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Landed at Miami International airport at 1530 local time after a pleasant nine hour flight. Two hours later, we got in a taxi to take us to the hotel. Getting through Miami customs took 1.5 hours!!!
We stayed at Circa 39 hotel for all 4 nights in Miami South Beach. The hotel is in a small art deco building.
The Bayside Marina was alive and kicking and we were feeling the beat. Live band, fresh mohitos and delicious Mexican food - you couldn't help but smile and feel completely alive. This was our first night in Miami and our last before we were to board a Carnival cruise liner for a 7 day sail around the Western Caribbean.
A Caribbean cruise …
... the hotel it was time to get changed for dinner and before we went out, we hit the bar for a few more of those free drinks. We had seen an old 50's diner on the corner of 11th street, so I was keen to go in and get the old diner experience. The food took a while to come out, but it was delicious and a decent size. Afterwards, we took a walk around to see all the art deco buildings lit up at night which was cool to see.
Next stop, Miami Airport!
... the mainland. I was expecting something special, perhaps I am being unfair but I’m just not feeling it. I know we are not in the height of summer but there doesn’t seem to be much beach life, there is a boardwalk between the hotels and the beach and instead of welcoming people from the beach to the hotel bars they have security at the entrances to the hotels and it feels as though you can only go to the hotel ...
... ended with me walking off the plane and though customs with a Cinthya from Peru. My parents were waiting with big signs on the other side of immigration. It was hard to say I was home because I never felt more at home than everywhere I was along the way. When I left three months ago I didn't know where I was going. Along the way I would pull out a world map and pick the next spot and then buy a plane ticket. Nothing was planned and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCirca 39 Hotel Miami Beach
Very clean, nicely decorated, friendly staff. Probably difficult to do better for the price. Might be a little far from the night life but the beach is fantastic and the night life is only a short bus/taxi ride away. Would definitely stay here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach
Overall A Good Experience
Overall my husband and I enjoyed our stay at the Circa 39 Hotel. It has the cool, hip minimal atmosphere typical of the Ian Schrager hotels, but at a lower price. We liked the staff overall. Since it is small, you feel like you get to know them.
The first night we had some problems- the AC broke down. We were moved to a room facing the pool. Since it was a windy night, the wind howled through the old window panes all night which was disturbing. Once we moved to a room facing the street, it was a much better experience.
The pool is small but nice. The beach is a walk across the street, so it isn't like being at a resort. We had a motorcycle, so we didn't feel removed from South Beach. A car or cab is definitely necessary since there isn't much nearby.
Overall it was an enjoyable stay.
Mixed feelings...a few upgrades needed
My husband had booked this hotel for Mothers Day weekend.Our concerns started off intially with the wrong directions to the hotel from the front desk,upon arrival from looking at the lobby you would think that the whole entire hotel looked the same.It is not the case.The elevator was old as dirt and needed some basic upgrades like new non-soiled carpet and a paint job.The carpet in our hallway was also heavily stained but masked by this hazy pinkish-purple halogen lighting.The room was average size,with no full length mirror and smelled old and dingy.The beading was pretty ,all white with blue accessories and the Aveda products were a plus.If it were not for my husband making a serious effort in suprising me for mothers day.This hotel would not have been considered.It might be rated 4 stars by various travel companies.I find that truley hard to believe.
A word of caution..
I stayed at this hotel for a week in mid-April. In coomon with most other reviewers I found the staff immensely helpful and friendly. The hotel's website descriptions are stretching the truth in many aspects - the pool is beside a noisy road and you'd want to have a fairly cutting edge hearing-aid to experience the "sound of the ocean lulling you to sleep"!!! One word of warning here, look after ALL of your valuables at this hotel, I had a pair of expensive Armani sunglasses stolen from my locked room. Lock anything you cannot afford to lose in the in-room safe.
I had been planning my husband's 30th birthday since his 29th and I wanted to take him to FL. I looked around for hotels for a long time trying to make a decision. I loved the pictures of the Circa 39 and felt that is was further out from the nightlife but it was worth it since it looked so great. What really put it over the top for me was the pool. I had visions of a relaxing time in this beautiful pool... when we got there the pool was half the size, on the corner of 39th street and 10 beech chairs. We apparently lucked out because we got a suite so we had our room, a living room and the bathroom which was nice and plenty of space. The view was not great but the room was! Beyond my disappointment with the pool and the look of the hotel the services was great. The staff was wonderful!!
Our family loved it!
