Hotel Shelley (HS from here on out) is part of a group with a FREE shuttle to get you to/from the airport. The shuttle makes a circuit to a variety of hotels before heading to the airport. So add in time to make your flight. The shuttle is a large bus-like vehicle, not somebody's van. *
Arrival and check-in, around 18:30 on a weekday, was relatively painless and swift, with a Bell Man to assist w/ bags. (There is no elevator, but the hotel is only three stories) The bar is directly across from the main desk, and open fairly late.
Having to pay a surprise daily $15 "Resort Fee" was a bit bracing. "Uh, this isn't really a resort. I have been to more than a few actual resorts, and THIS ain't that.”
Well the fee covers beach towels, the free drinks, bath robes, etc. Hmmm...OK. Whatever. (And IF there was breakfast, we never found out about it)
The room was adequate. Window looked onto some bamboo and a tall wall--I didn't actually WISH to be on the street, so that was fine. Window AC--you find that everywhere for this kind of hotel at this rate. No coffee maker. And I realized why--some portion of the wiring seemed to be plugged into an orange 12 gauge extension cord and bar. No burnt odor or flickerings, though, so I didn't worry about it.
The marble bathroom was pretty and fun--until you got to the shower floor. It was really slick--water on marble.hello, plus soap for added slickness. There were no bath strips to prevent a fall. <Lawsuit waiting to happen, HS> Put me rather ill at ease, given my knee and back issues. But I just put a hand towel down for traction, anchored at the drain. Worked fine.
Not so fine = relations with the housekeeping staff. We apparently pissed them off--although it's hard to know how or why, precisely. We're not "dirty"-- we don't create sticky, mass spills, mar windows or mirrors with cemented-on gunk, throw used condoms about, leave half eaten pizzas around, etc. First day = spectacular, clean, lots of towels. 2nd day = not so clean (sand can be gotten up, even a light top layer) and two towels.
Went to the desk and the gentleman there in 0.33 seconds literally pulled out six towels--regular, hand, washcloths. Brilliant.
Mentioning towels and sand put us on the Black List--we had a little form thrust into our door saying they TRIED to clean, but we were in the room. Hmmm...yes, we usually stay until around noon. But when we leave, we put out the 'clean it' sign. And we are gone for hours.
Next day, the young lady stood in the room until we left. That was...well, OK. Yeah, perfectly clean but only two towels.
Called the desk, and about five minutes later the Bell Man came up--with two washcloths! By then, it was funny.
My concern right now (and yes, I DID leave a tip) is for a very compact camera/cell phone case I left behind. It is black and silver, and contains a few non-valuable gemstones (calcite, amazonite, hematite) I have been trying to call the hotel, and cannot get through. (we checked out Friday morning, May 02)
Mostly, the service was good. Note that happy hour is from 19:00 - 20:00 ( 7 - 8 PM). So you need to eat before or after--we couldn't make it a few times because of the hour. But if you take a "free" drink out onto the small 'porch' in front of the edifice, you can meet people from all over the world. Literally. Peru, Colombia, Los Angeles. I'm sure there were others, we just weren't present. The bar has a dual turntable set up, and happy hours get loud. (Hence the porch) The age range here and all over South Beach bends towards young, but us oldsters were treated OK too.
The location can't be beat. Two blocks from the beach = you're close, but don't have the noise, traffic, drunken fools, loud and constantly blaring music coming from six directions simultaneously. Plus, walk over a block in the other direction, and you can hop onto the Miami Beach local bus for a quarter. (They are the blue, short-form buses, vs. the 45 foot regular-sized transit buses. You can ride one of those into Miami etc., but NOT for a quarter)
HS is a great base of operations to make forays all over Miami Beach. Just understand that it is what it is, and that includes some limitations.
M. H. Dolan
* NOTE: I mention an arrival inability simply because others will no doubt face the same bull. Upon arriving at the Miami airport, we went up, down and back around trying to find the hotel shuttle's berthing spot--the G26 slot, I think. We tried English and Spanish, people who worked in various capacities at the airport--but no joy. We took a cab in. Not HS's fault. BUT perhaps a map on the website, with directions explicitly delineating where the berthing spot is can help. I'm a retired QA& Safety Engineer, and I couldn't figure it.)
(My QA&S self meant that I noticed the extension cord, and the bath strips. And makes me ask why ever open a window? Who knows what state the individual parts might be in? Who needs to open it? Unlike a previous commentator, I did not see a single cat.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Shelley is product of a flawless marriage between comfort and affordability. Located just steps from the ocean, the Shelley is a favorite to travelers who enjoy an unpretentious atmosphere and prime location at a good price. Our vibe is chill. We're talking bathing suits and flip flops...all day long. The laid-back ambiance and gracious staff of the Shelley prove ideal to the casual traveler who's looking for a place where anything goes. 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 $18.00 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shelley Hotel Miami Beach
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