Fairwind Hotel and Suites
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... to Miami I watched some more DVD’s, but was getting sleepy again. So I worked on blogging. From my last trip. Yes, I still haven’t finished the blog from my trip to Vegas and Joshua Tree yet. It’s literally been two weeks since I got back. I’ve never travelled that close together before and it felt really weird. And it made me really hate the flying part. I just wanted it to be over.
I finally got into Miami at 9:40 pm (was supposed to be 8:15 ...
We had originally planned to stay in Miami for five days however when we looked at accommodation in the Miami Beach area, it became extremely expensive at the weekend. So instead we decided to spend two nights in Miami, one night in Titusville (near the Kennedy Space Centre) and two nights in Orlando. This is how it unfolded.
In Miami Beach we stayed at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club which was quite a trendy hotel on the main drag, Collins ...
... in San Francisco - much sweeter plus I like eating the body of the crabs and not just the claws.
After lunch, we did our laundry. While waiting about an hour to finish, we amused ourselves by taking photos in the laundromat and playing with some of the young kids who were there with their mothers. Was quite fun and I could see everyone inside who were doing their normal chores were wondering what are we doing? The ...
... discarded. Our thrill was when we found a Nespresso boutique in the back of a kitchen store. We were offered a sample drink of their latest flavour out. Oh, how good is Nespresso!!!!
It was fun exploring all the stores just wandering from shop to shop and checking them out if ...
... but you don't get mahi mahi and fish tacos served there.
We finish off by ordering key lime pie from our server Keralee. "Everywhere you go people will tell you they have the best key lime pie. But honey, they is all lyin'. Here is the BEST key lime pie!". Sure enough, it's yellow like a real key lime fruit and creamy like a cheesecake rather than the flourescent green version Nigella pretends to make.
As we finish they start playing Dire Straits to the obvious glee ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairwind Hotel and Suites Miami Beach
I stayed at the Fairwind during March--spring break-- to be exact. I thought the Fairwind was great, but I only recommend it for younger people who really only will use their hotel to sleep. I never had a problem at the hotel, sure it's old, but a lot of the hotels in south beach are run down. It wasn't so bad, my girlfriends and I even took pictures in the small lobby. The nice thing is the hotel has an outdoor restaurant, and you get 20% off your meals. The food was okay, and if you don't feel like walking anywhere it's fine to eat. The hotel also had a front patio where you can sit and watch people pass by, that was also nice.
Not So Good
The good thing is the price and the location. It is in the middle of the two main strips and it is central to north and south. The bathrooms are nice enough and the shower gets pretty hot. I had an adjoining room to strangers and you could hear everything that came out of the room next door. When their door slammed it rocked our room. I had to clean off the shower head from mineral deposits and the room smelled musky. The air conditioner worked but gave the room an unwanted moistness. The cleaning service was friendly, but they never gave us more than one washcloth a day and there were three of us. It's cheap and you get what you pay for.
My experience at the Fairwinds wasn't too bad, but not perfect. I stayed there the week of June 12-20th, 2004. There were 3 of us, though we had many people coming to stay throughout.
Could've been better
Spent Easter weekend 2003 at the Fairwind. It was okay, but it was also very spring break-y so there were college kids running around at all hours of the night, which made it very hard to sleep. The restaurant next door, while serving decent food, has service slower than anything I've ever experienced in my life! The room was very small and wasn't cleaned every day. The good thing was that it was close to other things.
I read many reviews of the Fairwinds before my vacation and was very worried about what I was going to get. I had read of horror stories involving ants and was prepared to use my Raid if I had to. However I was pleasantly surprised with the hotel when I got there. The hotel itself is a little bit older, but it fits in with the whole Art Deco theme of South Beach. The room was very basic, but clean and orderly (just what you would expect from a Holiday Inn or any nicer hotel). The hotel staff was extremely friendly, our room air conditioner malfunctioned @ 3am and they were at our room in 30 seconds to fix the problem and it was on and working in a total of 5 minutes. I would recomend this hotel for younger crowds, just because it can be a little loud between the hrs of 11pm and 3am. Overall I would give the Fairwinds a high rating and would consider staying there again if I'm ever on a budget when going to Miami.
The rooms were spacious and stocked better than I expected. There was a microwave, silverware and place settings, glasses, etc. However, the room (in particular the bed and bed table was infested with ants. That was where they were visible, the carpet must have been full of them.
Also, our remote control didn't work and although we reported the problem many times, nothing was done. But that didn't really bother us as much as the ants!
Cheap & cheerful
The fairwinds is a great place for teenagers stay, but not that great for the mature traveller. The first room we were given had holes in the wall and the bed was broken. The front desk quickly moved us to another room, but all rooms on the ground floor are next to the back street, with no bars on the windows or security. Thus we were awoken by the sound of dust carts and homeless people searching through the bins. We informed the hotel manager who was very sorry and offered us to a free room upgrade and a bottle of wine, next time we stay. However I don't think there will be a next time! Very cheap, you get what you pay for!!! T
I stayed at the Fairwind Hotel four nights in mid-November 2003, and I'd go back again. It's a standard, basic hotel, a block from the beach, in the heart of the hip SoBe section, and it goes for a very good price. If you're looking for frills, this isn't the place for you.
Stayed at the Fairwind Hotel 4 nights including Halloween (package plan). First time to Miami Beach so I try to keep an open mind. I could have had a better experience.
The Beds were terrible.
I found the hotel on the internet. My family and I were just going to stay one night on our way to the Keys. Since it was just for one night, we wanted to be right in the middle of all the action on South Beach.
This hotel is right in the middle of it all. I have teenagers who wanted to experience South Beach and they got what they wanted. LOTS OF NON STOP ACTION.
The price was reasonable and since I had to book 3 rooms for one night I was pleased. Except for the hard beds and poor air conditioning, I had a good time.
When you spend all day at the beach and then run up and down South Beach most of the evening, you want a nice comfortable place to rest at night. That was the only draw back.