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Historical Traveler Reviews Dorset Hotel Miami Beach
The website for this hotel is 100% misleading. The rooms do not resemble those in the online photos and the hotel is nothing like what is portrayed over the internet. If you are looking for a clean, (in general very clean hotel...stained carpet, scuffed white walls is the extent of "dirty" in this hotel.) simple place in the middle of "everything" this is the place to stay. I however felt like I was being punished or had accidently booked a rehab facility due to the "minimalist" decor. I understand Miami is Art Deco and the Modern minimalist decor is the style there but this hotel's decor put new meaning to "minimalist".
Don't count the rooftop pool as one of this hotel's assets. I did...and it was a mistake. Again the pool does not even look remotely close to the pool on the website and it is very hot up there it must've been 100+ degrees...I think the roof tar/material amplified the heat...I only lasted a few moments. My unsensored advise...spend more on the hotel and stay somewhere much nicer. The starkness of this hotel left me waking up wondering what I did wrong to get placed in this "cell" and the attitude of the morning front desk person only confimed my feeling of guilt... Think Twice before you book this hotel. The hotel can truly make or break your entire vacation.
Will definately stay again but...
In general I was very happy about my stay. I very much enjoyed the rooms (equipment, design etc.). The bed was great. However, I probably had the same receptionist (large female with an attitude) as the person who wrote a review on Dec. 31 2004. She actually "picked" an argument with me when I pointed out that there was nothing to put on the bagels at the breakfast buffet. (Other staff members were very nice and helpful). Also, dropping off passengers can be difficult (not much space in front of hotel). Bottom line: I will definately come back. Hopefully the receptionist will be fired or learn customer service.
I was happy over all with the hotel and most of the employees there, but there was one lady that gave me a hard time everytime I saw here in the morning. She was a very large lady very intimidating and very rude. I enjoyed the pool on the roof. The cute guy that is there at night time, and the free breakfast every morning. I will say that if you stay there yo will love the rooms, because they have some of the biggest rooms on the beach and coming from NY were everythign is so small itis a welcome comfort to stay in a room of that size. I will advise anyone who wants to go there to checkin at night and not during the morning, that way you will have a great experience at the Dorset Hotel. I would like to thank Wesley the cute guy in the night for sending me to all the cool clubs, making me laugh, and enjoy my divorce vacation to the fullest.
Thanks Wes, (ladies he is single)
Only a half-block from the beach, and a block and a half from the Lincoln Pedestrian mall,... a great stay for the price particularly considering the going rack rate in the South Beach area. We stayed for 8 days. Beds were large and very comfortable, The rooms were done in a chic Bauhaus type decor, appropriate for this recently renovated hotel. (Open only 6 months) Drawers might be more familiar, but storage space was adequate. Staff was always willing to help. We did a walking tour of the area hotels, looked at rooms and found we had lucked into the best pricing in the area.
YES the entrance to the shower in our room also faced the window. FYI the windows all have blackout drapes. I also agree that towel racks would be an improvement but chair backs and the shower curtain worked just fine for drying towels. I found the separation of the "facilities' away from the shower (with its own door for privacy) to be an unexpected benefit. YES the ice policy is a bit quirky. Stop at the 24-Hr drugstore for ice. It's only 1 block away, and Collins Avenue is always worth the walk. The drugstore also has a mini grocery. The liquor store is just a half a block away from the Dorset front porch where we spent a couple of evenings beneath the umbrella with our chilled domestic beer and gawked at the nonstop people parade til the wee hours of the morning.
The Dorset is a boutique institution and obviously NOT on the grand scale of some of South Beaches majestic institutions, but if you are interested in the South Beach experience on a budget the Dorset worked just fine for us. Save your money for the restaurants, tours, taxis, clubs and shows.
