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It's a real early start to get to Miami, my flight from Boise is at 5.30 am. Kate drops me off at the airport and I go straight thru to security as I only have carry on luggage. It was great to see Kate and spend some time with her after all this time. My flight was on time, it was only and hour and half to San Francisco where I had a couple of hours layover till my next flight to Fort Lauderdale. This was the long leg of 5 1/2 hours, but it went pretty quickly and I landed in ...
... tunes! Paul got some lunch from the pool cafe but after weighing myself last night I opted for the chobani and banana combo haha Once we were sun kissed and ready to colored once again, we showered, changed and caught a cab to the other end of south beach to do a duck tour which is a land and sea tour showcasing the best sights of Miami. Unfortunately they had sold out of tickets but assured us we could get ...
... the pictures when we got back! Unfortunately tonight has been spent doing all the boring, practical jobs like laundry and packing that comes before moving somewhere new! So all packed up and SO excited to be heading up to Mississippi to see Emily, my friend who I met 2 years ago when working at Kesmarc in ...
We arrived in Miami around 10 am.
After getting off the cruise ship, Joanne and I found a shuttle bus to take us to the Miami Airport.
We had to wait around for a few hours because we had arrived at the airport a bit early.
We had a great flight home.
...Planning for our next cruise as I type this entry... ...
... to the local newsagent and bought some cheap wine, a bottle doubled the capacity of a usual bottle. We managed to get ready in an hour. Damn we are getting good! There was a free keg of beer sonI had some of that then the wine. We walked to the bar/ club altigether with the people from the hostel. It was ladies drink vodka free until midnight so we made a million runs to the bar, plus the barwoman was gay so she ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beachcomber Hotel Miami Beach
Nice Place to Stay
This hotel was really nice. The rooms are small, but they are very clean and well kept. One Warning. If you plan to visit during a busy week (i.e. Spring break) you may want to bring a travel iron (they are not standard in the rooms), hairdryer, and most importantly some bath and face towels from home (the hotel was constantly running out of towels; but they were REALLY nice about reconciling their shortcomings and serving the customers as quickly as possible). The staff was really pleasant, helpful, and provided any information to the customers that they could. The hotel is also in walking distance to all the south beach shops, restaurants, beaches, and nightlife. I could not wait to return home to recommend the Beachcomber hotel to others and I plan to return there whenever I return to south beach.
Great spring break hotel!!
The hotel was very affordable. The rooms wasn't as big as I thought but clean, wood floors, nice european look to the hotel. The only problem was there wasn't an elevator, but its only 2 floors. I truely enjoyed my stay and didn't want to leave Miami!!
Great Location / Horrible rooms
The outside of the Beachcomber looked very art deco and well maintained, from this first impression I was looking forward to staying here. But when I got into the room, which was the first room closest to the lobby, the room and bathroom was tiny. The room had two queen beds and the mattresses were terrible, the springs poked me all night and they stunk to high heaven. The noise was unbearable and one night I was kept up all night because a guy was with a woman of ill repute and I had to sleep and listen to the whole thing. The bathroom was supplied with only one small skinny towel, the toilet bowl had a stain and I felt the bed had fleas. BOTTOM LINE ------> pay extra and don't be cheap when it comes to hotels
Beware of the 'Shady' Beachcomber!!!
