Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
Hi Guys, This is the first stop on our round the world trip. Survived the flight after 10 hours, nick was a calming influence after a few bumpy moments! Day 1 - Arrived at the hotel around 4.30pm, to glorious rapture from the inhabitants of Miami. Hotel was really nice and we were 2 minutes from South Beach and Ocean Drive, so slap bang in the …
... our day of walking and exploring south beach. We showered, changed and started our walk to ocean drive. Ocean drive was impressive, with gorgeous old buildings, palm trees and funky chic restaurants lining the streets. We walked the entire strip in order to get to Nikki Beach- a bar/cafe that was recommended. Unfortunately, the are undergoing renovations at the moment, so although they were open, the beach was closed and there was ...
So it took a while to drag ourselves out of bed this morning! When we finally did we grabbed some lunch and then hit the BEACH! It was amazing and we spent about 2 hours in the seeeeeaaa! It was awesome! After all the travelling (hmmm and drinking) we needed some sleep so off to ...
... It looks like prairies of grass with occasional groups of trees. But it's all water. This time of year you can see some of the water but most of it looks like dry land. Not swampy like you might expect. The land was donated by Exxon Mobile after they determined that the oil underneath it was too sulfurous to be economically converted to fuel.
This entry is not finished because of many happenings. We will finish our Florida blog soon
... in the Everglades where we stood 2 metres from an alligator. The drive to Key West was beautiful. The bridges go over water for up to 7 miles and the ocean is so blue. After getting to Key West we ate Key Lime Pie and spent a day riding bikes around the island. Key West is an amazing place to visit.
Next onto Ben's favourite part of this section of our trip- Leon (with Nadia) met us in Miami. Eight months apart and they were like ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Shelley Miami Beach
I was surprised to find such an inexpensive rate at a hotel located in South Beach, but I had read some pretty bad reviews. I was expecting the worst, from loud music to moldy rooms.
Where the party starts!
Definitely the best bang for you bucks. We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in November. The location was absolutely perfect: 1 block to Ocean Drive, a few to Lincoln Road and the beach was right there!
Everyone around was young and fun, and the nightlife in the area was incredible. The rooms were comfortable and we got a great deal with the price. The free cocktail hours and VIP passes were definitely an added bonus that we werent expecting!!!! This town is a single persons paradise.
Stayed in a room facing the front and had friends staying in a room way in the back so could compare the two rooms - definitely get a front room overlooking the street. All the other rooms have no view except of the hotel next to you which is very, very close.
We found a bargain at hotel Shelly through a special ad for $25/night during the week. The hotel offered basic accommodations, as these buildings are old Art Deco models. If you need to sleep while you explore South Beach, this is a good place for a low price. The room was kind of small, but had descent king size bed. The bathroom was marble with a shower. The staff was responsive to our needs. Be sure to book a room not near the lobby as techno music is played all night long and the bass beat can be heard. The staff was able to move our room.
Our hotel room cost us $95/night. I honestly don't even know if I would have paid $29/night if this were another city, but from what I know, that's the way South Beach goes. The majority of the hotels are small & pretty old. We booked ours thru a group (South Beach Group) that gave you free shuttle service to/from Airport, free continental breakfast, free club passes, and free drinks from 6-10. It was a pretty good deal although the club passes have restrictions (which we didn't know) & are very hard to get into....and we are two pretty single girls!! As far as the breakfast....it sucked! Cheerios (and a open pitcher of milk) & blueberry bread were not my idea of breakfast.As far as the hotel goes, our beds were small, hallways were so dim that I couldn't even find the key hole to the door, a horrible musty smell, no shower door (water everywhere), and VERY noisy hallways. The doors must have been paper thin. This was not the roach motel & was ok, but will NEVER stay there again.
Disappointed with the Shelley
I had a reservation and informed them of my late arrival. When I arrived with my daughter at 2:00am, there was not a clean room to be found. At 2:30 I was told they would put me up across the street for the night and to come back to them after check out and they would have a room for us. Well, I had to drag my bags back across to them and wait and hour and a half because they were still cleaning the rooms. I did not get a room until 1:30pm. I wasted half a day of my vacation time. The manager first of all could not be reached and when I did get her she was of no help. Totally unprofessional and did nothing to compensate or appease me. Never Again!!!
We booked Hotel Shelley through Expedia, it was kind of hard to believe all the free stuff that it was advertised there, also I had never been in South beach before so I was a question about location and hotel accommodations. Sometimes you book something on line and you don't even know what you getting or what to getting into, but let me tell you the Hotel Shelley was our best decision we did. When we arrived to the airport they picked us up with their courtesy bus for free, the driver was very friendly and helpful, he gave us a little info about thing to do in south beach. when we got to the lobby to c/i he took our luggage all the way tofront desk. The receptionist was also very nice to us, we did a booking for a standard room and he even upgraded us to a mini-suite king size for no additional cost. The rooms were fabulous nice cool and clean full of amenities. Lobby nice and cozy and hotel location was right in the middle of everything within walking distance just around the corner from the beach, definitely we were in the right place!. We had a blasting time I was hard for us to leave these place. They had a wonderful happy hour from 6-10pm, I could not believed it, I was free for hotel guest!!!! we met the bartender he gave us free VIP passes for one of the best clubs in South Beach, recommendation etc. I definitely recommend these hotel for those party animals that want to have a blast in south beach!
The idea of having free drinks
We just want to say how pleased we are with the service and attention.
We had a wonderful experience at south beach thanks to shelley hotel at south beach. We will visit again.
A pleased guest
Free, Free, Free
The best bargain I found was the Shelley Hotel. I have been to Miami Beach a few times and out of all the places I have stayed the best place for your money is The Shelley Hotel. The have free drinks for 4 hours a night...we were able to socialize before we hit the clubs on Washington Ave. After a late night of partying, we woke up to a wonderful continental breakfast of fruit, breads, cereals, coffee and juices. It was the best way to start the day off. We then hit the beach and stores which are only a block away in each direction. An to top it all off...we did not have to pay for transportation either way to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. So, if you are on a budget, this is the place to book.
I would not reccomend Hotel Shelley to anyone considering choosing this hotel. It is dirty, bug infested and the service is rude. There were many hotels in the South Beach area which looked ten times better than this hotel. A friend and I stayed here in May of 2002 through a last minute deal with travelocity. For the price we paid, we got a good deal, but for anyone paying full price it would be a sorry waste of money. The outside of the building and the lobby/bar are the only nice things about this place. The hallways are very dark and dirty. The room was much smaller than most hotel rooms, but is okay for just two people. The room was poorly "renovated in 1999."