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... to my room. It's actually a bit of a walk back. I relax for a bit and as it goes to evening I head out again. I saw an Irish bar earlier that looked interesting and walked there. It was the basketball playoffs and the games were all over the TVs. I sit at a table and wait for the waiter to notice me. I see him walking past me but he never stops like he's suppose to. Finally I get a chance to stop him. 'I want a beer' I tell him. 'You can order at the ...
... so if you left it open you didn’t feel cramped at all.
Shortly after we got to our room, there was an announcement that the ship safety drill was starting soon. So we just hung out until the sirens sounded for the drill. This is an annoying aspect of cruising. Before we depart, they have to do a safety drill where every single passenger goes to an assigned "muster station" on the deck with the lifeboats. And they show us how to put on life vests. It seemed like ...
... our hostel, so we spent quite a bit of time getting back! We did find a little shopping centre on the way back, with a pet store where we played with some kittens for a while. Always time well spent!
On Sunday we took an open top bus tour around Miami Beach and downtown Miami. This was quite good, but not as good as others we have done. Downtown Miami didn’t really have much to offer, and we just drove around looking at mildly ...
... and Soviet Cars from the 1980s parked in the parking lot. In addition there was a huge billboard in honor Che in the parking lot. Once we got to the bus we made our hotel, while on the way to the hotel we saw many building according to American standards would be unlivable, and buses that were over packed. We finally arrived at the hotel and the Brazilians were waiting for us in front of the ...
... Grille (aka one of the best restaurant in Miami) for lunch. Their steak was just divine! Around 3pm, we went to the beach, the top beach in the world (from my opinion!). We stayed there and watched the sunset, melting away into the horizon. Then we caught a taxi back to the hotel and that was the end of our activities for the day.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marseilles Hotel Miami Beach
The Marsellies Hotel....Beautiful!!.
Miami is one of the most celebrated vacation areas. So many Northerners like myself flock to this place to escape the bitterly cold climate especially in December and January. It has that island feel, the kind where you'd think you were on an Bahamian island instead of the southeastern United States. Beautiful palm trees, clean blue green water with seashells massaging your feet, comfortable hammocks hanging on the tree limbs. If your a "solo" traveler dont be afraid to get out there and socialize!. Most of the people I met there had that "Southern Hospitality" demeanor offering to lend a helping hand if direction were needed to get somewhere or just to hang out with in many of SoBe's Washington and Collins Avenue nightclubs. I also loved the cultural diversity that Miami has to offer. Sampled many food dishes of Latin America including Cuban, Columbian, Peruvian, Aregentinian just to name a few. Shopping is kind of pricey depending on where you go and the kind of style your into. Dadeland Mall, and if you're driving, the Opalocka Flea Market which is about thirty minutes north of Miami Beach you'll find excellant deals on shoes and other assessories. And lastly the best hotel to check into is the Marsellies Hotel located in the middle of all the SoBe attractions. They provide excellant services all around. I would suggest a vacation to Miami to anyone!. Make sure at least five days is spent there if possible.
Borederline Terrible/Okay, but not again.
This will be short because the story has already been told here. Came from San Diego to Miami to try the other coast. while I had a great time in South Beach, the hotel was borderline betx Terrible and Okay.
The lobby was great but the rooms were like a sleasy motel. The rooms were very dated and need of upgrade. The walls were not very clean and almost spoiled the whole trip. I'm glad that I went by myself because my lady would have required that we move to a new location. The rooms reminded me of old rooms deep into Baja. The only good thing was the location. The gym was in a basement cavity. Awwwh!!! Not again. I'm the 3rd guy that had a little trouble with the bill when I left. Got it straight before I left. They wanted to charge an extra night.
Tried to charge me an extra day
Where do I start?
1. The hallway to our room smelt a bit like urine.
2. The television had a very bad reception.
3. We had to ask 4 times to get a hairdryer.
4. The pool section needs rapid updating, all the other hotels seem to have really nice pools with a bar area, not this one.
5. They tried charging me for an extra days stay.
I had a travel voucher that started on 16th October for 7 nights, but on the 22nd I returned to my room to find that the key was not working, I went down to reception to ask why and they said I was supposed to arrive on the 13th and as I didn't the voucher was now only valid for 6 days as they were putting the 13th down as a no-show. The voucher blatantly had me arriving on the 16th though and after much heated debate they finally wiped the extra nights stay off my bill, but not before they made me do some ringing around, which they should have done.
The thing that grated me was the fact that they could have told me about this when I first arrived but they deceided to let me know on the last night. This is a great problem with the hotel - BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE, they are all miserable faced.