Our family came to Miami Beach for a business trip mixed with a family vacation. We wanted a clean hotel close to the beach that we could afford. The Circa 39 provided this and more. Like others have said, the hotel does not have a great first impression (although the lobby is fun). For a family of 4 with 2 small girls, we did not fit the "boutique" hotel's targeted demographic. However, it did not take long for our family to call the hotel home for 4 days after Easter. The beach across the street is clean, pretty and quiet. Great for a family. The amenities at the hotel are nice. Nice lounge chairs and towels at the pool. Large towels in the rooms. There is plenty of easy parking on the street, so don't pay the $16/day for the valet parking. There is not a lot of good dining areas in walking distance. We tried walking the first night, and after 30 minutes of lugging 2 girls around, got in the car and drove farther South. The hotel's location makes it easy to drive to South Beach or downtown Miami. Our room was small, but we anticipated this. However, it was very clean and we figured we were the first people to use the room since the renovation. The rooms are very white. White linens, bedspreads, etc. The designers were not planning of lots of kids to stay here, I'm sure. When we left, though, our family had a great time and enjoyed our little hotel. We'll come again if the prices stay down.
Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, nice pool, great breakfast, great price!
My boyfriend and I live in Miami, but not on Miami Beach. We both have full time jobs and wanted to get away from the 9 to 5 grind for a nice, relaxing, fun weekend. Our trip started a day early when I went driving around South Beach looking around for hotels to stay at for the weekend. I went to the Seville, the Banana Bungalow (The Creek), the Sovereign, passed by The Crest, and then to Circa 39. As I pulled up to the front of the Hotel, a man named Frank greeted me and introduced himself as one of the managers of the hotel. I had told him that I was looking around for hotels to stay at, so he showed me around the rooms and hotel, just as the other hotels staff did, but he was pleased to show me around. The other hotels were not helpful at all, and did not seem like they wanted to make me feel like wanting to stay there at all, which they had no reason not to, they were just lazy and doing their minimal job duties, not seeming to care much about customer service. When you enter the lobby of Circa 39 you feel like you are in somewhat of a spa/lounge atmosphere. The furniture and lighting are very hip and modern. The lighting in the hallway was a great touch to the feeling of the hotel. The colors were a soft but vibrant blue and purple. The room my boyfriend and I stayed in was better than what we expected, and much nicer than any of the other hotel rooms that I had seen at the other hotels I had gone to look at. There was a king size bed with brand new sparkling white sheets. None of those tacky floral bedspreads or curtains. The bed was extremely comfortable. The bedcover was one of those fluffy, feather-filed down comforters, the kind you would sleep with at home, but most low to moderate priced hotels wouldn't spend the extra money on. The room had a mini kitchen with a microwave, small refrigerator, sink, and lots of drawers and cabinets. The closets and bathroom were not too small or too big but were big enough to fit two people's clothes in for the weekend. The bathroom was fully stocked with all Aveda shampoos, conditioner, lotion, and soaps, towels, blower dryer, and 2 of the most comfortable robes I have ever worn. On top of that we had a small desk, a few chairs, the TV was big, brand new, flat screen, and it had the AV connections if you want to bring your own VCR, DVD player, Game system or whatever. AND...there is a connection for either wireless or Ethernet cable connection and that comes in every room. We even had our own little private balcony that looked onto the side of another hotel but it was nice to be able to step outside for a second. The rooms were extremely clean, and everything is brand new and modern. I know some hotels in Miami beach still have old TVs and there are stains on the carpets, towels and sheets. This hotel definitely got an A+ for service and appearance. Then when you wake up in the morning, you have continental breakfast. Fresh bagels, regular and chocolate croissants, pastries, coffee, all types of juices, and jams and spreads. And they never ran out of food. The staff just kept on bringing more and more food and it was delicious. The pool is small compared to most hotels. I'd say it's about the size of an average sized pool in someone's private home. But it's all outdoors and all around the pool side are pool chairs that have the really comfortable chair cushions on them and there is always a staff member giving out fresh pool towels. The bar in the lobby is nice, and they make all types of drinks. This is the type of hotel you'd want to stay at if you want extra attention when you want it, and a company and staff that you know is going out of the way to make your stay memorable. It's a fairly small hotel. Probably no more than 100 rooms so you easily get this extra attention versus if you stay at one of those huge, corporate hotels. We met a lot of nice people who were also staying in the hotel and they were also very pleased with it. It was nice to see familiar faces