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... and be seen, especially on the beach - which is where you'll want to be because it's filthy hot in Miami this time of year. Taking the bus from the airport, my great sense of direction takes us about 3 blocks from the hotel so we lug our four suitcases in the 35 degree heat and humidity back up the road. Thankfully there's aircon almost everywhere you go so we recuperate in the hotel lobby. We're staying in a cool art ...
... and leaps up. Right behind us is a scruffy old man with an enormous white python draped round his shoulders, hassling tourists to get their photos taken.
At that moment our bottle of shiraz arrives, along with ice-cold glasses, so a huge gulp is taken and Coman resumes his seat, keeping a wary eye upon the rogue reptile and its wily owner. As we eat dinner, serenaded it seems by the greatest hits of Julio Iglesias, we watch the parade of people file past.
Estoy bastante contento hoy. Sacamos la reserva para el Museo Vaticano para el sabado dia 28 a las 9.00 AM. Hace dos dias reservamos los viajes de tren y la verdad nos costo muchisimo trabajo. La pagina de Trenitalia es de todo menos facil, y ademas esta ...
Now in our previous entry, we stated how sad we were to leave Nicaragua, which of course we were. It also meant the end of our Latin America adventures (for now anyway) so it was a momentous occasion for us. On the other hand, arriving at Miami was like a breath of fresh air for us....our first English speaking country in months!! The airport was clean and safe, as was the train station and taxi rank! We didn't once have somebody try to grab my bag and carry it to ...
... off the top bunk, put it on the floor and try and go back to sleep. He did just that and the snoring started again.
That was the final straw for me. Hostel living, lack of sleep and being homesick had taken thier toll and I needed a break for my sanity! I got up - stepping over the guy now sleeping in the middle of the floor - went down to reception and booked myself into a hotel for the night. I also scouted some other hostels in the area that had a availabity in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mimosa Hotel Miami Beach
I was looking for a last minute escape to some warm weather without having to spend alot of money. After reading some of the reviews I was a little worried about the Mimosa Hotel.
The Mimosa was clean and the people were nice. The Mimosa was a very nice beachfront hotel.
I purchased a beach chair for $10 bucks down the street and enjoyed some of the local bars and restaurants and took advantage of the bus which easily took us to Bal Harbour and to Lincoln Rd. and South Beach.
I would recomend this hotel and will return.
Stay at a Chain Hotel instead
Had the amenities of a Best Western or Travelodge, but more expensive. We were quite disappointed.
Free wireless internet access
Great beach out back
No control over air conditioning
Mildew in tub/shower
No garbage cans anywhere
Bedding not changed unless you ask
Many low wattage lights instead of any lamps
Window in bathroom did not fully close
Have to carry luggage up steps
TV to the right of the bed, instead of in front
No movie channels (only basic cable)
Ran out of towels (had to wait for laundry service to deliver more)
No carpetting, so you can hear the people above you walking
No counter in bathroom, only a tiny glass shelf
Bottom of bathtub was all scratched up
The chairs do not have full backs (look closely at the pictures provided by the hotel)
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
My Girlfriend recently attended a conference in Miami Beach and I tagged along for a little vacation. After reading your website I was a little concerned about her choice but after staying there a week I wanted to let people know about our stay
The Good: Let us check in early. Friendly staff and accommodating to small issues
TV didn't work (replaced in 30 minutes)
Safe didn't work (replaced in 10 minutes)
Small Hotel so you are swamped by other guests. We didn't rent a car but found the Transit system easy to manage and get everywhere we needed to go cheaper than a taxi. Close to some good restaurants. Recommend the deli across the street.
The Bad: Pool is not heated. Beach not great but easy to access. Rec Room was lame but it was a small hotel. One bed was missing comforter and it took 4 days to get one. Staff did not replace glasses in kitchen
The Ugly: Walls are thin so you can hear everything going on. Cleaning staff, other guests, Street traffic. Construction site next door. So if you sleep lightly or sleep in you'll need ear plugs.
Over all I would recommend the hotel
OK for 1 night only
The rooms are nice decorated and the beds are good but the location is really ---- with a paid parking across the busy collins avenue. The rooms are not soundproof, you really hear everything your neighbours do. The pool is not heated and small and the beach is the worst in Miami. The hotel is located between 2 construction sites. The Gym is located a block away, but the personnel is in my opinion outstanding and helpfull, especially if you consider all the problems and complaints from guests they have to deal with. Its rather funny to drink a coffee in the lobby and hear really every guest complain to the receptionists. For sure we don't come back and the advertisment is misleading.
FALSE ADVERTISEMENT/Bad customer service
If you like to live in garbage, you'll just love this place!!! Our first night there, we had to call to have the linen changed - dirty sheets. The following morning, we (my husband and I) had to share bath towels - one had old blood stains on it. When we reported it they were not apologetic or accomodating. Anyone whose mopped their floor knows that you have to use clean water or the floor will be dirty and sticky. The floors were mopped everyday with dirty water and you could see the footprints of the supposed cleaning crew. You are unable to regulate the temperature in your room, there is NO spa in the facility, or gym unless you consider one treadmill, one stationary bike with a curtain serving as a wall separating it from a pool table on the opposite side of the room a gym. Oh, the beach, it is about 7-10 feet of rocky sand backed up to the back of the hotel- no place to lay back and relax. THIS PLACE WAS A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!! Don't think you will iron your clothes either - no iron or ironing board in the room. The fridge is a wine cooler - it chills. The t.v/dvd player sits inside a makeship wall unit and will give you whiplash trying to watch it (you can't adjust or turn the t.v.). The best part of all - the walls are paper-thin where you can hear everything your neighbor says or does. WHERE'S THE PRIVACY????
