The Standard Miami
Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
... for a while, could this actually be happening????????? Well she's picking me up from the airport on Friday when I land in LA, watch this space! Whatever this turns out to be or it just means me staying in Hollywood until the end of August I'll bloody do it!
After that conversation I had a wicked catch up with kev, we had a couple of beers and fags all via the wonders of Skype, it worked quite well and was a good laugh. The basted ...
... and nurses for having to put up with me!
Day 36 – Wednesday 5th September
We had booked to swim with dolphins today at the Miami Seaquarium, so after a nice sleep to recover from yesterday's stress, that's what we did. It was a bit of a hassle getting there, because we had the wrong address, so we went from being really early to really late. Ahh well, we got there in the end. And it was amazing! First of all we had to put on ...
... history, but once Rick, the bellhop boy, shows us our room it's obvious why this boutique hotel is significantly cheaper than places like the Shore Club and the Raleigh which we visited last time we stayed in the city. All that 'glamour' has faded and what was once elegant and swish is now tired and a little basic. But seeing as we are looking for a place to sleep for two nights rather than somewhere to hang out, this is the perfect location. And that huge bed looks massively ...
... under the sun and walking in the perfect white sands of the crystal clear (and freezing cold) beach! We made our way back to the hostel for some (free) lunch, before Jenna went to Espaniola Street to Contesta Rock Hair (an awesome Italian created hair salon that offered beer as well as coffee and water) to get a haircut suitable for a weekend in South Beach!!
That night we signed up for the typical hostel club night, which promised us VIP entry into one ...
OK so Miami is nice, sort of. It’s warm and good fun, obviously if you haven’t done all the stuff before. Also if you have a cousin who isn’t having ‘problems’. My cousin Martin and his friend Bob picked me up from the airport and we went out for something to eat before they took me back to Bob’s house. I met his wife Anita, who’s Canadian and lovely, and I dumped my stuff in my room for the next few weeks and then Bob showed ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews The Standard Miami Miami Beach
After doing extensive research on all the hotels in South Beach I finally came across The Standard, recently just opened. Where do I begin? I was looking for a hotel, quite, spa like and very relaxing... THIS PLACE WAS IT. We loved it, loved it and loved it. Its walking distance to Lincoln Rd Mall, which is runs from Alton to the beach. About a 15 -20 minute walk and you are in the midst of all the action SOBE has to offer. Location is great, price is super (call hotel directly for the best price) and staff is well knowledge. Ask where to go and you won't be disappointed. They offer shuttle service to The Raleigh (their sister property), which is in the heart of South Beach Posh hotel district. This service is available from 11am -11pm F/S/S. And till 7ish M-Thur. This is a great service; you can use the Raleigh's pool facilities and all their amenities without worry. The front desk personal at both hotels are full of excellent suggestions on what to do. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel. FYI: if you arrive early or need a late check out, no worries. Go up to the spa, they offer you free lockers to use and away you go. The hotel is catering towards couples and quite singles in there 30's. It's defiantly the best value South Beach has to offer. Go you won't be disappointed.
Beautiful Setting and Spa, So-So Rooms and Crowd
We enjoyed the Standard a great deal. The pool and setting are beautiful and relaxing. The rooms are sparsely decorated but are light and pleasant. I particularly like the patio area that we had in front of our room and the comfortable bed. The walls are quite thin and the rooms are typical South Beach small. I would recommend spending time in the spa which is actually really nice and clean and to a certain extent, included in the room price. The service was quite responsive although the pool service was slow as is usually the case. I would not recommend this hotel to people who are uncomfortable around those with "alternative lifestyles" as they are quite welcome there.
Formerly the Lido Spa, The Standard Miami has reopened as a more budget-minded choice for the Miami beach area with many high priced spa offerings. Even though the spa menu touts "do-it-yourself" offerings, anything beyond the sauna and steam room consists of just one treatment: mud. One would apply mud to the body while wearing (hope you packed one) disposable bathing suit. Of which I had not packed; I was not willing for my vacation suits to be ruined by a $10 treatment of mud. The Standard's website shows a nude model covered in mud and nudes are certainly shown in every other photo of the spa services. The photos gave me the only impression that it would of course mean NUDE to be authentic to the historic baths of Europe. Nude is not how anyone was taking in the spa during my visit. I would have bought a cheap Target suit if I'd known I needed a disposable one.
Horrible Rooms Nice Spa
I stay at a lot of hotels, and althought I didn't spend much for these rooms, it is close to Lincoln road has a nice pool and a decent spa. The rooms are spartan, cheap and will not age well. Bathrooms are the smallest in Miami Beach (and that's saying a lot). Restaurant has great breakfast. This hotel being on the Venitian Causeway is a bit out of the south beach frey...yet the walls are really thin...and I didn't sleep well at all. Shower was also poorly construction with low pressure. Staff service was HORRIBLE and likely because the hotel had only been open for about 2 months. Its a hotel for 30 somethings who want to be in the cool south beach scene, don't want to sleep and pay much for a hotel.
The Standard is awesome! Its filled with hot n sexy bods and sexual vibes all over! Definetly a spot for hipsters and hot people, love the spa and reservation staff rocks.
The Standard is head and shoulders above many in Miami Beach
I had my pedicure, haircut and color done by the fabulous women who work at the Spa's Salon. I highly recommend booking an appointment with Vaso Spirou for your hair and with Jessica and Andrea for your fingers and toes. Their mellow vibes thoroughly proficient service and creativity make them some of the best in the area, not your usual fly by night thank you 'mam/mr. service most of South Beach unfortunately delivers.
My wife, me and my neighbors stayed in this hotel for an extended weekend. I loved the decor of the rooms and the bathroom. The hotel has a shuttle that will drop you off at the Raleigh (approx. 17th and Collins), so no car is necessary for staying on South Beach (however, if you rent a car you must valet and give them about 20-30 minutes notice, b/c there is no street parking nearby). The pool is awesome. The menu is sparse but, I don't like to eat at the hotel. This is definitely quieter than your average south beach hotel and off the beaten path, with good proximity for those who aren't too lazy to walk a bit. I paid 150/ night from the hotel website, so at that rate, I would stay there again, but at 300+ I might reconsider. Also, the opened a month earlier so my neighbors did not get there room cleaned until they asked, but I think they are working out the kinks, personally, I had no problems. Also, a note on service, this is Miami, and having lived there for years and visited many times, GREAT service is rare. With that said, I was satisfied.
Writing this as I stay at the Standard. I would strongly suggest checking this hotel out before booking. It is an odd one. I believe people will love it or hate it.
Fantastic bed linens!!!
the hotel facilities are fantastic, particularly the spa, pool and gardens. The bed was extremely comfortable and the linens divine. The hotel had however only been opened for 2 weeks and this was clear by the variable customer service we received. The concierge and reception were helpful but some of the pool staff were not. It seems that if you tip, you get better service - not always useful! On the whole, I would reccommend it as the location is bliss - 10 minutes walk to the top of Lincoln Road where all the cafes/shops etc are. Fantastic views over the bay as well.
Loved ! loved! loved!
Just got back and was in awe of the property. As a regular visitor to South Beach, I wanted to experience a different vibe. If you are looking for pure bliss,please go. They are still working out a few kinks. A dinner menu is still in the works. They spa is amazing and the staff is delightful. Not your typical South Beach experience yet close enough if you want to venture out.