each time you went to the lobby and poolside. We felt as if the staff knew us, and wanted to do whatever they could for us to make us happy. If you are looking for a hotel that won't kill your wallet, and you want quality and think you have to spend a fortune, then seriously look no further. Circa 39 is the best way to go because it has the best of both worlds. Yes, "South Beach" is from 1st to 16th street, and Circa 39 is on 39 street, but for this price, you will not find any hotel on Miami Beach with this great price and atmosphere. You do need to walk a few steps to get to the sand, but the access to the beach is so easy and it's not far of a walk at all. Who ever says the walk to the beach from Circa39 is far, then I think you're real lazy. You will however need to take some kind of vehicle to south beach where most of the clubs, bars, and restaurants are, but Circa39 offers you valet parking for $16 a day and you can take your car in and out of the lot as many times as you want to. Plus, sleeping on south beach at night isn't all that nice. Trust me, I am a local, and I've lived here all my life, and have stayed at many hotels. At night there is lots of traffic, lots of loud, fun, drunk people, bums, crack heads, you name it, Miami Beach has it all. It's what makes Miami Beach so great! But if you want to sleep in peace and quiet, then go away from the 16 blocks of SoBe. If you want to party, get drunk, and not care in what kind of condition you sleep in, you can look on south beach too. But I guarantee anyone who wants to sleep in a nice, friendly, safe, and great priced hotel, you won't find much down there, so then stay at the Circa39. We even promised the staff that we'd come and stay 1 weekend a month. Circa 39 gets an A++. See you next month, at the end of May. =)
Some improvements needed, OK for (not-South) Miami Beach
Agree much with what the two previous reviews said. My wife and I stayed at the Circa right before Easter weekend. Our first reaction - are we in the right place?! No, they don't advertise themselves as South Beach, but the "minutes" away from South Beach they do advertise themselves as are ONLY via cab. Also there is no clear sign on the building (is it still on order?). The lobby sure is cute - shag rug, Art Deco touches - but that's a nice distraction from how small the rooms are. And yes, no full length mirrors. Women especially will find this a major oversight. Garden view rooms are actually dumpster view rooms, with a nice 7:00AM garbage truck wake up call. We switched to a pool view room, which was a slight improvement (only with a 7:00AM screaming-girl-getting-thrown-in-the-pool wake up call). But the rooms are very clean, the beds are comfy, and I'll give them points for high-end bath products and an accomodating continental breakfast. But don't be fooled by the pictures - that pool is right on the street corner with a small wall, and the rooms are smaller than they appear. Plus side - plenty of parking nearby (until the giant condo complex goes up). Minus - you'll need the car to get down to South Beach, or anywhere else for that matter. If you're looking for a cheap alternative to South Beach, either spend the extra couple of bucks or lower your standards.
Hopefully it will get better....
The staff was great and very accommodating....like another user said, no full-length mirrors, and the beach nearby is not where you would want to go if you were in South Beach. The hotel is situated in the middle of two pretty busy roads, so you can hear the traffic. The rooms are small, very basic. The price was right but you do get what you pay for. Hopefully since it is new, it will get better. A couple of more things....Beautiful lobby, old elevator, morning breakfast, not enough lounge chairs and great bar!
Excellent, let them spoil you!
I stayed at the Circa39 Hotel over Easter weekend, and I had many expecations. Most of them were met and or surpassed with a few exceptions.
Overall- Great decor, very modern and hip lobby!
Room-Tiny, and I mean tiny! But very, very clean! Simple room with Large bed, and regular room stuff. No full length mirror!
After we got over the initial shock of the room, we truly enjoyed the visit. The staff truly go out of their way to spoil you and make you comfortable.
It is far from South Beach! Approx. $10 cab fare, beach across is not recommended if you want to watch pretty people. If you just want to relax then okay.
Ltd places to eat, rent a car!You'll be better off.
Having booked a stay at the Circa 39 a month and a half prior to our trip I was really looking forward to what appeared to be a stunning boutique hotel. It wasn't until we arrived that we found the hotel renovation incomplete and to be told by reception that we would instead be staying at an alternative hotel over the street. It was a huge disopointment, having booked directly we had at least expected a email telling us the situation, not to have to be told on check in. We had chosen the hotel carefully because we wanted to stay somewhere unique, instead were put in a international chain hotel. We were incredibly disopointed with the customer service the Circa 39 offered and hope this is a teething problem which will be resolved, as the renovations which had been completed looked stunning. One last word, don't bother to pay the extra for a partial ocean view as we did, the hotel is set a block back from the beach and I don't imagine the rooms can see much of the ocean at all.