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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Chelsea Miami Beach
Very similar to a college dorm...Hotel needs work
A budget choice. We were not happy with the Chelsea; although it might be fine for people who want a fairly basic and somewhat small room in a hotel that really does resemble a college dorm. I make this comparison because most of the other guests appeared to be in their very early 20s. The hallways are way too dark, though--you couldn't see well enough to insert your room keycard in the lock. Considering that there wasn't always someone at the front desk late at night--and that the doors were left open all night--this is valid security concern. Also, the lobby is in desparate need of some new furniture and fresh paint, and the carpeting in the hallways smelled musty. On the plus side, the rooms themselves were clean, the bed very comfortable and the amenties are accurately represented on the hotel's web site. The courtyard area is nicely done up with polished aluminum drink tables and has a private feel to it. Unfortunately, the bathroom has no shelf or counter area to speak of, and the room contains no chairs or a table. The hotel does not supply any beach towels either. The windows are single pane, so all the noise from the courtyard and the street comes right in until early morning. (Don't get me wrong, the music is great while you're outside, but it becomes a problem when you can hear it in your room.) Even more annoying, the windows are covered in a wood or bamboo shade that screens out absolutely NO light. It was very difficult to get to sleep there--even after we had finished our club hopping. Another couple in our group had a malfunctioning air conditioning unit in their room (Something that we have seen repeated in other comments about this hotel--beware if you're in a third floor room...)
We ended up checking out after the first night and went to the Hotel Impala. We had a wonderful time there. It was in an even better area (nearer to Lincoln Road, more restaurants, plenty of clubs, etc.), very nice and extremely quiet. Step out on the street, though, and you could have as much noise and activity as you like, but you weren't aware of it while in the hotel. The Impala was exactly as pictured on the Internet. Rooms were immaculate, spacious. Definitely worth the extra $40 or so dollars a night if you're more than 25 years old.
Loved the Chelsea
Just got back from the Chelsea. A lot of what everyone here is saying, is true. Couple bad things but mostly good. The dim lit hallways were very dim and difficult to see down. The brothel comment was warranted.
It is exactly what my friend said also. Rooms were adequate and clean but nothing great. Bathroom was cool with the glass shower and mirror.
The beds were very comfortable.
The thing you want to remember is that you are staying in the middle of the club zone in South Beach. It is a non-stop party, no matter what day of the week. You should expect the noise, lots of freaky, unique people, and to have a good time. If you are going to the Chelsea to relax and nap, forget it. Stay up in North Miami Beach instead. The Chelsea is in the heart of it all. Quick walk to the beach, Ocean Drive, and lots of clubs. If that is what you are in South Beach for, stay at the Chelsea.
We ended up at the bar for most of the 2 nights we stayed at the Chelsea. Candy and Jaime (the bartenders) were loads of fun and very helpful. We started at happy hour and couldn't leave because we were having so much fun meeting other guests, people watching, and partying it up. If and when I ever recuperate enough to return to South Beach, I will absolutely stay at the Chelsea again.
As far as the continental breakfast, it was very basic. Of course, if you are doing it right in South Beach, you are probably sleeping though the 8-10 am breakfast anyway (we hobbled from the bar at 4:30 the first night and 3:00 the second night).
Overall, if you are going to have a good time, party, and want to meet interesting people, go to the Chelsea. If you are real concerned about your afternoon nap, or wheather the hallways are spotless (the rooms were very clean), or a big free breakfast, stay somewhere else.
Listen to the review. Please do not stay there!!!
Where do I start???? I have just returned from my stay at the Hotel Chelsea, where I stayed for 10 days. Firstly, the corridors are very very dark. Reminiscent of a brothel. It almost made me think that they were trying to hide something, as the lighting was very dim. The complimentary CONTINENTAL beakfast, which i might add, consisted of an omlette, which you had to pay for, bread, cake, tea and coffee, was not at the hotel chelsea, but at another hotel two bocks away. When we asked why this was, we were fobbed off with the excuse that the guy that normally provides the breakfast was away. The complimentary drinks which were offered at the hotel, were also not at the Chelsea, nor was it at the hotel where we had our breakfast. It was at yet another hotel. Complimentary VIP into all of South beach's hottest clubs???
Forget about it. Guest Lists were limited to only a few of the clubs.
