Hilton Grand Vacations Club At South Beach
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... then shoots off a a high speed, completely unexpected to twists, turns & loop the loops! It slows down at one point and you think the ride is over, but then takes off ago an at high speed! Tam and I come off dizzy but laughing! Great, great fun, if only there was more time and we could go on again!! The park was now closing so it was time to get some food. We want to go to Margaritaville but the wait time is too long so we head to the Hard Rock Cafe instead for a sandwich and ...
Today we drove from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, a much easier drive than around the highways of Los Angeles. All excited for our cruise on the Carnival Victory and we were not disappointed. Fantastic big ship, our room is huge, food everywhere, lots of activities.... And kids club. Had dinner, we are at the 6.00 seating - they were fantastic with Millie and have taken a special order for her meals for tomorrow, food ...
... We would be lying if we said that we weren't feeling quite emotional. It's trips like this that will stick with you forever. Lets hope it's not the last one.
Thank you to those of you who have followed us during this adventure and shared a piece of the journey with us. We are looking so forward to catching up with you when we get back.
I will post one more entry that lists our highlights and lowlights - it should make for a good laugh.
Until then, adios amigos.
... something from you. There is the constant feeling that you are being ripped off..... and you most likely are! We found a Mega Pizza that sells pizza by giant slices. We picked up our slices and a couple of bevvies and headed down to the beach to watch the sunset and a giant cruise ship leave the port. A decent walk home in the humidity to walk off our pizza for a chilled night in our apartment's air-con. P.S. this humidity is terrible for my hair! On to Fort Lauderdale ...
... Rolando's parents a few times and they are such lovely people. Full of fantastic stories about escaping from Cuba. They should really write a book about their experiences.
Marcelo and Rolito quickly formed a friendship and Rolito made up a game called DESROY! Where he wold try to attack Marcelo with a sword. Marcelo, being a big kid himself had lots of fun with this.
We so enjoyed our stay at Mercedita's house, her family I consider as family.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Grand Vacations Club At South Beach Miami Beach
HGV was very good!
My wife and I spent three nights recently at the HGV South Beach. We found the staff to be very helpful and courteous, the location excellent and the room decor very nice. There really is no view or a pool but that was OK with us. We came to go to the beach and tour the neighborhood. We left our car with the valet $16/day, next time I would use public parking at half the rate. We are planning to go back
Nice Room w/ Lots of Space, Ocean View
We were there the weekend of March 26-28, 2004. This was a great choice for Miami Beach. It was right across from the ocean, across a park which was also nice for relaxing under the trees. The place looks a bit run-down on the outside - it looked like they were redoing the facade of one of the sister hotels next door - but it's nice inside. And pretty quiet. We heard nothing that woke us up at night.
Having read other reviews on the site, I asked for Room 3307, because another reader raved about it. I was disappointed when I got to the hotel and they'd gotten the number wrong and gave me 3207, but it was basically the same room configuration on the second floor. So, I was happy to find out that I still had an ocean view. Only the front suites have the ocean view. The rest look out toward the sides of other buildings, so get either 3307 or 3207 if you can.
The suite had a big living room facing the ocean and street, a small kitchen with dishwasher, oven, and everything you'd need to cook - I didn't. The only strange thing was this very small table with 2 barstools that served as the kitchen table. It was barely big enough for the microwave and pretty much useless for eating.
The bathroom was nice, if small. It looked just like the photo on the website.
The furniture was kind of modern and minimalist, which I like. The floors are tile, as are evidently all the floors in the hotel. The bedroom was nice with a good mattress, although the TV was a small version. The living room had another larger TV. We never turned either of them on.
The location is great and there is a great breakfast place right next door to the Crescent. There was a line there at all times. The restaurant in The Tides hotel is fabulous and it's just a few blocks down. There is also a Starbucks right across the street.
All in all, we had a great, relaxing vacation with plenty to do and see and all of it right nearby.
It was OK
I expected a lot after reading the reviews and was disapointed after arrival. Staff was not helpful. Bell boys stood right in front of us and didn't offer to help w/ bags (2 bldgs away and 3 stories up). Check in was in a building up the street and not explained. Rooftop suite was nice but overpriced. Some of the appliances were out of order in the kitchenette. Furnishings were a little tired. On a positive note, it was fun to sit up there and watch the action on the street below. Great location with views of the beach but I probably won't stay here again.
This place was GREAT and we will always stay here when visiting South Beach. Our mouths dropped when we walked into our ocean view room!! It was beautiful and immaculate!!! All the windows opened to let the ocean breeze flow through. The kitchen has all of the cooking utencils needed for cooking a full meal. There was plenty of space for three girls to get ready for an evening of going out dancing. I didn't make it to the jacuzzi but the other girls said it was fabulous. The staff was friendly and extremely efficient. It was a $5.00 cab ride to most of the hottest clubs and lounges. There is a convenient store, liqour store and grocery all right around the corner. It's in the most perfect part of Ocean Drive. We even slept with the windows open! Loved this place and will tell everyone about it!
