We stayed here for three nights in July 2013. We have stayed at many other Rius in the past. What you need to realize is that due to US laws that prohibit all inclusive resorts, this hotel is not the same as the others you may have experienced.
Pros: As with all Rius, the lobby is quite lavish. It is beachfront with a private access from the boardwalk. It has a separate kids pool with a gate to keep the little ones from wandering. If you wish to eat there, breakfast and dinner are available buffet style. The concierge is very helpful and there is wifi available in the lobby. There is a charge for wifi in the rooms. The elevators are new. All rooms have mini fridges...
Cons: As the hotel is old, the rooms are quite small and not many have balconies which seems to be a common problem in this area. They are being renovated.The stairwells stink if you like to walk the stairs. There is major construction directly to the north. Our view was terrible but the noise wasn't that bad. If you have a car, prepare to pay $22 a night for valet parking. There is no other option for parking. The valets also expect a tip each time you need your car. Although the buffet was handy, it can get expensive as breakfast is around $18 per person and dinner is $27 per person and that does not include drinks or gratuities.
Overall it is not a bad hotel and if you don't spend much time in your room there is not much to complain about. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. There is a little Cuban style café within a couple of blocks for breakfast and buses run frequently within a minute from the hotel to the South beach areas where there is a huge variety of restaurants. The fact that it is so close to the beach would make us consider staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach reopens after a refurbishment that has converted the facilities of the former Hotel Riu Florida Beach, renovating them completely in order to offer the best services for those travelling for business or for pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Florida Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Riu Florida Beach Miami
- Riu Miami