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Bye NY for now, take off d layers, get the shorts. Didnt even think of thongs when packing up. But not to worry, huge souvenir shops around, $5 thongs n shorts, $2 tshirt (or $10 and 1 penny the second item). 'Reminds me of alaska ports, although miami is waay more spacious than ketchikan or even juneau the capital city. And art deco. Rows of... …
Today when we woke we went on a bus trip to the Everglades where we went on an air boat. When we stopped in the everglades the man said it was safe so I got out of the boat. When I was in the water the man said that at night there could be snakes and alligators. We had alligator sandwiches at the park before we went back to our hotel. When we got …
Although today is my real birthday we got off the ship and went to our hotel and just had a rest. That night for my birthday we went to see the Miami Marlins play baseball and they put up a happy birthday message on the huge screen.
... for the twister ride - this was boring though and it is basically a movie set about twisters! Dull, dull - not worth it at all! From this we try to retrieve my bag for the locker but there is a parade on (stopped raining now- but outdoor rides not open yet)! So we head to the indoor transformers 3d ride! This was a long wait, and even though there a video screens to entertain you, the indoor queuing area feels claustrophobic , we were glad to get on the ride! This is ...
... to be the poorest drunk people aboard. I think we achieved this.
The next day we arrived at Cozumel after midday and stayed there till 10 at night. We rented a scooter and decided to cruise around the entire island - and what a good idea it was. Cozumel has the best shoreline we have seen. The beaches are pristine and the waves on that day were massive. It took us about 2,5 hours to get around the island - and we were sending it on that little scooter. That night ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGreenview Hotel Miami Beach
Small art deco building, nice lobby with small collection of books, friendly staff. Clean white with a touch of fresh green bedcover n floor board, warm feel. walking distance to shops, food n the beach. The art deco all around, but not too busy.
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Nice stay. Maria rocks!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Greenview Hotel Miami Beach
What a disappointment
We arrived at the Greenview mid-afternoon on a Saturday and had expected valet parking. No such luck! We were told it would take 30 minutes to have someone come and park our car and that it was better to park in the municipal lot across the street...which we ended up doing at a decent rate. It turned out okay but we did get the last spot in the lot on a busy afternoon. Don't know what we'd have done if the lot had been full! The lobby staff wasn't very friendly or helpful when asked to suggest dinner spots and once we selected a restaurant, it seemed asking too much for the staff person to call for a reservation.
For $125 per night, the room we were given was #201 which is just at the top of the steps. The room was tiny, sparsely furnished and noisy as it faced Washington Ave. which is always busy (which meant little sleep). There was no clock in the room, the chairs were filthy with stains and the bathroom was very small with the smallest sink we've ever seen. No water pressure and the floor was dirty. Not impressive to say the least as we had expected more based on the reviews from this site prior to booking this hotel. We travel alot both domestically and abroad and are usually pretty easy going but we definitely wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. The next time we're in Miami South Beach, we'll pay the extra $$ for a nicer hotel with service and amentities. The owners could stand to invest a little money in renovation and upgrades. What a disappointment!
Great choice for SoBe
You really can't go wrong by choosing the Greenview. The hotel is located in a perfect location if you are going to enjoy South Beach for it's beaches and retaurants. If you're there to enjoy Ocean Drive every night, then you should choose another spot. It's located on 17th street and so it's quite a bit of a walk to the heart of the action on Ocean Drive. Other than that, it's perfect. It's 30 seconds walk from Lincoln Road and all of it's stores and restaurants. There is a citibank adjacent to it.
The room (215) itself was very nice and not as small as people make it seem. I mean, how much room does someone need? Having said that though, I'm from NYC and used to smalled quarters. The staff was very nice, the lobby was spotless and I've had much worse continental breakfasts. They have some OJ, croissants, bagels, and mini-muffins along with creamcheese and strawberry jam.
As a previous reviewer said, the windows are not soundproof, but what hotels in SoBe are?
They have a very nice little courtyard with little tables where maybe 10-15 people can sit and drink coffee or write in their journals.
A great perk is the internet access in the lobby (high speed), but I have to say that the 15 minute limit is not observed as much as I'd like.
They have an elevator for those people with bad knees or heavy luggage.
Overall, for $125 and even cheaper rates in the offseason, a very nice choice.
Good hotel, good value, great location,
The Greenview is a nice old hotel located a few steps away from the Lincoln Road shopping/dining district, 3 blocks from the very cool Espanola Way (which would be even cooler if it were a few blocks longer), about 3 blocks from the beach and Ocean Drive and walking distance to many, many clubs.