My husband and I along with our 2 kids (aged 5 & 10) stayed at the Mimosa for 1 night as a post cruise vacation. Although we were there for only 1 day I have to say I did not notice any of the musty smells anyone else mentioned.
The front desk clerk was nice enough to let us check in at 11:00AM as we had just finished our cruise and check in was only at 4:00PM. Thanks!
The bed linens were out of this world --- white big fluffy comforter and sheets. Not like those yucky comforters in most hotel rooms you do not want to come into contact with. There is some renovations going on next door and looks kinda icky from the outside but its really quite pleasant once you step into your room.
My husband is an airline employee so we really have gotten the feel of many hotels all over the US and Caribbean so we are pretty well informed.
Enjoy your stay at the Mimosa and don't sweat the small stuff.
Happy travels! and feel free to e-mail us with any questions!
Not worth the Money stay at the Marriott
I stayed at the Mimosa hotel for a weekend recently. Firstly there is no parking I had to park across the street and walk through a busy intersection in order to check in luggage in hand. The first room they placed me in smelled of sewage due to a plumbing problem, when I called the front desk and complained a maintanence worker showed up with a plunger and air freshener. When I stated I wanted a different room the staff looked at me like I was nuts.
I was then given a room that must have just been checked out of because it hadn't been cleaned yet. So me and my luggage went back down stairs and requested another room. This time I was given a room on the first floor next to reception. The Hallway smelled like mildew because the only entrance to and from the pool and beach is down a heavily carpeted hallway right outside my room. So not only did it smell but I listened to every patron of the hotel trudge out to the beach all day and night. Speaking of the beach, it is a 10 foot strip of rocky land that barely passes for beach, it has to be the worst piece of beach in all of Miami.
The walls are made of rice paper I heard every conversation, moan and grunt from my neighbors. As well as every conversation in the lobby due to how close to reception my room was. In my opinion I have stayed at better hotels, for less money and way less hype. Don't waste your money stay elsewhere.
Ok Condo Hotel with great nearby restaurants
For the price tag of $125:
The Mimosa is a newly renovated condo/hotel formerly called Hotel Brazil. Adjacent to the Mimosa is an ugly building site (Could wake you up if you are a long sleeper). The immediate surrounding area however is really quite nice, with some fantastic Cuban, Brazilian, Argentinian and American family owned restaurants closeby. A Blockbusters, liquor Store, Wallgreens and some kind of a theatre are all a few feet away on a palm lined road.
The rooms felt more like condominiums than hotel rooms, however they are nicely decorated and equiped: Great bed and linens, Jakuzzi, DVD player. Just beware, the doors are anything but soundproof - bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper (and stay away from the rooms close to the reception area for the same reason)!!
The pool is nothing special and rather small and dirty. Nevertheless, cozy cannopies (tent like structures with cozy chairs and a cofee table) surround the pool for those who want to relax in the shade. Arm chairs for those who want to get a tan.
The ground has direct access onto the beach through a small gate at the back of the pool area. We bought some beach chairs and an umbrella at Wallgreens - $10 per chair and $20 for the umbrella, took some of the towels that lie around the pool, and spent all day at the beach. The section of the beach is fairly narrow and unkept, however the water was immaculate and as long as you look sea-ward you are in true paradise. Behind you is a distant Mimosa Hotel structure and adjacent to that the building site (when we were there they were in the process of ripping down a skyscraper- the errection of a new building should take at least another 2 years or so - hence beware of the noise!!).
On the whole: I went to Miami beach for a weekend break with my girlfriend, to relax on the beach and grab some food in between, and was generally not disappointed. Then again my expectations were low and all I was there for was the beach and the water. The Hotel is not 4 star nor 3 star really, it has more of a tiny private condo feel to it, stylishly renovated with a bad door. The beach is cruddy compared to other more manicured sections of miami beach, however the water was as clear as it can get.
The WORST hotel experience of my life
Where shall I begin...
Well, I will start off positive. The hotel is modern looking, I had a great room with a jacuzzi in the room and very nice almost like home. That is where it ends...
My room was seperated by another room/a door. I hear EVERYTHING. It was horrible so much I had to switch rooms at 3am.
The room they moved me to was ocean front and bigger therefore quieter since there were no rooms near it, but NO AIR CONDITIONING in TROPICAL MIAMI. After sweating to sleep, the next morning I called for an iron (no iron in the room) and went to conduct business.
That night they gave me a fan (one plus) and refunded my money for the night before. HOWEVER, management told housekeeping NOT TO CLEAN MY ROOM. Perhapd because I complained of the noise? Upgrades don't need a made bed or new sheets? I had no new towels and that to me is unacceptable...
Since I was traveling for business the lack of a business center or gym was a problem but bearable...
If you want a large hotel benefits DO NOT STAY HERE!
Only one member of staff was acomodating and friendly... rest acted like I was in the wrong to complain and were not nice AT ALL!
Very nice stay - friendly staff
We recenlty stayed at the Mimosa and we had a great experience. This building has been newly renovated and they did a great job. Rooms have a modern flair and are very comfortable. The staff was also very friendly.