I love Miami especially South Beach, I took my wife and parents for a 3 day weekend and I got a great deal to stay at the Sagamore Hotel. I did the usual reviews and looked at websites etc before booking.
The location of this hotel is awesome, you are a 10 minute walk from Ocean Drive, Lincoln street and Lincoln Street Mall is 2 minutes away, you are in the heart of all the action, no need for taxi services which saves a lot of $$. The area is very safe, but can be very noisy as Miami never sleeps. There is Walgreens one block down for the small essentials that you may have missed or need when you are away.
Lets me get on to the hotel itself. Our opinion on the hotel was very good, especially for the amount of money it cost to stay there. Like a lot of Miami hotels it needs updating, for some reason all these art deco hotels are stuck in the past and refuse to spend money on improving things.
I will start with the bad and go onto the good, the bad areas to look out for are clean rooms, bed sheets etc, we found a pillow on the bed covered in someone else's bodily fluid, pretty disgusting but the hotel was very sorry and offered breakfast which would normally cost $80 so that was nice and they changed all the sheets.
The other bad for the hotel is the price to have a good time, everything is mega expensive especially if you are drinking around the pool area, I know this is Miami and it cost's what it cost's but come on lets get in real time here and look after the guest's that stay at your hotel.
2 beers that you can buy in any store for $2 cost $22 with tip which you have to pay as it is included on every tab, look out for this if you have not been to Miami before! I do not see why hotels need to make this kind of mark up!
If you are looking to party at this hotel it is not for you, apparently before the new ownership this was the place to stay, now it is full of kids and no party atmosphere at all, there is a happy hour at the pool bar in the evening time, you are lucky to hear any music or see anyone at the bar, pretty sad to see as the hotel has amazing staff and great in door and outdoor bar areas, the bar inside the hotel never opens which sucks.
The pool bar staff and towel service staff are excellent and very helpful, the reception staff are great and very helpful, breakfast staff are fantastic and very friendly. Altogether the staff keep this hotel alive right now.
Overall we had a great time at the Sagamore and in Miami, would I stay here again, yes, would I prefer to find something different with a bit more fun, yes! I certainly recommend this hotel as long as you get it for a good price, you will be disappointed if you pay too much to stay here.
Hopefully this review is helpful, I don't want to put this hotel down as it is has a great location and great service, I just want you to be aware of what you get, not very clean and a little out of date.
Pay the right price to stay there and you will be very happy indeed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary Suite Hotel, guest rooms with individual decors, private art collections; set on the ocean, near convention center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sagamore Miami Beach
- Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach