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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlbion South Beach Miami Beach
Hotel is a wonderful art deco building. The hallways and bathrooms rather let it down but the location, free wifi and size of rooms more than make up for it. The catering was poor so we ate all meals outside the hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albion South Beach Miami Beach
A little bit of shabby chic
My husband and I stayed at The Albion for 5 nights in late June 2004. We had a Junior Suite for $129 per night, which considering the dollar/pound exchange rate at the moment, is pretty good. I was disappointed to find I did not have a balcony, but I have to say this did not detract from having a fantastic time. The position of this hotel is great. On the corner of Lincoln Road and only 2 mins away from the beach. Lincoln Road is good for shops but also has some great places to eat. Cafeteria springs to mind - excellent service and food.
The hotel I feel could do with a bit of redecorating. The lobby area is lovely, but the pool area looks a bit grubby. There are nice touches with free internet access and free coffee in the morning.
If you get a good deal, this is a great place to stay for its location, but don't think you will be getting 5 star luxury.
I stayed at the Albion in May for 1 week. The location is great. It is within walking distance to the south beach and across the street from CVS and Walmart. The lincoln mall is right there within one block. It also has bus lines right around the hotel so you can get around south beach and along the Collins Ave. I used the room mostly just for sleeping at night. The room is bright and o.k. in size. The fixtures very small and hardly there. No drawer space, tiny night stand, tiny bathroom fixtures, hardly enought space to fit your towels. The bathroom sink had a stain. Bathroom is very small. But everything was clean. Hotel overall is a little dark. Pool has stains but is decent in size; it has topless women sunbathers if you care. I am glad I stayed there for its cleanliness and convenient location. It did offer a small computer with free internet access which was usually available. It is almost a 3 star hotel if you evaluate its amenities and services. I do not think it is a 4 star hotel as advertised on Expedia. It offered shampoo and soap but not conditioner. No Q tips or shower caps.
3 Star it is not
This hotel has a pretty high opinion of itself, considering I was told on Priceline that it was a 3 star hotel, the elevators were dirty, the bathrooms were dinky, and the restaurant was not at all appetizing. Bathroom fixtures, especially the tup and sink had serious wear on them, chips and peeling paint. There was still construction noise going on in June 04. The worst part were the hookers on the corner. The good points: nice, clean linens, nice pool and lounge chairs, a computer for guest use, and a very nice and attentive porter.
Not plush, but has character
I wasn't sure what to expect by some of the other reviews I read, but I chose the Albion because of it's location and price. I found an internet rate of $90 per night, in May. I was right, the location of the Albion is within walking distance to everything South Beach has to offer. The hotel isn't plush, but it is clean. The hotel has alot of character for an older art deco hotel. The halls are dark, but the room was bright and spacious, the bathroom was a little small, but once again clean. There is street noise, but I think you can expect some noise in South Beach. The staff was efficent and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Albion, especially if I could get the same room rate.
Well I got a little nervous when I looked on here and saw all these bad reviews, my friend and I literally held hands in the cab not knowing what kind of place 2 expect and wen we saw the hotel I was like WOW this is a really cute hotel sure itz not the Ritz Carlton but it was very cute very clean and great staff, the lobby and bar are so cute and they even have computers so you can check your email, I heard the pool was kinda grimey, well the pool was great with really comfy sun chairs all around it, and for that person who claimed there was all this construciton going on well i guess there building a restaurant which will be attatched to the hotel but itz kinda around the corner there was no construciton noise at all , overall when I go back ill def stay there again and itz near everything so I say 2 thumbs up
Okay, but expected more
I read some reviews on the net and done some research before staying at this hotel. I found that there was a mixed reaction from people that have stayed at the hotel, although it was probably more bad than good! After staying at the Albion in April 2004 I can understand why there is some bad feedback.
Firstly, the hotel website makes it look very, very nice, the pictures are well done and were obviously taken when it was first renovated. Do not expect the hotel to be much like these pictures!
