Only our second trip to the US and we stayed at The Palms for 6 days to see Miami. Perhaps we are spoilt by the fact that we usually holiday in Asia - but we found the Palms pretty middle of the road, especially for the price. Room is clean and comfortable, if a bit small - definitely not a space you would want to sit in for long. Communal areas are attractively done but all feel a bit cold. Enjoyed the breakfast. Drinks are overpriced - and so is the food. Main problem for us were the staff. A few - mainly at breakfast - seemed to work for their 18% compulsory service charge on everything, but most didn't seem to give a damn. Getting a drink was hard work, poolside service (towels, cold drinks etc.,) seemed a chore. Sitting at the beach seemed to prove a nuisance e.g. At 5 pm the table is removed (asking you to remove the glasses you are drinking from) and then a 15 minute warning is given that you need to vacate the area as they are leaving. All felt pretty uncaring - unless of course there was money involved and then everyone perked up rapidly. Sad really as our last US experience was in NY and everything was completely the opposite. I guess you can never tell. I'd always been told that the whole service ethic in the
US was something we could all learn from. based on this experience The Palms should take a few lessons from any hotel we have ever stayed in in Asia!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oceanfront sanctuary in the heart of Miami Beach, just minutes from the South Beach entertainment district, The Palms Hotel & Spa combines refined service, laid-back sophistication and beachside serenity into a destination where wellness and environmental awareness are at the center of each guest experience. Enjoy freshly renovated lobby areas with an elegant colonial flair, a lush tropical garden oasis with secluded relaxation areas, a large swimming pool and comfortable lounges, cabanas and umbrellas at the pool and beach. Rooms offer either views of the ocean, tropical gardens or the cityscape, and feature flat-screen TVs, AVEDA toiletries, coffee makers, iPod docks and luxurious bedding. The hotel’s signature restaurant, ESSENSIA, offers local farm-to-table cuisine with unique Miami flavors on breezy covered terraces. The Lounge specializes on craft cocktails while the TIKI BAR offers casual fare and classic pool cocktails. The Palms AVEDA Spa offers a full-service salon, retail area and holistic spa treatments, delivering a highly personalized experience with rituals to awaken the senses. Inspired by the pristine environment surrounding the resort, tropical nature inspires all facets of the hotel, from the decor, to the products & services offered and its commitment to green practices. It is an independently owned and operated AAA 4-diamond rated hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection and Florida Green Lodging certified. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Palms Hotel And Spa
- The Palms Hotel Miami Beach
- Palms Hotel Miami Beach
- Palms South Beach
- The Palms South Beach
- Miami The Palms
- Palms Miami