Sovereign Oceanfront Hotel Miami Beach
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... It is basically a street with restaurant seating in the middle and shops on the outside. It is open until late, and I mean late - 10/11 pm.
Dinner was a basic Panini and salad. Nothing exciting. Then I watched game 5 of the NBA finals in the hotel.
So really not an exciting day, but a relaxing and enjoyable day.
Highlight: Beach ...
... easy. We just had to get on the next bus that came along and go to the end of its run.
The mall was massive - as everything is in America!! We hadn't had breakfast so that was our first purchase - it was massive!! But tasty :) We have been hanging out for a good coffee so decided to get a cappuccino with our breakfast. But it really was tasteless ...
... mostly private houses owned by celebs such as Shaquille O'Neal, Antonio Banderas, Christina Aguleira, Ricky Martin and Al Capone. Almost all of the houses are incredible mansions! The islands are very exclusive - some like Fisher Island are accessible only by ferry, while others have extremely strict security at the bridge and you have to be invited onto the island. As our invitation is still in the mail, we just drooled over the houses from the boat.
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... and gulp up a big fish right by the waters edge - that was fun to see but we didn't have the camera with us.
While we were in Miami we walked all the way down the beachside promenade to the south point of the island. Got to see a fair bit of Miami beach this way, including Ocean drive (where celebrities apparently hang out at night) and lots of art deco buildings - Miami has the largest collection of Art deco builings in the world!
On the second day ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Sovereign Oceanfront Hotel Miami Beach
8 reasons why no to stay there.(writing 10 would have brought back the nightmares)
(1)The rooms were dirty(2)The carpets hadnt been cleaned in years and appeared to have excrement staines(3)The spa was too hot and I burned my legs whilst getting in(4)I had to look round the hotel for my own towels(5)The bar was never open(6)On several occasions I had to demand for the room to be cleaned as the maids had 'forgotten' it(7)I changed rooms twice because of the dirt and the smell(8)The recption staff were not helpful, I had to do everything myself.My advice: Don't stay there even if they pay you!!!!
I knew we were off to a bad start at check in. The staff was very
Terrible Place to Stay!
I took my fiance on a trip to Miami for the first time. Hoping to impress him we stayed at the Sovereign. BIG MISTAKE. Carpets were stained throughout with mold and our room even smelled like mold. To top it all off the alarm system kept going off. You couldn't pay me enough to stay at this hotel again!
We had purchased four nights four months prior to New Years Eve from Hotels website for the Sovereign. When we arrived there were about ten I'm in the process of suing them, so if anyone has people at the front desk who had also purchased rooms only to find out they had sold the rooms to the highest bidder. They would not work with any of us to find other hotels. The management abandoned the poor person (only a single person)at the front desk to receive the barrage of complaints from us. Basically, people had flown in from all over the country for New Years in South Beach only to be without a place to stay in Miami - all other hotels were booked. My suggestion is never, ever under any circumstances book from hotels and definitely never, ever don't, under any circumstances stay at this nightmare of a hotel. As a last note, I talked to several of the people who were staying there and found out that even though they had rooms, everyone the hotel was one of the worst they ever had been to. any similar stories abou this hotel, please email me if you would like information on how the lawsuit goes.
I normally dont write to these sites but i loved the hotel so much that i wanted to write. The hotel is a very pretty hotel on the beach and clearly advertises thier resort fee on all the .com sites- it is a great deal with a free open bar, phone calls, internet connection etc- and with the low rate it is still a bargain. Although the hotel is minimally staffed- i became friends with the staff and they were the most accommodating bunch. I sayed for a weekend and extended 2 more days i enjoyed it so much
As has been mentioned in the other reviews, the hotel will promptly attempt to charge you $30+ as a mandatory resort fee for, amongst other things, your complimentary breakfast (surely some mistake?). If you claim ignorance, this will promptly be lowered to $19.95.If you're travelling by car, be warned that you may also face a $30 per night valet parking fee if you don't want to chance your arm with Miami meter maids - there's no on-site parking. Meters start at 8am so you'll need to be up bright and early to feed 'em - carry on till 6pm.Biggest problem: exotic bugs of varying descriptions in beds of the first two rooms we were put in. Third room just had ants in the bathroom and nothing obviously in the bed.Also, the much-vaunted renovation seems to be a failure - walls were stained with rust from A/C leakage, pool and pool area were filthy and poolside infested with fire ant nests. TV appears to be run from a badly-installed aerial with five out of six channels totally unwatchable, though NBC was merely strangely coloured - watching a bright green/psychedelic purple Jay Leno was interesting.No refund offered although they did waive all extra fees for the one night we eventually stayed and co-operated fully with our travel agent in changing the remainder of our reserved time to another hotel.Staff were helpful and friendly "complimentary" breakfast was good, but couldn't really placate us and put a fairly severe downer on our Miami experience - left next day.If the extra fees had been figured into our costs, we would have gone for a pretty serious hotel instead for that price. Suggest that Sovereign need to put their house in order urgently - including fumigation, further restoration and a price scale review.
Its been said in another review of the Sovereign and it certainly applies - a mixed bag!
Horrible!!!I just stayed at the Sovereign, at believe me our group was disappointed from the time we walked in ... We made our reservations through Expedia and paid $65.00 per night, and thought it was a great deal; however upon arrival we were notified there was a "mandatory" fee of $35.00 a night. This fee included among other things, unlimited bottles of water (which was pretty cool) free continental breakfast and an "open bar" from 5-7 PM. However the bartender would close the bar at around 6:45 PM!!!, so we were unable to get drinks after that time. In addition the bar was only open during those two hours, never during the day!!! There were only 3 available channels to watch, our tv didn't work properly, the pool was dirty (I don't even think it was treated with chlorine ...) Overall it was very upseting because it's a nice little hotel, with lots of potential ... if it had the right management.
I feel a bit guilty as I'm here at the hotel as I write this. This hotel is a hard one to rate because are at least a couple of really negative things going on that cancel out the really good things about the hotel.
I know it's been a long time, but I never knew that Icould tell anyone about my trip to Miami, until now! (I was looking forreviews for my next trip to the Bahamas) I stayed at the Sovereign Hotel(soon to be Courtyard Marriott) in August of 2002. It was a wonderfulexperience and the staff was incredibly polite. The Sovereign is exactlylike the photos the pool is small, but refreshing and when we were therewe had the pool to ourselves almost the entire week. It was very quietand it was right on the beach. you can get an ocean view room (I didn'thave one) but I'm sure they are incredible. RE: Miami in general.Your best bet is to take the bus everywhere and learn it! it's a lotless expensive & they run along Collins ave. all day/night. The tripoverall was amazing & the hotel was very comfortable, they were fastand virtually invisible, our room was clean at all times and I never sawa made!!! I would rate this hotel a 10++++++