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Days Hotel - Thunderbird Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Sunny Isles Beach
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed 3 nights mid February on a business trip so i didn't spend much time in the room.
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Friendly staff, excellent beach front location, clean towels, quiet.
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Very outdated, semi-clean, popcorn ceilings, grandma's old 24" tube TV, solid wood door to balcony (not glass slider), dirty grout and baseboard, poor water pressure in sink, free continental breakfast is a joke (you get either a bagel, piece of toast or a small cup cereal and a miniature OJ with weak coffee). free wifi signal in room was inconsistent (lucky I brought a wifi jetpack), the gym is also a joke (musty odor, very limited equipment (which was rusting) & no free weights.

For a family that doesn't want to spend $250+ per night, this could work. See room tips. Also, though they claim some rooms as non-smoking, there are ashtrays in all the rooms so check it out before accepting the room.

Room Tip: Each floor has 4 rooms that have balconies directly facing the ocean (excellent view). They end in...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed two nights and almost 3 full days at this hotel. The rooms were nothing to brag about but had everything you needed. Comfy beds, very spacious, bar fridge, great balcony...admittedly, I tried to keep my shoes or socks on most of the time as the floors felt "dirty" but I think it's just the sand that gets tracked in from the beach. The hotel itself has a restaurant and bar on site, you really do feel like you never have to leave...prices are actually great in the restaurant for Miami. Grocery, liquor, and pharmacy right across the street if you do need anything. Lots of restaurants in the area too. The pool and beach area at the hotel is immaculate...very clean, lots of chairs, cute too....feels like you're on the set of a 1960's movie! The pool man was a bit of a chair/towel nazi....but just have a good laugh. Lots of retired New Yorkers and french canadians actually living here...again, rather comical. Nightly entertainment, houeskeeping staff fine. Valet parking pretty speedy. Not a lot of overly friendly people working here, but really, is that why you're at the hotel? The beach is phenomenal. The three neighbouring towers are all Trump buildings. Can't be that bad of a location?! All in all, great location, fine hotel, would recommed if looking for something reasonable in Miami. It's about a 20 min drive to South Beach. The hotel offers a free shuttle there. I paid $120/night and was rather content.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for one night while attending to some family business nearby. I remember the Thunderbird from my trips to Miami 30 years ago. The rooms are in serious need of renovation. Touching anything in the room left a slightly slick, unclean feeling on my hands. There was dirty grout, mildew and stained tiles throughout the bathroom. The positives are that there were plenty of clean towels, a working AC, free Wi-Fi, on site parking (not free) and a reasonable rate for where it is (not for what it is).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

At first glance this hotel is a nightmare for parking. They only have a few spots up fron, the rest are across the street in a poorly paved and dirty lot. But... once inside you are in a palace. Large spiral staircase, large seating hall, and a fabulous brick walk around the pool and it's two bars and a restaraunt. Right on a fantastic beach with tiki style unbrellas. Rooms are large, beds are great and overall a great place to stay. Except for the poor parking. They need to pave the parking lot and have the concierge parking over there too.

Room Tip: Get a beach front rather than a beach view.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

I had to work in the area for a week and was very surprised to find a beachfront hotel for less than $100. I agree with the other reviews that this hotel needs re-modeling. However, it is ON THE BEACH!! Walk out the back, and stroll down the beach. The room I had included a kitchenette; not new, but it is nice to be able to cook your own meals - and there is a Publix (grocery store) within easy walking distance. The value for the location is the reason for the 'Very Good' rating. The room that I had was not fancy, but it was clean and comfortable.

Parking is ridiculous at this hotel. I have never been a proponent of valet parking - its inconvenient and (I think) a rip-off. You can 'self-park' for $10; that amounts to a ticket to put on your dash so you can park across the street in an un-guarded lot that appears to be a public lot. Also, there is not much room to get off the street when you arrive at the hotel.

One good thing about the hotel is that there is tile everywhere. In the rooms, the halls, the lobby...especially comfortable in a beachside hotel. No wet, smelly, sand filled carpet.

I would recommend this hotel - just understand that it isn't "Trump Tower" comfort; but it is VERY affordable for a comfortable room on the beach.

Room Tip: Don't pay the extra for an ocean view - save the $$ and just walk out on the beach.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Stayed at this hotel on February 6-10. The room was somewhat clean, not enough towels at first. Stayed oceanfront. could hear every word and movement of the individuals next door, air conditioner constantly/loudly turned off and on. Staff was extremely unfriendly and not very helpful.They acted like they did not want to be there and don;t bother them.
The only thing good was the ocean view, it was great. The resturant food was also very good, but with unfriendly staff. will not stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 18401 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160-2402 (Formerly Days Hotel Thunderbird Beach Resort Miami)
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Location: United States > Florida > Sunny Isles Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach
Price Range: $111 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Days Hotel - Thunderbird Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 180
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