Loews Miami Beach Hotel
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Hello all! Well, we made it to beautiful South Beach, Miami Florida! Sooo glad to get here...took us around 24 hours all up - door to door! Headed straight to the hotel bar for a much needed cocktail! We got in about 10pm so had drinks and nachos in the bar. Talk about huge serving sizes...the nachos was about platter size, all for $12!! Welcome to …
It's been a totally frustrating few days – especially for a computer geeky person like me – I’ve felt like my left arm has been severed – how sad is that!!!
The problem started in earnest I think it was Wednesday morning. I’d been noticing that if I left my PC on, when I came back to it the mouse seemed to be …
I think our Miami Vice would definitely have to be shopping.
Yes indeed – that's mainly what we’ve done since we’ve been here. Yesterday as you know by now I caught up on all my travel blog entries and then we finally got going and headed to a little café just along from the hotel called La Provence and had some brunch …
... and crispy onion. We devoured the lot in less than half an hour and started our long walk back to the hostel.
We made a pit stop in the Wholefoods around the corner to grab some breakfast supplies and snacks, and I decided I needed a slice of cheese pizza as well (it’s too hard to pass up $1.99 slices!). Back at the hostel we booked a tour to the everglades for the tomorrow, said our goodbyes, and went to our separate rooms to waste a little time before finally passing ...
... and they love me!"
The Maitre'd isn't quite so enamoured it seems. "Who? Claudia? Oh yes, I remember her. She sent you?!? Well we haven't got any room for but you can wait at the bar and maybe we'll have a table for you soon "
So we pull up stools and have a look around. This place is quite something. Funky low-lighting and chilled out music, an open kitchen in the centre of the room houses chefs slicing, chopping and rolling all sorts of sushi. Vats of ice ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLoews Miami Beach Hotel
The start of our stay here got off to a slow start - we'd come straight from a cruise which docked at 7am in Fort Lauderdale. So we were at the hotel by around 9am and they couldn't give us a room. We left our luggage and went exploring and came back at 11.30am - still not ready but reception checked and could only offer a downgrade to what we'd booked and paid for. We opted to wait a bit longer. Went off for lunch and got back around 2.30pm - hurrah - our room was ready. Went up to it - lovely room but with two double beds - we wanted at least a queen. However the porter quickly got on to reception and the moved us to a king size room on the 18th floor with a beautiful view of the beach. So very happy with the way this was resolved. Beautiful pool area and very close to lots of restaurants along the boardwalk as well as Lincoln Centre. Definitely a great central place to stay in Miami South Beach
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Historical Traveler Reviews Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Very Good Resort Hotel
Excellent resort hotel. Very large, but the staff are excellent and do their best to make you feel welcome. Well positioned for South Beach.
Beautiful pool area. Very good fun and highly recommended.
Just returned from a week at the Loews Hotel in South Beach and highly recommend it. The rooms, the grounds, pool - all beautiful and very well maintained. We did not rent a car and never had a need for one. The hotel is within walking distance to all of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road Shopping. The Hotel's website is very accurate in it pic of the hotel and grounds. The only down side (you just knew there had to be one right) is that we checked out on Friday instead of early Sat morning and they charged us an additional $50. Bear in mind, we where not trying to get any money back for Friday. This was a "lost revenue" charge per the hotel. We weren't pleased. Other than that, the hotel was fabulous.
Pretty and Serene
The Lowes is a huge Hotel, I've stayed at other small boutique hotels in Miami Beach and I still prefer the Lowes because its quiet at night and the beds are comfy. The pool is absolutely beautiful and you're right on the beach. The rooms with ocean view balconies are worth it, the view is awesome. Everything works, its spotless and the front desk staff are very sweet, ( I forgot my keys a number of times).Its one of my favorite hotels in Miami.
My stay at Loews (june 5th-9th, 03)
Me and 3 girlfreinds traveled to South beach and decided to spend a bit more than we usually would on a hotel, so we picked the Loews. Words can not describe the beauty of this hotel. Their website did not even give the hotel justice. The place was enormous, the help so nice and helpful. Yes, the food was a bit pricey but with the room and pool and grounds looking like heaven, it was well worth it!!! We lived like princesses for one week and if I ever go to SOuth beach again, I would stay there without a doubt......go...and enjoy!!
Beautiful pool area!
The hotel staff were very friendly at all times. The best thing of all was the pool area. Very beautiful! Easy access to the beach also. Drinks at the cabana were expensive. I would stay at this hotel again.
Less then expected
The Rooms standard rooms are small and the bathrooms are poorly lit. Even the suites only have 3 small draws for your clothes. When we asked for an extra place for storage we received no help. There were a lot of conventions and the hotel was crowded with business people keeping the elevators full of traffic. The food and beverages were very over priced like $10 for a bottle of water (including gratuity). The hotel did not live up to what it promotes.