We were told that we had been put on the guest list for Opium, only to find out that when we arrived there that you had to be given guest list cards from the hotel and be there before 12.00. The clubs do not start to get busy until 1/1.30. You had to pay extra resort fee, per day, even when you did not use their resources. An extra daily rate for using the safe, which I might also add, was not secure. My credit card was also charged an extra $300 holding fee for the rooms. When i confronted them about this, they said there was nothing that they could do, even though I showed them my hotel itinery. I had to confront them about it again before they took the money off of my card. Friendly staff???? Yeah right. When we complained about the hotel, not only to management, but the director of South Beach Hotel Group, we were told there was nothing that could be done and it was not their problem, but ours. So much for customer service!! Free Shuttle??? Its beginning to become a joke now, isn't it?? We waited 1hr 1/2 for the shuttle when we first arrived. Upon leaving to go back to MIA at the end of our stay, we were not offered anyhelp to bring our bags down. 5 ladies and a lot of bags. The driver of the shuttle bus, who was opbviously in a hurry, began loading the bags on to the bus, then after deciding we were taking to long, off loaded the bags off of the bus and went. We ordered the shuttle bus to pick up at 2.30pm. He left at 2.33. The only good thing about the hotel, was the beds. They were very comfortable. I definitely would not go there again, and would not reccommend this hotel to anyone. For an extra couple of dollars more, you can stay somewhere that has a lot more class and style.
My permenant South Beach Spot!!!!
First of all FREE shuttle service. Excellent staff! They were so very helpful. Calling in reservations for us telling us which buses to take. The rooms were fabulous. I loved the bathroom the shower was amazing. The design all together was great. The prices of the minibar were erasonable for a hotel considering the same items at the Delano would have been 3 times as much. Including the room rate. I think we paid about $70/night. Free breakfast between 8-10am (not just a continental one mind you), and free drinks between 7-8pm (not just soda, i'm talking mojitos). This is my new favorite place.
We were expecting something quite different than what we found at the hotel Chelsea. We pulled up from the airport to what looked like a crowded nightclub, smoke machines and all. We rolled our luggage through people grinding and men making out together on the couches.
(this was a sunday) When we walked to the check in desk, the DJ had to stop spinning to come give us our key. There was water leaking from the ceiling onto the front desk counter. We stayed in the room right above all of the partying and the music seemed to never stop. It started early in the afternoon and went into the late hours of the morning. The pseudo slate tiles in our room were pealing up and it appeared as if they had been nailed down several times before. The beds were actually quite comfortable, but it was a little disturbing finding a little kit near the night stand with mint flavored ky jelly, two condoms and whatever else you would need if you were..yeah... The bathrooms were nasty, one towell for three people, and there was no countertop, just a sink that would wobble around. The hallways were so dimly lit, that we couldnt even see where the key fit in the door. In the morning, someone opened the hallway door and light shown in the hallway to reveal that the carpet looked like it had never been cleaned and trash was everywhere. Every ten feet would have a small light the size of a christmas light...and it obviously allowed them to save money on electricty and cleaning. (If you can't see it, why bother??) There is only one key per room, and some smart person locked it inside of our room. The hotel staff had to come in with a coat hanger and spent about 10 minutes before the door popped open. The one positive thing I will say that is the hotel staff was EXTREMELY friendly. They were very outgoing and very helpful. When we went to Miami beach, we were warned to fork out a little money on our hotel room to avoid staying bums and constant partying...(I think we paid $250 per night at the chelsea)...
I guess if you were a student with a little too much money to spend on a hotel, a constant party might seem appealing, but I would really prefer that it not be inside my hotel, or even better not below my room. I will not be staying at the Chelsea again...
Hotel Chelsea was even better than expected. The rooms were beautiful,
with plush, clean white comforters, and all slate modern bathrooms! The
staff put us on all the guest lists at the hottest clubs on SoBe, and
Monica gives the best pedicure on Miami beach! We had a great time and
I would definitely stay there again!
Loved it at Hotel Chelsea
My friend Mary and I visited this hotel not too long ago. Not only were we in the heart of South Beach, but we were well received by the hotel staff who were kind enough to make our stay very enjoyable! Our rooms very clean and nicely decorated too. We are looking forward to going back down very soon, and we are definitely going to stay at Hotel Chelsea. We highly recommend it!
A unique experience
Not your typical hotel. Trendy decorations throughout. Rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable and cozy. There was a party with loud music in the front courtyard for most of the day making it difficult to rest. The party was over by 11:00. Happy hour was nice although very limited on what drinks were available. The staff was gracious and helpful.
All style and no substance
The Hotel Chelsea substituted style for service and comfort. Although it was very trendy and we enjoyed the front patio, the hotel had some problems. For example, our air conditioner rattled throughout our stay (noone ever fixed it) and the staff wasn't particularly helpful in getting it fixed.
Great art deco hotel
This hotel is the best place when looking for something unique and special. The first evening we visited the hotel they had a special cocktail party being held for an artist who was showing her work in the hotel lobby. The rooms were very clean and unique in their decoration...and the beds were spectacular. The hotels' complimentary cocktail hour was a wonderful time to meet other hotel guests and we ended up partying with some of the all weekend.
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