I stayed in Z Ocean Hotel in February 2011. It was a points award stay through Priority Club network. I would recommend this place to anyone, just far enough from the low blocks madness yet close enough to walk. Very nice Front Porch Cafe- my fav breakfast spot in SoBe- on the back end of the hotel. The hotels entrance is on Collins but you can walk out to Ocean Dr. I did not have enough dsobriety or time to check out the pool though, I really should have.
Location, location, location and very nice, updated rooms. and its on the priority club points network!
The Bel Aire, soon to be Hotel Indigo, opened for New Years in December 2009. They opened too soon, as the hotel was a mess of construction, wires, boxes, rooms without hot water, and more problems. I'm sure the Indigo will be nice in a few months when they work out the bugs, but why risk your reputation for a few extra bucks?
We booked online and had no idea just how bad the hotel would be. When we arrived we parked along the side of the hotel. I walked in and saw just a construction zone and a computer on a card table, but no receptionist. After about 15 minutes of wandering around a lady showed up and started helping people check in, but in the meantime, many of the people who had previously checked in came by complaining of no hot water. About 45 minutes after arriving, we finally got to the front of the line and were given a room. Because of the numerous problems in other rooms, the receptionist actually walked us to the room so we could check it out. Since I had heard of the water problems, I let the hot water run for about 5 minutes before we accepted the room. Overall the room was pretty nice, but lacking a few basics such as an alarm clock, an iron, light bulbs, and working electrical outlets.
We ended up staying two nights at about $130 a night, and besides the construction, the hotel was OK. Our second day there, we got a note from the manager letting us know the hotel would soon be rebranded as the Hotel Indigo, the boutique brand of the Intercontinental Hotels family. One of their bragging rights is the hotel restaurant which is located in a house built in 1922.
The hotel has no parking, and not much of a drop off area due to all of the construction workers parking in the way. Nearby parking is about $20 a day in the city garages. The hotel has 135 guest rooms including 15 suites. There is also a nice outdoor pool along Washington Street in front of the hotel. Though they claim wi-fi is available, we couldn't get it to work.
Location, Location, Location. Walk out the back door and your on the beach. Walk out the front door and you have nighclubs, resturants and shopping all within a short walk. We booked through Sunspot Rentals and got a room with an OceanView for $120 a night. This while the hotels all around it were charging $400 a night.. It's not a super luxury Hotel and the food at the resturant was just ok. The Staff was friendly, the room was really nice with modern furniture, comfy bed for my bad back and a 360 Degree view of the beach and the Ocean.. I actually booked the room after seeing a video of it on youtube. It was just like the video. For the money I'm saving I'll be coming to Miami more often this coming year and will defintely book at the Shelborne Again.
Great View, Great Pool, Unbeatable Location and great Price.
If you're going to South Beach on short notice and are having trouble finding an affordable room thats spacious enough to fit you're entire party, its worthwhile to check out local listings in the Miami Herald or Craigslist. I recently rented a nearly 2000 sq ft 1-bedroom penthouse on 9th and Ocean for just over $200 a night. I saved on valet and all the other fru-fru as well. Not bad!
Rentals usually have better check-in times and can accommodate more people. The only downside is that many have a hefty deposit.
Barcelona Studios is a family run guesthouse just minutes from the beach (4 blocks away) , Espanola Way and Lincoln Road. I highly recommend for it's value and location. My mother and I stayed there for a week and loved it! We stayed in the Double room and it is large and includes cable TV, a kitchenette (including fridge, microwave, oven, stove and dishes), kitchen table, CD player and DVD player. The rooms have recently been renovated and are quite lovely.
They have a back patio and it is nested in the middle of the Art Deco District and Espanola Way (Artistic Street with restaurants and Art gallery- a locals favourite). Great prices!
Single $414 weekly
Mid Size $492 weekly
Double $570 weekly (1 and 2 Double beds)
Large $894 weekly
An all-suite hotel quite far from the action. Still with plenty of beach and own pools, too. Quite expensive. Separate resort fee added to rates.
Short term rentals on the beach
are not always to find.
Most buildings are condo's and
depending on the condo rules,
they may not be able to rent out
the apartment on a short term basis.
So a great way to find sublets,
sort term rental's is going to:
Prices are higher compared to
long term rentals but,
usually furniture, utilities
High season is usually from Dec - May.
Low season is from June - Nov.
when the weather is unbearably hot
or just simply rainy.
But being on the internet,
you can request photos which,
make looking for a place from abroad
so much easier.
You can see the pictures,
without the walking.
Spacious rooms, all amenities. Beautiful pool and friendly staff. Great location across from Marina and a short walk from Dining and shops.
Be aware despite great room rates, they will charge extra for a mandatory valet rate of $19/ day (and tips)... (if you drive).
So if you're budgeting for business as I did, the rate actually averages out... (no deals after all)
This was one of the most expensive hotels during this stay in Florida. We know that hotels in Miami Beach are mostly more expensive as they are worth, also parking can be expensive this hotel wasn't an exception to this. At the arrival we where greeted by both Valet parking and someone who wanted to help us with our baggage.
