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Historical Traveler Reviews Penguin Hotel Miami Beach
I loved it
We had a great time! The room was small but very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is the best. I don't think you would find any other Hotel for that rate and service on Ocean Drive. We are going back !
KEEP THE HELL AWAY!!!
The moment we walked in I could not believe this was the same place as the pictures. The room and the bathroom were tiny. The lights took about 5 minutes to actually turn on after you flicked the switch.The toilet for some reason would not flush. Housekeeping harassed us every morning by banging on the door about 3-4 times to tell us they had to clean. The front desk agent barely spoke english and knew where nothing was. The "beautiful" pool they said we had access to is the size of a bathtub and had bugs floating in it. To make things even worse, the day we check out the elevator goes out of service!!! We had to walk our 80 pound suitcases down 3 flights and not one person offered to help!!!
Thanks Penguin!!! Thanks for letting me know how much you suck!!!!
Would never stay there again...even if it was free
If I wanted to stay in bug invested college dorm, I would have requested one. The bathroom was tiny, the bed was uncomfortable, the hallways were noisy and worst of all were the black bugs that gave me a horrible rash. The location was convenient and the restaurant was excellent but that is not nearly enough to warrant another visit.
Not as bad as I thought it would be!
After booking the Penguin, I read over the reviews about this hotel and panicked. To my surprise the room was fine. The only problem was the strong smell of insecticide.
One of the most horrible places
Yes, we went to Miami for a bachlorette party and were trying to be as practicle as possible but NOT CHEAP. The hotel was horrible. Our toilet didn't work and when we tried to get someone to fix it, the girl at the front desk yelled at me. I placed a call to the manager, she never called back. There was sand on the chair and floor and our air conditioner looked like it was going to fall out of the window and only blew semi-cold air. Our first clue to run should have been the girls checking out when we were checking in because they didn't like their room, we figured how bad could it be, BAD! The only saving grace was the location, pretty much walking distance to everything. The restaurant located in the hotel was very good as well. Too bad they are not actually affiliated with the hotel, they were more helpful than the front desk.
It was OKAY!
The location was great! The room was small. When I first arrived, the refrigerator wasn't working that well, but the staff changed it very quickly. I did find one dead cockroach in the closet (the big flying kind) and also found a live one! The hotel is very old and the elevator was very small as well. I would stay there again if it were my only choice, but I would definately look around A LOT before deciding on this property!
Rooms were clean and cozy. Staff is helpful.Next to the beach, near everything.No complaint. I don't understand the people who stayed there and then complaint. If you don't like it, just leave the hotel and go somewhere else. They want a 5 star hotel for the price of 2 start.
Sleeping room only.
We didn't know what to expect from a hotel as reasonably priced as this on South Beach and learned you shouldn't expect much. The frame for the bed was backwards, with big metal things sticking out at the foot that we continually banged our shins on. We were going to turn it around but didn't want to disturb the mouse poison under the bed. The towels were small and transparent. This would qualify as a dive. Luckily, we spent very little time in it and most of the yuck was made up for by the location. And the great cafe on the first floor.
Great location, right in the heart of the Art Deco Distric and close to most clubs. The room was basic, but clean. No frills, but affordable. A definite recommendation if you don't want to spend $400 @ the Delano.
I came for the location, right on the beach. But, the room was awful! The bed was infested by small black and red bugs. I notified the front desk, and all they did was spray alot of insecticide in the room (which didn't harm the bugs at all, but almost killed I and my guest!).Furthermore, the hallway is very dark, as well as the rooms themselves.
One saving grace is the restaurant. Great breakfast :) But, if you can spend a few more bucks, look elsewhere.
TripAdvisor Reviews Penguin Hotel Miami Beach
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... couple. We moved swiftly to the beach where we hung out with the rich and famous and took a dip into the warm Caribbean. That evening we got to meet their wonderful friends and their boatloads of kids for a barbecue in their back garden amidst tenacious Miami Mosquitos and trees dripping in mangoes. Michaels even found a baobab husk. Miami for me seemed like a mini Africa. The last day before we left we spent having ...
... islands!) Bluetooth headsets?! Certainly don’t see any of them around, but more on my mind was how they can actually survive in those suits without sweating to death. I was in t shirt and shorts and seriously dying, trying like Linford Christie to reach shade and air con whenever possible.
Aside from some rather tall banking buildings (which goes to show how much they skank people) there wasn’t too much to see in Downtown Miami other than some rather odd ...
Today we spent the day relaxing & cruising, started out with a yummy brunch, then a wander around then lounged by the pool and spa decks before we knew it dinner time had come around. Tonight was" elegant night" Millie and I just managed an outfit but Andrew wasnt allowed to wear shorts so had to wear jeans.... most men were in suits! ...
I got a taxi to the airport and boarded my flight to Lima, we spent a few hours in Lima in the airport before boarding a flight to Miami. We landed in Miami late afternoon and after clearing customs got a taxi towards South Beach. We found the hotel we were staying at before exploring the beach and then heading out for some food. It was quite different compared to the food that I have been used to eating in ...
... went up to the room, it was hard to tell which beds weren't taken, there was stuff everywhere! But then 2 of the girls came back and turns out they were from Germany, them another girl came in and she was also from Germany.... small world! The 2 girls were going out with the hostel but after travelling all day we decided to just go out for dinner and we invited Remy to ...