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... But the flight to Chicago was on time. It was, however, freezing there. The captain told us it was 30 degrees. The whole airport felt icy cold to me. Of course, I’d only taken a fleece jacket because I knew I wouldn’t need more on the cruise.
During my layover I got some McDonald’s for lunch, and found a nice deserted window to sit by, so that I could watch the snow. It was actually snowing there! Some big fluffy flakes for a while. I don’t ...
... the bar out the front had been voted the best for "model watching". It turned out they did great buffalo wings too! Our first night we went for a stroll down the Lincoln Mall. Jess was in shopping heaven, but she proved she had a strong will and was able to restrain herself.
The following day we went for a walk to the beach. It was pretty deserted as it rained quite heavily that morning. We also went for a walk up the shopping area of Collins Ave. ...
... compared to what we saw at Florida State last week, I can understand why they didn't want the FSU band marching at halftime. Since they didn't march, there is no rating for the FSU band this week.
Fans - Sportsmanship was definitely not on full display for this game. The Miami fans were taunting the Florida State fans all during the first quarter as Miami was building a 10 point lead. This was not an isolated incident. They did a ...
... Airport Transfer point where we caught the bus into the terminal, but we had to catch the metro mover out to the bus station so that we could get the express bus to South Miami Beach. Sound confusing? You bet. To make things worse, we just missed the connecting bus and had to wait an extra 30 minutes. Total travel time: almost 3 hours.
Nevertheless, we were there! Our first stop was Lincoln Street Mall to find a place for lunch. It is ...
... actually find our way out of the airport itself!
We pick up our big white saloon beast and with Coman at the wheel and me on directions head out of the rental terminal and onto the freeway. Signposts for highways and exits, laneways and flyovers send us left, right and in circles - with stress levels rising we find ourselves driving back into the airport itself and following a police car along the perimeter road, with imprecations and swear words we didn't know existed flying ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continental Bayside Hotel Miami Beach
This is fine if all you want is basic rooming right on the beach. If you are looking for anything more, go elsewhere. My brother and I made reservations for two single hotel rooms on-line, and each received a confirmation for a "two bedroom condo with oceanview" at the same price. Don't believe it. It's a good thing that one of us did not cancel his room reservation. The "two bedroom condo" was one room with two double beds. The only way to see the ocean was to stick your head way out the window and look down the alley running between the hotel next door. There is no refrigerator, no mini-bar. Bathrooms are small and very basic. The free "continental breakfast" was perhaps the worst breakfast buffet I have ever seen. Some scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage daily, juice, milk. cereal. Lousy coffee. One restaurant with bad food. Two small bars - one in the lobby, the other outside on the back deck. Hours of operation were random. Most of the time they were barely stocked - could not get anything beyond basic drinks (e.g. rum and coke) or bad beer. This was the only place in the city that you could not even get a Corona beer on a consistent basis. The only positive aspect was its location: the beach is twenty yards out the back door and past the pool. If that is all you want, this might be worthwhile for the price, but you can do much, much better in a similar location for just a bit more money.
This was the most disgusting, hairy place I have ever slept. The place was a dump. There was no parking so we paid 20 dollars a day to park a few blocks away in a garage. The image that makes me literally gag and will be in my head forever is the hair. I can understand a stray strand perhaps, but this was amazing. There was thick black hair sprayed all over the bathroom wall. My friend was in bed and lifted up the sheet only to find long balck hairs on her leg form lying on the sheets.
This is a Wrost-class hotel
This is a garbage hotel, from the urine on the steps to the dirty lobby. My room was filthy, I had a hudge blood stain where it looks like someone died. DO NOT RENT A ROOM HERE.
We arrived at the Riande Continental Bayside Hotel at around 12:30 pm after almost 9 hours of air travel from Vancouver, B.C. with a stop over in Montreal. Upon checking in, we were told bluntly by an angry looking receptionist , pointing to the sign that check in was 3 pm. She never even bothered to check whether rooms were available or even to tell us in a pleasant courteous way. When we asked about checking in our luggage, she pointed to the bell captain. AT first, he wanted to charge us $2.00 for checking in our luggage but upon seeing my angry reaction, he said he would not charge us. Luckily, the Bayside market across the street kept us entertained until 3 pm. Checking in was another unpleasant experience with no smiles at all from the receptionist. As we paid cash for our one night stay, we were even charged a $10 deposit for the 2 plastic keys! In summary, this hotel by the way their receptionist behaved, gives the message that they really don't care if you never come back again!