Secondly, the hotel needs updating! When I searched the reviews on the net I found that most reviews from pre 2002 were good and most reviews post 2002 were bad. I think the hotel was once very nice but it is now past it's sell by date. The rooms in particular need a major revamp. Here are some of the things I found that need to be fixed in the hotel.....
1. The rooms are cheaply furnished.
2. The bathroom is very small and again cheaply furnished.
3. The walls are very thin, you can hear everything that the person next door does.
4. There are some serious safety hazards, the plug for the hairdryer right under the sink being one of them.
5. There is a reasonable cupboard, but that is it, there are no drawers or cabinets.
6. The pool is okay but was a little leafy, I don't think they cleaned it often.
7. The tiles around the pool area have been stained by rust and are generally dirty.
8. The exterior needs another coat of white paint in areas.
9. There is work going on at the front of the hotel, I think they are building a restaurant. This didn't disturb me though.
There were some good things I found with the hotel though, it is only fair that I list them too....
1. The bed is comfy.
2. The air con is good.
3. There is a cool leather chair in the room.
4. The portholes on the pool are cool.
5. The reception area is cool.
6. There is a PC with internet access that you can use for free.
7. The location is very good, just off Lincoln Road. There are two supermarkets just across the road, the beach is a couple of minutes away and Ocean Drive is 10 minutes.
Overall, I was not really disappointed with the hotel as I paid a good price for the hotel in a package deal and I also done some research and expected the hotel to not be as good as the pictures make out. If you get a good deal, go for it but just don't expect it to be great.
The rates on the website are $125, I would not pay this much, $75 is a lot fairer. If you are looking for a real classy hotel in Miami, South Beach go for Loews.
4 Star NOT!
Some sites, like Expedia, claim this hotel to be a 4 Star. Not even close! 1 to 2 maybe. Good location, but I expected a 4 and got a 2 ... disappointed. Cheap furnishings, not a superior room, more like a budget hotel. Honest evaluations by booking sights would be appreciated!
Not for the price...
Went to the Albion for New Year's, 2003; for the price, was expecting something much better than we got. If the fire alarm was not going off, then the water was not working. This is about par for room decor, which maybe "used-to-be" trendy; our room (a Penthouse, they say), had a single, large, brown ulphostered chair - WITH PAINT STAINS ON IT. The "trendy" furniture was from Crate and Barrel (not that there is anything wrong with that). Tiny bathroom. The curtain on the window was an all or nothing proposition; it was either let the sunshine in or cave-time. The bath towels were on their last legs; room did not even have an iron ! The TV was tiny, and, yes - the outside is being renovated (get ready for the noise!). Don't waste your money here....
Great location , pool is fantastic, staff incredible, I was surprised, I had read a few not favorable reviews but on the other hand so many friends recommended it. I trusted them so I decided to spend a weekend relaxing by the pool: I really did and found everything ok. As it was years ago it's still a cool place to stay, full of models... Try it.
Don't touch it with a bargepole
Had high hopes for the Albion - a four star trendy hangout with a pool.
Expected minimalist cool and funky furnishings. Were sorely disappointed. Instead of retro and minimal it was old, defunct and lacking. The hair dryer did not work. There were no bathrobes. The bathroom was far too small. Badly finished decor. A broken chair. We were supposed to stay here for 6 nights in November 2003 but checked out after only one. Cleaners would sit in the corridors smoking and eating their lunch. It seemed understaffed. Our room was quite dirty, the windows were dirty, there was scaffolding up the side of the hotel and it looked like there was some serious building work going on. The website did not say anything about this and we were not told about it prior to our stay or on checking in - disgraceful. On the first day we decided to try out the hotel pool and relax in the sun. You couldn't - the builders were really noisy, it was dusty and they started mixing cement and crawling all around the pool area. We spoke to other guests who were equally appalled but could not check out early (or as easily) as we did because they had not booked directly with the hotel and had paid upfront. South Beach is fantastic. The Albion is not. Stay at the Double Tree Surfcomber one block away - we moved to this hotel (great service, clean comfortable rooms, great pool and beach area) or one of the other hotels on the ocean.