Royal South Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal South Beach Hotel Miami Beach
A little disappointed
After reading such great reviews on this site, I guess my expectations were a little high (this hotel is also highly recommended by Fodor's, which cemented our decision to stay there.) Very pleased with location, lobby was fine, but the room didn't come with just a couple of the things that we thought we would be getting--colorful fuzzy pillows on the bed and cool robes to wrap up in. The room was just OK (and I like old hotels), though I did like the futuristic bed and chaise. Didn't like the ratty looking ratan table and chairs, which took away from the futuristic theme. They looked like they were left over from a Days Inn (an old dirty one.) Overall, location is great (find parking on area residential streets to save $$ on valet parking), staff was friendly, but don't really expect to step into the Spaceship Enterprise. The hotel does not really accomplish transporting you to another galaxy, it just provides a clean room in a good location for a decent price, which on South Beach is good enough for me!
Very happy experience
I loved the Royal it is a very sweet place! Clean, trendy,and very friendly! The hotel is close to the beach. Also they have little pin holes in the mini blinds so when you close them it looks like stars are shining in your room it goes perfectly with the outerspace like decor.
Noisy and small
very tiny room, just a bed with some other little furniture. No place to sit beside the bed. Noisy at night, from outside . I think the limo drivers hung out there. But reasonable, great location, clean, no noise from adjoining rooms- all from outside. Small bathroom also,
The Best Kept Secret in South Beach
When they say "luxury at affordable rates" they mean it. This little hotel was designed with lots of hi tech amenities like a CD player, digital safe, remote control central a/c, flat screen TV, cable, HBO, high speed Internet access (all at no extra charge!). The rooms are small but really neat...marble floors, a "star wars" bed and they cater to extended stay guests so there is a kitchenette, microwave and coffee maker. I like the fact that I could walk to everything--Lincoln Road, public tennis courts, 2 restaurants and a cigar bar are on-site and of course the beach is only 2 blocks. They even give you a comp beach towel!
A hotel or a bordello
when have you had to leave a damage deposit for your room? When you stay at the royal. Entrance tiny on the back side, they take a copy of your ID. The staff was fairly abrupt although he did call us a cab. We got the feeling it was some kind of flop house for hired women. The interior was kind of hip although the "floating " bed was a bit strange
Loved the Royal
great location, great decor, very trendy, very cool interior, great staff, very helpful, great price
The hotel is not right "on the beach", but is only a couple of minutes walk which allows proximity to the Ocean Drive scene without all of the noise and traffic. The hotel looks to be newly renovated and is situated near all of the clubs, shops and restaurants. The room had some unusual high-tech furnishings and amenities including a bed that had a headboard that also serves as a bar. For a snack the room included a kitchenette and a refrigerator. An extra treat comes in the form of some discounts available to the hotel's guests at some of the local and adjoining restaurants. Featured in "Cool Hotels" and "Best Designed Hotels in North & South America."
A great place for weekend at the beach or for an extended stay.
The hotel and the rooms have been recently renovated while still maintaining the classic art deco exterior. The rooms have kitchen facilities and are a modern contrast to the exterior motif. The rooms contain amenities like remote control air conditioning, CD players and refrigerators. The hotel has two restaurants and you receive a VIP card for a discount at the Planet Hollywood on the beach. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the beach.
A nice, comfortable and reasonable alternative on South Beach.
An Alice in Wonderland Experience!
Once you find the unassuming entrance to this unusual little hotel, you know it is not a typical hotel. Surrealistic art fills the lobby and a chair that I mistook for a piece of modern sculpture. The hallways are carpeting in an fantasy underwater scene. Entering the small room, I felt like I had fallen through Alice's looking glass. A free form queen size bed with wings that serve as a bar and hold a CD player, the telephone, and remotes for the A/C and flat screen TV. All I could say was "WOW." Although not as futuristic as bed and custom-made chaise, I was delighted to also find a kitchenette with table and chairs for two. The Royal rents their unique rooms daily, weekly or monthly, and even yearly. The residents are an eclectic mix. I wanted to stay there forever but unfortunately I had to get back to real life!
From the minute you walk into your room, you feel like you have been transported into a futuristic place. The super comfy bed and free form amorphic chair are totally indescribable. The walls are cool multi colored and the little rooms contain such amenities as remote control air conditioning, CD players and refrigerators. They even give you a multi colored beach towel when you go to the beach. I had a wonderful time thanks to the personalized service from the staff. The hotel has two restaurants, plus they give you a VIP card worth 15% off at the new Planet Hollywood on Ocean Drive. I am definitely returning on my next trip to South Beach!
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