Townhouse Hotel Miami

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

150 20th Street, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States

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Costs about the same, but rated 10% higher than other 3.5 star hotels

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    Loews Miami Beach Hotel
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    The Hotel
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    4441 Collins Ave.; tel. 305/538-2000

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More about Townhouse Hotel Miami

Another NY sushi restaurant hits Miami

by goingsolo about Bond Street

Bond Street is a sushi bar and bar located in the Townhouse Hotel. The restaurant is run by the same owners as the New York Bond Street and its service and food measure up to those standards.

The menu is virtually all sushi, with a few alternatives thrown in. Unlike standard sushi restaurants, Bond Street leans toward the exotic, or at least different, with selections of lobster tempura, amberjack and caviar rolls. Sushi rolls also come with various sauces that are sweet and/or spicy.

My only complaint about Bond Street is that its a small place, with few tables and it gets pretty cramped, especially for large groups sharing a few plates of sushi. But I think its the best sushi on the beach, especially since my beloved Bambu has closed, so the food makes up for the slight discomfort. Try all the sauces that come with the sushi, especially the spicy ones. And be sure to have a Green Tea Martini, or two if you're not driving!

Nice, Clean Boutique Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member pushdatgurl

My experience at the TownHouse Hotel was a pleasant one. Cute Hotel, near the beach, shopping, and excitement of South Beach. The Hotel was extremely clean. Room was nice size with minimal decorations. The wood floors carry noise very easily to the point were you can hear everytime the people above you walk. Good Price, Good Location, Nice Room. Needs a bigger bathroom with more room in the shower and more counter space to lay out your make-up and tolietries. I enjoyed my stay at the TownHouse Hotel and would return.

Martha Stewards Prison Cell

by A TripAdvisor Member

I am 22 years old and I stayed at this hotel thinking it would be a great hotel, cool, sleek and modern.

I can say that the front desk night shift person (Patrick) was a doll, he was helpful and great and front desk is modern and sluttry with candles and low key, HOWEVER,

the minute you get off the elevators the mini carpets in the hall ways are stained.

We walked into our bedroom which was tiny and smelled of smoke. The bed was not a full or a twin. It had a horrible view of the .99 cent store roof downstairs. The bed was something you would see in a prison movie not even a blanket to cover yourself with. The rooms was 10 X 10 .

This room would be what Martha Stewarts prison cell looked like when she was in prison. HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE. The Best Bestern, and Days Inn down the Street, have OCEAN VIEWS, Better and Bigger Rooms


by A TripAdvisor Member

Decent value - rooms are quite spacious with a fun rooftop patio (2 for 1 happy hour most nites). Noise does travel from room to room & there's construction directly across the road. Great location (beside the Shore Club) with easy beach access. All in all, a great deal for SoBe.

Cool Place - but construction and loud club ruined it

by TripAdvisor Member glasbcy

This has all the potential to be a super place. Very breezy lobby with minimal, but nice decorations. Our room was big, although very sparse and the shower was great. However, the noise from the club (Bond St. after 10pm was rocking in the basement) was unbearable until 3am. On top of it, there is construction all around the hotel across the street and the whole street was a mess. Stay somewhere else until they figure this all out. Also agree with other review about dirty carpets in hall. I was surprised at that. Breakfast is not breakfast - it's a snack.

Great, but no pool

by A TripAdvisor Member

Just got back from a Girls week-end at Townhouse. Location is perfect. Right off Collins, next to Shore Club, near shopping, beach, bars, etc. It is fun and young and clean and very well run. Love the free breakfast, coffee and helpful staff. Definitely a bit of a party place with music blaring in the evenings from the roof deck (great by the way!)...I would totally recommend for a group trip or fun week-end. Probably not family or romance friendly...but the value is great...even without a pool.

Great price and location

by A TripAdvisor Member

The townhouse is an ideal hotel if you are looking for a CLEAN, chic and in a great location. The rooms are very comfortable and and close to the beach. The staff is friendly and the overall was a wonderful experience.

A Cool Hotel for a Hot Night

by A TripAdvisor Member

"Cool" is a word that says so much about The Townhouse. From the stylish reception area, to the funky minimal rooms, and lush rooftop bar. We had picked the Townhouse as a suitable launch pad to the clubs and bars of South Beach. Yet once decamped on the water beds on the rooftop, we were permanent fixtures for the evening. The Townhouse is an affordable design hotel experience in a prime location that we couldn't have found without a website called Tablet Hotels, who not only have the best rates we've ever seen for such a great hotel but is both fabulously designed and easy to use. You may be disappointed with the content of the compilentary breakfast at the hotel, but not with the breakfast area with its long white tables lit with streaming natural light. Cool? No. Very Cool. Oh yes!

loved the Townhouse

by TripAdvisor Member raqazran

A local friend found us the Townhouse for our annual weeklong stay in South Beach. It's sparkling clean, light and airy, the staff are delightful, continental breakfasts are first rate (real espresso, cappucino and croissants)and it's in walking distance to everything. Hi tech sleek but not overboard. We've already reserved for January 2007. I just hope the gargantuan Setai doesn't swallow them up, as it did the wonderful Abbey Hotel (which is now office quarters and staff cafeteria).


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Address: 150 20th Street, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States