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!).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Catalina Hotel And Beach Club
- Catalina Hotel Miami