Haddon Hall Hotel
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... drink of water and throw out my stale gum that was clearly slowing me down. Start time: 2:36 - I'm off again. Faster. More determined. I power walk like a champ. I dodge all those travelers dragging their wheeled carry-ons behind them (they would never beat the sky train at that slow pace). I silently curse those damn Americans slowing me down. No...No... Don't worry. I'm not an Americanist. I have friends who are American. At least I think they ...
... clear blue water, I had changed my mind for sure. The sea was so warm, and there were quite a lot of big waves to make swimming in there even more fun. This evening we walked the short walk to Lincoln Road, a famous street in South Beach, with hundreds of restaurants and shops. It was so lively and just a great holiday atmosphere.
Day 34 - Monday 3rd September
With the beach less than a minute's walk away, we were able to spend our day there again ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Haddon Hall Hotel Miami Beach
Great for the price
If you want a good deal for your money this is the place. We stayed for $65/night and only had to pay $25 for a late check out at 6:30pm. The rooms are a decent size and have a refrigerator and stove if you want to cook. There were no rodents etc. so it was clean. the ice machine is on the first floor where the internet access is also located. The pool is a nice size and has a sun deck. it is located pretty centrally so you can walk everywhere and there is a great diner on the corner which has about 10 different tv's in it for your enjoyment. You are one block from Ocean Drive and the staff is friendly although your room may not get cleaned until about 5pm but if thats not important then this is a good location for you.
We found the hotel to be generally, a good value. The room we stayed in on the first floor was very basic but clean with new carpeting and good beds. Our room had a small fridge and electric stove.The hotel is a wonderful example of the art deco style and the pool area was very nice, clean and quite large.There are about four rooms that enter from the pool area that are most likely the better rooms in the hotel. They are farther away from the noise of the street and have direct access to the pool courtyard.The staff we delt with were very rude and unhelpful, except for one man we encountered when we were leaving at 4:45am.Their parking is very limited, but there is a public lot one block away that charges about the same price at the hotel, $10.00/24hr day.Generally its a good value for a basic room, located close to the beach, clubs and restaurants with rude staff.
The front desk agent was friendly. the rooms need remodeling but what i did like about it was it has a kitchenette & fridge, which was really KOOL!!! price was great & so was the pool. The location was perfect-16th Street. Yes i would stay there again!!!
STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!My vacation was ruined.Elephants can run the hotel better than the staff of haddon hall.They were so unorganized we had to sign in on a sheet with white out and scratch marks throughout the page.They reserved me a room with people already in them not once but twice.The first time I walked in on some one sleeping.Then I walked in on someone changing.Talk about security issues the windows did not even have locks on them.You go on a trip with lots of money and valuables and is this the way they protect their guests.It took about two hours for me to finally get into a room that I had already reserved in advance.They like to keep the image that their Family owned and customer friendly but i'd rather go to a corporate owned where Iwould have to dial a 1-800 number. I'd get better service that way at least I would get treated more friendly and courteous.One of the owners from the hotel yelled at me in front of guests for a misunderstanding she had and when I tried to explain she told me to my face she did not care.The hotel has amenities such as Roach traps,broken furniture,dirty sheets,and broken water fountains.They describe this hotel as Art Deco it looked more like ART CRAPPO.The rooms looked like closets.They used the upper stairways as storage for their broken furniture.The elevator was useless we barely fit my luggage. We had no room service.I asked for a luggage cart they said look for one.I had a lot of luggage so I found a shopping cart by an alley.TOURISTS STAY AWAY!!My stay at this hotel was miserable.My only recommendation to stay at this hotel is only if they paid you for a night of stress and discomfort.
Stayed here with friends and it's become a longstanding joke -- unless you're over 80 or on drugs, stay away. It's a complete dump and the rate we were charged was double what's advertised here (for $60 a night it STILL would've been a dump).Location was good, but not worth the hospital-green cement walls, leaking swampy bathroom and geriatric bingo games in the lobby.
Haddon Hall OK at best
Stayed for two days Jan 23/25. The place was NOT a 3 star hotel as advertised by Hotels Somewhat dumpy I thought, the fridge in our room when opened emitted a strong fish oder, no way you were going to put something in there. Was woken up one morning by someone taking a dumpster down the road/alley. No phone in room, no alarm clock, bathroom was circa 1950. On the plus side the mattresses were in great shape and the front desk clerks were nice but don't think I'll be staying there again.
Perfect Location And Great Price
I stayed at the Haddon Hall after the hotel I had booking was overbooked. I chose it because I was born near Haddon Hall in England. It was a clean and freindly hotel and real vlue for money. I had a 1st floor room overlooking the entrance and Collins Aveenue. I Needed a relaxing break and this was just what I wanted. Close to all bars and restaurants and next to the beach Freindly helpful staff. Ill be back.
Good Place-Not fancy
Went to Haddon Hall a couple of times. It is a good place. I like the fact that it is right in the middle of the action but yet a few blocks from all the noise. True, there are a lot of old people there but so what? They are nice and QUIET. You will not be partying in your room anyway. Believe me, the hotels right smack in the middle of the action are a nightmare. You will want to sleep sometime. Haddon Hall is good for that. Not great rooms but good enough. If you want a fancy hotel you must cough up the dough. Does it ever change?
Art Deco? No, just old cheap furniture in the lobby with stains on it. Honestly, I believe they rent out some rooms permanently to poor, elderly people who have glaucoma and cataracts. I'm serious. I saw several elderly people sitting around in the lobby on the old, stained furniture wearing those terminator glasses they give you at the eye doctor's office. The whole place wreaks of mold and smoke. The elevator? I would not attempt it, I could have gotten stuck in it and had to breathe in the funky smells for hours. The pool...is the water supposed to be green? The room? Let me just say my mother and I slept in socks, sweatshirts and long pants so that no exposed skin would touch the sheets. We also had to sleep with all the lights on to keep the roaches hiding in those dark places (I'm guessing under the bed). If you do plan to stay here, make sure you get a really great deal (under $40/night). bring shoes for the shower, your own blanket, pillow, towels, and an air purifier. Oh, and a cell phone. The phone didn't work and had greasy finger prints all over it. There were bug or rat traps around the room. The television had no remote and barely had reception for a few channels. It didn't even have a working power button. We had to stick a pencil inside the hole where the power button used to be to turn it on. I am not a mean person and I am being completely honest. I took my mother to South Beach to impress her with the new state I live in and I was terribly embarrassed and disappointed when we got to the hotel. If you want a clean room where you aren't afraid to put your head on the pillow, don't stay here and be very careful of any "hotel" that is rated 3 stars or less that is not a chain. I m actually on this site now trying to find a hotel that I can stay at in South Beach where I won't be afraid to rest my head or turn the lights off. Good luck!
Great Value - Haddon Hall
Enjoyed stay at Haddon Hall. Rooms are small but most in SoBe are. Includes kitchen with full size refrig. Big advantage is on site parking for $10.00 a day! Beats having to park in off site parking garage and having to pay when ever you need to use your car.
Very clean with friendly staff. Easy walking to all clubs and restaurants.
Will book again.....