El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center
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Arrived safely in Miami yesterday and had a lovely night in the Intercontinental. It was lovely and warm although there were a few very heavy downpours. These passed as we sat in McDonalds, not really for the food but for the free Wi-fi. However the double quarter pounder did help. The transfer to the ship picked us up at 12.30 and we were delivered to Port Everglades to embark the "Grand Princess". Having earned our platinum status, ...
Our first stop on the way home. We had fun at the Quito airport. Both Carol and Carrie were randomly selected for baggage search and pat down. And Cassidy resembled a missing 14 year old missing Quito girl. It was interesting to say the least, but we all made it onto the plane on time. In Miami it was all customs and security. Brett got pulled out to have his luggage scanned. Then we were off to ...
... went to the game with Janell's brother Jason and her friend Felicia and her family, so we did have some good help.
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... a big selling point). The Long Island Ice Tea and Strawberry Margerita Rich and Dave ordered were about the size of a goldfish bowl. Having known this I wouldn't have ordered my Guiness which was pretty small and not as good as a pint in England, however I did help out after their second drink as Rich was pretty drunk due to the strength of his cocktail. Rich also purchased a CD & some yellow sunglasses of ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center Miami Gardens
I was treated like royalty
What a awesome experience!
Mr. Frankie Diaz extended so much hospitality to me and my staff. I would personally like to thank Sanela, Marlene, Dr. Dobbs and the entire staff under his supervision. He posses customer service skills that are second to none. The hotels pricing was very accomodating to our budget. If you're ever in the Miami area it would behoove you to take advantage of this "Royal" experience. I will always remember the El Palacio Sports Hotel and wouldn't think twice about returning back to this establishment whenever I am in the Miami area.
Darrell L. Bryant, V.P.
Raymond Wilson Enterprises
The new hotel and sports bar have really outdone themselves! Our first impression we received when greeted at the beautiful hotel was a clean, comfortable, relaxing at home feeling. We immediately went up to the new Legends Sports Grill and were again greeted by friendly smiling faces. The perfect view of Calder and ProPlayer Stadium and plethora of large screen TV's tempted us to stay for dinner and drinks. The sports themed menu had something for everyone, from breakfast to a deliciously juicy t-bone steak, which we all loved. We were surrounded by the beautiful view, tv's, great food and happy hour drinks all at very reasonable prices. What more could anyone want!! We checked into our lovely room overlooking the beautiful pool. We never had to leave the hotel and quite frankly, never wanted to. We had everything we could ask for right at the El Palacio. Our 3 night stay was the vacation we've been dreaming of and can't wait to go back!
Wonderfully Spent -Super Bowl night @Legends
This year my Super Bowl evening was spent at Legends Sports bar. I had never been to the hotel prior to this evening. However, was extremely impressed with the renovations. I was most impressed though, with the wonderfully pleasant smiles that greeted us into Legends & more smiles that escorded us to our chairs. They greeted us as though we were regulars. The food was fresh & phenomenal. The desserts were great & surpringly filled with new desserts the entire night.
Being that it was the 1st offical opening night, I expected some disorganizations. I was pleasantly mistaken. With the huge TV screens, literally on every wall, everyone had a great view of the game. We had a great & memorable night. Truly Exceptional.
Las Vegas style gandeur with ol' fashion customer service, that's what I've found at Miami's El Palacio Sports Hotel and Conference center. As a freelance reporter who has visited hotels from coast to coast, this is one of the most unique and pleasent places I have stumbled across. From the must-be-seen-to-believed sports bar, complete with six giant screens and a smoking balcony and birdseye views of Dolphin's Stadium as well as Culder Race Course, to the can't miss amenities, like the statue laidened swimming pool (very Caesars Palace) and more, this place is a can't miss stop for folks looking for a luxuary sports theme enviornment that has just enough flash and dash to appease everybody. It's also right next to the Florida Turnpike and close to I-95. And oh yeah, I also stayed here during the big 04' hurricane (tropical storm) season and the staff was incredible! managers passing out free coffee and accomodating the stir crazy guest until the coast was clear for folks to go outside. Great experience!
3 thumbs up!!
I only stayed at this hotel for the weekend. The service was excellent from the check-in at the front desk to getting additional towels when I asked for them. I will definitely stay here again.
Great Place to stay
We loved it. Especially the fountains and pillars and statues. This used to be an old Holiday inn. Its much nicer now apparently new ownership. We stayed in December. Wonderful hotel with an awsesome sports bar with the new large screens all over the walls. The view is real nice calder Race Track and proplayer stadium is in the background.
For the 2005 Orange Bowl @ Pro Player, naturally we chose lodging closest to the stadium at El Palacio Sports Hotel. It's only 1/2 mile away!! And we could avoid the hastle of stadium parking by utilizing hotel shuttle service!! I like a hotel with workout facilites, which this one has (Not dark and dingy like most, it's all windows w/view of the pool and TV). Our room was nicely remodeled with brand new microwave and fridge. The entrance and lobby were beautifully decorated with mix of fountains and sports theme. The restaurant/ sports bar at the top floor had large windows with a perfect view of a horse track (Caulder?). The horses run by less than 100 yards away!! Though, my boyfriend was distracted by the multiple high-definition giant screen T.V.'s with surround sound. The staff was very friendly during our stay and it appeared as though the facility was still improving and adding amenities (mini-golf course next to the pool area). A wonderful change from the run-of-the-mill hotel. We will definantly return to El Palacio when next in Miami.
THIS PLACE WAS CONDEMED
This hotel was condemned before it was "fixed up". In my opinion they should have tore it down. The rooms smelled like wet dog and mildew. The bathtubs looked like something out of a horror movie (looked blood stained). Apparently they do not know what Mildew Remover is cause the grout in the showers where black. We changed rooms 3 times. By the time we decided that we saw the 2nd room they were going to stick us in we went down and told them that we wanted to see their available rooms and decide for ourselves. We looked at 8 rooms. One was bearable for the night. The other ones had stuff that resembled feces on the wall and smells that were indescribable. DO NOT STAY IN THIS PLACE. We only stayed the night because it was too late to drive thru Miami and find another hotel.
100% dreadful. A GEM? You have got to be kidding. That review must have been written by the owner....Bill Ross who will not take your calls or return them. The hotel is the worst I have ever stayed in. We had three rooms. My mom and dad were checked into an occupied room. We called from my room to ask for new keys to be sent up and they said no. We must return to the endless line at the desk. The rooms are not special-hair in the bathrooms and on the sheets. The shuttle to the game is $12.00 per person r/t. If you have more than one person, it is cheaper to park. At check out you are subjected to a $2.00 per day/per room charge for the safe in your room. It does not matter if you use it or not. Additionally, you are charged $5.00 per day/per room as a Surcharge. The explanation from the desk clerk....it is a state law. Wow. Three of us in the party are hoteliers in the state of Florida and have never heard of this law. The manager said that it is really because the rates are so low they add it for extra revenue. How deceptive. Neither charge is articulated to you at the point of reservation or upon arrival. There is a sign posted at the desk regarding the safe, however, a plant was blocking it's view. At departure, you must request a copy of your folio. They only show you your credit card receipt so that they don't have to hear people moaning about the robbery being committed. I know and trust the comments of travelers on this website. Please trust in what I am describing here. Stay anywhere else. I am calling the Better Business Bureau and AAA to describe what is happening at that hotel.
Great place to stay for the football games.
This is the best place for Dolphin games. It is the closest to the stadium and they provide luxurious buses to the game for a small fee.
Cheaper than parking at the stadium. The rooms are beautiful and the staff are friendly and very proffessional. This is a gem of a hotel.