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... is why I've decided Cozumel is more about the tequila and not the fish.
Two weeks and a day since we met Allison and Adriaan at the airport, we prepare to farewell again. Thankfully, this time it's only for 3 months not 9. Our first stop on this adventure was to South Beach, Miami. The last stop before we headed to the airport was also to South Beach, this time to spend 12 hours laying on the beach before our flights.
Similar to Bali, travelling ...
... water or snacks or Cuban coffee! Remember, it is a very quick flight back to Miami. Mentally, spiritually, culturally, we were so far away, but in reality we barely had time for a Sprite and we were landing back in Miami.
A piece of me remains in Cuba; a lot of Cuba is within me! I am back in the USA and am so appreciative for what we have. Honestly, I don't think I will ever go to ...
... 7 hour time changes are the worst. Apparently it's just science.
Key West is heaven on earth. We spent 6 hours there and were blown away by its beauty. It is a hot spot for cruise liners which are amazing to see and the sea is full of marine life. In the space of 30 minutes snorkeling (off some random beach) we saw a Lion fish (also known as a Scorpion Fish), hundreds of Parrot Fish and two massive Angel Fish. We were also told about a fort, to ...
... turned into soap? Did any migrate somewhere other than the United States? England, Canada, or maybe Israel? The number of relatives I have in known existence in the United States is paltry, so there's got to be a few more of us weirdos out there. And some soap.
This 8+ country sojourn is not focused on genealogy, of course. Overall this is one of the cooler trips that we've planned. I like perogies. Le Chiam!
... As he was setting things up he was telling me not to grip the bench in front of me. I realized that I still had a way to go to be relaxed getting my picture taken.
I laughingly told him he was bossy and he laughingly said that I didn't listen. I responded by telling him that was because he was bossy. He responded by telling me that he wouldn't be bossy if I listened. This had been a joke between us in Budapest. We were both laughing. I still don't know how he was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Claridge Hotel Miami Beach
We stayed at the Claridge Hotel following our Bahama's cruise. First of all, there is no good way to get there, besides by taxi cab, which in this area proved to be EXTREMELY expensive! It really wasn't that far from the cruise port, and each time, our fare quoted was much more than that posted on the window of our cab.
I booked this hotel for my first visit to Miami Beach and it was awful. I honestly don't understand how it has received great reviews thus far. I relied on the reviews provided by trip advisor before booking this hotel and thought this place seemed to provide decent accomodations for a good price. I was wrong. The surrounding area is a dump. If you don't rent a car then you will have to take a bus to South Beach because it it is not within walking distance. First, when I arrived our room was not ready and the staff made no effort to assist us. Second, other unsavory characters were running around the hotel, dropping their towels in the middle of the lobby, hitting on other female guests, and just yelling for no reason. As a woman traveler, I felt unsafe here the minute I walked in. There was no visible security doing anything to calm the rowdy guests. Third, I asked for a quiet room and I received a room right offf the dining area. The pool is a joke because it is located in the lobby near the dining facility. Quite unappealing. This place was so awful, I left promptly upon arrival and booked another hotel further down Collins Avenue. Buyers beware!!!
Me and my wife stayed here for four days and it was fantastic. It is about a mile north of Lincoln Road in South Beach where all the outdoor restaurants are..so that is the only negative point. Me and wife caught a bus during the day...bus stop right there, and at night took cab back to hotel. It is a quiet area, the beach is across the street 1 block away. There is parking lot (city owned) across the street that you have to feed the meters all day which is totally impractical...so we bit the bullet and payed for valet parking which was 18 dollars a day. The hotel is beautiful it is done in a spanish style nice orange tile floors, nice furniture throughout hotel..nice restaurant though we never ate there it looked nice. The staff were really friendly and accomodating.. You can walk to south beach area of course (like i said shops, restaurants only 1 mile to 2 miles away) there is not much around hotel for restaurants.The other outdoor restaurants are on ocean drive which is nice..and lincoln..which is really cool. We got up at 6:15 one morning to watch the sun rise..there is also a boardwalk for miles in front of hotel on the beach. All in all a great hotel..I would highly reccomend. Good Luck
The Claridge came in second in our choice of hotel for our first visit to South Beach. The hotel itself was unique in it's own way because of the jaccuzzi in the back of the main lobby. I also liked the spanish style accents to the hotel. The lady at the front desk upon our arrival was attractive yet not very helpful with the handful of questions we had regarding the surrounding area. We almost got a parking ticket due to her erroneous advise. They advertised the bed in our room as queen but it was not. When questioned they said it was a "hotel queen". When we asked the hotel to fix one of the faucets for our sink we we shown how we "should" turn the faucet to get it to work, even though the other faucet was worked normallly. Finally, when we asked for a late checkout on Sunday we were told we would be extended 1 hour. I've stayed later than that without asking for a late checkout.
