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As an introduction to this trip, let me just say that we referenced my last South Beach post numerous times as a reference! Mission for this blog accomplished. :) Now for the down and dirty. As mentioned before, Matt and I vowed to take little getaways at least every 5 or so weeks to maintain our sanity. We had such a great time in South Beach last …
... 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 ...
... blue. It was so warm I could have spent all day in there. But unfortunately I had to drag myself out to sunbath in the 29 degree sun. After drying off we walked down the boardwalk taking photos of the palms, and then headed off to grab a bite to eat. We then went back to the hostel and got ready for the other reason we were insanely excited: we were going to see ...
There isn't much you have to do to prepare for a cruise except for buying some wine, some extra bikinis and dresses for my wife and washing all our dirty clothes. As can be expected the cruise liners make a big portion of their money on alcohol and tours, so they limit every cabin to only 2 bottles of wine per week. No hard liquor, 750ml max size and no other beverages. Supposedly they check when boarding and like the airport, will ...
... Anyway this then resulted in me being totally reeking and had to be sat down inside asap with a huge slice of pizza and some full fat coke to revive my drunkeness - much to Marc's annoyance as New Order were on - I was sat in the chair stuffing my face haha. I came too thankfully and we also seen Kraftwork & Carl Cox which were highlights of the evening - festival is ace though its defo up there with one of the best we have been ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Essex House Miami Beach
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Essex House a couple of weekends ago and were pretty happy with it. It is a very cute boutique hotel located in South Beach. The location is very good- only a few blocks to the beach, and in walking distance to the clubs and bars.
We stayed at the Essex for one night in November 2003. I was really looking forward to staying at this hotel having read all the tripadvisor reviews. I have to say that it was a disappointing experience. The reception staff when we checked in weren't friendly or helpful - they didn't tell us about breakfast or the swimming pool.
We were given a ground room floor which wasn't a problem but the bed linen in the room had a least ten cigarette burns in it. The breakfast was okay.
The only saving grace was the reception staff during the day who were really helpful and polite when we checked out suggesting things to do etc. All in all it wasn't anything special.
Great price and location
We have just returned from a six night stay at the Essex house. We chose it based on the reveiws on Tripadvisor, it and it fitted the bill exactly. Close enough to the hotspots for a good night out but quiet enough so that you could get a good night sleep when you burned out too quick.
Good choice in South Beach
Stayed at the Essex House for 2 nights post a cruise. Good location.
Clean. Responsive, helpful staff. Nice grand piano on the entrance hall! Room was quiet. Continental breakfast (included) excellent.
Booked it at their website which was cheaper than going via a 3rd party, avoids additional fee and potential cancellation hassles. Good value for money ($80/night for a twin room). Elevator tiny but functional. Nice swimming pool.
My date and I were in South Beach for a wedding in mid October and stayed at the Essex on a Friday and Saturday night. Our room was on the second floor overlooking the Collins Ave and 10th intersection and was very clean, comfortable and tasteful. The reason I give the location is to emphasize that we could not hear a thing from the traffic and people outside the room....the windows truly are soundproofed (and we needed it after staying up all night both nights ;-). The staff was very helpful and polite and the prices were unreal for being in the middle of S. Beach ($89/night). All in all, I highly recommend this place.
My wife and I just got home from three great days at the Essex House.
Loved the hotel, room, but could hear everything
The hotel was GREAT!! My boyfreind and I enjoyed our experience, loved the fact that we could walk to happy hour, the beach and clubs. If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in the heart of SB stay here, except for one minor problem: WE COULD HEAR OUR NEIGHBORS COMING IN LATE EACH NIGHT!! Keep your noise to a minimum and you'll have a fantastice time.The hotel even let us chaeck out late for free. Service was with a smile and very very clean.
Good experience in south beach
Stayed at Hotel four days in may. The Hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. The hotel was also in a good central location. The rooms were nicely decorated, but the housekeeping could be improved.
This is a lovely Art Deco hotel and has a nice lobby which is kept in style. You also can sit outside on the nice wicker chairs on the terrace. Professional front desk staff. This hotel has double (insulated) glass windows which does a very good job of keeping the noise outside. Unfortunately the Art Deco hotels have quite thin walls and ceilings and the noise comes more from within the hotel. It depends who your neighbours are really, but the walls and ceilings are definitely thinner than in the other hotels we have been. The rooms are nice, nicely decorated, albeit a bit small, but the beds are good and the bedding is of a good quality, nice sheets. The bathroom is nicely tiled with marble and the shower is excellent. Not many mirrors in the room though, the only mirror is in the bathroom. This hotel is very near South Beach and Ocean drive where most of the nightlife action is. The location is excellent! Also this hotel does not have its own parking but has a deal with the nearby parking garage which charges $15 per 24 hours in the weekend and $10 per 24 hours during weekdays. We did enjoy the hotel but the biggest drawback was the cleaners maffia. It seemed that they started their own private party at 07.30 in the morning i.e. shouting, loud laughing and constantly loud talking for at least 1-2 hours. No respect for the hotel guest who would like to have a bit of a sleep in after a night out on the buzzing Ocean Drive. Nightlife is very good here and there are quite a few live acts laid on, some are free, and for some who are inside, you have to pay entrance.
Beauty and the Beach
The Essex House Hotel is a Classic among Classics. It is one of the original South Beach Hotels that boasts true art deco architecture. It has been lovingly restored a few years ago yet still reclaims all the charm from yesteryear.