Fairwind Hotel and Suites
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairwind Hotel and Suites Miami Beach
Great for young singles and fun couples
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.
As far as the staff, we were friendly with the staff and in return they gave us advice about where to go in miami. The room itself was very standard, but it was very clean and we received new towels every day just like any other hotel. The beds in our room were comfortable and I slept great all week. The only issue we had is that one of our windows didn't close all the way, so at night we could hear some of the noise from the street, but my friends and I went to south beach to party, so we came back late, and by that time it didn't matter. Also, during spring break, there were other young people in the hotel, so it became somewhat of a party hotel, great for spring breakers, not great for families. Actually it's probably great just for singles, and easy going, fun couples, because it's not very romantic, but that is what the city is for.
As far as the location, that was the best part, because we were literally in the middle of everything. We could walk to the clubs, to the beach, and the clothing stores. I hate walking, and I thought everything was pretty close. the location definately is not quiet, but we never stayed in our hotel during the day, the beach is the best for peace and tranquility, which was only a block away. If you are traveling on a budget, then you will want to stay here. The Fairwind, is clean, comfy, and affordable and I would go there again.
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.
Depends on what you're there 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.
When we got to our suite, it was pretty cute w/ a fridge, coffee maker, table, small kitchen, Queen Bed, and pull out couch. The pull out is uncomfortable but for our age bracket (21-32), it was no problem after a night of drinking. We noticed that the air conditioner in the suites sucked. While getting dressed, there were about 5 of us in the room, totally sweating. We called and they moved us a few rooms over. Night #1!
Even after that unpleasant experience, we made do. Our next room wasn't that air conditioned either. It's about 95 outside so we were feeling it. 2 days into that room, we called to be switched again. They take us to our OLD room! We took it anyway. Ultimately, we were never nice and cool but rather, just comfortable. Besides that, the cleaning ladies were very nice. The staff realized we were upset so they gave us free internet access (which helped me do some work) and they gave us a free breakfast at the restaurant downstairs. Not bad. Ask for more toast!
There is a bar downstairs that has 2 for 1 drinks. Get beers or simple drinks.. the mixed drinks were AWFUL. You also get 20% of food downstairs. It's a very nice little outdoor place.
Either way, we payed 600 for a suite (divided by 3) for eight days. Not bad. I don't know if I'd go there again though.. But if I did, I wouldn't HATE it.
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.
Great price, Good hotel
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'd go back again
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.
But if you want a clean room and good service, the Fairwind isn't bad at all. Sure, there are some negatives: they will charge you $2 a night for a room safe whether you want it or not, and the hallway carpets look old and frayed. But the place isn't without any perks -- there's a 20% discount in the hotel restaurant which has nice outdoor seating. My other observation is that I'm glad I didn't have a car -- parking is expensive and hard to come by. For the getting around I wanted to do, the bus served me fine.
Disapointed with Fairwind Hotel
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.
Hotel needs to replace their oldstyle windows with sound-buffering ones because the street noise at 3-5:am is horrendous (no sleep)! The hotel cannot control what goes on outdoors but it can provide a quiter room.
Also the hotel needs to spruce up rooms and hallways (beginning to look worn). Otherwise clean. The housekeeper is nice.
Big need for some shelving in bathroom to store shaving kits, etc. Also the hotel is charging $2 a night for a room safe (used or not) as an added fee. The room has a phone and no phone book. There is internet service in the lobby but is $10 per half hour. Some nearby cafes have internet access that is cheaper.
On the plus side the restaurant is ok, with outdoor seating and a 20% discount for guests (gratuity is included in the bill). Could expand the menu and improve service. However realise that most places in South Beach are expensive (McDonalds is way up by Lincoln Rd Mall). Therefore expect to pay $7-14 for breakfast and lunch; much more for dinner.
Additional info. Visitors need to realise that the bars close at 5:am and there are groups of young people (who seem local) roaming the streets. From my window saw/heard lots of altercations on the street below. Saw police and firetrucks respond. This was every night. Not sure I will return.
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.