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“Not Bad. Not Amazing. But Excellent where it counts.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Catalina Hotel & Beach Club

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Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Ranked #86 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
New York City, New York
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“Not Bad. Not Amazing. But Excellent where it counts.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

So first and foremost, this is South Beach. We weren't really expecting much more from our hotel but a comfortable sleep, reliable info and excellent service.

The service is great. The bellmen are very helpful and welcoming. Receptionists might seem stand-offish at first but they're just juggling a lot of things; once they give you their attention they give it to you fully! Be aware they do take a $100 Incidental deposit (which you'll get back so long as you don't wreck your room).

We had room #126 which was at the end of the hallway. The room itself was nice, the bed was huge and comfortable. The bathroom was a bit small but not that bad, our only complaint about the bathroom was the shower. The shower's only partition is a piece of glass with no door or curtain; so what ends up happening is the bathroom floor gets totally wet and potentially slippery. We ended up putting towels around to circumvent but coming back to a bathroom with damp towels later on was a bit irky.

This room in particular had air conditioning via vents as opposed to some other rooms that had dedicated air conditioning units. It was nice coming back to a nice cold room after the beach but halfway through the night we were FREEZING.

Another thing about these rooms is that the walls are paper thin. You can hear everything going on outside of your room. The hotel's bar and it's sister hotel's (Dorset & Maxines) has a happy hour 7pm-8pm which is awesome but if you're trying to sleep at those times... good luck!

The housekeeping did a great job cleaning the room every morning. So that wasn't an issue whatsoever.

Ultimately, we're happy with the hotel, the staff was very charming.

It's not that far from the beach and conveniently located so you're only a few minutes away from Walgreens, Liquor Stores, Lincoln Rd and Food.

We recommend going to Ocean Drive for food, its a bit further out but worth it.

If you're staying here, go to the Bamboo pool and get beach chair vouchers for the beach, it's a big win to have chairs to hang out on the beach with (for free!).

Room Tip: Rooms at the further end are quieter. Avoid the rooms near the bathroom. Not views from any of the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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SBG_GuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Good Evening,

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your honest feedback for all of our future guests to read! I am glad that you found the service to be great! All of our bellmen are at the door ready to assist you with your luggage or just to open the door for you. In regards to the shower- we are currently working on some additions to the showers to prevent this from happening in the future. I would love for you to come back and stay with us again. If you choose to do so please contact me directly and I will make sure that you have an amazing stay.

Have a great day!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed there for 4 days. Great Location from Restaurants to shopping everything is just mins away.Everthing is at walkin distance so we saved lot of money from Taxis, free Shuttle to and from airport was added advantage.
Just awesome, Had lot of fun, the conciere fixed VIP passes for Mango and Mansion, besides they arranged couple of tours for us at good prices.
The Staff was also very helpful. We has lots of fun there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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SBG_GuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Good Afternoon Deepak,

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your wonderful feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our future guests to read! I am extremely happy to read that you had a lot of fun while staying with us!! Our location is great- we are in the middle of everything. Walking distance from Lincoln Road shopping, Convention Center and many many restaurants, shops and clubs. Did you have an amazing time at Mango and Mansion? We hope to have you stay with us soon!!!

Have a great day!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed a Hotel Catalina in October for our annual girls trip to Miami. The hotel is close to the beach, has lots of pools and a really great atmosphere. The highlight for me though was the K-Money club. We partied every opportunity we could. The happy hour between 4-6 is THE Best happy hour on Collins. Definitely recommended for those who love High Energy and awesome tunes.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Good Evening Trish,

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your wonderful feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our future guests to read. I am very glad that you and your girlfriends had a great time while staying with us! We hope you and the ladies come back soon to stay and party with us!

We hope to see you soon!

Have an amazing weekend!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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bristol UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

sadly we only stayed one night on a florida dolphin tour break last week but we are already planning to go back there. A fabulously chic hip and cool hotel that's exciting and vibrant. The staff are friendly and laid back, the room was not small as said in previous reviews. They should stay at one of my previous reviews hotels for small. The room was ace, white and red. Brilliant rain forest type shower. Mini bar that was described by the rep as expensive (it wasn't) and had a fab range of food and drink. The swedish bed was luxury. Absolutely loved it, We had the most expensive breakfast ever in the maxine's but it was also the best ever in my life... and we did have 4 mimosa's miss it and miss out... The hotel is three diff hotels in a line and each has it's own charm, the pool in the maxine is a bamboo cool one very pretty but the rooftop pool in the Dorset was lush! Happy hour really is happy with free drinks and shots. The barmaid with the supercool hair is so adorable. Don't forget to tip her, she deserves it. We sat outside watching southbeach walk by on hip sofas drinking free drinks and thinking we were dreaming. Loved it so much, it has such character and I will book this myself in the next year or so when we go to Miami for a more extended stay. ps can I say thankyou to all the hotels for their excellent choice of vegetarian foods. The best we found in florida.

