National Hotel Miami Beach
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Unfortunately the scenic route would have taken another 6.5 hours of driving, so we decided to hit the highway again, arriving in Miami around 6.45pm. Somehow stuffing up our directions, we were on the road for about 10 hours...
Our apartment is part of a restored Art Deco hotel, originally built in the 40's. Clean and tidy, we settled in for a good nights sleep...
... new people. It was weird going to a small intimate party for someone that we did not know, but we had a great time! Oh, did I fail to mention that David was the ONLY straight guy I'm the place??? No worries, a gay lounge is tons of fun! We left with promises of seeing them next year to celebrate Stan's birthday again! All in all, it was a great start to the vacation. I can't wait to explore Ocean Drive tomorrow and see what kind of trouble we can find over ...
... for me. I too am for her as she's making progress with her flat purchase, I'll be soooooooo pleased to see her with her own place, she deserves it. Perhaps now we really are just good friends which is brilliant.
After all of this I calmed myself down with a walk to the beach, it was amazing watching the colours of the cloud lit off the sun. I then walked along the beach and saw a group of people taking pictures of them as a group ...
... and would be on the way in a bit. We got through Customs and then had to shuttle out to our rental car. By the time we got to Hertz and our car waiting with Jay's name above it, it was just about 2 hours from when we got to the gate. There's an advantage to not travelling internationally - not having to spend hours with Immigration & Customs, etc.
It was extremely nice not having to go to a rental car counter and just hopping ...
... through the streets in the direction of the ocean, and when we got there, we were surprised by what we saw: Miami beach is absolutely stunning! The water was beautifully blue-green and clear, the sand was white and clean, and the beach was peacefully quiet (despite the number of sun-tanners)! I expected a bit more grit, more tourist traps, more people. We were speechless; we took our shoes off and splashed along the shore through the lovely warm ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews National Hotel Miami Beach
We scheduled a business meeting here and it was one of the best experiences ever to combine a meeting with a pleasant venue. The service was perfect and the settings and accomodations were excellent.
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National is a nice hotel. The hotel is well situated in the South Beach area. It is close to Ocean Drive and Licoln Road. This area is expensive and if you have a car you will need to pay valet fees for parking at the hotel. The pool areas at the hotel are nice. I often had the pools to myself. The hotel has its own beach chairs and beach service. I only ate lunch a couple of times at the hotel and I found the food to be fine. I found the room to be perfect. It is not large by American standars, but it is clean and well decorated. I had a walk in closet. There is a $7 daily charge that the hotel charges for the NY Times and I am not sure what else. I would stay here again, but I plan to explore some other hotels in the area before I return to the National.
National, what a dissappointment.
From check in to check out, the problems kept adding up. Couldn't find reservation upon arrival. Had to provide confirmation from their own website. Not the room we booked. Air conditioning did not work all weekend--95 degress outside. Forgot wake up call on morning of departure. The hotel was nice, but some places, especially the hallways on the floors smelled of mildew. Be cautious.
The national hotel is a GREAT place to stay in miami beach! I booked the room through the hotel's website and i got a really good deal. (even better then the prices on expedia, cheaptickets, etc.) When i arrived at the hotel, I was a little bit early..but instead of making me wait, they UPGRADED my room at no extra charge so that i didnt have to wait for another room! The staff was reallyyy friendly and always helpful. The rooms were very clean..especially the bathroom and bed (which is a BIG PLUS!) the TVs even had DVD players in them...which i was pretty excited about since I had brought some DVDs with me to watch on my laptop. The pool was simply gorgeous and the perfect temperature. I suggest going during the week...because thats when i went and the hotel was pretty empty..its almost like it was all mine! The staff said that it gets really busy during the weekend though. I only have 2 complaints about this hotel....the first one is that the hotel next door was doing some MAJOR construction, so it was kinda noisey. The second thing is that the drinks are expensiveee! I got 2 drinks out by the beach and it ended up paying $20! I guess thats what i should have expected since it IS Sobe..but just be aware before you go ordering a ton of drinks! But other then that...it was PERFECT! It's in a great location...everything is just a short walk away. I would definitely reccomend the national hotel!
