Spent a week at this hotel for the Winter Break Holiday. Hotel is clean, attractively appointed, and is within walking distance of most of the South Beach highlights. There are a lot of young kids here but this is to be expected given it is a school holiday week. The hotel also has a large contingent of European travelers (probably true all over Miami given location).
The hotel staff could not be any more polite and friendly. We really were impressed with how personable and service oriented EVERY hotel employee we encountered was. Seems like a simple formula.... why don't more hotels/resorts grasp this concept?
Hotel had lots of nice little touches such as: cold towels and free suntan lotion spray at pool. Free samples of ice cream, smoothies, and frozen banana bites at the pool also. Pool area is nice and has several jacuzzis. They have lots of shade umbrellas. I like their policy of giving people printed time limits when they leave there seats. For instance, you can't just leave a towel there at 6AM and expected to hold the seat all day. If you leave your seats they usually give you an hour or so to come back or they will offer the seats to other guests- makes it fair.
Room was clean and comfortable although efficiently spaced. Large flat screen TV. We had a room with its balcony directly facing the beach. The hotel pool has a gate that leads right to the beach after walking across the narrow boardwalk. That is, beach is right there next to hotel. You have to pay a private company for beach chair/ umbrella rental $$ as this is not done by the hotel. This company also rents water craft,etc.
Hotel has a dining room. Buffet was decent but a little pricey ($28.50) but only $9.50 for kids. There is a separate coffee bar, ice cream parlor, and a very decent sushi bar. There is also Emeril's restaurant next door at the hotels other building- liked our dinner here. Did not like that the hotel adds a service charge of 20% even if you order a buffet- don't mind tipping but this seems excessive. They also leave a blank on the slip if you want to add more tip on top of the 20% - seems excessive and it was probably the only thing here I would criticize.
Room was nice and clean. Bed/ bedding were very decent. My wife commented that the shower products were not as nice as she might have expected. Room has a safe large enough to hold our small Mac laptop and some other items. Bathroom is a little small but not too bad. Shower only, no bathtub in our room.
One quirk: the internet is free in the lobby,restaurant,etc but there is fee to use it in your room.
We really like Spiga (Italian restaurant) which is located 7 or 8 blocks south on Collins Ave. Great, authentic food, not pretentious and reasonably priced. Did NOT care for Yuca rest. on Lincoln Rd - uninspired Cuban Food and lackluster service (despite an also included 20% service charge.
Overall, a very nice place to stay (Loew's). Would strongly consider staying here again if we return to South Beach for another vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of South Beach’s vibrant Art Deco District, the renowned Loews Miami Beach Hotel recently completed a spectacular $50 million renovation, resulting in a vibrant new lobby experience; 790 transformed luxury guestrooms; an enhanced, oceanfront pool deck with direct beach access; SOAK Cabanas & Daybeds with new adult-only cabanas; enhancements to exhale South Beach spa and more. Four new restaurants and lounges include Preston’s Market, Miami Joe Coffee Co., Bar Collins and Nautilus, in addition to the award-wining Lure Fishbar - all offering an authentic taste of the destination via Flavor Miami. A curated food and beverage journey, Flavor Miami brings together Miami’s culinary greats, integrating their offerings throughout the on-property experience. Whether in-room, poolside or dining al fresco, guests can sip and bite their way through the city’s unique neighborhoods and culture. An inspired canvas for meetings and events, Loews Miami Beach Hotel has 65,000 square feet of beautifully redesigned function space, accommodating groups of 10 to 2,700 guests. Additional amenities include a fitness center; premium shopping at Splash and Splish retail boutiques; and a new state-of-the-art Kids Club offering areas for crafts, video games and outdoor adventures, to ensure a memorable family getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loews Hotel South Beach
- Loews South Beach
- Miami Beach Loews