Room Tip: we met a couple with a suite in the dorset which was nice but we actually loved our very own budget...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Good Evening.

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your wonderful feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our guests to read. I am so glad to read that you are already planning on coming back to visit us! :) I am glad that you found everything to be great- our staff, shower, room, the bed, etc. It's nice to sit outside and people watch. A lot of foot traffic going on around here. We hope to have you back with us soon!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The location is great - very close to Ocean Drive and the hotel offers rides to different parts of Collins Ave, so that's nice. However, the hotel itself was not nice at all. There's an odor to the place -- on the way to the rooms (through the Japanese restaurant). Then when you get off the elevator, there's also a smell to the halls - like old, funky smell, as though the carpets have been there for 50 years and have gone through spillage of different types. It's just gross. Then our room is decent, but the bathrooms were nasty - not the kind of place you'd go barefoot. The music from the rooftop was insanely loud. Walls are super thin - as in you can hear other people from other rooms. I suppose if you're there to party, then you wouldn't mind the noise, but we needed some quiet to rest and didn't like the thin walls. One of the days we were there our room was not cleaned at all. Just not a pleasant place to be.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for taking your time to post your honest feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our future guests to read! I am glad that you liked the location of the hotel. I am very sorry that you were satisfied with the hotel itself! I am sorry that you experienced an odor in the lobby. We were experiencing an issue with a mechanical part in the hotel. We tried to fix it with our in house maintenance team but we were not able to. An outside company was called and now it's fixed and everything is back to working order! We are currently working on choosing a different carpet. I would love for you to come back and give us another chance! Please let me know if you would be willing to do that!

Have a great day!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stopped as part of a overnight tour from Orlando. I was very pleased with the location, although not quite on South Beach, it was easily accessable with a 5 minute walk. In fact I think the location is perfect if you want to use it as a base to go and explore. Most things are on the doorstep or within a 10 minute walk.

The rooms are basic but clean and have everything you need, I wouldn't use it as a hotel for more than a couple of nights. The bar is well stocked and they have a happy hour where certain drinks are free!!!

Would definately recommend...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Hello Kazzrobo,

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Although I wish you stayed longer with us, I am glad that you had a good time while you were here! We are smack in the middle of everything, walking distance if not a 5 minute cab ride. I am glad that you found our rooms to be clean and that it had everything that you needed! Which building did you decide to enjoy the cocktail hour at? We hope that you come back and stay with us a little longer! We have so many amenities that I know you would love! We hope to see you soon!

Have a great sunny day!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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rahway, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club is a cluster of three hotels, the Maxine, the Catalina, and the Dorset. They have a GREAT setup with each hotel having its own unique and different types of restaurants. You walk right through the restaurants to get to your room! You would think this were a burden, but it's actually very quaint and gives you a sense of "belonging". The staff is SUPER friendly, though it takes them a LLOONNGGG time to get your room cleaned! Our delightful room was somewhat dark, despite having windows on 2 walls (but we faced the alleyways). We are STILL perplexed as to WHY there was an electrical outlet on the ceiling ~hhhmmm~. They have nightly FREE OPEN BAR for guests, hence, their motto. BIG UPS TO LEVANT, our wonderful bartender in the Kung Fu kitchen & sushi for his tasty libations. Oh, and the rooftop pool is a MECCA for sun worshipers! Just get there EARLY to get a day bed on the sunny side of the deck. Even BIGGER UPS to Keith, the rooftop bartender, for making it his one and sole goal to make sure we had a GOOD TIME! He always greeted us with a smile and "bro hug" and just made us feel welcomed. THANK YOU!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Willie L
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Happy Wednesday Willie!!

Thank you for taking your time to post your honest feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our future guests to read! I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and found our staff to be super friendly! I apologize that your room took a little long to get cleaned! You were able to take advantage of our cocktail hour at Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi. Levent is a wonderful bartender and all of our guests have nothing but great things to say about him! I will let him know of your kind praise! :) The rooftop pool is a mecca for sun worshipers! :) It's also a great spot to watch the sunrise or sunset! Very romantic up there at those hours! I also see that you were tended on by Keith on the rooftop. Keith loves to give "bro hugs" and make you feel very welcomed! He's wonderful!
We hope you come back soon!

Kind Regards,

Katrine
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Property: Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Address: 1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2007
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#58 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Catalina Hotel & Beach Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Catalina Hotel + Beach Club is all of this and more. With a decidedly European jet-set vibe and a splashy beach club where you can get poolside manicures and pedicures, the Catalina Hotel + Beach Club also offers two restaurants, two pools, four bars, a media library, a rooftop terrace, a Japanese Koi fish pond and a Zen garden. In addition, the hotel boasts a dedicated library, which can serve as a meeting space for small groups. 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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