Do Not deal with Riande Cont. We had booked and guaranteed our reservation several months ahead as we needed a place to stay prior to departing for a 7 day cruise in Miami. After a long 16 hr. flight, we arrived at the hotel from the airport, a $22.00 cab ride, 40 minutes long. We were greeted by the receptionist who just looked at us and after searching for minutes for our reservation said " We are booked, we're sending you to another hotel". Now, right out of the blue, with NO explanaton, and when asked, they had NO idea where the other location was, nor did they know the condition of the property. We were paid for our cab fare, reluctantly, and sent off with an address of another hotel. Unfortunately, all this took over 2 hours and we were NOT happy. GREAT for us, we went to the Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn, near the Miami Airport which were new and clean and very nice. Riande didn't have the courtesy to let us know ahead of time of this overbooking and we had to stand around in their stinky lobby for almost 2 hours. Lucky for us that we were moved, I talked to a couple who actually did stay there before their cruise and they were in a stinky room, the rowdy crowd that frequents the place set off the fire alarms and they were not happy at all with their stay. AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE !!
The blood-stained comforter was just the tip of the iceberg... in addition to numerous pubic hairs on the comforter, there were also many more between the sheets, which had clearly been unwashed and unchanged before we checked in... in addition to the abundance of hairs, the sheets were clearly stained with bodily fluids. The bathroom was disgusting, complete with one more pubic hair (did they cultivate these there?) on the toilet seat despite the clearly untrue sign indicating that the toilet had been washed. When we called the front desk to get clean sheets, they told us on four occasions, over an hour's time, that they were sending housekeeping. When, fed up and tired, we finally went down to confront the manager, she told us that housekeeping was not on duty then. Angry about being lied to and disgusted by the uncleanliness, we immediately requested to check out for the night, even though it was nearly midnight, because we preferred searching for another hotel-- there was no way we would sleep in that filth! We had to wait quite awhile to handle this with the manager-- there was a long line of others with complaints. Finally, we checked out and left that horrendous place as fast as we could. The windows were dirty, the carpet was worn and torn, the rooms were small, but there is no excuse for such unsanitary conditions. This was my worst experience EVER at a hotel-- do not stay there (even for one night as we were planning to do before our cruise)... no price is worth sleeping in someone else's pubic hair and bodily fluids.
This is about the crappiest hotel I ever stayed in. Nothing is as advertised. Two elevators and maid keeps one blocked nearly all day. Rooms are filthy. No parking at all!!! Pillows on beds not pillows some pillowcases filled with stuffing. Everything about this hotel stinks. Homeless hang out around front door, not secure at all. No baggage unloading areas. Streets are worked on at night and you can't find the dumb place. If there is a concert trust me you had better not have a car are you will be driving for hours and still have to pay $10.00 a day.
We got a great deal on the hotel rooms, $65 a night city view. The lobby is nice, rooms are small and bathroom is smaller. The front desk staff were completely incompetent. We checked in at 2:15, but they would not let us go to our room until 3pm. We had to check in AGAIN, but this time they did not ask us the usual questions - we thought they knew all our requirements from the first check-in. During the 2nd check-in, I stood directly in front of the desk and they ignored me and she waited on the two people behind me. I had to raise my voice for attention. When she finally helped me, she put us in a room with 1 bed when we had already asked for 2 beds during the first check-in. We had to go back and get another room, this time she gave us two beds but in a smoking room; we had already requested a non-smoking room. We decided not to change the room because she had placed us in an bayside view room. There were scratches and marks all over the walls, and one of the beds had small blood stains on the comforter. There was an incident where we expected Express mail to be sent to the hotel for us, we tracked it as being delivered and signed by the hotel via USPS. When we asked for the mail, the bellman said that he had not received the mail and asked us to call later. We called again in the evening and asked, the bellman hung up on us. We called and asked again, and the bellman hung up on us AGAIN. Finally we called the the supervisor for help. We stayed for 3 nights and asked for a late check-out which they did not allow. We stayed late anyway and checked out at 2:30 - they did not bill us for the late check-out. Parking is horrible, but then again, all parking in miami is metered. Luckily, we found a great deal at the bayside garage across the street, only 4 dollars overnight if you check in after midnight. Otherwise, be prepared to spend a fortune on parking since they have no garage for the hotel.
Great Location/Clean Sheets
Read previous poor reviews after I booked the hotel. Yes, small rooms. But they were clean and the beds were ok. Continental breakfast not great, but edible. Chose location due to proximity to Port of Maimi. Bell captain was very helpful in securing minivan to Port of Miami (unwalkable from any hotel in the area). Best asset- Location was directly across from Bayside marketplace where we walked to a lovely dinner, browsed in the shops and returned for an early lunch before late afternoon cruise. If all you really need is clean sheets, its perfectly fine.
Doesn't live up to billing
The Riande Continental Bayside Hotel has a great location for access to downtown Miami. Otherwise, a word of warning. The discription provided is not delievered. While the lobby has its charm, the rooms are run down. Ours had large rips in the carpet, windows that hadn't been washed in years and lumpy beds. The advertised "American Breakfast" consists of toast and coffee. When we complained, we were advised that the management has the right to change their offer at anytime without changing there discription. Also, be aware that parking is a nightmare. The hotel offers no parking of their own. The private parking garage they refer you to next door is not open of Sundays. Should you need your car, tough luck.