Beach Paradise Hotel
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... around across the table, into your drink, in your hair (we exaggerate....but only a little). Maybe with more practice it would become a more refined art...
We got the bus back to our hostel, which stops about a block from our door. When we got off the bus it was warm, muggy and dry. 30 seconds later we ran through our hostel doors looking like we'd decided to take a detour through the sea to get back...It absolutely lashed it ...
... often slide in an afternoon burger or a couple of cakes and I would find a way to get my hands on mac and cheese.
-Three course dinners in front of a live band, before the evening's show. The first night had lobster and prawns which set a high standard for the week. By the end of the week, Adriaan would eat desert before dinner to ensure he had room for the 10 cakes.
- Just incase we were still hungry, the day always finished with crepes and coffee before bed.
... We're laughing and being serious at the same time.
On the way home we called into Best Buy to buy a Go Pro camera for the bike which Paul will fit tomorrow.
We bought a heavy duty chain lock for the bike over with us so this is how we will secure the bike every time we get off it. We will also buy a cover for the bike - best not to advertise you are riding the top of the line HD touring ...
... a tiny shop all trying to see the same table. Regardless, I'm sure it takes skill and experience. Which was in contrast to the guy sitting on a chair just outside the front door. I think that he was meant to be a living billboard, as he was dressed to look like the guy on their label (or maybe he was). He had a lit cigar in his mouth, but he didn't seem to be inhaling - it just burnt shorter and shorter. I'm pretty sure a distinct lack of any ...
3:55pm - touch down on U.S. soil.
4:45pm - cleared customs.
5:00pm - putting in our orders at Chili's!
7:00pm - the wheels go up on AA flight #1574, destination Atlanta, GA!
8:55pm - hello ATL!
9:15pm - meeting family at baggage claim and saying goodbye to an amazing team.
10:00-11:00pm - after a long day of travel, it's good to be ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach Paradise Hotel Miami Beach
After having read numerous reviews on tripadvisor.com I was very worried over teh hotels in South Beach. Finally with not a too good feeling i booked the Beach Paradise Hotel, primarily because of its location.
I was surprised of the relatively good quality it had. The stone floors and puritanistic equipment gave it a cold but very clean ambiance. The aircondition cannot be adjusted but can be reduced by putting a towel over the slots. The room was very quiet (make sure to get a room on the 2nd or 3rd level) and we enjoyed our stay there. Parking was 12 USD a day and was located on the hotels premisses in the backyard. Do not attempt to park on the street, it's useless - no spaces.
For European Standards this hotel would get 2 stars, mainly because of the good quality of the bathroom.
I would stay there again but South beach is not half as magical or cool as one might think. It is a typical hysterical American thing - lots of noise but nothing to it. Clubs are expensive, have long waiting lines and very arrogant doormen. Sky Bar was cool palce to go to, but agin quite expensive. For all Europeans: Make sure to get your drinks somewhere else - there's no alcohol in Amercan cocktails and they cost as much as 14 USD. Once you're in a good mood head to a bar/club. Skybar is definately a good recommondation. a cool place, similar to Buddha Bar in Paris but outdoors.
This place ----
I hate this hotel. There was NO AIR CONDITIONING. It was 80 degrees outside and who knows how hot it was inside. The staff was rude, the place wasn't particularly clean, and the shower didn't even have a closing door. I will NEVER stay anywhere even slightly reminiscent of this place.
Was much better the first time around
I've stayed at this hotel twice. First time was a year before and back then it was known as La Mansion. The first time I stayed I enjoyed the room and would give it 3 stars and maybe even 3.5 stars if I could do that here. It was a basic room and for what you got for the money it was cool but that was back in 2002. It was clean and spacious too even for the 4 of us. I enjoyed my stay enough to want to use the same hotel for the following year. My other guests who stayed with me enjoyed the room too.
Now I'm at 2003 and well things change in a year unfortunately. The hotel name changed to Beach Paradise and it was anything but. When I saw my room for the first time, the room was smaller and there were ants crawling in the sink. The decor had wall cracks painted... lol. I asked for another room but they didn't have one. It'd be near impossible to get one anywhere in a good location so I sucked it up. In addition to the ants, the a/c was on way more and the weather in SoBe was cooler than it normally was so I was freezing. I asked for the a/c to be at a reduced level but was told that someone requested it be turned up. Their a/c is at the same level for ALL rooms.
Thankfully I ended up staying at another friend's room for a couple of the nights so I didn't have to deal with my room. I just used it to shower and change clothes. I only slept in my bed two of the nights and I had a roomie stay for the last two nights. I wish I can recall more of my stay that year but I can tell you that I wouldn't be booking a room there again. For those who do book a room, I hope for you guys that things have improved since my last stay back in March 2004.
