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The following day the rain had started to easy and so we booked a day trip to the Everglades and a city tour in the afternoon to discover the rest of Miami. When we got to the everglades we went out on a hover craft and spotted some aligators, snakes and an abundance of wild life. The trip also included a nature show where we learned a bit about a number of different species and topped it off with a beer and aligator ...
We stopped back off in San Diego for dinner we had a few hours to kill. We had Japanese for dinner and walked the streets until heading back to the airport to go to Miami.. We are flying through the night so we are hoping to get some shut eye. It was the worst red eye flight ever. We arrived in Miami at 7am and slept till 1pm-We still felt gross. Anyway we got up and walked up the street they have Art Deco markets ...
... pay), where to get off the bus (we press the button a little late causing the bus driver to emergency stop), and how to get there - we walk for what seems like miles in the dark raining over-humid South Beach.
We finally get to the apartment and it's a great location, great size with a wonderful host, and freezing aircon (thank you!!) We learn the necessities and have the longest most glorious showers of our lives!
We decide ...
... alligator (even Nadia held it). That night we watched Miami Heat get smashed by the New York Knicks. Go Knicks.
We also accompanied Leon and Nadia on a 7 day cruise of the Caribbean. We went through the Bahamas (awesome), St Thomas (beautiful) Puerto Rico (very different and cool) and Grand Turk, which had the most amazing beach you could ever see. On the cruise we danced, ate and Ben and Leon had the biggest hangover of the trip ...
... followed by San Diego, Vancouver (my favourite city) and Seattle, where we begin the Alaska cruises. I’ll be doing just the first Alaska run which includes stops at Juneau, Sitka (new to me), Ketchikan, Victoria (another new place for me) then back to Seattle, where I’ll fly back from. As ever, I’m very excited to be going out again so soon, but the 10 days off will be a lovely little break. Check back when I update again at the end of ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront
Not Your Average Courtyard
We visited this hotel from June 17 thru 21, 2004. The hotel is not a typical Courtyard in a number of ways: (1) Valet Parking - although steep at $17/day, it was great to have a team of valets at the door around the clock to greet us and park our car. It adds to the wonderful resort feel of this hotel, (2) Classic Art Deco Architecture - A high end renovation of the old Cadillac Hotel. Not lavish, but it certainly created a lovely setting, (3) Beautiful Pool and Grounds - Walk along the boardwalk toward South Beach and you'll recognize that the excepional landscaping and pool area are a notch above most Miami Beach hotels, (4) Resort Style Service - Some of the best poolside service I have ever had, serving both food and drinks.
The rooms were small, but it was expected at an older hotel. We originally booked at $179/night. Checking daily, the rates continually dropped. With each drop, we requested rate adjustments. By the time we got there we were down to $109/night including breakfast. The room was nice and had the standard Courtyard decor, however, our oceanfront room had a nice sized terrace with an incredible view of the ocean.
If I had to identify one area needing improvement, it would be the beach service. There is chair and umbrella services - all with big Courtyard logos - however it was expensive ($32 for two lounges and an umbrella). The attendant claimed it was a different company - not run by Marriott.
For folks using Marriott reward points and looking to stay in Miami Beach, this hotel is actually a nicer property with a much nicer pool than the Marriott South Beach - with comparable services (the exception being room service). It is not as good as the Eden Roc, which is a Miami Beach landmark and the epitome of luxury and service.
Great Stay at the Courtyard Marriott Oceanfont
My daughter and I had a wonderful time at this Hotel in May 2004 during Memorial Day Weekend. The Hotel Lobby was beautiful, the Pool is great, the service is great. It is about a 10 minute walk to the main South Beach area, but the walk is no problem on the boardwalk behind the Hotel. The Beach behind the Hotel is wonderful and clean. The next time I am in Miami, the Courtyard Marriott Oceanfront will definitely be my #1 choice. It is a top notch Hotel.
Room with a view
We stayed here during the memorial weekend.
This hotel is north of the famed South Beach and were we ever thankful. Not realizing that we planned our visit during a Hip-Hop festival, and black beach week. Even though the hotel was full with the festival goers it remained relatively quiet and enjoyable for our family of 4. The ocean poolview are lovely, and the boardwalk offers a convenient way to view and stroll the beach without getting your shoes wet. The hotel completed renovations in early '04 and it really looked nice. The hotel staff was very courteous and accomodating. The hotel breakfast buffet was worth the $9.95 if you are hungry. I also heard some discussing that they negotiated for a free breakfast buffet when booking. The Lincoln Rd. courtyard shopping and restaurants are nearby and offer quite a variety.
