South Seas Hotel
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... a block and a bit away. You can hire beach chairs and umbrellas so you only need to take the basics. The water is really warm and it wasn't very deep. You can see little sprats swimming in the water, it is so clear.
It was really nice to just chill and read my book.
After the beach we went out for a stroll at the shops. Lincoln Mall is ...
This morning saw us embarking on the adventure of finding our way around Miami to one of its largest malls. Armed with our list and American dosh, we headed to the bus stop only to be greeted by an "angel" who guided and led us without even asking us if we needed help. I don't think we looked that desperate. Our "angel" was actually heading to the same place. It was ...
... area the Cubans settled after they fled to the US to escape Castro's regime. It is famous for the cigars it manufactures as well as the extremely strong coffee. We tried both - kidding! While Paul tried to convince me Cuban cigars were a good idea :P we just had coffee.
We ended the afternoon with a boat tour, Miami has a bunch of man-made islands including Fisher Island with mammoth condo's in which Oprah and Tom Cruise have residences. Star ...
... s been great - 30-35C everyday, clear blue skies. We stayed in the Circe 39 hotel on Miami south beach (at the north end of the south beach).
Went to the beach a few times - fantastic! Never-ending white sandy beach and warm aquamarine sea. Because it is May there are very few tourists so the beach was nice and quiet. We saw two sharks in the sea. They were just swimming around people! (Luckily, we were on the promenade watching). We also saw a big pelican ...
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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.
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".
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.
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.
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.