Hotel Place St. Michel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Place St. Michel Coral Gables
Small hotel, comfortable and convenient
We spent two nights here in August. The hotel is quaint and filled with antiques. The staff made us feel very comfortable and helped us enjoy our stay. A parking garage is available across the street for $9 per day, which is reasonable for this area. Within walking distance of the Miracle Mile, many shops and restaurants are nearby. The hotel also has reciprocity with the Coral Gables Country Club where we pleasantly whiled away a few hours.
Quite a bargain
I found a bargain rate ($87) on Quick Check at Trip Adviser. Had fairly low expectations that were easily exceeded, hence my "Excellent" rating for the price. I arrived late (about 11 pm) so was able to find a parking spot right in front of the hotel which, because I left before 9 the next morning, was free. The feel is European, right down to the cage elevator with an actual operator. The room was relatively large. Had a new flat screen tv. Bath was updated. Everything was clean.
Restaurant is not up to past awards
I made a reservation based on positive internet reviews which are usually realiable but this was absolutely the Worst and most Over Priced Sunday Brunch I've ever been to ... espcially considering it was Easter Sunday and you'd think they'd go out of their way to make it extra special. The restaurant lost our reservation even though I telephoned from overseas incurring long distance charges and followed up with an email to confirm. Ended up being stuck in a corner at the front door. The cold selections were okay - salads, shrimps, oysters, salamon. Hot dishes (lamb, ham & turkey) were dried out and cold. At $36.95/person I expect to get an omelet made to order or fresh Belgian waffles. Tossing precooked pasta in a pan over a burner and warming it with one of two choices of sauce is an insult to customers. Running out of dessert cakes during the first sitting is just bad planning. The pianist spent more time socializing than playing. The waiter was not quick with getting coffee/tea out nor refills.
As a meeting/event planner who has planned events around the world (Cannes, Milan, Hong Kong, Toronto, San Francisco to name a few) I will Never recommend this restaurant to any of my customers and will pass the word to fellow planners. Resting on the laurels of past awards (DiRona, Chaine de Rotissuers, Zagat, etc.) is Not Good Enough!
Not a Place for Business Travel
This is not a place for business travelers for reasons below:
Surly front desk with poor english skills;
No elevator access from lobby;
No printed out hotel bill when booking through expedia;
Moldy brown fruit in room;
No cable internet;
No clock of any kind in room;
Unresponsive front desk;
Worn parquet floors in room;
Worn scuffed chair in room;
Mold in shower stall;
Hair on bed;
Poor access from street.
If you're not actually sleeping in Europe you don't want to feel like you're sleeping in Europe. But a$2MM renovation is coming.
Charmed by Place St. Michel!
After reading some of the reviews I was concerned bu the moment we arrived I knew it was going to be OK. We were there to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I have no idea why people were not happy here - maybe they are used to a Holiday inn or Marriott. If so, they should stay there! The Place St. Michel is definitely a European-style hotel but our room (309 I think) was larger than any we have stayed in in major European cities. Spotlessly clean, nice bathroom - a comfortable old-world decor. Only funny thing was the 2 pictures on the walls were of the Duke of Wellington, not sure why!
Parking is an issue, as it is in any city. We were happy to ahve a safe spot for our care in the parking deck across the street for $9 a night (charged by the hotel on our bill.) The location was great- could walk to the best dining spots.
Our first morning we enjoyed the orange juice, croissant & coffee breakfast. If we stayed longer we'd have to see about an alternative breakfast with more protein & less fat! Across the street was a spot with cheap breakfasts only open week days. The Sunday brunch, however, was spectacular & well worth the $26 per person (unlimited champagne &food of every type) and a bargain compared to the $62 one at the Biltmore!
The staff were helful but did not go out of their way to be friendly. I had to ask for a map of the area & the pulled one out of the front desk drawer that was great for both walking and driving tours of the lcoal attractions. Shouldnt have had to ask, though!
The poor hotel had lost its 30-year old ivy and all their awnings to Katrina or Wilma so it doesnt look the same on the outside but inside was still cozy and welcoming.
We plan on returning in the spring to see Chihuly at the Fairmont gardens and will happily stay at Place St. Michel.
Very good stay
-Excellent location: (in the heart of Coral Gables business district); Close to dozens of great restaurants, bookstores, office buildings, coffeeshops
-Service: Staff was friendly and always had a smile (not exactly the norm in Miami)
-Price ($75 on Expedia midweek)
-Parking (for the major markets in Miami (ie downtown, Grove, Miami Beach) parking is most affordable and safe...$9 per night w/i/o privledges.
-Free continental breakfast and in-room fruit
-"Granny" feeling hotel
This Place Sucks!!!!!!
No Parking had to keep running outside to put coins in metered parking, Had to pay for complimentary breakfast, room near elevator was very noisy.
The fruit basket, gime me a break ONE banana!!!!
Refills of OJ, forget it.
Save your money, we left after first of a two night booking.
Pretty but don't expect a good sleep..
Ok, it is small, quaint and olde-worlde style, but you will hear people coming and going at all hours and this hotel has the noisiest (oldest) pipes I've ever heard.
Secondly, we tried the restaurant at night as it was recommended. Food
is only average, is way over priced ($30 for small steak) and all food orders needed by 9.30pm. Breakfast was worse. They ran out of items quickly, service wasn't great and the waiter chased us into reception after adding his own tip when we didn't (to a complimentary breakfast).
Charming and European
This hotel is an old world oasis in a desert of modern office buildings. Step inside the Hotel Place St. Michel and you step back in time. There is a single elevator for this 3 story building, manually operated by the desk clerk. We opted for the stairs most of the time as it was faster. Rooms are different shapes and sizes, and all furnished with antiques. There are no nice views from any room. You either face the street or the side of a modern office building across an alley. We stayed in one of the larger rooms (301). It was delightful and, most impotant to us, very quiet. Laced curtains hung in the windows along with heavy drapes to block light. The room contained a sofa, a side chair, king-size bed, a built-in book case with books, antique headboard and end tables, wood floors with Persian rug, and an antique writing desk. The earthtone colors were pleasant and there was extensive use of wood trim. There was a ceiling fan and temperature controlled air conditioning. We felt like we were staying in a guest bedroom in a stately old home. The tiled bathroom was small but functional. It was nicely decorated and contained a shower/tub combo. We had no hot water problems. There is not much room for toiletries.
The restaurant was very nice for dinner and complimentery continental breakfast was also served there. Fresh fruit and chocolates are provided by the friendly housekeeping staff. Parking is normally $9 per day in a garage across the street; however, since we were there on a weekend, it was free. The location is centrally located for Coral Gables, but a bit of a drive to Miami Beach. We would stay here again. While in Coral Gables, be sure to see the Vizcaya estate and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Decent, but not Great
Hotel Place St. Michel,
Decent place to stay, nice service at the hotel, provided me a toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, and toothpaste when my luggage got lost, Miami Herald comes on the doorstep every day, property is very unique and quaint, has no semblance of a hotel chain whatsoever, almost has a bed and breakfast feel, but restaurant fell short when I ordered a full breakfast instead of a continental and an OJ refill and they charged me an additional $4 something on my breakfast before giving me credit for my "free" continental breakfast and then charged $2 something for my OJ refill. I would never eat at the restaurant again.