Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
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... when after being shouted at, I was feeling so confident (rightly so) that I was at the right stop, on time, ready to hit up miami. When getting onto the bus, I was shouted at by yet another loud man... Since when was it deemed incorrect and out of the ordinary to ask a BUS DRIVER for advice for what stop to get off?! Anyway, the man was useless. I took my huge bag and sat near the back of the bus as it seemed quiet and calm. Two minutes into ...
Waking up at 3.45 am on the plane, Miami time. Which means 6.45 am Rio time. Arrived in Miami at 5.05 am. Took some time to clear customs. Sat down using internet a bit, cause it was still dark outside. At 8 I started to look for where I was supposed to check my bag in. Then I got breakfast at subway, before making my way to get a bus ticket to Miami Beach. It is super cheap here, at least for public transport. One way ticket to Miami beach is ...
... walked out of the airport, as soon as we stepped foot outside the airport their was about a thousand people waiting at the gate. It was as if they were waiting for a celebrity to emerge from the airport. In reality many of these people were waiting for their family members. We made our way through the crowd, to get our bus, while making our way through the parking lot we saw many American cars from ...
... haha! We stopped at a bar called The Clevelander where they had a mostly naked chick getting body painted. FUN! Returned home at 5 to freshen up for dinner. Dinner at the Kitchen on Ocean Drive where we had cocktails bigger than our heads! This place is nuts. Luckily they give you plastic cups to take the rest home with you. Needless to say we had two big takeaway ...
... to walk/sit on the famous beach! The water was not very appealing to look at, but was a nice temperature. There were also lots of really brightly painted lifesaver look outs which was nice to see.
After a short time walking along the beach we headed back to the hotel to freshen up. We decided we would just have dinner at the restuarant outside the hotel, ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.