I stayed at the Catalina Hotel with my two girlfriends this past weekend (Friday-Sunday) for the second time this year.
This is truly a gem in South Beach! Not only is the hotel in a great location (walking distance to Lincoln Rd, Espanola Way, the beach, Ocean Drive, and many of the great restaurants and bars) but it feels like you get more than your money's worth when you stay!
The staff is very accommodating... we arrived in the early morning due to our flight time and the lovely lady at the check-in counter allowed us to check-in early complimentary (we were very appreciative as we had been up all night). We stayed in the Catalina building but we heard through the rumour mill that the Kung Fu Sushi rooms next door are more spacious (though our room was more than fine). The hotel was also more than happy to hold our luggage when we were checking out as well (our flight wasn't until Sunday night).
The rooftop pool and bar was closed on this particular weekend (a huge let down as it's really a great spot during the day) but we were given directions to other great spots to try instead at their sister hotels.
There is also free bike rentals, a complimentary local shuttle service and a good restaurant right next door if you don't want to adventure far for food (though you need to try Nexxt on Lincoln Rd... best salads of my life).
If you want a good pre-party at night, look no further than the Catalina. Ummm hello, free happy hour from 7pm-8pm? Great music and crowds can be found hanging out until around 11:30 and the whole lobby is one big social butterfly scene. You're sure to make some new friends and have your night started on the right foot. And let it be known, you can lock yourselves out of your room 4 times in a row at 5am and the 24-hour front desk will never pass their judgements on you (we learned that one ourselves).
The staff really makes every attempt to ensure you're having a good time and is always there to make sure your day/night is set up for success. If you need any advice on where to go, what to see, or how to get there be sure to see Mike T at the concierge- I've stayed at many hotels and he is definitely one of my favourites for knowing his city! Both times I've stayed he gave some great suggestions and is very friendly and approachable to everyone! He even took the time to help us when we were scrambling to figure out how we would be getting from South Beach to Fort Lauderdale Airport (otherwise, for anyone flying into/from Miami airport this hotel offers a free shuttle). Huge lifesaver- we're super grateful to him!
If you want to party (and let's face it- you're in South Beach, why wouldn't you?) speak to Frank. He knows the day and night party scene like no one else. He really made sure my girls and I got into the right places for our preferences and kept us in the Miami-mode right until a couple of hours before our flight! If he tells you a place is going to be happening- don't doubt him. He knows his stuff!
Basically, you can't go wrong by staying here. Clean hotel with fun decor, amazing staff, close distance to everything, and great rates.
Last time I stayed at this hotel, our group ranged from 8 to 75 years old... if everyone of all ages can love it, they're seriously doing something right!
- 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 $20.00 plus tax ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalina Hotel And Beach Club
- Catalina Hotel Miami