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... to join them. Then with the help of some strange people, I was given directions to walk to the hostel. I arrive at the hostel, I had sweat out half of my body weight by this point, but nonetheless I was so excited to be in miami. I was given my key and off to my room I went. Disgusting. The beds were wobbly, you could just about fit a pair of shoes on the floor... I hated it. The girls I was sharing the room with soon all filtered in, ...
... do some shopping on. Lincoln Road Mall, pretty cool street actually, with a lot of restaurants and bars with patios and of course a lot of shops as well. After some shopping I enjoyed a beer, and when I was sitting there I felt some drops of rain, but it's still around 25 degrees. I actually got three beers. After the beers I did a little more shopping and I went back to buy the shoes I put a side in another store. But I forgot where it was at ...
... packed bus and headed off for Miami! I had googled the route for getting from the bus stop the other end to the hostel but turns out the bus had been discontinued.... Luckily after wandering around the intersection for a while a guy asked if we needed help and then turns out the guy behind him was staying in the same hostel as us so he helped us find our way! We checked ...
Today's main events were the flight to Miami—the first leg of our trip to Cuba, and a necessary precaution so that we didn’t miss the charter flight—and a dinner at Dr. Gleber’s condo in Miami. I don’t think any of us have really had it sink in that by tomorrow, we will be in Cuba. You know, that island ninety miles off the Florida coast that was illegal to travel to for a really long time thanks to ...
... the familiar ta-moko on a mans arm so I yelled out "hey New Zealand", he immediately came over to chat and told us how he was heading off for a cruise through the Bahamas (nice) - always nice to have some time with a local from back home.
After breakfast we packed up and checked out and drove ourselves to Sawgrass Recreation Park where we had vouchers for an air ...
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Nicest rooms and best Miami location
This is the place to stay... I highly recommend this hotel, Nice rooms with very confortable down beds and nice marble bathroom. this is a nice and confortable place to stay. The management is very friendly and and helpfull, the hotel has the best location in Miami. We really enjoyed our stay...
I recently visited the Century July 23-25 2004 and it was great. The staff was excellent and very friendly. The hotel is very quaint and quiet, I reccommend this place to stay if you are visiting with a significant other. We found ourselves sleeping in everyday becasue the beds were so comforatable (down blanket and pillows). I found the rooms to be very clean and very cute. The whole hotel had a very small but comforatable feeling. By the end of our trip we didnt want to leave and we told ourselves that we would be back to stay at this hotel. I have stayed at much more expensive hotels on Ocean, but this place was alot cheaper than most and was much nicer. I would reccommend this place for someone that wants to be close to the ocean, action, and its very quiet.
The Century is located right across the beach in the quiet part of Ocean Drive. The hotel staff is very friendly and very good looking also!
It is tastefully decorated and the beds are very comfortable.
I have recommended the century to all my airline colleagues.
We do not recommend it. We found the rooms to be dirty.
We would not classify the Century Hotel as a "boutique hotel". We would not recommend it.
Although the staff at check-in was very friendly and helpful, we found the hotel to be dirty - our room in particular.
Upon check-in, we found coffee stains on the television, built-up residue throughout the shower recess, an very unclean bathroom mirror and a bed-side table that hadn't been wiped over for quite some time (including a run of built-up grim along one edge of the table that had been there for god knows how long). The windows were so filthy we needed to close the blinds, and the telephone was equally as filthy - with untold dirt built up in the handset recess. The floors were in urgent need of a mop. And of course, we can't forget to mention the sticker from a condom wrapper that was still stuck to our bed-head. We won't even start on what we found in the wardrobe.
An attempt by the cleaning staff to rectify the problems (whilst we went out for breakfast) achieved nothing more than a remake of the bed and a fresh towel.
We both travel frequently - staying in big-name hotels with business, and choosing to stay in often VERY basic accommodation when back-packing for pleasure - shearers sheds, hostels, refugios, family run B&Bs etc. We don't mind basic - we just expect "clean".
