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Arrive in Miami! Stayed at Aqua Hotel & Lounge.
... in one of America's largest cities?
Only 48 hours earlier some Aussies had been telling me this tale of woe about their terrible experience renting from outfits such as Dollar or Enterprise in the USA. I told them to avoid those low-rent outfits and always go with Hertz or Avis etc. I definitely felt a little foolish about having given that advice after our experience with Hertz! This was probably ...
... some drinking games again, and more and more people showed up at the hostel. We took a party bus to a big club called club liv. The party bus got us really pumped up, by dancing on old disco tracks, and hanging on the stripper poles. And o whauw, this club was fancy and beatifull. Somehow i got caught up in a dancebattle again, and kinda owned it by doing flips, handstands and some cool ...
... I needed to be. Should have taken me 10 minutes. I'm pretty sure I stumbled past the apartment at least 3 times over that hour. Finally found it. Phew !!!
I decided to Skype Wendy back home in my ****** up state which she found very amusing. Particularly the bit where I fell asleep talking to her. Sorry babe. It was clearly a sign that I needed to go to bed.
Don't think I have ever been boozed on only 2 drinks before BRILLIANT !
Over and out.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Aqua Hotel and Suites Miami Beach
The courtyard of the Aqua provides a quiet oasis amid the busy streets of South Beach. Especially enjoyed the variety of blooming bougainvillea on the terrace and the romantically candle light blue spa at night time. The staff was very friendly and helpful and everything is within walking distance. We stayed valentines weekend so the hotel seemed a little overpriced at 155.00 per night. $100 and uder would be about right. Did not like the concrete floors! if they were polished okay but they looked grundgy and discolored with bits of spilled paint left from the last paint job. I'm all for minimalist look but this looks more like poverty. My suggestion, get some nice tile on the floor, it could go real nice with the decor.
When we first arrived at the Aqua we were a little disappointed because it didn't look as good as the pictures on the internet, but the people at the front desk told us we could look inside one of the rooms before making any decisions. Thank goodness for that, because it turned out to be very clean (despite the concrete floors and plastic tables). I would rather have clean concrete than nasty carpet anyday. The staff was the best part of all. probably the nicest staff of any hotel I've been to, and I travel 4 times a year. As we were leaving, the manager saw two girls trying to manage monsterous luggage and he came and offered to take out the luggage and load it himself, were do you find managers that are willing to do that??? The location was perfect too. Walking distance to everything. Clean, good location, excellent staff, free breakfast, and not bad on the price.....I will definitely stay again.
We stayed at the Aqua just before the Art Deco weekend in Jan, 2004.
It all depends on what you're looking for. I went down to Miami for a week in Dec/Jan with my girlfriend and another couple. We were looking for something relatively inexpensive but nice. The hotel website made it seem a lot nicer than it really was. There is no pool, which kind of sucks, but there is a large hot-tub in the center of the little courtyard. The site also described our room as a "junior suite with designer kitchenette". It turned out to be a large room with a toaster and mini fridge. But again, you get what you pay for. I didn't mind the place because I was just looking for a comfortable place to sleep. You can hear just about everybody around you, and if you can, try to avoid staying in room 114. It is located right next to where the maids have their storage room, and they are the loudest maids you will ever hear.
We stayed at the Aqua over the Christmas holiday and we were very
Best value on south beach
aqua hotel and lounge offers one of the best values in all of south beach.why? because the rooms are large about 420sq.ft compared with most south beach hotel rooms of 200-250sq ft.the rooms are newly renovated,very clean and tastefully decorated.the staff is always super friendly to all guests.aqua has no elevators or enclosed stairwells or walkways,getting in and out of your room is quick and easy.aquas location is primo-one block to espanola way, the beach,and lincoln road.aqua offers this level of accomodations for around 75-125 dollars a night depending on season.the rooms are a little noisy,the bathrooms and ac system arent perfect either but all things considered aqua hotel and lounge offers one of the best values relative to any south beach hotel
We stayed at the Aqua Hotel and Lounge 11/8-12 and we would probably stay here again, mostly because of the location. We did not rent a car (saving at least $150) and did not regret it a bit. From this location you can walk to just about anywhere in South Beach you'd want to go (burning extra calories so you can eat more of the fabulous food at all the great restaurants). We didn't have to pay for parking, valets, etc, alleviating a lot of stress! The hotel room was the cheapest they had, and I thought it was fine. The white decor was very soothing (I didn't like that the a/c was not controlled in the room, though) and relaxing. The bathroom was tiny, but clean. No view, and the room window opens onto the hotel walkway, which I don't like. The info on websites say that the hotel has a pool and spa - not! There's a tiny (6 X 10 ft) pool - very pretty, I might add, but no spa and it's not heated. Just don't count on a pool. The deck is a very nice spot to hang out. The people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. The website info also says the rooms have hairdryers, so I didn't take mine. My room did not have one, but they gave me one to use during my stay. They also say there's a refrigerator in the room, but it's a mini bar. We just emptied it and used it for our beer and wine etc with no problems. For the good deal we got and the PERFECT South Beach location - also 1 block from the beach- , I'd give the Aqua a thumbs up.
I just spent Labor Day Weekend 2003 at the Aqua. Ok, first the BAD: the rooms are not soundproof. I could hear everything going on in the courtyard and the rooms next to me which is a very bad thing considering how the Aqua allows pets and my neighbors checked in with an obviously antsy dog the second night I was there. Used towels weren't replaced and I saw about 20 ants in the bathroom during my stay. But the worst part is that the hotel is not yet computerized.
Just came back from Miami Beach and I must say had a wonderful stay at Aqua. The hotel is very romantic and chic. Though it was a very noisy weekend (hip-hop weekend), Aqua was one of the quieter locations in town. We normally stay at the Clevelander when we go on group trip but I think Aqua is better. The hotel was a nice escape from the craziness of South Beach, while still in the center of everything. For those who want to party but still sleep in an EXTREMEMLY comfortable quiet bed, Aqua is the way to go. You are only a block from the beach and right on Collins (only a block from Ocean Drive).
Quite possibly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Sure, the rooms are fine (albeit the floors are cement, and not covered with any rugs), but the staff is horrendous and rude. They even swore at me one night. We went there for a weekend getaway, and were greeted our first night there by a Hustler Magazine party, complete with porno screens and music that quite literally vibrated the room until 3am. I'm no prude, and I'm all for a good time, but we intended to party at a club and return to sleep in our rooms -- we never thought our room would become part of the club. A simple apology or acknowledgement that perhaps we should have been warned ahead of time would have sufficed, but we got nothing. So I must resort to a public bashing wherever possible. DON'T GO!