BEWARE! THIS HOTEL DOES SHADY BUSINESS PRACTICES!!!. To condense my story- this hotel had cancelled our resevation automatically two days before we checked in do they could sell the room to someone else at a higher price!!!! So we were stuck without a room, in South Beach during the busiest time of the year, WMC/spring break!! And the hotel didn't even apologize or help us find another room!!! Many hotel owners on South Beach said that this hotel is known for leaving its guests out in the streets! Please don't book this hotel and support their shady business practices!!!! Now here's the long story if you want to read- My friend had reserved a room at the Beachcomber in January, for our stay in March. When she called to make the reservation, she was quoted a very reasonable price for the room. She had asked the reservationist on the phone if that was the right price, $110 per night, (usually the price would be twice as much cause it was during the WMC/spring break time) and the guy told her that it was the right price. So she scooped it up cause it was a great deal. Two weeks before the trip she called back the hotel just to confirm the reservation, and everything was A-OK. Well we got to the hotel to check in, and guy checking us in said that we had cancelled our reservation 2 days ago!!!! Then he goes on saying that they've been trying to contct her for weeks to confirm the reservation, this was obviously not true, cause she had never heard from them once, plus she did call to confirm already.Well there was no documentation of the call and apparently all the information stored on their computer was wrong! Her home number,cell number, and email address were totally different then what she had given them originally. The funny thing was the only part of her infomation that was right was her credit card information! But the guy kept saying that we had cancelled our room. So the guy at the front desk said that he couldn't do anything cause the hotel was full. All he can do was call to see if another hotel had a room available. Well he called only 2 hotels, which one was owned by the same company as the beachcomber (Both were booked). And that was it! We had no place to go, and the guy was not even sympathetic! We knew that we were getting screwed over and sadly we couldn't do anything about. We had come to realize that the hotel had cancelled our reservation 2 days ago, just so they could sell the room at a higher price to someone that just walked in. The guy sad he couldn't do anything for us, so after a few choice words with the man we just left! We ended up walking to all the hotels along South Bech to see if they had rooms available, which was impossible cause all rooms were booked for the weekend! After talking with several hotel owners on South Beach we found out that the beachcomber has done this type of thing to many other people before.We finally got a room at a nice boutique hotel 2 1/2 hours later No thanks to the Beachcomber! So please do not stay at the Beachcomber Hotel or the Nassau Suite Hotel on South Beach. The website may make it seem that the hotel is a dream, but believe me looks are deceiving! DO NOT STAY HERE and support their shady business practices. Go and stay at a place where they respect and care for the customer!
I'll miss the Beachcomber
I had an excellent stay at the Beachcomber. The staff was very friendly and eager to help, although sometimes there info was a bit off. Try to get a second opinion. The location is amazing, a 5 minute walk to the beach, and also very central to shopping and restaurants. When we wanted to know of where to go for the nightlife, the concierge made a list of clubs/lounges and gave a free passes as well. (However, not for the most exclusive clubs)Breakfast was great considering it was free.
Juice, coffee, muffins and bagels. Rooms are a little small, but if ur lucky you can get one of the larger ones. We didn't shell out alot of cash, so for the price it was excellent value. Don't go expecting the Lowes, but a cheerful, quaint budget hotel and you won't be disappointed. Defintely would stay there again.
i booked this hotel through expedia and was a little apprehensive, but the website made the hotel look clean and stylish, so i thought i'd be okay.
in a nutshell, this hotel is not awful, but i would be really careful to manage your expectations. there is no bar, even though they say there is. the beach chairs they promise you are little dinky half chairs. i booked a room with two double beds because the room looked huge on the website. what i got was half the size. when i went to wash my hands, a HUGE water bug/cockroach crawled out. and the room smelled like bleach.
but the worst part was that when i went to complain, i was met with apathy, a lack of english and - i swear the guy at the front desk said this -- "i just work here" -- as in he couldn't help me at all.
i could have been convinced to stay if they had another room or did something to make me easier, but they didn't, so i left. the one night room penalty was worth my comfort.
so in a nutshell, i don't think the hotel is roach infested, but i would just be super careful -- the hotel isn't what it's cracked up to be (namely, a great value in south beach -- it's not a value -- you are getting what you pay for)
Nice, clean, value for your money
small, nice and clean hotel on Collins Avenue; the Lobby; the Lobby is very nice, a basic continental breakfast is served there in the morning; the room had a good size, one of the matresses was a bit older......but the other was fine; the bathroom was good in size with a nice bathtube und good water pressure. Beachtowels and umbrellas are provided in the Lobby; you have wireless internet access on the the Terrace and can use - free of charge - the internet pc on the sister property, the Nassau Suite. Staff was friendly; I will stay there again!!!!!
Loved the hotel
The hotel is great, nice rooms and lobby. The relation price/quality is perfect. The staff is the best. Charles Tevez
Room was large with simple decor. We had a room facing a noisy street and loud neighbors. Staff quickly stopped loud party in adjacent room.
On first day we had a clogged tub and the shower handles fell off! The bed was pretty saggy in the middle.
Nice an cheap
Nice and cheap hotel in So Be. kind employees and near everythig. If you do not like to expend your money in expensive and not that good hotels, this is your best choice in So Be.
Juan Roman Riquelme