Unfortunately, The Century Hotel provided us with the dirtiest room we had encountered for many years.
Admittedly, management were very good in trying to recover the situation. We checked-out without charge and management offered to help us found alternative accommodation. We declined the offer.
We found far superior accommodation by walking a few blocks north, at a much better rate. And yes - the new place was spotless clean.
Not bad, but don't rely on the website
I stayed 5 nights at the Century Hotel. Frankly, it's not a bad place to stay. I liked the quiet location in the southern part of Ocean Drive. Bars and clubs are easily accessible and you won't be disturbed by rowdy crowds partying all night long. Breakfast was minimal, though (Canned fruit, cornflakes, coffee, juice). In addition, staff was friendly, but didn't go out of their way to assist. Yes, the safe did not work, there was no iron, no alarm clock, but I really did not care too much... If you get a good rate at the Century (like I did), it is definitely a place to consider if you can do without much luxury.
What you see is not what you get
To start off with the website is misleading. The rooms are verry basic,bed cd player,phone and a t.v. Oh yeah also a minibar. The a.c.
is very noisy, they do not help you with your bags, the safe in the rooms do not work( in any room) no alarm clock, the continental breakfast was poptarts, cereal and juice. The resturaunt next door is closed for renovations. There was no iron in the room nor was there a table to put your things on. Only the minibar that housed the cd player and the phone. The maid service was minimal. She did make the beds and empty the trash but that was about it. All in all it was a very boring place to stay. You are 5 blocks from where the action is. The only plus on this hotel is it has a very comfortable bed and the night man was very pleasant and helpful.
Articulate rooms, great service, perfect location to all the restaurants and clubs, though very quiet. The service was that of a large resort with a terrific Front Desk staff! I will return...thank you Century Hotel for a perfect stay!
We stayed at the Century on 2/15/03 and after reading the reviews were worried. The room was clean and furnished in a modern European style with a very comfortable bed. The bathroom was ok. We found no dead ants, the help were friendly ( they lost our reservation but found it and stated that they were switching computer systems). The air conditioner was loud but no worse than many places. The only noise we encounter was the garbage collectors at 7:00 AM. Would we stay at the Century again? I'm not sure. I have no real negatives; it is a cute hotel in a quieter part of South Beach
It's not the best place to stay
I stayed with a friend in this hotel, I like the bed a lot, so comfortable, and the furniture was ok... but, but, the employees that work here are the worst. Man!, they always have an ugly face, even the manager! I didn't saw a smile and everybody there attend me with bad humor.
When we had to come back to our country, we left an important envelope for my partners in Miami, but the staff of the front desk lost it!
Think before choose this place!
I do not recomend this Hotel
We were going on a cruise and we had 1 day before the cruise and 2 days after to spend in Miami. I looked around on-line and noticed this really cute hotel in a really happening district and I booked it.
Do not trust the photograph. Yes, the room was furnished interestingly but the furniture was old and not well taken cared of. The walls peeled, the air conditioner was so loud that it woke us up every 10 minutes when it turned on at night, the bathroom was full of dead ants, the room was dump, the walls were thin and you heard everything that was going on around you.
Do not stay in room 101. It is right next to the lobby and it gets REALLY loud in there (not from the guests, because we didn't see any guests except us, but from the phone conversations that the hotel workers have while on duty.)
One of the hotel workers came into our room in the middle of the day without nocking while we were laying in bed.
The hotel is located almong old buildings that are being re-constructed, so the area is not very well populated and pretty ugly. You have to walk for about 15 minutes until you actually get to the lively part of the street. Better live there for the same a mount of money.
The beach however is nicer around the Century hotel then in the lively area. There are not too many people there and the sand is really pure and soft. On the other hand, the popular beach gets really crowded and the sand is very rough with stones.
I would definately never stay in this hotel again. Although I was not impressed with any of the smaller hotels on the street, I would definately stay in the larger hotels at the end of the street that look clean and beautiful, with nice beaches and better crowd.