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Hello people, we have left this blog until we have arrived in Miami Beach, because we go on the cruise tomorrow, and Carol is now beside herself with excitement.
The last week has involved mainly days of laziness along with getting ready for the drive to Panama City and Carol's exciting trip.
Why the title? The trip from Boquete …
We drove ourselves in to Miami successfully and managed to locate our accommodation (thank you once again Navman). We were staying on the main strip in SoBe (south beach) - much like the main drag along Mount Maunganui. Very slow moving traffic, tonnes of restaurants and lots of people playing volleyball. Yes there were also lots of posers.
... Grille (aka one of the best restaurant in Miami) for lunch. Their steak was just divine! Around 3pm, we went to the beach, the top beach in the world (from my opinion!). We stayed there and watched the sunset, melting away into the horizon. Then we caught a taxi back to the hotel and that was the end of our activities for the day.
... front of some beach volleyball courts. So we just sat for a while, watching the volleyball games and all the people going by. There were many walkers, bikers, skateboarders, and even a couple rollerbladers.
Our next task was to go watch the OSU-Wisconsin basketball game. I had done some research before the trip and found an Irish pub to go to close to our hotel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very fun because the Buckeyes played badly ...
... 17px; ">Next morning we were up for the free breakfast...not worth it though. Toast with jam, nutella or peanut butter and coffee but no milk, only cream. So we had a little nibble and then got dressed to go for a run along the beach. We ran along the art deco restaurant strip and then along the boardwalk in front of all the big hotels. Ahhh so hard with so much bad food in our stomaches and it was already 28 degrees and so humid. It turned into an hour long ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beacon Hotel Miami Beach
In the midst of SOBE
Stayed there for a one night layover from South America on a Friday night. Stay there and you avoid the hassle of getting into the SOBE night life. The accomodations were okay, except one window that allowed the possibility of letting people in the outside hall look into the room. The blinds are a help, but was a little disconcerting. Restaurant on property, food was okay, price was reasonable for the area. Right in the middle of the action.
Could have been better
Beacon was not all that it was hyped up to be. The rooms were nice, but a little generic compared to some of the neighboring hotels.
Stayed late Nov 03. The place was welcoming and very stylish. Its located within tripping distance of the beach, and in the centre of the art deco district with the great night life. Having said that, the rooms were quiet. You could complain the rooms are smaller than normal - but if you want a modern hotel, I say stay in a Marriot or a Best Western (together with the universal character vacuum). All the hotels along Ocean Drive are small but have a great atmosphere. I would definitely stay again. Note- breakfast is not in the hotel, but next door in the cafe - literally 8 steps from the hotel - and outdoors overlooking the side walk - great for people watching!
My husband and I stayed at the Beacon Hotel in August. From the reviews I read and the pictures on the hotel's website I thought that this would be a great hotel to stay at. The location is great (right in the middle of everything) and the staff at the restaurant are really nice, but everything else is awful. Our room was very small and two people couldn't stand in the bathroom at the same time. We had a view of the alley and could hear the dishes being washed from the restaurant all night long. This hotel is in some serious need of updating. When we complained to the manager he said "what do you expect this hotel was built in the 1930's" I would not recommend that anyone stay at this hotel and am very suprised by the good reviews. Actually I don't think they were written by people that have stayed at The Beacon Hotel.
You must be kidding
This place is by no stretch of the imagination luxurious or 4 star. The staff is friendly and tries hard, but that doesn't make up for this hotel's shabby, almost motel-ish atmosphere. The bathrooms are in serious need of repair, let alone updating and the web site photos of the property are very misleading. Beware!
Feels like Spain
I've stayed here every time for the past 2 years. My family is from Spain, however I haven't traveled there for the past 2 years... The Beacon is the next best thing... and at HotelKingdom you can find real discounts on there rooms. I won't be changing anytime soon.
Beacon Hotel--A good choice
The Beacon is a lovely hotel. We had a wonderful stay. The staff is friendly and eager to please. My only complaint is that they are not as knowledgeable as they could be about some things--I asked for directions to two different landmarks and was given slightly incorrect information. The property is well maintained and the rooms are tidy. I would stay there again.
Simple and elegant
The Beacon was a great retreat in busy Miami. The rooms were simple and roomy and the staff accomodating.
The Fabulous Beacon Hotel
Our stay at that Beacon (during the week-end of Nov 16, 2002, was "fantastic". Ocean ("Deco") Drive, in South Beach, Fl is such a fun place in general, and the Beacon Hotel stands out in the center of the strip, literally like a beacon of light in the night. The building is in the original Art Deco, in those great shades of coral and ocean blue, on a stark white background, I believe it dates back to the thirties. Inside, the lobby radiates relaxation and simplicity (very easy on the eyes). The staff is fantastic, I never met such a happy, pleasant group of people before; and all in the same establishment. From the front desk, to the Concierge, to the Housekeeping crew everyone seems to want nothing more than to please their guests, and to in to join their happy little familly. The room was emaculate, it was cheerful and tastefully furnished in the same simple Art Deco style as the rest of the hotel. And the Rendezvous on the Beach restaurant out front was a delight for both lunch and dinner (food was delicious). Whoever is reading this, if you want to have a great stay in South Beach, this is the place!
Wonderful Hotel w/ South Beach Flavor
i had an amazing stay at the Beacon Hotel, located in the heart of South Beach. my first time to Miami, i wanted to experience the art deco/ ocean drive that i had heard so much about and got exactly that with the Beacon. the staff is extremely helpful and friendly and the boutique rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. i stayed in a kind deluxe (room 504 - corner of top floor) at only $115 per night and i had a nice room with wonderful views of ocean ave and the beach. i recommend this hotel to all who want to experience south beach...