Great Service for Couples or Families
On a last minute decision, my family and I spent the Easter weekend in Miami Beach. Of the choices that were available to us, the Loews offered the amenities we were looking for. We were traveling with 4 children ages 12,9,4,2 and got to the hotel around 11am on a Friday. When we arrived, we were greeted by the valets and they assisted us with our bags and offered their assistance for anything we needed. Even though we were about 4 hours early for check in, they did everything they could to meet our needs. I requested an ocean view room with double beds, but they said it could be 4 pm before it was available. The bell staff helped us with our bags and showed us where we could change clothes while we waited for our room. It only took about 30 minutes and we had a room available in the St. Moritz hotel, part of the Loews property.While the quarters were a bit smaller than what most newer hotels offer, it met all of our needs. The rooms and hotel offered the "deco" feel and the view of the ocean and pool was great.Some people may not like the idea when they look out on to the St. Moritz ocean view because they see a bunch of people sun bathing on the lawn below them, but you know....as hot as it gets in the day, you almost need to keep the shades drawn anyway just to keep the room cool as the sun attacks from the East.The pool scene was very crowded, but managable. People would come and go so chairs would open up. They had a nice sloped area by the end of the pool where smaller children could play and swim with confidence. This hotel offers beach access as well so if you want to walk a few hundred yards farther, you can lay out under the sun with chairs and umbrellas on the sand. We saw families, couples, and singles at this hotel. Everyone seemed to get a long great. If there is any one complaint, it is that there is just one pool for everyone. There is a smaller "childrens" pool that is very nice on the other side of the St. Moritz, but we saw many families with babies very comfut the hotel was the SERVICE. We realized we probably needed a stroller to get by, and the "Star Service" offered us a stroller free of charge. We also inquired about places to eat, shop, etc, and they were quick to meet our needs for information as well.Food was good, especially at the pool area, and reasonable for "resort" prices.One time I lost my key in the pool and went to the front desk for a new one. They said they needed a photo ID and I told them I would come back later for one. They asked if I needed security to go up with me to open the room, and I told them it was not necessary since my family was already there.As I got on the elevator, a security gaurd rode with me to the room anyway and offered to open the room AND offered to bring me back a new key. One day, our pool server failed to have me sign for our food the previous day. He hunted me down to verify that we ate at the pool and apologized for not having us sign for the tab.As we left, there were several things that would make us return. 1. 15 minutes from the airport.2. Great for families or couples.3. Great views and exciting nite spots nearby.4. A staff that will strive to make you happy.5. Neat rooms with customed sheets, towels, and amenities to give you that luxury feel.About the only downside I saw.......it is South Beach. It's a different place from what most people are used to. You will see some homeless people from time to time, but reminds me a lot of New York City....which is why now I understand so many New Yorkers go to Miami Beach for a little "get away".
Lot can be improved
My first impression of the hotel is very good of its lobby, nice decor, and the room too. But until at night, my next room guest came back, I heard everything he did as if he was in my room. I know he could hear me as well. THE SOUND PROOF WAS HORRIBLE FROM ROOM TO ROOM!!!
Then I went to the pool and the beach. The pool is nice, but YOU CAN NOT ESCAPE FROM LOUD MUSIC, it is everywhere. I couldn't find a quite moment anywhere to sit.
It is not a bad hotel, but they really should improve their noise level in the hotel. I had a friend who was so annoyed that he had to change hotel.
See You Again Next Year
We couldn't believe our luck. We got a great deal on Expedia hoping for the best-but got better than we ever expected to. This was our 4th year in South Beach but first time at the Loews. I read other reviews and even though the Loews was rated 5 stars the reviews seemed somewhat negative-especially about the service, Well,the service we received was first class starting at the door. The valet and door men were top notch and deserved every tip they got in which they received many. They called us by name after the first meeting and our car was or seemed to be a top priority. The front desk aimed to please, first putting us in the St. Moritz section of hotel but we wanted to be in the tower with balcony and view. They made sure we got the change within one hour. The pool was beautiful-sometimes crowded but there were always chairs available. The wings and drinks at the pool were perfect for a snack. The room was very nice and if you needed anything it was there. We also got to see some celebrities staying there-Shaquille O'Neil and Mohammed Ali to name a few. Ali was even taking pictures and joking with everyone. A definite bonus. I recommend to everyone to stay there. Also, check out Mangos Club if you want to have a fantastic time dancing and people watching. One more thing the weather was perfect so check out the beach between 7th St. to 10th. You'll see things that you can't stop staring at,laughing at-just being amazed at. Have Fun!
Luxury on South Beach -- Loew's Miami Beach Hotel
Had to stay at the Loews for a convention recently, and it was a pleasure. I generally prefer small hotels to large ones, but I'll make an exception in this case. Rooms are top-notch, all done in the deco style you expect of Miami Beach, and most have at least a partial ocean view. The hotel facilities are beautiful. Their pool is always crowded, with lots of folks sunbathing alongside. There's a gate to the beach, which is just a few steps from the pool.
The hotel is located on a good stretch of Collins Avenue. Not far away are restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the sight of passers-by strolling along.
Given what I hear some people pay at South Beach, the Loews seems like a good value for the money. I paid $219, and felt that I was staying at one of the nicer properties around.
One downside-- the parking is valet only (as it is at many South Beach hotels. At $21 a day, it's pricey.