The Beach Paradise Hotel is a decent hotel. After reading some of the reviews, I was a little skeptical but decided to keep my reservations. It is conveniently located a step away from the beach, very close to shops and restaurants. At night the area is quiet but nonetheless safe. My only complaint was the air conditioning- I will agree with a previous review. The room was either freezing or warm. You have no control of the tempature but you can close the vents (which is what I ended up doing because it was so cold). But folks remember Miami is very humid so when you step out of the room everything is sweating (windows, walls). The elevator was a bit creepy but did its job because we never got stuck or had any problems. The staff was pleasant no complaints there. Overall, I liked my stay at the Beach Paradise and would recommend it to anyone who is going to be out of their room over 50% of the time in Miami. I used the room only to shower and sleep. Most of the time I was outside at the restaurants or the bar. I don't think I would recommend it too much for families with small children- the rooms are spacious but not kid-friendly. It is more for groups who are out just to have fun and need to stay in a convenient location. It is 1/2 block away from the Bentley hotel (5 star hotel) but one of the guys from the Bentley ended up in our hotel and said the Beach Paradise had more space. In any event, you be the judge of it. It is not a 5 star hotel, so if you want room service and fluffy pillows this is not the place for you. However, if you are out for a night of fun and are with friends- this is the place to stay.
Worst place we've ever stayed at in USA !
We had the misfortune of staying here in November and I booked it through an online booking company who I've subsequently written to requesting them to reduce it's rating of this place as it certainly doesn't deserve the 2 star rating it was given. We had to move from our first room as it was directly opposite and extremely noisy generator room. The next room was quieter though the windows which were supposed to open but were screwed shut, there was no a/c control so it was either on (freezing) or off and the shower was just a trickle so unusable. We arrived early evening so decided to bare with it for one night but checked out a day early and headed up to the Keys where we found a much nicer place for the same price - Almond Tree Inn, Key West.
We stayed here the weekend of the VMA's as everything else on South Beach was booked. The hotel was clean, charming and old. The creaky old European style elevator added to the charm. The service was horrible, they had "lost" our reservation, even with a confirmation no. we provided. It took them hours to give us our room. They are very slow at the front desk! But it is a cheaper hotel, $79, and they did upgrade us to a jr. suite for our inconvenience, so that was nice.
Only go here if you are partying and up all night, as our room was on the 1st floor, next to the street and we heard screaming, music, cars and noise all night. This hotel is in a "shady" area of south beach too (ocean drive). It's busy and trendy during the day, but at night, look out.
The room was very basic, nothing special, but it was clean. And it's convenient that they have a bakery/deli right out front.
I checked into the hotel and was told that I would have to pay for the entire stay upfront before I was able to see the room. I requested 2 double beds with and oceanview and was given 1 full-size bed with an oceanview. The elevator was not operating properly so I had to carry my luggage up to the second floor. Once I was at the door of my room and put the key in.....the door was stuck....I couldn't get it open.
Finally after fighting with the door I was able to open it and the first thing that I saw was a comforter on the floor.....Upon walking into the room I noticed how dirty everything was....there was dust and paper all over the room....there was no linen on the nasty mattress so at that point I decided that I couldn't stay there....there was water damage all over the room & walls....the bathroom would've been nice if it was clean but the rest of the room was horrible. I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone unless you don't care where you lay your head...When I went down to let the front desk know about the problem they told me that I checked in to early...there was a sign that was posted stating that check-in was 3PM...I didn't get there till 3:15PM...when I asked for a refund they wanted to argue with me telling me that I had to pay for one night since I was cancelling. I asked for the manager and was told that I was speaking with him. After much argument they gave me a credit for the total amount that was billed to my card and asked that I never come back which they didn't have to do that because I would never ever go back.
La Mansion , or the Beach Paradise as it is also known, was our chosen hotel for three nights in Miami.The hotel is clean , and the staff and manager were very helpful and friendly. The rooms are well looked after, although the sea facing windows needed a good clean (so dirty we struggled to see out).My main problems were the location. Advertised as being a a quieter location on South Beach, this is definately not the case. If you want to sleep at all try to get a rear room (but you will have to put up with a view of the trash areas).Also the rooms have very little facilities, no fridge or mini bar, no coffee making - (obviously so you have to but from the coffee shop downstairs). I guess you only get what you pay for, as the rates are very good.My view, if you want a great location and value for money, stay here. If you want some sleep, or have young children, stay some else.
Minimalist but Newer
you'll be pleasantly surprised by the bright rooms. they're pretty clean and look fairly new. location is right in the middle of the action. unfortunately, that also means you'll be woken up by the shouting and partying outside, every night, until ~3am.
Great location... very nice hotel (Memorial day weekend 2002)
My boyfriend and I originally booked the Ramada Miami Beach. When we arrived our room was trashed and the service was less than friendly. We demanded our money back and decided to stay at La Mansion. This hotel is right across the street from the beach. The interior is very nice.....art deco style. The elevator is old and rikkety but adds to the charm of the place. The room (we had a double) was kind of small but the view was great. The only problem we had was the neighbors were extrememly loud...playing music and partying all night long but this is to be expected on memorial day weekend in South Beach. After a while we complained and the manager immediatley went to the room that was causing all of the noise. I would definitely stay at this hotel again but probably not on memorial day weekend.