We were upgraded to a Jr. Suite, which was huge and quite stylish. The original hardwood is a little creaky (both above and below), and the windows are not soundproof so it can be on the noisy side, but the place is spotless, the staff is friendly and helpful, and for what you get the value is pretty good (also includes a continental breakfast, a mini fridge, free internet access, and access to the pool and exercise facilities at the Albion Hotel).
The only caveat is that there are dozens and dozens of hotels in the South Beach area, many of which are not rated on this site. There are likely some that are cheaper, but you are taking a bit of a gamble. At the Greenview you are paying enough to expect a reasonably nice place.
Fortunately, that is exactly what you get. A very safe choice in South Beach.
Nice little place
This was a great place to stay. It was kind of small, but it was very clean, the service was wonderful, and the hotel itself was simply and elegantly decorated. The staff was friendly and the location was PERFECT. It was close enough to the beach, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Very convenient, too. The desk staff and cleaning staff were very cordial. I'd definitely go back there again.
Reasonable value/Overall good choice
Based on the review on TripAdvisor - I selected this hotel. I was in Miami for 3 nights on business (2/10 - 2/13). The hotel was in good general condidtion and I found the all staff to be friendly. The rooms offer a hair drier/Iron and Ironing board in each room. The rooms are on the small side. The hotel is located next to a muni parking lot $8 p/night. You can walk to Ocean Blvd, 2 blks and So. Beach. The pool is located at a sister hotel - around the blk. High speed internet is avail. at no charge to chk your email, and anything else you might need. Over all I would rate this as an ok hotel for the price. I would go bk there again.
The Greenview Hotel gives excellent value for the low price. The place is very well run, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the guests are quiet, well behaved, and courteous (none of which are givens in South Beach). Plus, the location is great, one block from the Lincoln Road shops and two blocks from the beach. The low price also includes a fresh-baked continental breakfast. If you don't want to use your car that much, the lack of hotel parking is no problem -- the municipal parking lot charges only $8 per day (no in-and-out privileges), and there is always space available. There are only two negatives. First, the hotel is located on Washington Street, which is very busy, even on weeknights. I would ask for a room toward the back of the hotel to cut down on traffic noise. Second, the place takes minimalism to new extremes. The rooms, although attractive, contain very little furniture (most notably, there was no dresser in our room, only shelves in the closet). But for under $100 on South Beach, you're getting more than your money's worth, in an attractive and friendly package.
Simple and comfortable with straightforward elegance
I stayed at the Greenview for a week during an art fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is a block or so away. The staff was very very helpful and accomodating and the simplicity of the place struck me as a brilliant reaction against the rest of the craziness of the area. It's a Rubell Hotel and it shows. It's a rich man's idea of an affordable hotel, which is a good thing in the end. Simple and tasteful. Yes, the sinks are really small, but so what? The large showers more than make up for that. I didn't know that I could use the Albion's pool, so next time I stay it'll be even better.
Pretty good value
Having regretted staying at a sketchy Miami Beach budget hotel just to save some bucks on a prior trip, the Greenview was definitely worth the still-decent price. Although not quite as pristine as in the photos, the room was spare and serene. Was convenient to check e-mail for free in the nook under the stairway. Breakfast was served till noon. And the outdoor pool, flanked by palm trees and bamboo, at nearby sister hotel Albion was refreshing (until the remodeling construction noise began, anyway). It's close to the beach, shopping, and right on the route of a 25-cent shuttle bus. The Greenview is featured in a book called 'Hip Hotels: Budget.'
Cheap chic during the off season
I always thought the Greenview had a charming lobby and finally got to try the hotel when I found a $65 rate on a travel website -- and the hotel's own reservations desk agreed to match that. The front desk staff was very nice -- there was no problem changing my arrival by a day at the last minute, even tho I had a special advance-booking rate.
The room was chic, comfortable and quiet. The location is very convenient, just off Lincoln Rd. Mall, so I could wander around until late at night, and the night clerk was playing beautiful Brazilian music so I enjoyed hanging out in the lobby reading for a while.
My home away from home!
The greenview hotel which is off of Lincoln road was the best value. The rooms and the hotel is very clean. The staff is so friendly that you feel you have new brothers and sisters. For the price, I couldn't ask for a better hotel. Small hotel in comparsion with the alot of other hotels. The price and value can't be beat. A continental breakfast is served in the lobby each morning and if you want room service, their is another hotel that provides good food and delivers. I think the same owners. I also enjoyed using the pool at the Albion hotel around the corner from the greenview.