- Reviews: 295
The Biltmore Hotel: The Biltmore
While driving through Coral Gables it’s difficult not to pay attention to the Biltmore Hotel, with its tower that resembles the Giralda of Seville. Apart from that, the hotel it’s a really nice resort, with a wonderful swimming pool surrounded by statues, and a classy atmosphere. I could not write about prices, as I’ve never booked a room there, but I’ve been told by well informed sources that the place is not as expensive as it looks like.
The place is supposed to be haunted by the man who killed Al Capone. I didn’t see the ghost, although I was prepared to take a picture of the guy ;-) Maybe the next time….
- Reviews: 14
Doubletree Hotel - Coconut Grove: Business Travel in Miami
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)
- Reviews: 16
The Beach: Why be Homeless in New York?
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.
- Reviews: 512
Vacation Rental Properties: Shop for luxury
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.
- Reviews: 255
Sonesta Resort Key Biscayne: Very nice resort in Key Biscayne
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.
- Reviews: 352
The Biltmore Hotel: The Biltmore Hotel
I stayed at the Biltmore with my husband and baby daughter for a week, right as we were ready to move back to Miami. I have to say that I love the common areas of the Hotel but as a bit disappointed by the rooms. We were first given a double room which was really small, the king size bed taking pretty much 90% of the room. There was barely room for the crib. We requested a bigger room immediately, and as they saw that we were staying one week, upgraded us to a junior suite (for the price of a double!). So, don't hesitate to complain and ask. It sure worked for us. The junior suite was much much better, spacious enough with it living area, separated from the sleeping area by an open shelf.
The pool area is magnificent, as well as their golf course.
Their rates are on the very expensive side. Also you have to pay a daily resort charge, which lets you use their gym, the pool and the golf course, and includes the paper every morning.
More than a hotel, the Biltmore Hotel is part of the history of Miami. It was built in 1925 and survived the economic crash, the world war II (by becoming a hospital), etc.. It is even supposedly haunted by a man that was killed by Al Capone!
If you cannot afford to stay here, I would definitely recommend that you pay a visit to the Biltmore and sip a frozen drink by the magnificent pool.
- Reviews: 200
The Lesie Hotel: More Art Deco Hotels
Facing the OCean and two blocks from Mango's Bar action.
Art Deco, rigth in the middle of the South Beach action.
- Reviews: 987
I can't offer any specifics...
I can't offer any specifics but can tell you that you'll pay more if your lodging is on Ocean Dr. That's the street along the beach. If you stay one street back you'll only be a block from the beach and probably save a bit of money. Even some of the hostels are only two blocks from the beach.
- Reviews: 12
Sheraton Bal Harbor Hotel and...
Sheraton Bal Harbor Hotel and Resort
Nothing is cheap here. Prepare to pay US$10 for a cup of coffee. But again, you'll sit next to some of the most beautiful people in the world.
Immediately across the street from Bal Harbor Shops, the Rodeo Avenue or Worth Avenue of Miami.
- Reviews: 5956
SoBe Hostel: SoBe Hostel
$13 for dorms/$32 for rooms.
Even the hostel is in the Art Deco district, fits right in and offers dorm and individual rooms.
- Reviews: 8
Barcelona Studios: Home away from home!
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
- Reviews: 101
Roney Palace Resort: Beach resort up north Collins
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.
- Reviews: 9
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.
- Reviews: 42
Hideaway Suites: Great South Beach suites
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).
- Reviews: 490
Dtree Surfcomber So Beach: It has and miss class...
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
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