Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
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Historical Traveler Reviews Catalina Hotel & Beach Club Miami Beach
Don't stay hereeeeeeeeeeee, nooooooooo!
I stood here for 3 days the experience was HORRIBLEE!!! Unfortunately the threw us to the half built part of the hotel. That part of the hotel is not even properly prepared yet for guest . The noise was crazy!!!! With all the construction going on. The room we got had two full size beds in which my husband and i had to sleep separate, they refused to give us a king size supposely due to "availabilty". They suggested we move a table that was in btwn the beds and join um! I refused to do that! They still didn't help!!!!!!!!!! In the bathroom two people don't fit! We had spiders coming out of our sink hole. The towels were only changed once while we were there. The beds sheets were all white but with a whole lot of cigarette burns. The floors are wooden white and are dirty which look gray. I didn't feel a bit comfortable with the room doors they were not secure at all and were like 30yrs old. The staff was very stuck up and didn't serve for help for nothing!!!!!! The lobby we had to go through to get to our rooms were filled with constuction materials and were hard to even get by. The valet parking is incredible. You have to pay $22.75 per day and you have to call 45mins. to 1hr. in advance to get it and it arrives in like 1hr an 1/2. It is sooooooo not worth staying here place make another choice. This is the worst hotel i've ever stood in and we travel a whole lot. Feel free to email me for any further ques.
3 star hotel with 5 star service
visited south beach for the first time march 30 & 31 and we loved the service at the catalina. the pool area was very relaxing and constantly being tended to by 2 workers who were very friendly. we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast in the am and the grill by the pool along with the free beer and sodas. hotel was very quiet at night and very comfortable.
A mixed bag
We just returned from a week at the Catalina, and as a poster below notes, the northern building (the former Maxine hotel) was a construction site. We turned down the two rooms they first tried to give us there.
Even when this interesting renovation is finished, though, some structural issues will remain: Even in the main building, where we ended up and which is largely done, the standard rooms are modest and the bathrooms are tiny. Our bathroom had one small glass shelf and a hook but no towel bar, which made storing toiletries and wet towels and bathing suits for two a challenge. (There are Gilbert & Soames toiletries, but apparently no room for a box of Kleenex.) There's an open closet with shelves -- no space for drawers -- and a short rod with the worst variety of those annoying anti-theft hangers, the ones that can't be removed at all.
The room-to-room noise level can be high, and the hall-to-room noise level is even higher because the old doors don't fit tightly in their frames. (Some doors have been replaced by brushed stainless steel ones; maybe that helps.) When someone coughs in a neighboring room, you hear it. When someone walks around upstairs, you hear it.
The place has its good points: The good-sized pool area was pleasant and relaxing (except the afternoon when someone seized the sound system and pumped techno at high volume). The towels are big and thick and the bedding is great; the Tempurpedic beds were extremely comfortable. There's a free continental breakfast and free cocktail hour in the hip-looking, shiny-white lobby and free beverages and snacks by the pool. The staff is friendly and helpful and tries to be accommodating under difficult circumstances. The location is terrific, a short walk from the beach and Lincoln Road.
We became aware during our stay that many guests had gotten rates that were far better than we were able to get through Hotels. We averaged $225 (plus 13% tax, a Hotels service charge and a $5 "resort fee") for a six-night stay that spanned a weekend, when rates in South Beach can be sharply higher, but we met others who had reserved through human, offline travel agents and had rates of $140 and $179. Unfortunately this type of late discovery is not covered by the Hotels rate "guarantee."
Best new hotel in miami beach - cool without trying
i have never recommended a hotel before but i have to in this case because the catalina hotel will within the year be known as the coolest newest trendiest - yet not pretentious - hotel/beach club in miami beach. with its prices 50% less than the delano (which is situated across the street), great engaging staff, location across the street from the cool part of the beach, free happy hour & tasty free breakfast in the cool lobby facing collins ave, it was no surprise to me when i stayed there and learned that the catalina is the new miami hotel favorite of bono, eva mendes and tom brady - among others. well, the staff treated me like a celebrity too and gave me too much helpful advice on where to go to dinner and shop while getting the most for my money to name. if you don't stay at the catalina - you're missing out - i mean it. if you see bono say hi from me !
Small rooms but very great location on Sth Beach
A friend and I stayed March 4/5, 2005. Staff were pleasant and friendly, free happy hour and pool side entertainment an added bonus, the hotel location is also great for partying in South Beach. Rooms very small and probably overpriced.