At the reception greeting was friendly and the key cards came with cookies. Then up to our room during reservation we asked for a room near the elevator...so out we came at the second floor and had to walk almost to the end of a long hallway....but there was another elevator giving pool and beach acces so that wish was granted.
The room itself was classy but small and the floor squeeked. When we turned on the light in the bathroom we learned to know the most loudest ventilator we ever had in any hotel room , cheap or expensive we decided not to switch on the light when using the bathroom the sound really was terrible.
Another thing....like to sleep long ? Don't go here, the curtains won't close they arent large enough to close, even the rail on which they are hanging doesn't go all the way.
If there's an emergency please be very careful exciting through the fire exit there is a step right after going through the door, i almost tripped when i wanted to take a picture from here...
The bed was a nice one, staff where friendly, the pool and poolside area where just great and the beach was adjacent to the pool area.
Breakfast was ok, but somewhat limited in choise. All in all the stay was ok but wasn't worth the money, i just don't understand why a hotel would have curtains that don't close.
What i also don't understand is that they have ventilators that noisy... we only stayed here for a day and noticed the fan late in the evening we didn't complain about it but if you stay here please check your fan before unpacking your staff maybe they have rooms with more silent fans.
Valet parking is the only parking they have and is a little under $19 per day.
Pictures taken december 12, 2004
This is our third visit to the Sonesta Resort in Key Biscayne. We had a nicely renovated, very comfortable, and clean room. It’s too bad that the bathroom isn’t renovated, but I have to say the bathroom is very large.
This resort has a great quiet and beautiful clean beach with palm trees and hammocks. There is also a nice restaurant (on the beach area), where you can enjoy your lunch.
If you want to go to the beach/pool than you can take the elevator on the second floor, so you don’t have to go thru the lobby in your bathing attire and feeling yourself a bit underdressed.
Don't visit this hotel if you're looking for a place to party. I have one negative thing about this resort is the “valet parking only”……..that should change!
Very nice room with a balcony and a great view, pool, great beach with palm trees and hammocks, and beachchairs.
This place is tucked away in the middle of Collins Ave, i.e. in the middle of it all!! Across the road you can shop at Armani Exchange, around the corner you can drink yourself silly at Wet willies, you can stroll to the beach in 5 minutes, whatever your fancy you can get to it from here. These suites have it all, a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer, bathtub and even a little dining table to eat your own cooked breakfast on. On top of it all they are incredibly cheap and will give discounts for stays of over a week.
There is no view and there is no pool. Since the Ocean is just around the corner though this shouldn't be an issue. This is a place to come to sleep when you've overloaded your senses on Ocean Drive ( also just around the corner).
Average rooms, average decor. They were just in the process of renovating some areas. Food at the restaurants wasn't that good and was quite expensive. The pool area was great. The location was good if you didn't want to be right in the middle of all the action (more relaxing) and only a $10 cab ride to South Beach (or $1.25 bus ride). I would have personally preferred to be further South closer to the action.
3.5 stars out of 5.
I was once walking home down Third Avenue in New York when I passed a homeless person who I'd seen for nearly two years living in the same spot on the corner of 39th street.
What made this time different was that a city van showed up, and Mayor Ed Koch jumped out, along with a publicity woman, and a photographer. He began talking to her, kindly at first. He asked her how she was doing (Fine) and how long she had lived there (Years). Then she asked her if she knew if the City had homeless shelters (Yes), and if she had ever been to one (Yes). Finally she asked her why she lived on the street (This corner is better).
He tried to get her into the van, but she refused. He tried telling her how the shelters were much better now (she didn't care) and how it would be healthier (she wasn't sick). Finally, in frustration, he began yelling at her "What's wrong with you?" It was clear he'd been driving around the city for a while and the van was still empty. The "you" in the question wasn't the singular addressed to her, but the plural.
Now that I've seen Miami beach, I have the same question. "What's wrong with you?" Screw 39th and 3rd, you could be on Miami Beach!
Seriously, the issue of homelessness is important, and no less so in Miami. In the court case Pottinger v. City of Miami the court ruled that the police could not cite, jail, or arrest homeless people for certain kinds of misdemeanors (like public sleeping) unless they first declined placement in a bed. The city instituted a 1% restaurant tax specifically to provide services to the homeless.
The older hotels of South Beach have a distinct Art Deco design. The prices and quality of each vary but they're certainly beautiful to look at from the outside.
We went to Priceline.com and entered the parameters of South Beach and/or North Miami Beach with a minimum of 5 stars as the rating for the hotel, then our maximum price was 89.00
We ended up with the Sheraton Resort in N. Miami Beach (the richest part!) for 89 bucks per night! It was such an elegant hotel! We asked and all the rooms had regular rates of 350.00 per night!
It's not guaranteed, but we got 2 days, forgot to get the 3rd, then logged onto the net and got the same price again for the same hotel...it's worth a try.
On the beach,beautiful rooms, great location...
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