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We arrived at our hotel at about 8:30 am to find the street in front of it blocked off for Art Deco. Artists booths and vendors were set up all down the street. Nothing was open yet so we checked our bags in at the hotel (since our room would not be ready until 3) and took a walk on the beach. When we returned to the hotel classic cars and vintage …
... last look at the beach, quickly bought a memento and headed north. Not as exciting a drive on the way back. I hit the mainland and follow my unreliable GPS onto the freeways and towards Miami. And I hit more tolls. At least 3 of them. They were all automatic and offering cheaper prices for toll passes as opposed to reading the registration plate. I had no idea how that worked as I had a rental, so I put it in the back of my mind. The waterways began ...
... up to our rooms and changed into cooler clothes, before heading out to explore the beach. Normally we might have headed straight for the cruise ship, but they’d sent us an email telling us not to show up until 1 pm. Apparently there were new customs procedures for ships returning from Honduras, and that meant it would take people longer to get off our boat. We figured we shouldn’t get there right at 1 pm because everyone else would, so we planned to arrive about 2 ...
... two Budget locations, and being told that they too did not have any sat navs, he gave us directions to the airport, and told us we’d be able to get a sat nav from the Budget location there.
After much eye-rolling (I wanted him to know I was annoyed!) we hopped into our little red Nissan, and headed towards the airport. Sat nav acquired, we collected our luggage from our hotel, and made a brief stop at Millenia Mall for lunch (California ...
... to tell that story will be the same words, but they could wind up meaning something different for us than they will for other people. I think that we all know that this is a trip that will be radically different from other trips we’ve taken, whether we’ve traveled for vacations, conferences or even other travel studies. We just had to figure that we’d find out when we got there.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsColony Hotel Miami Beach
Traditional Art Deco hotel. Clean, friendly staff, good location.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Colony Hotel Miami Beach
I frequently travel to Miami for business and discovered the Colony Hotel about a year ago and haven't stayed anywhere else since. I have been in just about every room now in the hotel, and each one is just a little bit different than the other, but all are comfortable, crisp and designed with modern decor. The rooms have a West Elm feel, and are cozy, even for just one. With huge flatscreen TVs, sleek low platform beds and soft velvety throws, the rooms are perfect for unpredictable rainy days, or late night lounging after a few too many mojitos. The Colony is a great location to meet friends that I visit when I'm in town, not just for its cental location, but also because of the fresh mint green lobby, which is the perfect backdrop for a lazy lunch or an afternoon drink. Sheer curtains two-stories high create a peaceful scene as they fill with fresh ocean air and there is always nice-selected music playing during the day. The front desk, housekeeping, and restaurant staff is sincerely friendly and always extremely accomodating. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
Let me start by saying that I was excited about the hotel due to its location. However, if it were not on Ocean Drive it may have never seen one single guest. As you enter the lobby, the peach colored cloth chairs are stained black with years of filth and the lobby itself looks like a make-shift bomb shelter. The elevator is old school so it has some charm but it is a death trap. Our room smelled of mold and paint thinner. It was actually too strong to stay in the room for more than 5 minutes. That was not the worst of it. The lead based paint was peeling, toilet seat looked like Star Jones was there last and I think a little kid had written with crayon all over the walls. If you layed on the bed you risked scoliosis and I could only imagine the bugs that lived in the mattress. When we went down to the front desk to complain about the smell they gave us another room, this room was just as bad but smelled like hot garbage. We lucked out and got a room at the Marriott which was a few blocks away. I think we spent a total of 10 minutes at the Colony and will never set foot in there again. There are plenty of other spots to stay unless you want to face death or disease.
More like an ant colony
This is the worst excuse for a hotel I have ever come across. If you enjoy rats AND roaches, look no further, as this place offers BOTH. You could reasonably pitch a tent on the beach and get bitten by fewer ants than if you stay at this dump. I still have not gotten over the rash I received from this place after my stay a month ago.
I decided to go to South Beach for the weekend in April with a friend and found a great deal at the Colony Hotel for $90 a night. I figured since it was right on Ocean Drive and it was the most "photograghed" hotel in Miami that it was going to be a great place...and who could go wrong with that price! I was so exited to get there and what a disappointment!!! The entrance and the hotel look very nice but once you get into the "elevator" the horror begins. The rooms were runned down and smelled like mildew. The service was terrible. They charge you an extra $5.00 a person per night for their continental breakfast (if that's what you want to call it), a bottle of water and room service. First of all...the breakfast sucked, I never got my bottle of water and my room was NEVER cleaned. I had to physically go get my bottle of water and towels at midnight even after I called for room service. The hotel is so old that the sinks have 2 faucets...one for hot water and one for cold water - so if you want warm water you have to splash both together! So if any one wants to stay at the Colony Hotel, please think it over. Even if you get a good deal your better off staying in a hotel 2 blocks away from the beach (that was the only good thing about the Colony Hotel - it is across the street from the beach) - but other then that 2 thumbs down!!!
