South Seas Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews South Seas Hotel Miami Beach
My wife and I just spent three nights at the South Seas (October 24, 25, 26) and had a great time.
The hotel was a five to ten minute walk to Lincoln Road Mall, Ocean Drive and the Art Deco District. There was a liquor store, Burger King, Walgreens (pharmacy and convenience store), and a dozen other shops and restaurants within a two-block stretch. We had a $30 cab ride to Coconut Grove and a $7 cab ride to the tip of South Beach.
The staff was courteous, helpful and knowledgeable and catered to every question or request without hesitation. Food from the Bamboo Cafe was good, although I was a little disappointed that the menu is limited to "healthy" choices and excludes items like the traditional poolside burger and fries.
The room was spotless, decorated with white-on-white walls and linens.
Television reception featured clear, DirecTV. Shower was clean and had plenty of water pressure. As a bonus, the windows (on floors 2 and above) opened all the way -- not just the nose-crack most hotels allow.
With the ocean front room, that offered us 72 hours of a fresh ocean breeze.
The pool area was tidy and had a Cote d'Azur feel with white chaise lounges, green pads and a second floor tanning deck which the hotel website doesn' t even mention! Beyond the pool area there is a "hammock grove" with complete shade and three oversize hammocks between palms. A plus, as I was never able to grab an open one due to their popularity with other guests!
The hotel property opens out onto the beach, with a locked and password-coded gate for re-entry from the outside. We felt safe and secure without question all weekend.
To rebut a couple negative remarks in review I read before staying at the South Seas, I would begin with the damp or musty smell. There is a damp smell when you come into any hotel in Miami Beach. The day we checked in it was 85 degrees with 80% humidity, and you're 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean -- You can NOT have a building in those conditions that doesn't smell like the beach inside. It was something you might notice the first time you come in, but that was the extent of it, for us anyway.
Another comment was that the windows opened onto an alley with garbage.
This is another truth, but with a comment that should be added. The majority of Miami Beach hotels are very long and skinny, and are very close together. Unless you specifically ask for an ocean-front or ocean view you will probably be looking at the hotel next door. That's something some people have to learn the hard way, unfortunately. I found the alleys on both sides to be garbage-free, by the way, as I was looking for a place to park a scooter I rented.
And finally, someone commented on the size of an elevator? We rode a few times with five people and although not as large as a typical "American" elevator, it certainly wasn't as small as most elevators I've used in Europe. I found that comment to be so absurd it turned into something of a joke between my wife and I during our stay.
We are already making plans for a return visit next fall.
Terrible accommodations and false advertising
Picked the hotel from part of a Travelocity package. Arrived on 9/11 and left on 9/12, and flew home from Mami to Albany because we couldn't get a refund. Nothing like the description on the web or brochure. Our room was tiny and the smell was awful. The windows had no screens and the "view" was the alley between two hotels with old mattresses and garbage. There was no dresser for clothes, with a small 13 inch tv sitting on a desk. Travelocity said to deal with the hotel and the hotel said to deal with Travelocity. The airline said the same thing and we were forced to buy very expensive tickets home. I would never purchase any trip on-line again. Travelocity provides very deceptive information and ratings on this hotel. We deserve a refund. We stayed one night out of five and the airline would not let us change our return date. This was no "deal".
Had a Great Time Here
I was real happy staying here. 1st off, the South Seas has a great location (17th St & Collins Ave). It's right on the beach and less than two blocks from trendy Lincoln Road, with its many restaurants & clubs. The hustle & bustle of the Ocean Drive Deco district (4th thru 12th St) is close enough to walk to, yet far enough away that you won't be kept awake 'till 3am with all the noise & traffic. The hotel itself is bright, clean, and quiet. The room, while not huge, was quite comfortable. The white down comforter was a nice extra bonus. The pool area was well maintained with new cushions on the recliners. I particularly like the hammocks under the palm trees by the beach, perfect for unwinding with a book, a cool cocktail & a nap during the heat of the afternoon. ZZZzzzz.... The Continental Breakfast was really quite nice. Coffee, OJ, assorted cereals, bagels, breads & plenty of toasters, bananas & fresh melon, Nothing fancy, but more than enough to get you started & out the door. And for a modest $6 they will make you a nice-size ham & cheese omlet. All in all I was real happy with my stay at the South Seas and will stay here again on my next visit.