Underconstructed and overpriced
Do not stay at this hotel! The hotel is still under construction and it is only the greed of the financiers who are forcing the staff to attend to guests staying in a half-built wing.
There are two buildings that comprise this hotel. One of them has finished its refurbishing and is perfectly nice; the other is still undergoing construction and shouldn't be rented out. If you are unlucky enough to get a room in the unfinished building, you will be subjected to all kinds of inconveniences. These include a locking system on the door that didn't function properly so that we had to go to the front desk three different times during a three-day stay to be let into our room. Wall sockets that have not been installed so that there are naked wires sticking out into the room. A new toilet flushing apparatus that is not working properly and is a systemic problem, not just a problem in our room. Horrible noise from constructing on the roof during the day. The construction crews hogging the sole elevator to transport materials to and from various sites.
The location is good and the staff is nice, but the hotel should not yet be open. Stay elsewhere.
Trendy and pretty decent...
We planned a weekend trip to party at South Beach's nightclubs and at very last minute, checked into this hotel, as literally almost all of the hotels were booked in South Beach.
I read the other reviews and although I did not inspect the room as thoroughly as others, I was satisfied with the room. The beds were huge and comfortable, with special therapeutic mattresses and the decor was like something out of IKEA.
Staff was very friendly and the room was extremely clean. A little pricey but we were not surprised compared to the rates at the other hotels that had availability without a prior reservation.
This hotel is hard to describe - it was recently renovated (they were actually still adding coats of paint while we were there, so we got high on paint fumes in our room!), and it seems as if they were going for "trendy" when they designed the place, but cut some corners to do so. I really liked the look of the room - almost all white with a big red lamp for some nice mood lighting. However, the details were sloppy: the bathroom door wasn't hung right in the frame, so the door wouldn't close; white paint was splattered on the silver doorknob; the light bulb in our lamp had to be replaced; the drain in the shower was so slow that I was quickly ankle deep in water. So at first glance the room looked fine, but up-close seemed cheap and artificial, as if you were in a movie set.
There were good points though: the airport shuttle and complimentary breakfast were nice amenities; the pool area is secluded, relaxing, and well-furnished with teak chairs, couches, and beds; the Catalina is in a great location - one block from the beach and lincoln drive; we had no problems with noise, even being only two rooms away from the lobby; and the whole hotel seemed to have the atmosphere of a close-knit neighborhood where all the staff and guests were friendly to each-other. Overall, I'd say that we had a pleasant stay in a fun hotel with average rooms.
Stayed for a week in January 2005. The Hotel Catalina was a great place to spend a week in Miami. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful (especially Eric, the concierge). The rooms are funky with a large TV (although the stations were limited) and stereo. The beds are very comfortable. Would prefer carpeting to the wood floors. The bathrooms are very small with walk-in shower (would prefer full bathtub). Nice huge towels! Breakfast is basic. They also have a "Happy Hour" with free drinks from 7-8 pm. This is not to be missed, as you can hang out and meet the other guests. Given how expensive many bars are in Miami Beach, it was nice to have a free drink! All of the amenities pale in comparison to the incredible pool. They have huge outdoor "beds" with pillows in addition to the very comfortable lounge chairs. The pool is large but very cold in January. They even have a big gas grill (but we didn't use it). There was construction going on next door, so it could have been more peaceful, but this will likely end in a few months. The location is great, close to the beach and to shopping on Lincoln Street. Good rates ($150/night + $5/night "resort fee"). Would definitely stay there again.
Bold yet comfortable
After our original hotel overbooked they sent us to the Catalina for one nite. It was very interesting to look at....everything was white with bold accent colors...particularly red. We checked in after 10pm and it went very smoothly altho we were not informed about the pool or breakfast...I think I read about it somewhere. They gave us a king room in the back.....completely white except for the glowing red lamp above the bed. The room looked as tho they had just finished painting it and hadn't gone back to clean up a few mistakes or plug in the phone, but other than that it was fine. The bed was extremely comfortable and the tv was a nice big one up high in the corner. The room also had a cute little stereo and a fridge. The bathroom was small with a walk in shower ...nice toiletries and great fluffy towels, but nowhere to hang anything, like I said I'm not too sure if they were completely finished with this room. Before checking out we had breakfast...just basic fruit and croissants, coffee and juice..self serve. The people at checkout were very helpful...they called our original hotel to see if we could check in yet and they said it was too early, so the Catalina held our bags. For one nite this hotel was fine, great location as well.....no idea how to get to the pool tho.
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