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Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina
Paris, Illinois, United States
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83 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not as close to the beach as was hoping”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

When I booked and it said on the bay I thought that meant beachfront. Turns out the beach was 2 miles away. Still for the price it is not that far from the beach. The bay view is really nice and the restaurant on the bay is cool. Our room was quite large with two beds and an extra sitting area. If you don't feel like going to the beach they do have an outdoor pool which was very busy and clean. The free breakfast was very good and 24 hour coffee and tea. We were here for five days and found that we were close to all the things we wanted to do. Close to the beach, close to downtown, the only thing that was not close was the Key West. I would stay here again, the price was right and everything was good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bear, Delaware
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We arrived here late at night and could not believe what we saw! Caution tape everywhere and very poorly lit parking lot. Our room was in the auxiliary building and we could not even find the entrance in the dark. Once we got in the room, we knew we would not be staying for the five days that we booked. Dirty shower and we looked down on the torn up dock in front of Shuckers restaurant, which was obviously closed. Yes, the restaurant that is so boldly advertised on the hotel's website is actually closed. The beautiful marina that you see on the internet is not as advertised as it is also closed off with caution tape!
As others have commented, this hotel does have free parking but as we found out, you definitely get what you pay for! The front desk staff was not surprised at all and did not try to get us to stay when we checked out immediately the next morning. I assume that must be happening a lot now.
Pay the extra money and go to the beach!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We are currently staying here at the best western. Going to be here 8 days of a totalt. The price is cheap, the rooms are great! Staff is friendly and serviceminded! Breakfast is delicious and location is good. You will need a car and a gps system! (We got a convertible at an avsome price @budget @miamiairport) Parking at the hotel is free and miami is easy to drive in. Nice pool here to, although this could be cleaner... supergood pizza/pasta resturant strait across the street aswell. (To be recomended). All in all, superhappy with the accomodations here at the bay inn & marina :D

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I originally wanted a hotel on the beach in Miami, however what I received at Best Western on the Bay was incredible, far beyond what I expected. It started with the staff, the reception was welcoming. The dining room staff was extremely accommodating , warm and friendly. The rooms were immaculate. Be sure to take a room facing the Bay, the view is breathtaking. Truly a gem on the Bay....

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the Bay, trust me it s all worth the little extra.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We selected this property because the parking is free unlike the other hotels in Miami. The reception staff were extremely helpful and polite and the room maid did an excellent job of tidying the room. Towels were changed daily. Breakfast was ok with waffles, cereals and a small selection of sausages/egg and of course cake. I'm always suprised how people eat cake for breakfast. Tea and coffee facilities in the room and they are available free all day near the reception. The Bus ride into Miami is only $2 but it is a considerable distance the way the bus goes, but at least you avoid trying to find a parking space and the cost of parking is extremely expensive in Miami South beach.
The only dissappointment is that the Shukers bar and Restaurant has been closed because the pier had collapsed, but there is Benihannas, a Crab restuarant (it doesn't only serve Crabs) and a Italian type restaurant near the supermarket. All within easy walking distance of the hotel. One day we went to the supermarket and there was a variety of cook (hot) food for take away, it can be warmed up later because a microwave and a decent size fridge are in the room.

The bed is big and comfortable with aircon, although a little noisy together with a decent size flat screen tv.

The pool was a reasonable size with a depth at the deep end of 9 foot (almost 3 metres) it was also very warm and sun beds were available although shade is hard to come by.

Overall I would recommend this hotel we would book again

Room Tip: We upgraded for $10 per night per room and stayed in the main part of the Hotel. Well worth it
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very nice place to stay near Miami Beach! Tidy room.
Everything was clean. The parking lot is good because you can park the car near the elevator.
The view is amazing , you can see the bay and there is a breeze very nice.
The pool is also nice.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Ck in time was at 4pm, arrived at 2pm and was allowed to get our rm. Desk personnel were very nice and friendly. Room was very nice and clean. View of the bay was also nice. Pool was clean and a good (loved the 8 ft part). Plenty of chairs at the pool. Even had a sitting area above the pool. Shuckers bar and grill was nice (beware of 18% gratuity). Full Breakfast was so sweet and clean. Even has staff on the spot helping and keeping tables clean. Desk gave us a 12:00 late ck out. Room had big flat scrn tv, pleanty of outlets for our devices, comfortable king bed, clean bathrm with powerful adjustable showerhead. Hot water. Very clean carpet. U gotta stay here. Oh yeah, this place is just on the base of the bridge to south beach. Hotels over there are more expensive, smaller, little to no breakfast, no free parking and more congested...When we come back, this is our spot. Most definitely. Hotels like these are hard to come by. We are from Jax Fl.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina
Address: 1819 79th Street Cswy, North Bay Village, FL 33141
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Location: United States > Florida > North Bay Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Bay Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our quiet bay front location on an island between Miami and Miami Beach allows quick access to South Beach, downtown Miami, Miami International Airport and the port of Miami. Rest comfortably in our tranquil location on pillow top beds and enjoy flat screen televisions with either a 32-inch or a 42-inch screen. Microwave, refrigerator, and single serve coffee makers are also available in the room. With convenient on-site hotel parking, poolside views overlooking Biscayne Bay and our fitness center make us a perfect location to stay. Book our balcony rooms for extra space with exquisite bay or city views. Worried about paying extremely high parking prices near the beach? There is public transportation located directly in front of our hotel that will take you to South Beach at a low and reasonable cost. Best of all we have no resort fees! Come with your family or friends and enjoy an exciting evening at our Shuckers Bar & Grill Restaurant and make it an enjoyable stay at our BEST WESTERN On the Bay & Marina. We hope to see you soon! ... more   less 
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