First off, this is not a five star hotel. It is at best a two and half star hotel which makes tries really hard to mask its flaws. Please, do not go there expecting to spend lazy days in your room. There is nary a luxurious feature anywhere. Starting with...
a. The reception. It is tiny and crowded. The receptionists were helpful, save for one, whom I shall refer to as "nicely-kept beard." More on him later.
b. The elevator. It will take three, no more. And you better all be from the same family
c. The carpeting. It has never been changed since it was installed maybe in the 70s
d. The room. Well, don't expect much. There's not even a refrigerator. I singed my fingers trying to figure out how to turn off the beside lamp. The cord snaked back behind the bed.
"Nuff said. So, why would you book this hotel?
First off, it is really close to the beach. To get closer to the beach you'd be on Ocean Drive. Unless you are a party-animal, don't stay on Ocean Drive. It is loud music all through the night.
You get a very decent continental breakfast. The lady at the counter is sweet and helpful.
Between 5 and 6 p.m, you get a free glass of wine. This is new for me. It is a nice gesture, and from all indications, they don't press the time issue. So, you could be late by a few minutes, and you'd still get a glass of wine and chat with the friendly bartender.
The price is decent. We booked in June and stayed in July.
You get free Wi Fi.
The staff is really helpful. But "well-kept beard" admonished my wife (he referred to her as "that lady in your room") for having the temerity to touch the thermostat. He actually said, :"please do not touch it." So, even if you were freezing, you couldn't alter the temperature. You've been warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Plaza Hotel is a historic, three story boutique art deco property that is located in the heart of South Beach. With just one block from the beach, the hotel offers charm and elegance in service and style. With our newly renovated hallways, our intimate lobby bar and our friendly staff, the hotel maintains its historic heritage while offering a modern environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Plaza Miami
- Beach Plaza Hotel
- South Beach Plaza Hotel