby is impressive and stunning upon entry. To keep it short - we were treated like gold at check-in and all through our stay. Everyone is pleasant and the staff is shockingly genuine. I have never felt like hotel employees meant what they said more than at the RC in South Beach.
We asked for an upgrade at check-in and were given a partial ocean view room. We could see the entire ocean and the pool. We were definately there off-season and it was obvious by the other guests (lots of children & riff raff). The rooms were decent size with enormous bathrooms. The decor seemed like a basic marriott. I did love having 2 sinks in the marble bathroom and such a large space to share with another person.
The pool area is lovely but it wasn't as impressive as I would expect from the Ritz. The location is excellent as you can walk to the beach, Ocean Drive, other famous SoBe hotels and Lincoln Road is right outside your door. We enjoyed the outdoor bar down by the beach for lunch. Their tapas and sangrias were out of this world. Order the watermelon sangria and the chicken under a brick flatbread.
Overall we had a lovely stay but in terms of it feeling like a 5 star luxury experience that blew my mind away . . . it did not. I would stay again for the location, service and access to the beach but only if it was not more $$$ than a W or one of the other famous art decos (Delano, Shore Club etc). My friend and I did a long weekend away and we really enjoyed ourselves.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton South Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Ritz Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Ritz-Carlton