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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.
Don't judge anything by the cover...Great place to stay!
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.
Great location, a little rough at the edges.
We stayed at the Aqua just before the Art Deco weekend in Jan, 2004.
The location was great for walking to the beach, Lincoln road, etc. The staff were wonderful and accommodating, and the valet parking (~$16/day with in/out priveleges) was a bonus. Continental breakfast was starchy, but the tea and coffee selection were good. The terrace looking over Collins Ave was a wonderful place to sit and read, chill, or whatever.
The rooms were spartan, there was absolutely zero insulation, either for temperature or noise (we could hear absolutely every detail of our neighbor's conversations, ETC. and I assume the reciprocal as well), and the room furnishings reminded me of my Ikea purchases before I graduated from college. One thing...we are nonsmokers and the rooms, despite having a minimum of linens, somehow smelled like a freshly lysol-ed ashtray. Yeah, the maids were loud, but they are a nice bunch of ladies and quite thorough cleaners. Worth the tip! We emptied out the minibar and filled it with our own leftovers and food while there.
If you book a jr suite, ask for a kitchenette if you need the toaster and coffee maker. Bottom line...great location and staff for the price, amenities are exactly what you pay for.
Not too bad
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.
They woke us up every morning yelling and screaming. We complained several times. Another negative thing was that they didn't have a liquor license anymore so we couldn't drink at their bar! Overall, the hotel wasn't too bad, the staff was very friendly, the location was excellent, and you can't beat the price. I'd stay there again.
Loved staying here!
We stayed at the Aqua over the Christmas holiday and we were very
pleased with almost everything about our stay. We paid about
$100/night; you can't beat that. We were there 5 days and didn't need a
car to get around almost all of South Beach. The Aqua is in a great
location, about 3 blocks from Lincoln Road, just one block from the
Crobar nightclub, and one block from Ocean Drive. It was usually quiet
and cozy, and the people who work there are so friendly and helpful.
The rooms are refreshingly white with blue accents. We loved having a
CD player in the room. Irons and hairdryers are available. And a
continental breakfast was served everyday until 11:00. That was very
much appreciated after a night (and early morning) out partying! The
only downside is that the floor is concrete, and that is a problem when
you drop a glass (or a beer bottle).
Don't leave SoBe without visiting Wet Willie's. They have amazingly potent frozen drinks of every variety! And we loved the little Italian cafe, Tutti's; great service. Mango's is also a fun place to spend an evening. South Beach is a great place to party and The Aqua is a great place to recuperate!
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
Aqua Hotel- Best location!
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.
Good, but not Great
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.
They have a PC but they don't have one of the many cheap and available computer software programs that almost all hotels have to keep track of everything. They had no idea what I had used from the mini-bar and I had to do the rundown at checkout which delayed me by about 10 minutes.
Now, the GOOD: the staff was very friendly, the room was cute - spare but clean. The hotel is very romantic - at night blue lights in the courtyard come on and there are plenty of tables and chairs to sit at and just relax and soak in the humid Miami nights. The pool is small but well-maintained. Basically, I don't know if would stay here again but I feel like I got what I paid for ($89 for a junior suite, $99 for the Friday and Saturday nights on Expedia) and its good for a getaway on a budget. One more note, while the Aqua wasn't quiet by any means, the Loews across the street was a zoo and I wasn't unhappy that I didn't stay there. I think for my next visit I'll be at the gorgeous Delano which is about 3 blocks down Collins. One more thing about the Aqua, its a block off the beach which isn't bad at all, but you better bring your own towel because they don't provide any. Luckily, there are plenty of stores on Lincoln Road that sell cheap towels and swimsuits, etc.
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!