Travel Blogs from Miami
Here at last - at the Miami airport Sofitel - very nice French cuisine. Lovely big corner room. To bed early, flying to Charleston SC tomorrow. May learn the dance and catch up with the Gone With The Wind celebrations (75 years). And the temp us below freezing - brilliant - and 80 degrees in Miami. First morning in Miami, view from hotel room. Up …
07/10/2009 - Today we drove from Key West back to Miami, where we were due to spend one night before catching a flight onto Chicago the next day. The drive was about 160 miles and took roughly 4 hours, including stopping off for lunch at Doc's Diner on Key Largo. Once in Miami, we dropped our car back to Alamo (they didn't seem that bothered about …
Landed in Maimi around 2:30, checked in and beelined to South Beach to check out shops, sites and sounds. Cool area as it's very art deco and I was able to find some good cabana wear at reasonable prices at Banana Republic of all places. I picked up some nice sandles as well as all We went out to dinner at good Cuban place on Ocean Ave, Rumba. 2 …
We are spending the night at the Hotel Sofitel before we fly out of Miami.
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I'm a writer who lives in the area and needed some peace and quiet over the holiday weekend to finish some of my work. I had scouted the Sofitel previously and liked what I saw. The bar was rather pricey but had good variety, quality, and was friendly enough. Knowing the Miami area rather well, the airport area hotels cater to the business clientele. The hotel is so different from chain hotels, that I was immediately attracted to it, and was looking to get away from the SoBe party atmosphere of the weekend. Even though the runway was across the street (rooms don't face this area, but are parallel to it), I never heard any airport sounds. On my scouting visit, they were very accommodating and went as far as showing me both types of rooms offered: a regular for $99/night, and a suite (enormous!) for $129/night. I must say, I was so impressed by everything from the lobby, the pool, the bar, and the rooms that I thought it would be rather perfect for me (and it pretty much was). I ended up with a regular room which was very large, on a floor high up, lake view, king-size bed, and non-smoking.
Ok but not 4 star
Stayed for 3 night before going to SOBE. I did like the rooms. Nice and large. Good bathrooms and nice amentities in room. Not 4 star though.
It is more 3 star. But nice and we got a GREAT price on the internet.
Staff eager to help. But we are European so we maybe got better service I can see where some people who reviewed the hotel got "French" service. It is probably so I am sure it is common and attitude is there even with "my pleasre" rolling off tongues. I would stay again for business not pleasure. FYI --awesome cafe and restruant. Lobby bar a little expensive.
Checked in a 12am, had a reservation for a king room made through Sofitel Website, and was given two full beds. Overpriced for an airport hotel. Room was clean and large. $12 cab ride from airport for a 5 minute ride, get the hotel shuttle.
Your worst Nightmare!
I had the worst trip of my life! They don't have water in their soda machines. So, you'll have to bring your own. I decided to take a swim and they didn't even have a jacuzzi. The worst part they have a pool that's extremely freezing! My friends shirt was stolen by one of the maids and the staff didn't even take any action. The worst part was when we got charged for a small coke spill about $200, no Kidding! I would advise no one to stay here when there are soo many better hotels in Miami!!!
I recently stayed at this hotel enroute to the caribbean for work. The airport shuttle only runs ever 30 minutes, but I only saw it after more than 60. Call before hand and find out when the shuttle runs, and consider a cab. 60 minutes of waiting is a long time.
Makes you feel French
We stayed here for one night en route to the airport and enjoyed the hotel very much. Everything is tastefully decorated and upscale. There are many European touches as well, which you will recognize when you go here. The rooms are nice, and the airport noise is not a problem. We didn't look at the pool, so I cant say anything about that. The restuarants are very good, and the lobby is spacious. Just dont go to the Doubletree across the street! That place is horrible!
We stayed here for one night following our recent cruise. We got a great price ($62) via hotwire. While there are some impressive things about the hotel (quite stunning art deco renovations, expansive grounds, pretty lagoon-side location, nice touches in the rooms including bath robes and expensive-looking french toiletries), our overall impression was somewhat flat. No-one greeted us at the door (bell boy finally showed up after we rounded up a cart ourselves and loaded up our bags), front glass door and windows were dirty, service was adequate but not enthusiastic. This is an OK place for a one-night stay if you get a good price, but somehow it just isn't the high class place it attempts to be. I'm not sure I would stay here again. By the way, if you stay, give their airport shuttle bus a try. It is full of curved leather lounging sofas and the driver handed out Evian water!
Got the room through Priceline.com at $60/night. Was a very nice property, very clean. The hotel wasn't nearly full, just seemed strange after a cruise with tons of people, a practically empty hotel.
Like the Sofitel Miami
I have stayed many times at this hotel, and while it was sometimes a little rough during its renovations I find it a convenient place to stay, close to the airport and the locations I cover while in Miami.
The (reception) staff can be a little non-plussed at times but I consider that a Miami thing. service is friendly, meals in the restaurant very good, outside dining can be fun, the rooms are clean, rather large, comfortable and sound from the airport minimal. An easy to live with place when traveling.
The major advantage of this hotel is its proximity to the airport and the fact that its neon-highlighted exterior makes it impossible to miss. Stayed for one night in March when the hotel was nowhere near full. The room was large and nothing wrong with it, but nothing special. The food (two meals via room service) was average. The glaring problem here is the service. From arrival (no staff at the front door) to check-in (cute registration desks but the computers don't work or staff don't know how to use them, and this was a simple, one-night transaction) to room service (both meals required time on 'hold' before ordering and each took 45 minutes to arrive) to hotel operator (always got put on hold before call answered) to unresponsive bell staff. This may sound like a whining note from a spoiled traveler, so let me assure you that I'm really quite tolerant and have minimal hotel expectations. I would recommend tring a different property if you have to stay near MIA.