I must preface this review by saying that we rented directly from an individual rather than any of the management companies mentioned here (of which there are several).
The location is approximately 1 mile to the Publix grocery store - this makes for a nice morning walk to and from, plus an excuse to stop at the French Artisan bakery/restaurant along the way for breakfast! We used public transportation our entire stay - there are several bus lines that serve Collins Ave. and there is a stop right in front of the building. The buses run 24 hours.
We stayed for 15 days. We found the elevators to be prompt and didn't experience any delays. The security/front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool was lovely and seemed to be well maintained. Direct beach access was very nice. The lower lobby has a coin-operated laundry facility ($1.50 for each wash and $1.50 for each dry). There is also a convenience store with a wide array of products at the expected elevated price (it's a convenience store).
I keenly regret that there were roaches. We took extraordinary measures to control the situation but I have to say that the worry of scanning the counters every time you turn on a light is trying and I doubt I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Design Suites Miami Beach, a beachfront property, is a selected group of condos on the emblematic Castle Beach Club -formerly The Playboy Hotel-. It has direct access to the beach, an outdoor pool and sun deck, fitness center, restaurant, pool bar, a grocery store in site, vending machines, laundry, dry cleaner, and Russian and Turkish bath. Guests can relax over the lounge chairs by the pool, with Wi-Fi access. All condos at Design Suites Miami Beach, feature a flat screen TV with cable channels, iPod docking station, Wi-Fi or cable access (free), safe box (free), kitchenette or full kitchen, daily cleaning and Free Valet parking. Only a 10 minutes' drive from South Beach and Bar Harbor, and 20 minutes from MIA International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Design Suites At Castle Beach Hotel Miami Beach