Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
... lunch before we had to leave. Bought enough to fill the spaces in Mandy's suitcase left when we gave Brendan all the things we'd brought for him. Mandy ended up with some casual shoes, a pair of boots, two pairs of jeans and a top. What a spunk. With minutes to spare we dashed to the car, and progammed the car rental return at the airport into the GPS. Still a 40 mile dash down freeways though, punctuated by several ...
... camping gear, a first aid kit for the car (flares, jumper cables, tire sealant, rope, coolant, tools, duct tape in case a hose comes loose). I don't anticipate any issues with a 2008 Toyota, but if something happens in the middle of Montana or Death Valley we would be screwed.
Working- We both have the luxury of being able to work anywhere as long as we have an internet connection and phone reception. Im not a gadget junky, but I went out and bought ...
... Istvan about that. He was nodding his head vehemently in agreement. I smiled wryly and told her that was why I had gone every night to have my picture taken, to build my confidence.
I couldn't help wishing that Istvan had introduced me to all of his friends sooner, as I had spent so much time in the Photo Gallery and it would have been nice to get to know some of them a little better, but as his friend, I understood. I knew that we had both let each other see beyond the walls ...
... the two weeks leading up to this trip have felt like I have already lived a full lifetime. I got five shots, a visa to India, found a sub-letter, stopped my bills, put my car in storage and bought a backpack. The day before I left I made 3 trips to the post office and mailed 14 boxes of my ex-girlfriends things to back to her. I knew they couldn't be in my apartment whenever I return. Just having the courage to confront my dreams is a freeing ...
... I studied Engineering because it was the right thing to study (back in Colombia), then moved to the US, and after some struggle landed a job in my field. It all seemed good. But once I was there, it wasn't enough. After moving to the US, traveling abroad and meeting people from all walks of life I left my life was passing by, time was flying and I was just sitting in one spot, waiting for it to pass. I realized that there are people that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Astor Miami Beach
And in Miami I expected, light, airy, colorful and clean! Not at the Astor!
Got a very cheap price at quikbook.com so I figured I'd forgo the view of the ocean and beach access in favor of the hip and trendy SoBe vibe at this hotel. The reality is that the lobby and bar are filled with a bunch of grubby Ikea-like furniture up close (not at all as cool as the hotel's website makes it look). The room was tiny, dark, smelly, and dank with literally a view of a dirty wall one foot away and some loud dripping/humming noise coming from the ceiling. I wasn't expecting to see the ocean and I knew the room was going to be small but it was absolutely depressing! The bed was comfy but it was like a prison otherwise, bad flickering florescent lighting and no light coming in from outside at all. Really run down and shabby interior altogether. I think people either from Miami or who have visited SoBe a lot like this place because they know what they are getting into. In South Beach, the boutique hotels as a whole are older and run down, so based on the comparison this place may be like the Four Seasons but if you're not used to that or expecting it, it's a real disappointment. I had never been to Miami or South Beach before so I was pretty surprised by the shape of things at this place, especially after reading good reviews of it. We tried to upgrade to one of the garden-facing suites but for the $$ they wanted we decided to hell with it and went to one of the big beach resorts 2 miles north on Miami beach where we got a brand new corner suite overlooking the bay and the ocean from 3 sides (two balconies--one from the living room and one from the bedroom) with two marble bathrooms with separate showers, flat screen TVs, walk in closets, jacuzzi tub, a full kitchen and dining room and two pools and beach access for only $30/night more than Hotel Astor wanted for the upgrade to their bigger room. The difference? The hotel we went to is technically in Miami Beach not hip/trendy South Beach. (fyi-it's only about a $5 cab ride away) If you MUST be in SoBe and you MUST be within walking distance of all things SoBe, Hotel Astor is probably one of the nicest places around but don't expect much and enjoy that location because that's about all it has to recommend itself.
