Hubby and I had 2 nights here after being in the Keys and before we flew out of MIA. We had stayed here a few years back so knew what to expect and that it was a little off the beaten track. We hadn't seen anything of Miami last time apart from South Beach and the malls so I was keen to get some advice from the concierge. Utterly useless. The guy seemed disinterested after his initial patter of 'let me know how I can help you blah blah blah', suggested we could do a day trip to Key West ( having just been told we had come from the Keys) or the Everglades when we had made it clear we had just one full day and we wanted to see the city. In the end, the pizza takeaway place we stumbled across that night had someone who was far friendlier and was full of ideas of where we could go, even asking us what we liked to do, and he wasn't in it for a big tip as we were just grabbing the pizza to go.
Anyway, apart from that irritation (to be fair, he did print out map directions for us when we asked), our room was spacious ( it was a 2 bed double ocean view) but I don't think we would bother with the ocean view next time. We were effectively at the back of the hotel with an ocean view from the side balcony but more of a view of the apartments across the lane, and if you sat on the chairs on the balcony you definitely wouldn't see the ocean. not worth it unless you get a room towards the front of the building.
The bathrooms were fine but boy are they small. The door just barely opens on to the sink and if you are standing at the sink, you have to move out of the bathroom to let your other half in if he wants the toilet or shower. The ktichen is huge and spacious and you get lots of light streaming in to the dining/TV area which is nice.
Recycling- Bluegreen go on and on about reclying, and perhaps this is more down to a city recycling policy, but I find it odd that glass is not recycled ( I was told to dump it in the main trash), nor is plastic. Just tin cans and paper/cardboard. But I'm a recyling freak!
The hotel is a bit off the beaten track but we were able to walk to Sazon, the Cuban restaurant in less than 20 minutes at a nice slow pace. The return walk was welcome as we had rather full bellies so it aided the digestion a bit!
Sat by the pool for an hour one afternoon and that was pleasant, background music at a nice volume level unlike in their Marathon resort where you can barely hear yourself think. Staff behind the main desk were nice and friendly too on check in/out.
One big negative - wifi here is dire. I mean it, utterly dire. It would kick you out after minutes and sometimes you just couldn't get a signal for hours. I've stayed in a small resort on a little island off the Vietnamese coast and we've had fantastic free wi-fi. Come on Bluegreen, time to sort out the wifi in this day and age.
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