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So we finally made it to Miami after a very long and completely uninteresting flight.US customs had absolutely no problem with the idea of us doing a bike tour so that was a relief. After Milan we were half expecting to be hauled over for an extra special frisk! Found our hotel for the night, got showered and headed straight to Hooters. Say no more …
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... wanted one night.
At least we could get internet in the street and checked for local hotels, all really expensive. We ended up settling for the Holiday Inn, at least I get the points. We had a stroll along the beach, it is nice but nothing special compared to Australia. We have only booked in for 1 night and are going to set off for Key Largo tomorrow. It’s not somewhere that will be on my return list ...
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What a dump!!!
This was the worst!! I felt so uncompfortable there. I would not even eat the free breakfast. You have to pay to park at the parking meters. The toilet stopped working. Not enoug towels. Vents in the shower that gave you the feeling that you could be watched; and you could see light through these vents. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. It had to have been nice when it was build; but, now it is old and out dated.
We arrived at the hotel at night and noticed a number of drunk and scary people congregating outside. Their website makes everything look nice, but really it is an old hotel that is run down and is a $20 cab ride (one way) to get to south beach. The closest place to eat at night is two blocks away (longest walk of your life when you're looking over shoulder every five seconds). Orange-ish water came out of the shower head when first turned it on. Large crack in our window being held together by packing tape. More than half the channels on the TV didn't come in clearly or at all. Even though we had reservations for 5 nights we checked out after the first and found a hotel we actually felt safe in. I only write this review to warn other people who might think it looks nice in pictures because that's what we thought. As someone else said spend the extra few dollars and go somewhere that's not shady.
Cheap but alright
We stayed there the week of feb. 25 2005 and all is true that the other comments states. The overall atmosphere is good but the room only has 1 mirror located in the bathroom. The room has a smell to it and the beds were hard. We literally had back pain after the first night. Also, the amount of money that it takes go back and forth to south beach (using bus during the day and taxi late night) get expensive and is a hastle, you might as well stay on south beach. The buses do not run after midnight (don't believe what they say) and the cab fare is $20-25 per trip to/from south beach. The hotel is a good place for a cheap place to stay. It is alright but would recommend to spare an extra bit of money per night. It will go a long way.
Old and decrepit
I guess I would agree with most of the other posts, but it was relatively cheap and convenient. There is a decided lack of privacy, as I could hear conversations from the next room, from inside the bathroom, which sorta resembled a dungeon from the days of old. At night, they lock the main hotel doors and they have to buzz you in. The locale is kind of hoody so you have to watch your back after hours. Otherwise I think it's worth the price..I'd stay there again after all.
I don't know where to begin with this place!! It didnt seem too bad at first-- until we went to get something to eat. We walked up the street about a block to look for lunch and possibly saw 3 women in 2 hours!! All the people we saw looked crazy and homeless. They were all talking to themselves, looked sketchy and continually walked back and forth up and down the same block. The first three places we tried to eat at were completely empty except for us and the menus were completely in spanish. we left and went to rocky's sub shop (which had GREAT food by the way) and met two locals who told us not to go one block either way of where we were located or we were bound to be stabbed or shot!! whether that much is true- i do not know-- but i would definitely agree that nothing good can be going on in this part of town at night. while walking back, there were three or four guys standing on the corner in front of an atm drinking beer and staring at us as if it was very obvious we were nervous. one of them even had a black eye and a badnage-- even scarier!! we ended up going back to the room to "take a nap" and stayed there all night because by the time we woke up-- it was dark out and we were too scared to go to our car RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL to get our bags!! The hotel was empty and we were put in this odd room way in the corner with a rooftop sitting area and steps that go down to the main level. No screens on the windows-- nothing! Just what two girls need to feel safe! There were nothing but homeless men outside all night-- I am not kidding! The continental breakfast was nothing except bread and mini muffins. Even though it is right on the beach--- we didnt even visit the beach in this part of town in the broad day light!! Very sketchy!!
On our first night of arrival when we check in . The hotel wanted to nickel and dime us to death they wanted us to pay for Refrigerators/Microwaves their website advertise it that it the refrigerators/Microwaves $3.50 p/night we figure it was an option and a safety deposit box. Come to find out that you have to pay for this even though you do not need it or plan to use it. And at the end when they give you a bill is $5 each. Then when we were asking nicely to remove these extra unnecessary items. The front desk lady made a face at my husband and rolls her eyes at my husband very rudely. Then the pool was very dirty with leaves and bugs and very slippery my nephew almost fell when he was carrying his 8month baby that could it been a terrible accident. We booked a pool view they gave us a 3floor corner tiny room at the end was a big wall. You had to stick your head all the way to see the pool. The windows had no screens any child could had fallen and gotten terrible hurt. Our air conditioner did not work at all it was very hot all night. The bathtub leaks so when you took a shower the whole bathroom floor got socked and then they had complimentary continental breakfast. The continental breakfast was only bread tiny muffins and very cheap juice and when my guest which were legally allowed in my room which is up to 4adults and we were 3 adults and 3 children which children are free. We were serving our self-bread and juice we were rudely approach by the front desk manager and were told that it was not an all you can eat continental breakfast and it was limited on what you can serve yourself. She made a big deal in front of at least 4 other guests. We were very embarrassed and my whole experience at the Days Inn was a nightmare this was no any ordinary stay for us, I was spending quality time with my sister which I haven't seen in a long time and it was my daughter 8birthday. We made a complain to customer service they forwarded to the hotel and so far no one have gotten in touch with. All Days Inn are Independently owned so you kind are taking chances when you stay at one. This information was new to me. I never had such a horrible experience with other Days Inn before. Other guest has gotten bad treatment from what I read. If you decide to stay at this location trust me on this one you will not have a good time.
I just returned from Miami with my eighth grade class. We were in town on a school mission trip and we chose this hotel because of the beach location and cheap price. All of the listings for this hotel on various websites made it sound very safe for kids. However, like a previous person commented, the area is very questionable. The only restaurant was a breakfast buffet which wasn't really a buffet. The game room consisted of a ping pong table. When we arrived (at 3 A.M.) the staff was extremely rude- all of the other shifts were very nice. We never found a fitness center. The rooms were small (especially sharing with 14 year old girls!) The rooms were decent enough and it was good to be so near the beach (even if it was too windy to fully enjoy it which isn't the hotel's fault). My word of advice- don't fully trust the web site descriptions.
No lounge or restaurant as stated on website (being renovated??). The whole hotel needs to be renovated. The area is questionable.
Great Location near beach! But that is about it.
Bare bones hotel. Bed is hard, water sometimes cold. Elevator didn't work for one day....but you are literally 20 feet from ocean sand. Parking was ample at 6.50 a day. Nice location. About 15 minute drive to South Beach. If you don't mind the few negatives, then give this place a try. If you want easy access to the beach..this place is great.
Ok for the money
Finally, after years of wanting to visit Miami Beach, my husband and I were able to plan a spring break trip and with the help of expedia, chose this Days Inn. The location is really nice . . . not oceanfront, but nothing but trees separating the ocean from the hotel. The room that we were given was nothing like what you see on the site (of course) but it was decent. We spent very little time there anyway.. The beds were a little uncomfortable, and the staff was a little unfriendly at first, but overall, our stay was nice. I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for bare bones accomodations and a cheap price.