Two thumbs up for the Dorset
My husband and I liked the Dorset very much. The location is very good...close to the beach and around the corner from Lincoln Road Mall. We enjoyed the rooftop pool for sunbathing and a little dip; it has a good view of the surroundings. Our room was nice...spacious and clean, with attractive decor. It could have been improved, though, with a better place to hang towels. At first we were dismayed at the lack of drawers, but the wardrobe had shelves and plenty of hangers, which was enough. We enjoyed sitting outside on the large front porch and watching the activity of the neighborhood. The breakfast was adequate. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Our experience was quite positive, and I would definitely stay at the Dorset again.
Overall, liked a lot
We liked the room overall. Only serious setback was lack of fridge, which isn't unusual in SoBe unless one gets a 4 or 5 star hotel. It also lacked a sofa or breakfast table, but again, that's not unusual for a 3-star hotel in SoBe. Room decor was modern and off-white. Large bed (Queen?) had down-like comforter and was very comfy. Location is along mostly very nice hotels, and rooftop pool area (large) has great view of area. We paid around $80 on average weekend, and considered this a very good deal, but wished we had a fridge for drinks. Staff very helpful w/ice and VIP pass to Sp_c_ (got lucky w/Wes).
Web site mis-leading
Let me start by saying i do belive the other two reviews were writen by employees of the dorset. First off, the web site says every guest gets a robe that never happened. They have no ice machines, you have to wait for an employee to bring your ice and then they limit you on how much ice you can have, dont plan on filling your cooler with ice. The rooms were very plain and did not look like the pictures at all. The tolite was on the oppiste side of the room from the shower. The shower was a good size, but it was not private from the rest of the room or the rest of south beach either.We were on the ground floor right next to an alley and every body walking by could see your upper body. Also the building next to us could get a very XXX view. The room when we first arrived also smelled like urine. The beds were nice we had two king beds in our room. The room had no drawers just a cabinet to hang your clothes in. Secondly, there was no place to hang your towels. The staff was very nice, but slow when it came to getting us ice. Oh i almost forgot, we stayed for two days and for two days i dryed off with my t-shirt when i got out of the shower. The first and only time i used there towel i had an allergic reaction i was red and itchy on my chest and arms i had to get back in the shower again!! They did have vending machines if you could find them. They were on the roof in a room labled closet, no emplyee told us about them we just stumbled upon them. Lastly the pool looks nothing like what the web site showed. I would never stay there again a nice staff is not a good enough reason to stay at a over priced hotel again.
If you are looking for a great place to stay for a reasonable price the Dorset is the place.
My girlfriends and I stayed at the Dorset and absolutely loved it!!> the staff was soo nice to us the rooms were amazing the Beds were huge the showers were spacious and the bathroom had its own seperate room!! the pool was nice and comfortable and a great place to sun bathe.
great location in the middle of everything. no need for a car. you can sit outside in front of the lobby and enjoy the views of southbeach with out even moving..definitley made our trip worthwhile
looking forward to staying there again.
Great hotel , would recommend it to anyone. Helpful staff, always ready to assist with everything. Great location and great price. The rooms are nicely decorated and very big. The beds are very comfortable and the shower was huge!!!!
The roof top pool is the best, me and my friends will definately stay at this hotel again.
Sanctuary in South Beach
The Dorset Hotel is everything the web site claims it to be.....newly remodeled with wonderful platform beds, comfy linens, huge walk-in showers tiled in calming green mosaics, wonderful organic bath products and a private water closet. This is a gem on Collins Ave....in the middle of the action...a few steps from The Delano, The Raleigh and The Shore Club (Ago) but at a price that allows you to enjoy the nighlife of South Beach. The front desk staff was SoBe cool but helpful. The rooftop pool was small but adequate for sunbathing and a dip....no umbrellas to shield the sun and no relief from the concrete patio but plenty of chairs and a shower. There is no room service but you are in the middle of everything and the coffee from the little cuban stand next door was to die for. The do have a "delivery" menu in the room with several choices for places that will deliver if you want to stay in. Ice and soda can be had from the front desk and there is a liquor store a few doors down for in room drinks. They serve a small complimentary breakfast if you are up early enough to enjoy. Just a block from the beach where you can walk the boardwalk (almost complete past the Ritz Carlton and as far north as 30th), you can't go wrong with the Dorset for the price!
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