Nice hotel, not thrilled with location when there are so many choices
This is the old Cadillac hotel, it is in South Beach but it is far on the outskirts of the main road. They did a great job refurbishing it, if your going to stay here you should definetly spend the money to upgrade to the ocean view if you can get a pool view, otherwise the view is on the side of the building and the view out front is bad. The pool is very nice however it is not heated and the water was VERY cold. There is a wooden deck/walkway on the beach that is lit at night and it runs the length of South Beach it's a beautiful walk day or night. There are chairs etc. available for rent on the beach. The street directly in front and to the sides are old buildings and condos. The hotel does not provide a restraunt in the evenings and there is no place with in walking distance. We had a rental car but hardly used it because of the traffic and parking problems around town. Parking was 17.00 per night plus a tip every time you used the car.
One day--wish it was more!
My husband, our 3 year old son & I stayed at the Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront for one day on our return from a Caribbean cruise. The hotel was beautiful & the staff was kind & courteous. Our room was large & clean & the bathroom seemed huge for a hotel room. We used the pool in the morning & my son was in heaven. We walked along their wooden boardwalk & viewed the ocean & beach -which was immaculate. We will try to make it to the beach on our next visit. The valet price was upsetting to my very frugal husband. But personally I thought it was worth the charge, since you do not have to try to find a parking space on the street & they brought your car to you as often as you want to use it. The valet personnel were very nice & worked hard for their tip. We went to South Beach the night before, which is not really a great place for children. The parking situation in that area is insane (we drove around for 40 minutes & parked 5 blocks away) I highly recommend the price of a cab for those people who want to see South Beach. I was grateful that our hotel was not on South Beach since it was so crowded & loud. We got a deal on the price of the hotel on the Marriott website & breakfast which was served buffet style with a manned omelette station & make your own waffles, was $10 each & our three year old ate free. The omelette was better than the ones on our cruise & the orange juice is fresh squeezed & lip smackingly, delicious. The only warning I would give is that the main road in front of the hotel is a one way, which is confusing because the road starts out both ways & splits. So if you are not paying attention (the signs are vague) when you leave the hotel you might end up facing on-coming traffic, which we almost did-Yikes! We enjoyed our stay & would absolutely stay at this hotel again in a second.
Only one complaint
Only one complaint: $16/day valet parking.(well two- you have to pay for chairs and umbrellas at the beach). If you do have a car and will be using it often, give the valet guys a nice tip and ask to put the car in the back. As far as the hotel - it was excellent. The rooms were well and of course newly decorated. Beds left alittle to be desired and the layout with the bathroom door blocking the TV was questionable.
Service at this hotel was excellent. Everyone was extremely accommodating. Most of the valet bunch knew the area well and were helpful. The pool and hotub were simple but very nice. They are also open late...about 11pm with a few sofa rooms to relax in. Also there is a little beach area off of the pool if you want to be by the pool but in the sand and a nice little tiki deck area, which wasn't open yet.
Food was good. Nice breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner if you choose to eat there, is not bad...nice size portions... actually too much food.
Yet for the food in Miami...we never had a meal that was at the least decent...and we went to some nice places... (Ask the locals where to go)
Hotel is almost on the beach - you just have to walk over the boardwalk to get to it but none of the hotels we saw were directly on the beach.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. The prices really go down after Easter.
I absolutley loved this hotel. I stayed 4 days right in the middle of college spring break. I had expected to be bombarded with College spring breakers but that was not the case. The hotel was quite and peaceful. The staff was very prompt bringing things to my room when requested. Although my first nite there I found a flock of hair in my bed, and things left over from another parties stay. But infact they did come to correct the problem very fast. The view was fantasitc and the drinks and food where average as well. The room size was great, nicely decorated not chessy or distateful as like some of the other hotels on the block. The view of the ocean from my balcony, was beautiful as well. I would definetly stay here again. I give it four stars.
Back to glorious time
I used to work at this hotel at the Cadillac and Melia years. Now I stayed there for a weekend right one week after re-opened and I was fascinated with the hotel, staff and everything. Beautiful and large rooms looking at the ocean, just steps away from Miami Beach's major attractions. I loved it. I will be back! Thank you all for a great stay.
Loved this NEW Hotel!
This Courtyard used to be the Cadillac Hotel, just reopened after an extensive redo. The Lobby is simple, yet funky. The room was great with NEW everything! The staff was courteous. The location is right in the middle of the 1.5 mile boardwalk. Great for walking and jogging. The pool was simple and very clean. The Beach is awesome! The food at the cafe was great, cooked to order breakfast came with our room rate. The only thing missing was an area (hospitality room?) to shower and change after checkout for a late flight. We used the lobby ladies room. I would definetly go back and will send clients there. (I am a travel agent), I think it would be great for a short stay or a week at the beach, just remember you need a car, no restaurants, bars or shops within walking distance. The $16 mandatory Valet parking was disappointing, especially when there was a 20 minute wait for them to go get your car each time. No answer when calling the valet in advance.
Comfortable, convenient locacation, friendly staff
stayed at the hotel for 5 nights in january. the hotel had just opened 4 days before. i loved the place, very convenient located, directly at the beach, just about 2 miles from south beach. nice, comfortable, spacious rooms. very friendly staff all over the place (front staff, valet, restaurant/bar)