Our first impression of this hotel was very good as we did not expect much from a 3 star hotel. For a small, boutique style hotel, it was very clean, cozy and comfortable. All the staff we encountered were nice, friendly and courteous. We had 3 people share 1 room with 2 double beds, and this was more than enough for us. Although the room itself was a little small, the beds were comfortable.
The rest rooms were more designed for couples as there was only a small glass divider between the shower area and the toilet and sink area which made it hard for us 3 girls to share the washroom to get ready. The water for the shower had about 3 different temperatures: cold, slightly warmer, and very hot. It was sometimes hard to control, but it was still manageable. Other than this, the washroom was very clean and neat.
The A/C was definitely loud when it went on, but just sounded like loud white noise. We also noticed that our floors must have been crooked because we saw a huge slanted gap between the door and our floor. This is probably why we heard everything that went on in the hallway (even at 5 am!) We stuffed a towel by the door the second night and this seemed to work to muffle the hallway noises. Walls are pretty thin in the hotel, but we didn't experience too many unruly neighbours.
A flat screen TV was provided in our room, but was very unclear. After asking the front desk to send someone up to fix it, they tried their best and made it more clear, but was still not to our liking. They promised to have someone else fix it the next day, but no one came. I guess this wasn't too much of a big deal since there were so many things to do in South Beach that we didn't watch TV too much, but it was a little annoying that it never got fixed in the 3 nights we were there.
The front lobby bar is excellent. The servers were friendly and fast. Happy hour was from 7-8 pm everyday and although the selection of drinks was minimal during happy hour (limited to gin, vodka, and rum with any soda or juice), it was still enough to get a buzz on. Drinks during normal hours were also pretty cheap, $3 shots, $4 beers, $5 frozen drinks, $6 martinis, mojitos and margarita's. The seating inside the lobby and on the outdoor patio were relaxing and entertaining as there was a DJ every night.
Hotel location was excellent as it was in the middle of everything and a short walking distance from the beach, restaurant and shops. The beach was about a 5 minute walk from our hotel and free beach towels were provided for our use. Although restaurants on Ocean Drive were quite expensive, it wasn't hard to find great small restaurants that were on the less expensive side (11th Street Diner, La Sandwicherie, Pizza Rustica). There is also a 7/11 close to the hotel where we went to get a quick snack. There is also a kitchen that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at Hotel Chelsea as well.
The free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and back to the airport was great. It picked us up from the airport (2nd floor of Gate G, door 26) right on time and picked us up from the Hotel about 15 minutes after the posted time. The drive from the airport to the hotel is about 45 minutes, and you save a lot of money with this free shuttle bus. Make sure you book your shuttle bus back from the hotel to the airport the night before you leave so the driver knows to come get you at the hotel.
Overall, our experience at Hotel Chelsea was very good, and we would definitely return for another girls weekend trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Chelsea in Miami Beach is a 1936 luxury Art Deco gem that sits in the center of it all on Washington Avenue. Enjoy the South Beach Miami scenery from our patio while you have drinks from the bar, or a bite to eat from our restaurant. If you want to bathe in the Miami sun, we are just 2 blocks from Ocean Drive and the sands of the beach. For all your nightlife needs, the Chelsea is a short walk up or down the street from most South Beach nightclubs. This South Beach boutique hotel has been updated with Feng Shui accents for your comfort and pleasure. IMPORTANT -- Credit card used for booking must be the same credit card presented for payment at check-in. The name on the credit card must match the name on the reservation and the card holder must be present along with a government-issued photo ID. Holiday and Special Events require a non-refundable prepayment 30 days prior to arrival. No early departures are allowed. Reservations are completely non-refundable within 30 days of arrival. Events include but are not limited to: New Years (12/26 to 1/3), Boat Show (2/12 to 2/16), Winter Music Conference & Ultra (3/15 to 3/31), Memorial Day (5/21 to 5/25) & Art Basel (12/3 to 12/9). A mandatory daily resort fee of $20.00 plus tax ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chelsea Hotel Miami Beach
- Hotel Chelsea Miami
- Chelsea Miami Beach