Upon arrival on leg one of our honeymoon, there was no service with our bags, no one to greet us or take us to our room, and no information was provided about the hotel, its facilities or the surrounding area.
The inside of the hotel is generally dark and dingy. When we got to our room, sold as a 'sunset view' room, it was basically a dingy cupboard overlooking a side street and with a view of the hotel next door. By standing on the far left side of the window and on tippy toes I did manage to get a few sq cm of sky which I am told by the management would have resulted in a sunset view as this is the side of the building that the sun sets on. My poor husband had to go in search of an upgrade and we managed to get one of the best rooms (for a price!!) which was not dingy and actually had a balcony.
However once we settled in a bit we did grow to like the hotel a bit more, there is no denying that the pool area is beautiful. We always make an effort to be friendly to the staff and some were reciprocal and some just ignored us. It was difficult to get served some nights as although it was not that busy some of their "more important" guests were being schmoozed, however the food was excellent in the hotel. We enjoyed hiring bikes on a day when the weather was not so good. It is located on the beach and is not far from lincoln (lots of restaurants and shops) and ocean driv e (very touristy). We would recommend Doraku on Lincoln if you like sushi, and Romana on Espaniola Way for Italian. Dont bother with Quattro (expensive and very rushed)! South Beach is quite small but a nice place to go for a couple of nights. Beware of the 18% service charge which is automatically applied even for serving one drink, and 9% tax which inflates everything enormously. Quite simply the main problem with this hotel is the poor service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hailed as a "grand dame" of South Beach Art Deco by Conde Nast Traveler, The Raleigh Miami Beach is a perfect blend of style and comfort. It's chic yet unpretentious, and historic while tastefully modern. The Raleigh offers guests world-class luxury hotel service at a prime oceanfront location on Collins Avenue with exclusive access to the award-winning sbe Miami Collection. ... more less
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