Colony Hotel

Address: 736 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States | 3 star hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


This 3 star hotel, located in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, is near South Beach, Ocean Drive, Mango's Tropical Cafe, and Amsterdam Palace (Versace Mansion).
Map this hotel



    TravelPod Member ReviewsColony Hotel Miami Beach

    Reviewed by nls721

    Great price

    Reviewed Nov 28, 2013
    by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

    Traditional Art Deco hotel. Clean, friendly staff, good location.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Colony Hotel Miami Beach

    Comfortable, fresh and modern!!!


    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 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!!!

    Don't be fooled by the attractive curb appeal!!!


    This ā hotelā is the absolute most deplorable, dirty, disgusting, rude place I have ever stayed. Donā t be fooled by the attractive boutique type curb appeal of this property!!! I have stayed at motel 6ā s that are cleaner, safer and more inviting then this dump!I stayed 3 nights in Mar of 2004. The only reason that I didnā 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!!!!Iā ve stayed in a verity of places, but it is inexcusable when cleanliness and working locks are considered an UPGRADED AMENITY!!!

    Hated the place


    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".

    Room with a view equals no sleep


    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.

    Besides the noise we also were very displeased with the room. The room was very small. The bathroom was filthy and had no room to stand. Any person larger than 5' or 150 pounds would have a problem using the sink or the toilet. We had to use sandals in the shower. The water from the shower head trinkled out like a hose running out of water. The room smelled like it had a mold problem behind the walls.

    The pillows and bed spread were unbearable!!

    Besides the location and proximity to the popular restaurants / bars on ocean drive this hotel has nothing to offer atleast for the room I stayed in.

    To sum it up the room was filthy, very bright at night time and very noisy throughout the entire night.

    Great value right on Ocean Drive


    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Colony Hotel Miami Beach

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

    Travel Blogs from Miami Beach

    Time for the trek home

    A travel blog entry by jvenard on May 01, 2015

    1 comment

    ... ones out! Stepped to the curb and the Marriott shuttle was right there waiting for us.

    Checked into the hotel, dumped our bags and went down for dinner. It was about 7 pm and the waitress was wonderful. I ordered a "Latino Old School Burger."
    1/4 lb burger on a bun with, guacamole, ham, chihuahua cheese and a fried egg, who could pass that up. We waited and waited and it took nearly ...

    Traveling end

    A travel blog entry by mattydc1 on Sep 14, 2014

    3 photos

    ... Jamie, who patiently put up with me for over 4 weeks and keeping me right along the way. Everyone back home, who expected me to be away for so long and listened to my belly aching All in all I've had a cracking time and will always have this written down in memory of the truly ridiculous and funny things we got up to. I'm so glad I've had the balls to finally do this for myself. And hopefully one day there will be another ...

    Miami Marlins baseball match

    A travel blog entry by olivianichols on Apr 19, 2014

    10 photos

    ... his trainers on, and so was not happy afterwards with wet shoes! We then walked back a short while along the South Beach strip, admiring the hotels and the parties. Then we jumped in a taxi to take us back to the apartment.

    We had a short rest and then headed out to our Miami Marlins baseball match. The stadium was amazing and there was a great buzz around the place. We bought Lucas a baseball top and hat, and ...

    South Beach-its not a Diet, its a Lifestyle

    A travel blog entry by thespeck on Dec 22, 2012

    3 photos

    ... to establish service on his new phone. His old phone plan had expired while on the cruise and he had waited to activate the new phone until he was back in the U.S. of A. While walking Speck realized this could be doubly important as he had left Joel, Karina, and Caroline waiting and he did not have a functioning cellphone to contact them if there were any issues.
    7th Street Parking was everything they had promised, the car was unmolested and with a turn of the key Speck was ...

    Departing Fort Lauderdale

    A travel blog entry by lewnwdc on Dec 07, 2012

    14 photos

    ... I waited around for about 10 minutes before a waitress arrived with a tray of drinks. That’s not the stellar service first impression Celebrity wants to be giving.

    My welcome-aboard champagne finally in hand, I headed upstairs to the Ocean view Café on Deck 10. Not that impressed with the buffet unfortunately. And especially annoyed that it is not self-service; you have to tell a server what you want and they place it on your plate. What the heck?! Even ...

    Traveler Photos Colony Hotel Miami Beach

    Ocean drive at night
    Miami Beach, United States
    Miami Beach
    Miami Beach, United States
    04 More Deco....
    Miami, United States
    Art Deco Hotel
    Miami, United States
    Miami Beach - Colony Hotel on Ocean Drive
    Miami Beach, United States
    Ocean Drive
    Miami Beach, United States
    Colony Hotel
    Miami, United States
    The Colony Hotel , Miami Beach
    Miami Beach, United States