This â hotelâ is the absolute most deplorable, dirty, disgusting, rude place I have ever stayed. Donâ t be fooled by the attractive boutique type curb appeal of this property!!! I have stayed at motel 6â s that are cleaner, safer and more inviting then this dump!I stayed 3 nights in Mar of 2004. The only reason that I didnâ t leave after the first night was because everything in the area was sold out. I was told that included with my room rate was a continental breakfast. However, when I went down to the lobby the next morning and had piece of bacon and a piece of toast. I was then approached by an employee who then informed me that I needed to pay $7.00 for the breakfast buffet. I explained that my room included cont. breakfast and she said that the cont. breakfast only consisted of coffee and toast. Juice and bacon was considered part of the buffet. There was no signage with specific details on what the Cont Breakfast consists of and what items are breakfast buffet worthy. There was no exception and I was made to pay $7.00 for my piece of bacon!The sleeping rooms were so disgusting and dirty; you would not want to walk around barefoot. Mini-blinds were filthy and broken. Mattress was so bad I felt like I was sleeping in a hammock and the sheets had cigarette burns in them. The doors privacy lock was broken, so you had no way to lock secure you door at night. The nightstands next to the bed had several pieces of chewing gum pressed onto the side that housekeeping decided to overlook for what appears to be several months.Friday night the hotel has an after hours club in the lobby and I was not able to fall asleep until around 5:00am!!!!Iâ ve stayed in a verity of places, but it is inexcusable when cleanliness and working locks are considered an UPGRADED AMENITY!!!
Don't be fooled by the airbrushed pictures and the cheap ads. The Colony hotel sounds like a great deal: oceanfront view, large clean rooms, free breakfast. The reality is that the rooms stink of mildew, the water pressure in the shower is that of a urine stream, the beds are old and rocky, the only view you have is that of the adjacent building, the continental breakfast consists of a couple slices of toast, and there isn't even a $5 alarm clock in the room.The staff is anything but helpful. Prior to my trip to South Beach Miami, I called and wanted to know if we could get a rollaway bed and if the rooms had irons. I was told that the rooms had irons and that the rollaway bed was possible but not promised. That was good enough for me. I got there to find out that the rooms had no irons and every time I asked about the rollaway bed I was told to speak to a different person. What really ticked me off was that I paid $180 per night for the room, and they had the nerve to charge an additional $5 per night for room maintenance which you have to pay at checkout. I stayed there for 7 nights but received only 5 nights worth of maid service. On top of that, I was forced to pay for all seven nights of maid service.The colony is without a doubt the WORST HOTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED IN. I would recommend staying somewhere on Washington and walking 2 blocks to the beach every day.
Reservations, but no Room
We had our reservations for over a month, but when we went to check in at Colony, there was not a room for us. The staff were very rude and did nothing to assist us with our lodging. If you want a hotel room for your vacation stay, don't make reservations here, because "It's not my problem" if they cancel your reservation and have "no room for you".
The Colony hotel located in South Beach, Florida on Ocean Drive was by far the worse hotel I have stayed at in a long time. When we arrived to our dismay we found our room with a view (ocean front) overlooked the noisiest road (Ocean Drive) in South Beach. You could hear every car and motorcycle that passed by along with every conversation or whistle by people walking the street. The Colony is also situated right in front of the popular motorcycle hang-out.
For those who want an ocean view, a pool, a terrace etc. then the Colony is not for you, However... if you want a clean safe and relatively quiet room in the perfect location of Ocean Drive and 7th Street then I would highly recommend the Colony. The hotel is an art deco classic with 'rustic' elevator but best of all it is well run with helpful and pleasant staff. They have a new dining room and basement bar. The rooms are basic but 'semi-upgraded' and have ceiling fan and air-con, bathrooms with shower (some still have original tubs). The hotel has a couple of 'ocean front' rooms but I guess the weekend noise of Ocean Drive would be fairly unpleasant. The standard rooms are to either side os the property and so although they have no view whatsoever they are quiet. We just paid $69 for the Halloween weekend which was a snip and even at $99 it's good value. You can walk to anywhere you want to be in South Beach and I would avoid a car as parking is a pain (valet parking is $16 a day) and taxis are cheap.
Safe, clean, small rooms
we paid around $90 a night for a room at the colony which I guess is a fair rate. The people who work there are really nice but the room was tiny. It was clean, but the bed spread was typically polyesterly gross. I would reccomend taking your own comforter and pillows. Though situated on a busy street, the room was actually pretty quiet. Overall, the Colony is okay, but I'll try someplace else next trip.