Great location, nice hotel
We stayed at the National for just one night on our way back from the Caribbean. Had a wonderful time. The location is perfectly located - relatively quiet and away from the South Beach madness yet close to everything and right on the beach. The pool is wonderful, especially at 2AM and the bar serves up some of the best mojitos I've ever had (expensive but 2 for 1 during happy hour on Friday night). The room was fine, not huge but big enough for a king-size bed and a rollaway. The staff was very helpful - when we requested the rollaway cot at 2AM, they didn't bat an eyeball and 15 minutes later it appeared in our room. We definitely recommend this hotel especially if you get it through an internet special.
My wife and I stayed there for part of our honeymoon. Originally booked a oceanview room for 3 nights. We were given an upper floor, corner room which had an adjoining door to the next room. The room itself was adequate, but like a previous reviewer stated, the walls were somewhat thin. We could here the people next door through the door. We went to the front desk and the helpful staff upgraded us to a 1 bedroom suite overlooking the fabulous pool. The room itself was large with a king size bed and a balcony overlooking the pool. The pool is indeed fabulous. Its a 205 foot long infinity pool. The water is just the right temperature. So great in fact we never even wanted to go to the beach. Never ate at the hotel itself, although it looks classy. Many great shops and resaurants within walking distance on Lincoln Road and still close enough of a walk to south beach without the noise and traffic. The grounds are also well kept and the staff friendly and helpful. I was so impressed with our treatment there that I plan on returning to the hotel again this summer for our 1 year anniversary.
Some of the negative responses to this property seem without significant merit. I have stayed at this property several times and have never been disappointed. My most recent was a 7 night stay in early March. We were pleasantly greeted at the front desk on a Saturday evening and upgraded to a Cabana room. The new Cabana rooms are great, with a modern Asian-inspired theme, first rate beds/linenes and flat screen WEGA televisions. Internet access and Nintendo are also part of the package. The standard tower rooms are not as luxurious, but better than average and certainly better than traditional chain hotel rooms such as Hyatt or Marriott. The hotel is beautiful having been restored to it's former art deco glory in the late 1990's. I believe that Ian Schrager, owner of the neighboring Delano, bought the property several years back. I'm glad that not much was changed. The pool area, lobby and grounds are beautiful. Service is overall helpful. The location is nearly perfect, with direct access to the beach and a short stroll to Lincoln Road Mall. In short, if you appreciate architecture and historic renovation you will like this property. If you seek the mainstream styling and comforts of traditional chain hotels, look elsewhere.
I wasn't expected much, but this hotel still disappoints. Services were good, pools & lobby beautiful, but that's about it. Rooms in main hotel were *very* old (nothing like website's pic). Toilet & bathroom fan was extremely loud (we've to close door to sleep). Minibar wasn't restocked. Walls so thin I was awaken twice by next room's cell phone ring!
Heaven in paradise
From the first day that we had arrived, we had excellent service and hospitality.
The rooms were clean and neat, our beds were touched up in the evenings with a robe set out on our beds that included the next day's weather!
The concierge and bell hops were top notch! always giving us great recommendations for dinner. The pool was heavenly and the close proximity to the beach with availability of beach chairs, towels and umbrellas made our stay pleasurable.
I would definately go back!
Perfect place in a perfect location
We booked a City View room on the Internet at a bargain, and upon arriving at the hotel were given a free upgrade to an ocean view room b/c the hotel was not full. That room was on the small side, but clean and comfortable and would have been fine. The next day, we upgraded to a much larger poolside room with a balcony and ocean view for only $30 a night extra. The pools are wonderful, the staff was very friendly and the concierge helpful, the poolside food service was tasty and convenient. And we didn't have to rent a car - we were just a block from the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road and a quick walk from the Ocean Drive strip. I would definitely stay at the National next time I go to South Beach.