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Having barely seen any of Miami yesterday we got up fairly early and went for some English breakfast at Finnagen's on Ocean Drive before buying a Ball and heading to the beach. It was easily 30 degrees by midday and having not spent long in the sun since being here it wasn't long until we got in the sea to cool off.
After a good 3 hours …
Wednesday 22nd December, New Orleans - Miami, Florida A quiet, dark motel room made it easy to sleep late - we were in no hurry and had a late checkout. We found a cafe not too far away for lunch and caught the motel shuttle bus to the airport. We watched one of our locked bags go through security and left for the departure lounge - later we picked …
... do. We had some champagne with Mark and his neighbour Brady who was fabulous. He works as a screenwriter and producer in Los Angeles which is cool. We got to talking about theatre and musicals and once we started, we couldn’t stop. He even knows the producer of The Book of Mormon (which he says that yes, the movie WILL be made – yay!) We went on the roof for the countdown and there was already a bunch of people up there (very loud and very drunk). We counted down and ...
... the opposite direction. After making a U-turn they proceeded to drive thru South Beach and found themselves at the mouth of the port again. Turning around they traced their way to Ocean Drive and were accosted by a valet who wanted $20 to park their car. Turning him down they drove a few blocks over and found a space in a public pay lot and for $8 had obtained 4 hours of parking blocks away from the sand.
Heading east they were on the beach in 3 blocks. Karina and Caroline ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carlton Hotel Miami Beach
My friends and I came here for a week to celebrate a friends birthday. When we got to the Carlton hotel, the lobby looked very nice and spacious. When we go to our hotel room, it was so small, dirty, the AC didn't work, the bathroom was dirty, paint was chipping fropm the walls and the wooden floors and bed was making creeking noises. That hotel was like a shack! Luckily we got our refund back and went to The Courtyard Marriot a block away. Please don't spend your vacation here. Even if it is cheap, you can find better hotels than this for the same price.
Great Hotel and really big pool
My wife and I spent two days at the Carlton hotel. The staff was great check in was smooth and there was always some one who cared working. While we were there the ice machine was not working but they had ice in the lobby area to make up for it. Rooms are new and the beds are all white. Bathroom is trendy and chic but not over done. The lobby has white carpet. I have no idea how they keep it clean but it was while we were there. The best part of the hotel is it's big pool and free beach towels and chairs. They have ice cream behind the front desk. I had a pint of Chocolate..... Nice rooms, great service and very clean.. I would stay again.
I just want to say that after looking at the reviews from previous people that stayed at the hotel, I was a little nervous. I had my guards up for disappointment........and I was pleasantly surprised that I was put at ease when I arrived.
Great Location, get what you pay for however
The price of the room does not include a local resort fee, parking is $15 a day (also not disclosed). Pool still needs work but then again who goes to the pool.
Rooms are remodeled with new AC units and are in good shape. Beds are good, clean showers, etc.. Location is excellent! Most everything in South Beach is within walking distance (Clubs restaurants, etc..). Don't expect the Ritz because at $100 a night its far from it. Book online and you save about $25 a night over their walk-in rates. Overall I would stay there again.
I just stayed at this hotel for 10 days and I absolutely loved it. The staff at reception were extremely helpful and the whole hotel had a great atmosphere. It was in an excellent location for the Winter Music Conference as it's pretty central to everything.
Best Hotel in Miami Beach
I stayed March 30th. Hotel is great. Brand new rooms, great staff. the GM even took my bags to my room. Mark at the front desk is really helpful. Only down side is that sometimes the parking lot was full I got a great rate becouse they are just opening. I would stay again
I have just returned from staying at the carlton hotel for 10 nights and i can honestly say it was excellent. The location is brilliant - two mins from the beach and close to hundreds of other amenities (the famous Jerrys diner is across the road). Yes the hotel is still being renovated but the reception area (which does differ from photo) is gorgeous and guests are put in the renovated wing.
My friends and I stayed here for spring break 2006 and it was TERRIBLE! I am not a picky person, but the hotel had none of the amentities that it had listen on its website and looks nothing like the pictures. Although the hotel claimed to be done renovations in January, 2006, it was not even close to being finished. We were the first visitors to arrive for the spring break week and they were still putting the carpet down in our room when we got there. Our first room had no working air conditioning; we then got moved to another room, where the air conditioner was also broke, the phone and television didn't work, the sink falling off the wall, and the shower clogged. The general manager refused to listen to our unhappiness, claiming that we were only hot in our room because we were from the north, when in fact the thermometer read that it was almost 90 degrees in our room (it was 70 outside). We even had to sleep outside by the pool several nights! At the end of the trip, we were offered compensation, but it has still not been arranged, with the secretary claiming that the manager is in a meeting everytime Orbitz has called to arrange our refund!
Hotel is Brand New
Stayed here New years Eve. Great guest service. Room was clean and the location is great. They also have a huge swimming pool.
Terrible Customer Service
I was due to arrive at the Carlton Hotel on January 2nd, 2006 for the Rose Bowl. When I called to reconfirm my reservation two days prior to arrival and to ask a few general questions about the property, I was told that the hotel was closed. I had not been advised that the property wwould be closed when I had called in early December. They did not offer any reaccomodations or any compensation what-so-ever. The General Manager could have cared less that I did not have a place to stay. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.