We booked this hotel using the rates given on travelzoo.com which ended up being 129 the first night 89 the second night and 49 for the third/fourth nights.
I would pay NO more than that for this hotel. The room was clean and quite large - I requested a Deluxe King room. We were in 275 and had a view of the wall of the vacant building next door - which was horrible. I did see the stray hairs in the bathroom others complained about - that is from the maid NOT using a clean mop when she cleans the room. Stray hair doesn't skeeve me out - so I just wiped them up with a tissue. No big deal.
The hotel is actually three hotels - the Dorset - the Catalina and the Maxine. We stayed in the Maxine. The carpets are red shag (as other's have stated) they ARE ratty and the hallways are very VERY dark..I do believe that is to hide the dirty carpets. BUT - I wasn't in South Beach for the red shag carpet and goodness knows I wasn't walking around the hotel barefoot.
The room was bright white and the bathroom was VERY small. two people can NOT fit in the bathroom at the same time. The shower was cute the first day then it became a pain after that - there was ALWAYS a ton of water on the floor after a shower due to the European shower door. My fiance has never used that type of shower door - hence water everywhere. The rainshower head was nice and we never ran out of hot water. The sink took some getting used too - if you turned it on too quickly it would splash everywhere. Just small things to get used to.
The odd thing - they don't provide washcloths. The first night/day we arrived I called and requested 2. It took them 30 minutes to bring them to me. The 2nd night I left a note for the maid and she left them. The 3rd night I left another note - the housekeeper left none and I had to call down again - it only took a few minutes this time. Again the next day I left a note - no washcloths AGAIN - over a thirty minute wait.
Now - let's talk about the pool. I did not use it but it was a good size to splash around it. The first day we were there the fella that hands out the towels/chair receipts for the beach was VERY nice. Then on Monday/Tuesday we had a young snotty pool boy.
The food. We ate there once - overpriced like everything else in South Beach. We ended up finding breakfast for $3.25 on Washington between 15th and 16th - eggs/bacon/cuban bread/french fries/coffee for $3.25! Yup. If you eat anywhere else - you're crazy! We also found a supermarket that sells hot Latin food for $5.75! Ribs/chicken or fish with two sides. The market is around 15th and Washington too - alas...we found these places Monday night and we were leaving on Wednesday.
The front desk staff. There was a rude young front desk boy - very nasty - like I was working for him. He gave out wrong information with an attitude. I had asked them for the nearest H&M store. I was promised they would google it and call me back. No call. I called again - with a promise from another person they would call right back. No call. I went down to the front desk and the RUDE boy said they are only located in Chicago and New York - very snotty too. WHAT??!! HUH??!! Uh no...they are NOT only located in those places. He would have been best to reply - there are none located in Floriday ma'm. Instead of being snotty about it and giving out wrong information.
I called the front desk once to ask the time fo the sunrise in the morning - I'm not sure if it was the same boy (I say boy because he wasn't older than 20 - still a baby in my eyes) - the response I received - I don't know 6 or 630. HUH?? You don't know? Google it then stupid!!! 6 or 630??!! What kind of answer is THAT?
The mini-bar in the room is very convenient. Just remember to replace whatever you take - I think they charged $3.00 for a soda. There is a CVS/Walgreens two blocks away and the supermarket on 15th and Washington. There is also a liquor store 1 block away - the fridge in the room keeps everything nice and cold.
We didn't have a "flat screen" tv in our room but someone we met at the hotel - they had one in their room - no big deal to me - but a HUGE deal to my fiance (men and their tv's)
We never had a problem with noise in our room - I couldn't hear the music of the club/bar from where we were located.
The beach is a block away and the beach chairs are complimentary - but the umbrellas are $15.00 a day.
Would I stay here again? Nope. There are better hotels right across the street on the beach side :) and the three rude staff members left a bad taste in my mouth. Would I recommend this hotel? Absolutely - as long as you understand NOT to ask the front desk any questions and expect a professional answer.
- 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
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