Stayed here during the Miami boat show, all rates at all hotels were fairly pricey due to demand. Paid $250 a night including taxes. Room was well apointed, clean and very quiet. No pool or work out area but only 2 blocks to the heart of the action bars, restaurants. Staff was friendly and helpful.
I have stayed at Lowes at South Beach and considering price differential, 250-300 more at Lowes,this is well worth the money compared to other South beach alternatives. I definately would stay here again without hesitation. I am picky about hotels and this one certainly met all my requirements as far as clean, friendly and quiet enough to get a good night sleep.
I honestly wish I had something positive to say about my experience with the Hotel Astor, however, it was one of the most miserable experiences with an incredibly rude, unorganized and unprofessional staff.
Im a local from the miami beaches. I also work at a hotel in north miami beach. For my 21st birthday all I wanted obviously was to go to the hot spots of Miami. Hotel Astor being in the heart of South Beach was the best choice I made to spend my birthday. The club I went to was in downtown Miami-for those of you who dont know it-its about 15 minutes from SOBE. Any where else it would of taken me an hour to get to Club Space where my VIP Party ennded at 1am.
A real choice in fake town
Stayed here for 7 nights in January 2004. Service was good, lobby nice, room ok (dont pay that rack rate!!!). Restaurant well below par ( well the wait staff anyway) waitress brought wrong order to me and then said "you'll like this better" when I complained. Dont know what she was on.. but I bet it came from Colombia. Other than that a good Hotel for SOBE. Had a camp with the cleaning ladies every morning.. they were fun.. and whats this.. no overcharging at check-out a first for me in the USA.
Solid quality and service
Stayed at The Astor Hotel in April and returned in July with equally good reviews. In a place where you often encounter so much 'attitude', it is wonderul to stay at a place where the staff are warm, friendly and attentive. While the hotel does not have all the amenities you might find elsewhere (room service, gym, pool etc), everything here is solid quality - from the Frette linens and divinely comfortable beds and pillows to the Sony mini sound-system and plush bath towels. Betwen that and the smiles and service, we would definitely recommend The Astor as a place to seriously consider.
My husband and I (we're 40-something) stayed at the Astor for two nights this past weekend and were quite impressed with the Astor's class, cleanliness, and caring. We've visited Miami/South Beach many times throughout the last 5 years and each time have stayed at different hotels, ranging from chains to boutiques. However, our stay at the Astor this first time definitely will not be our last!
Nice hotel right in the middle of it all
I spent one night in South Beach, and the Hotel Astor met all of my expectations. It is probably the nicest Deco Hotel in the area under 400.00 a night. Our view was less than stellar, but the room was great.
The linens were fabulous! The bed and pillows comfy, and the bathroom very hip! I am a bit of a hotel snob, and I went to some of the other nice hotels right on the beach and inquired about price, and in the end, I felt the Hotel Astor was one of the nicest Deco hotels in the area and it cost a fraction of what other equivalent hotels cost. I would go back in an instant!
Don't get me wrong, the service was good, the decor was nice, but there was just something depressing about this place. There was NOTHING going on. Not even at dinner time in the restaurant. I know it's the off season, but we were there on a weekend, and it was clear that the only action was over at the beach. The hotel rooms were nice, but not very fresh. The slipcovers on the furniture were dirty, and the style is a little dated, it was renovated about seven years ago. On the plus side the restaurant had excellent excellent food (the truffled french fries with the steak were to die for) and service, the decor in the lobby is very pleasant and it is not run down, musty, stinky or dirty like many of the hotels in the area. The junior suites are very nice (I looked at all their room types) the bathrooms are great, (wonderful shower) and the windows are completely sound-proof. Be aware that they paved over their pool to make more restaurant seating (presumably for the winter because it was empty the entire time we were there) and the restaurant is now called Metro Bar and Restaurant rather than Astor Place. The lack of a pool was a major drag in the hot weather, so I would definitely recommend staying here only in the winter months.