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Today was another travel day.
Breakfast in San Antonio, lunch in Atlanta and dinner in Miami Beach!
The travel portion of the day went smoothly. Each flight was relatively short (two hours and 90 minutes). I could feel the heat as soon as we landed in Miami - yay. Summer time.
The first impressions of Miami is anything goes, …
... its buildings, South Beach got a new lease on life in 1979. Under the leadership of Barbara Baer Capitman, a dedicated crusader for the Art Deco region, and the Miami Design Preservation League, founded by Baer Capitman and five friends, an area made up of an estimated 800 buildings was granted a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Designers then began highlighting long-lost architectural details ...
... the best of it. We headed back to the hotel to wait for the pick up. The trip out there took a little while longer than expected. Once wee got out there (Safari Park) we climbed aboard the airboat and began or Everglades tour. First 50 feet in we saw an alligator and three turtles. Then went cruising off. It's a very different feeling how the boat has to turn. After the ride we went and got seated for the alligator show. ...
... Josh and I are doing the same Anzac tour in just over a month so its defiantly a small world. It was mainly Josh, Andrew another bloke from the hostel and a few tag along’s that came out most nights. Not a lot of numbers but we made up for it with drinks.
This continued on until 2 mates from Brazil came up and I toned it down a little. My body needed a few days of recovery. As my mates were up from Brazil they booked ...
... I don't drink tea or coffee, and the cleaner told us to "Get out of the kitchen" when I wandered in for a glass of water.
So we went to a supermarket to get some beach towels, some chocolate milk (for Will), some orange juice, normal milk and some cornflakes so we could have a better breakfast for the rest of the week. We then went to the beach after applying SPF50, which was REALLY nice. The Sea was lovely and warm, and the waves were big enough to be lots ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Crest Hotel Suites Miami Beach
My wife and I stayed at the Crest twice last week (broken up by a trip elsewhere). I choose there based on the reviews I read on this site, the location (near the beach, but not in the middle of the loud party scene), and the prices. It pretty much held true. Both times the rooms were very clean, stylish though with little frills. On the plus side, we were charged $105/night the first stay, and $95/night the second. I had called the front desk, and they told me to book online, because the price was much cheaper- a bit of honesty that I appreciated. The rooms were spotless, and housecleaning was excellent. We were very close to Lincoln Road and the beaches, and felt like we had privacy and quiet when we wanted.
Great stay before a cruise
We stayed at the Crest before a cruise in March. Location was great-1 block from Collins ave, 2 blocks to beach and 1 block to Lincoln Ave and all the shops and restaurants. Very clean hotel. Small pool (unheated) in front screened nicely from street. The pool is in the sun in the am, most of the pool area is in shade during the afternoon.
Staff were not overly helpful, but friendlyand never rude. Never ate in the little cafe. Room small, very clean; beds comfortable. We paid $135/night , which for the location didn't seem too bad for a clean safe, comfortable room. We would stay there again.
No Problems Here!
We stayed here for two nights and couldn't be happier. Clean, simple rooms, close to the beach and shopping. They seem recently redone. The desk folks were friendly on our visit. When we arrived, there was a problem with our toilet. A man was up within 10 minutes of our call, and problem solved. Late arrival, no problem. We checked out at 11:58am, no problem.If I'm in Miami again, this is where I'm staying.
Despite its architectural beauty, cleanliness and central location in South Beach, the Crest Hotel Suites has some of the worst service I have ever encountered. I stayed here during high season in March 2004 with three friends, and all four of us individually encountered inexcusable rudeness, apathy and incompetence on the part of the staff.Incident #1: At breakfast one morning in the hotel's outdoor cafe, our waiter essentially forgot about us midway through our meal.
The Crest- Just Right for a laid back vacation
The Crest Hotel was a great bargain....as we received a rate of $130.00 by calling the hotel directly. Our room was huge and immaculate with, a lovely stainless steel kitchen that came in handy for leftovers or cold drinks. It is right off of Lincoln Road (albeit the seedy end) and one block from a great strectch of beach at the new Ritz, Loewes, etc. The hotel staff is very helpful, if not overly laid-back, and the overall feeling of this place is great. My one suggestion would be to request a room that is not overlooking the alley between the hotel and the Albion Hotel. It is noisy at night and some suspicious things seem to be going on there. Other than that, I would definitely stay here again...as the price, location and great restaurant can't be beat.
Crest Hotel and Suites
We found the Crest Hotel to be an excellent value. Rooms were clean (we had a "suite"-really a large room divided by an armoire with a full kitchen). Staff was friendly and helpful with good suggestions on restaurants, etc. The street the hotel is located on is fairly quiet and our room at the back-on an alley-was not overly noisy. There is a small pool and a restaurant that serves good, inexpensive breakfast and lunch. Location was perfect for Lincoln road and sobe activities and the beach is a block away. Check the hotel's website for money saving packages (our romm was $146 a night)
We stayed at the Crest Hotel Suites Feb. 21-25. Good points: stayed in a queen studio suite, which was very nice. (Would have been nicer if they supplied coffee for the coffeemaker). The location was great to get to Lincoln Rd. The pool was nice, too, although the water was very cold because there's not aftenoon sun on it. Negative points: A little inconvenient to get to the beach. Also, we booked an online special- get the fourth night free- but were charged full price for all four nights and the desk clerk insisted he didn't know of any online special until he placed a phone call that apparently set him straight and he adjusted our bill. The room was $165 a night with taxes (not a great bargain), but it was nice. I don't think I would stay here again, but mostly because I think I like to be closer to Ocean Drive as well as Lincoln Rd. Overall, it was very clean and if you get a discount it would be worth it.
Above average accomodations for the cost!
Stayed at the Crest hotel & Suites in Jan. 2004. Very clean, not too crowded, excellent location. Great for the budget traveler!
Great for the $$$
I've stayed at many different places in South Beach, and for the money, this place is one of the best. The location is awesome, right off Lincoln Road and easily walkable to the "heart" of things. It's not quite as wild and crazy up at this end of South Beach, but that can be a good thing. The rooms here are fairly small (very common down here), but clean (somewhat uncommon). Even the restaurant here is good and cheap for breakfast or lunch. Another plus, the Crest is very close to the Delano and Shore Club for some very upscale socializing!