The room wasn't too bad though and is in a good location, would I stay there again? NO
Marseilles is Okay
My wife and I stayed at the Marseilles from Oct 3 to Oct 5. The hotel wasn't as bad as some of the reviews that I have read made it seem. It is not the greatest place that I have stayed in, but it was adequate.
The lobby is very nice. The location of the Hotel is great. Check in was a breeze. You have to pay $12 per day to park your car in the gated parking which is across the street.
Now for the negatives. Their rooms could use some updating. I know that the Hotel is a little old, but they could stand to freshen up the look of the rooms. Not sure that will happen though, because it would require a complete renovation and cost a ton of money. I read someone else's review which said that pool needed to cleaned. I am sad to say that this was also the case while I was there to. My wife had taken swimming lessons so she could get in the water while we were on vacation. Unfortunately she was not able to test her new found swimming skills in their pool. The hotel also boast of having features such as an pool side bar. They do have the bar, but nobody was working it the entire time I was there. This may be due to fact that no one was in their swimming pool. I actually found out from another guest that they actually went to hotel next door to the Marseilles and hung at their pool and bar. It looked a lot nicer. It's kind of funny in hindsight. I originally was going to book a room at The Chesterfield, which is a hip and chic hotel in South Beach for about the same price that I payed at the Marseilles, but they don't have a pool, and my wife really wanted to stay a place with a pool so she could put her swimming lessons to use. And she was never able to get in the pool.
Overall I would say that the Marseille is a decent place to stay if you want something affordable in South Beach, and you are not going to be spending much time in the room. The rooms are clean and the staff is nice. And the location is good. If you can get a room for about $75 per night, it might be worth it. Whether I would stay there again would depend on the situation. We decided to stay there because we had planned on being out and about most of time there.
The only thing that I am kicking myself for is that I had enough money to stay almost anywhere that I wanted in South Beach, but I was trying to be frugal, so I went the inexspensive route. My wife and I visited the Loews hotel which was a few doors down from the Marseilles, and we were blown away by how beautiful it was. As a matter of fact we actually took a bunch of pictures in front of their fountain. Loews was a about $210 per night. I would stay there instead on my next trip.
READ THE REVIEW (SUCKED)
i am not sure were to start. me and my wife from palm beach area and a couple from atlanta stayed at this supposed to be 3 1/2 star hotel first the front desk staff had us wait till 4:30 to check in one of the rooms and they were not very nice about it tossed the key at one of the girls. the room was old stains on the curtains, fridge has a large gap which made our food go bad. termite. wings on the dining rooms chairs old pool sticks for one old pool table on the stick there were no tips.
cold water turned hot on you vise versa for hot. signs of old piping ect.. vry old scratched up furniture maid walking in on do not disturb door no knocking very hot gym with a wall unit just basically horible time for a labor day weekend i always go to orlando and from now on i will usually i am tolerant but this ruined our holiday just email me and i will explain evreything i can.
We were dissappointed!
Stayed here for 3 days in May 2003. Good location, on the beach, close to Ocean Drive, friendly staff, room decor is fairly old, but clean, pool area was dirty all the time, we had to clean the pool for ourselves! breakfast is not included and is just served for an extra charge (expensive!). overall the hotel is not very cheap and instead of the entry not very charming, good place to stay if you are looking for a hotel near bars & clubs and not spend a lot of time in the room.
Worth the cheap rates..
Stayed here for 5 days in May. Good location, on the beach, close to Ocean Drive, Lincoln and good clubs/bars, room decor is fairly old, but clean, easy to hear people in hall outside of room, but overall good place to stay if you are looking to get away, for cheap and not spend a lot of time in the room.
Good Value & Location
Stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. Good value, considering it was spring break and we booked very last-minute. All staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are dated, but clean. Negatives: Our room had a window-unit A/C and the position was annoying (blew directly onto the beds). We also had one instance of no hot water / water pressure, but other than that no complaints. This hotel is in a GREAT location (but request a room off the street if you don't like traffic noise). This is also one of the few older deco hotels with a pool. The breakfast in the restaurant was very good! Would recommend for anyone searching for value, good SoBe location with a pool, and not concerned about room decor!
A Great 4 Day Stay
A very nice, clean and friendly run hotel. It is situated right on the beach and close to all the amenities. We had a very good stay at a reasonable price. Regards
Marseilles Hotel Review
We stayed at the Marseilles Hotel for New Years 2001. We enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are a little dated but very clean. They have a very nice bar and George the bartender was fantastic. The food in the restaurant was also good. The pool area was also nice and leads out to the beach. This was a nice hotel to stay at and it was centrally located. We look forward to staying here again.