We stayed here for 7 nights from Feb. 16-23 and had a great time.
Loved the location right on the beach. The hotel is a bit far from Lincoln rd. and Ocean drive in south beach, but it was nice to be in a quieter part of Miami beach, especially for people who just want to relax on their vacation. We did not have a car so we walked to Lincoln rd. several times, it takes about 45 minutes but if you enjoy walking and are not lazy it's a nice walk (you can also walk along the boardwalk almost the whole way down). There is also a bus stop basically right in front of the hotel that can take you to and from south beach. The buses run frequently, it only costs $2.00 each way, and it will take you to and from south beach in about 10 minutes. You can also get to Aventura mall by taking the S bus North. It takes about 45 minutes but it is very easy to get to as it is only 1 bus that takes you directly to the mall. This is much cheaper than a car since you have to pay over $20 a day for valet parking at the hotel.
The rooms were decent. The decor was outdated (especially in the bathroom), but didn't bother us too much as the rooms were still comfortable and always clean. We had a partial ocean view room, which was nice because we had a view of the city and the ocean. The biggest problem with the rooms is that the walls are very thin and you can hear noise from rooms beside you like music, tvs, or people talking too loudly. On one of the nights we were there, there was a wedding reception taking place and we could hear the music from downstairs all the way on the 17th floor!
We ate at the poolside lunch restaurant several times. The food was very good but overpriced (plus 18% gratuity is charged on every bill). Try the cocktails and non-alcoholic frozen smoothies, they were amazing! When we booked the hotel we got a $150 resort credit, which could be used for any costs billed to the room (eg. from restaurants, internet access, etc..) so we did not have to pay for the food out of our pockets, otherwise we would not have spent the money to eat at the hotel. The service at the resteraunt was excellent depending on which server you got. We made sure that we were always served by one waiter in particular because he was great and we never had any problems.
We didn't bother to eat breakfast or dinner at the hotel restaurants because we didn't want to use up all of our credit in 2 days or so, so I can't comment on any of the other restaurants. If you want to save money on food, buy fruits, bagels and other snacks for breakfast from the local walgreens. We did this and spent about $25 for the whole week on our breakfasts and snacks. The rooms have fridges so you can store your own food and drinks.
We loved the pool area. The weather was warm-hot and sunny all week so we spent a lot of time at the pool or on the beach. We usually came down around 10am and never had problems getting chairs. The pool itself was heated at a very comfortable temperature. Every day they would also bring around fruit skewers, sample smoothies, and cold face towels for everyone at the pool, which was nice. The only problem with the pool area was that around 1pm the sun would get blocked by the two condo towers beside the hotel. The solution to this was to go out on the beach, which never got shady, so you can enjoy the sun until it goes down in the evening.
Overall, we had a great stay at this hotel and for the price we paid we would probably come back. There were minor problems but if you're not too picky they can easily be overlooked. The service from most of the staff was also great, which made up for any minor issues we had. Basically you get what you pay for and if you want luxury then you are better off staying at some of the 4 1/2 or 5 star hotels located near this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This distinctive Miami Beach hotel is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-coastal Waterway, and boasts 424 guest rooms and suites - each with amenities such as free high-speed Internet access and floor-to-ceiling Ocean and city views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miami Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Resort Spa