Beach Paradise Hotel
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OK now I understand why they say it's
the Millionaires playground! Youch it's expensive, ask CSPB who got
stung $25 for a margarita....
The first night we stayed in a slightly
dodgy dwelling where I spent the afternoon doing the normal search
for somewhere to watch the rugby final. Thirty k's at 4am in the
morning to …
... We drove along the A1A road that we always see on CSI Miami that they are racing along past Palm and Dodge Island, the houses and more so the boats docked oh my they are massive. We then cruised up Ocean drive looking for a parking spot which we didn't find but got to see the whole drive then turned around and parked near the bottom in a parking lot. We then walked up Ocean drive and ...
... by a-ha on the jukebox so I acted like I didn't know them :p we then went to the south beach strip of bars which are crazy and expensive. We got massive cocktails to share and they were lovely but cost $50 each! But shared between 5 people that is okay. We went to a bar/club where the dance floor was all open air and it was a lovely change from cramped smelly sweaty clubs we're used to at ...
So we are in Miami Beach; we spent the last two days between the beach, the Art Deco "district" and the restaurants. The weather has been very nice, temperature above 30 degrees Celsius, with an occasional summer rain of half an hour yesterday (boy when it rains it really RAINS here!). We spent most of the mornings at the huge south beach, relaxing in the sun. Yesterday afternoon we went for a very long walking tour through the Art Deco area of Miami ...
... so we got potato skins to take out. We had time to eat them before boarding the bus back to Miami Beach. Once back we headed pretty much straight out to the other shopping area, and even caught a yellow cab there. They were actually quite nice inside. We got to the mall and all there was, was a TK Max and another shop similar to it. Neither of us are good at finding stuff in those shops so we came back, bought the booze for tonight and went back for an ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.