I stayed at the Claridge for three nights in early April. I booked the room through hoteldiscounts. When I arrived they upgraded me to their "ocean view" room (which is kinda a misnomer you have to look almost two blocks across the street to see the ocean) with french doors leading to a teracotta balcony.
I had some of the best sleep of my life in their comfy king size bed and the best meal of my life in their great restauraunt on the premises. I would definitely suggest the Claridge to anyone.
Cozy, Quaint and clean!!!!
This was a wonderful hotel. My husband and I loved the location and the price was just right. The staff were VERY friendly and helpful. The next time I go to Miami I will definitly come back here. Highly recommended by me!!! smiles.....
Stayed here 2 days. Left, then returned for 2 more days. Why? Good price, good location, good facilities. Price: $100-$80 per nite via expedia. Location: abt 15 blocks N. of SOBE hotspots. (These are very short blocks by NYC standards). You can go to Indian Creek Dr/Rd where you can catch buses or cabs to SOBE or Lincoln Road. Metro bus stops directly across the street, cabs in front of hotel. Beach: cross the street to access boardwalk. Rent a chair & unbrella for $15 total. In the nabe are the shabby Versailles, which is being renovated,residential condos, the RIU and The Palms. I'd leave my umbrella, to eat lunch at the RIU's poolside restaurant for $8-$12. Hotel staff generally friendly. (If you can, take the Airport Shuttle not the $50 taxi as suggested). Waitress in the restaurant hustles & is very sweet, but works alone, so expect to wait 5-10mins, before she gets to you. Fellow travellers include businessmen in suits, attending conferences and congenial Italians/Euros. Saw no kids. (Yay!) Internet access via tiny laptop, without a mouse, so I wasted a lot of time trying to manipulate the d*** thing. Spent abt $25 bucks unsuccessfully trying to book a room in Key West. NEARBY: Across the street is a small store selling stuff like soda & toolpaste, and stuff like that. Stock the minibar with water from there. Do not use minibar. Lincoln Mall is nearby. Take a bus or cab. It's sortof a hike. Go there and shop, and people watch. Food there $$$$ Also go to Espanola Way off Washington. Food is $$-$$$ Look for cheap $-$$ Cuban Restaurants in SOBE, which is typically $$$$$. ROOMS: Clean. Nice accents. Comfy bed. Thick curtains blk out morning sun - yay! Basin and sink in bedroom, which is odd but u get used to it. Fair amt of cable channels, but you're not there to watch TV!! All u need is CNN and Weather Channel. Sml bathroom w/tub tiled in lovely Italian blue& white tiles with yellow accents. Clean toilet- yay! Room furnished with nice dark furniture resembling stuff I saw in Mex. Warm soothing colors. Charming. Ok towels- kinda thin. LOVED the very charming indoor courtyard with flowing fountain & jacuzzi, with Italian tile and murals. Each floor has comfy built-in seats on balcony in hallways with cushions!!! Good place to read! Hallways bring to mind a large Mediterranean house, with very intimate feel. Miami Herald daily. NEG's: No ramp for roll-up suitcases (yuck!). (Handicap access, tho'). Noted water damage on small area of ceilings in both bedrooms (Rms 305 & 219) + ceiling of one bathroom (219). This is a shame - please fix. Courtyard tends to compound noise - door slams, heels on tile floors, indoor piped jazz. SUMMARY: Highly recommended, for those over 27, who want go to sleep at nite. Esp good for single females - felt very safe there. (Wouldn't recommend wandering around after dusk, even tho' I did just that!) Go there and relax.
The Price is Right!!
A beautiful hotel for an excellent price. I would have paid more to stay in a place like this. Very quiet and clean!
Great deal for the dollar
This hotel is no dump! We had a wonderful time here! The rooms were really romantic, well done and spacious. The windows open to catch the ocean breezes. We enjoyed hearing the wind in the palms at night. The hot tub which is in the atrium was great! Hotel staff was extremely attentive. We also enjoyed dinner at this hotel--don't miss it. It is hard to say if the hotel itslef r the restaurant is better. Outstanding value for your dollar.
Upon arriving at the reception we quickly got our room key, but no one offered to help us with the luggage or show us the way. We made our way to the room through the roofed hotel court, which also doubles up as the spa; i.e. they have a small pool in the court, and hence all public areas of the hotel smell of chlorine. We arrived at our room 308, where we discovered that the shower was not working. I asked for someone to check it out, which happened promptly. As it could not be fixed there and then, the chap said that he would give us a new room. He went down and called us via phone to tell us that our new room was 311. He then asked ME to come down to collect the key. I wwas a bit miffed, but just asked whether he could send someone. After we had spend 10 min waiting in front of the new room, I walked down myself and got the new key after shouting a bit. The new room was better. However, it took five minutes before the water became hot, the minibar was half empty and it made as much noise as a truck!