Crescent suites, Ocean drive
The crescent suites on Ocean drive was a fantastic place to stay. The location was perfect.... beach just across the road and at the quieter north end of Ocean drive. This hotel consists of apartment suites with a separate living and kitchen area. The staff were always friendly and willing to help. I would highly recommend this place to anyone planning a stay in the South beach area!!
I spent a long weekend in South Beach in mid-December and stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club. I thought it was great! HGVC consists of three separate buildings - the Ocean Plaza, the McAlpin, and the Crescent - all of which are privately owned time share suites that are rented out as available. The phone number for reservations is (305) 604-8225.
I stayed in Room 3307 of the Crescent Hotel. I can't speak for the other buildings, but the Crescent was really nice and appeared to be recently renovated. Room 3307 is probably the best one-bedroom suite in the Crescent, so try and get that room if you can! I had a living room with ocean view, sleeper sofa and television set with VCR, full kitchen/kitchen table, separate bedroom with king size bed and television set, and good-size bathroom with jacuzzi bathtub. The suite was very clean and tastefully decorated, and a great bargain at $189 a night! Other hotels, like Loews, are more expensive and you get a LOT less for your money (I saw one of the rooms, so I know).
The HGVC is on Ocean Drive and 14th Street, and it's not right next to any noisy clubs or restaurants, so it's a great location if you want some peace and quiet. Yet it's a short walk to the heart of Ocean Drive as well as Lincoln Road and other lively areas. One road (Ocean Drive) and a grassy park area separate the hotel from the beach, so that is very convenient as well. The hotel supplies beach towels and a limited number of beach chairs. The only drawbacks are no pool area and paltry fitness facilities, but if you like the beach you can hang out there and get your exercise walking!
The staff at HGVC is very nice and accommodating, if a bit disorganized at times. I encountered a problem one night when I returned to my room late-night and found out the jacuzzi in the room above had sprung a leak and leaked through my living room ceiling. I had to change rooms at 2:00 a.m. and ended up in a room that wasn't as nice as 3307. (I saw about three other one-bedroom suites that night, so I know that 3307 is the best). However, hotel security helped me move all my stuff, and when I complained the next day the hotel manager took $300 off of my bill. Although it took me three trips to the front desk to get the discount squared away, it ended up being a good outcome for me despite the inconvenience!
There's a nice cafe right next to the Crescent for breakfast and lunch, and a grocery store is a couple of blocks away. Also, I had a wonderful meal one night at the restaurant Casa Tua. I highly recommend it, and recommend HGVC/the Crescent even more! It's still relatively unknown among vacationgoers to South Beach, and a great place to stay. I would definitely return.
Stop looking for your hotel room
Stop looking for your hotel room; take the Hilton Grand Vacation Club right at South Beach. We stayed there the weekend of October 20th and it was awesome. We had room 3401 in the Cresent (art deco) hotel on the top floor with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (w/jacuzzi) and a living with kitchen for $200 a night. Across the hotel starts the beach and you can take towels from the main lobby. When you get back after the beach, there is a jacuzzi on the rooftop to relax. Parking is just around the corner (13th street) for $8 per 24 hours and a grocery market two blocks behind the hotel. The hotel is on Ocean Drive; close enough to all the action, far enough to miss the noise from any clubs in the area.
I vacationed at the Crescent hotel for 5 days in September '03....The hotel is located in the perhaps quitest stretch of Ocean drive and steps away from the dazzlingly beautiful south beach sands. No need for a car because everything is within strolling distance, including grocery markets and scooter rentals and all the swankest nightspots...The staff were especially helpful with any requests and my stay was enjoyable....
South Beach charm
We have stayed here twice. Obviously the location is great but the facilities are kept immaculate, the staff extremely helpful and friendly. Staff provided free beach chairs, towels, and umbrella-the beach is just across Ocean Drive. THe front rooms can be a little noisy during peak times-like Spring break. The people watching is fun, both on the beach and sitting on the porch walking folks out on the street. May not be the best location for families with children.
We're going back!!
This little hotel has all the charm of SoBe Art Deco, and all of the class and comfort of Hilton. All the rooms in this hotel are atleast one bedroom suites with very LARGE bathrooms, two TV's, two phone lines and it has been recently renovated. We were there in March of 2000 and we're going back this month. All of the internet research still brought me back to this porperty. You would pay over $250 for a room this big and nice if it was 3 blocks south! And I was able to get it for $150 on Travelocity. It is a short walking distance to everything and quiet too. Nice little jacuzzi's and a workout room;No pool...but the beach is right across the street! SoBe's little secret for a relaxing vacation.