Not That Great
I think I got robbed, There were some items missing from my hotel room.
Not too shabby...
The hotel was in a great location. You aren't bombarded with the Ocean Drive noise and it is close to everything. My favorite was the pool and the hammock area. The beach access was super convenient! The elevators are small. Our room was small, but comfortable. The bathroom was cute.
The staff was friendly and made up our room each day with fresh new towels a day. They also provide beach towels for the pool area. The happy hour was not bad and the outside bar area (Bamboo Cafe) was nice also.
There are only a few of things I did NOT like. First, our room was a bit musty...but that is probably just because of the a/c and plus being in Florida, that's just how it goes. Second, we asked our concierge to put us on the list for a club called Rain. We got there and we weren't on the list. Luckily, the girl let me in, but the guy I'm dating had to pay the cover charge. I guess it's not that big of a deal, but if your concierge's job is to hook you up, then that's exactly what they should do. Third, our flight was leaving at 9:10 a.m. and we asked for a 6:30 a.m. wake up call. Luckily, we set our alarm clock in the room and my cell phone alarm because they never gave us our wake up call.
Bottom line?: great as a hotel stay, poor as a hotel reliability.
Made all the difference
I just returned from a long weekend in South Beach with my sis where we were originally booked at the South Sea's sister hotel The Avalon. There we were assigned an out-of-date 1st floor room over looking a dumpster lined alley. That afternoon a guy from the restaurant next door came out with a hose and detergent to clean the dumpsters and sent bugs and black debris flying towards our window! Needless to say the next morning we ran over to the South Seas to check on the availability there. The desk clerk couldn't have been nicer - she arranged for the transfer, giving us the same room rate as at the Avalon and even upgraded us to an ocean view room. The rooms are comfortable and clean, the pool and access to the beach was wonderful, and the staff and service was excellent. The location is convenient to many upscale bars and clubs, such as the Delano and Skybar and it was just a $5 cab ride to the heart of Ocean Drive. Staying at the South Seas really saved our weekend - It made all the difference in the world.
Stayed at the South Seas hotel in February 2002. $90 per night with the Entertainment book. The hotel, built in the 1940's is quite charming and is located right on the beach. It has a lovely pool area with access in the back to the beach. A good continental breakfast was provided. The rooms have recently been redone and are quite comfortable. The bathrooms are small and designed in their original 40's style. The halls need renovating and new carpets and give a poor first impression. The location of the hotel is exellent, within walking distance of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road shopping and restaurant area.
It was nice
The South Seas Hotel was a nice small hotel that I got a excellent rate on. We were able to get a room with a king size bed. The location was great and they have free breakfast...not too much of an assortment, but it was still okay. I would stay here again!
This is a good place to stay if you can find a deal on it. I managed to get a room here for $129 per night, with the hotel tax included. Quite a deal for this area of Miami Beach, and the room was fairly nice for the price. A big king-sized bed with a fluffy white down comforter. Room was big enough, and bathroom was pretty nice. A very nice continental breakfast spread in the morning, with omelettes and hash browns available for a reasonable extra $6. Great, well-heated pool (it was a chilly day and quite welcome). Very lovely stretch of beach that was easy for an amateur to swim in, even though storms had been brewing off-shore (I assume the South Beach area has some kind of reef to protect it). Good landscaping around the pool/beach area, with pretty trees and hammocks to lay in. Friendly staff. A nice bargain for the South Beach area, convenient to all attractions. I'd stay there again.
Nice Beachfront Location
Nice Hotel. Rooms were good size. Beachfront access is nice with chairs and umbrellas available for rent. Complimentary Breakfast was good. Nice pool. Elevators are small. Complimentary bottled water is a nice touch. Would stay there again.
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