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It’s quite evident that Matt and I thrive off of vacations. The vacation could be 10 days or 24 hours, thousands of miles away or 30 minutes down the road, being pampered on a beach or zipping down a snow covered mountain. Regardless of the type and duration of the trip, we always come back relaxed and refreshed. It’s safe to say that …
... supported them still exist today. Next stop for the big red bus was Coral Gables, a 1930's town featuring Mediterranean style architecture, canals and beautiful trees which was the inspiration of a man called Merrick who owned all the land and wanted to create a Mediterranean oasis in Florida. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami, a private University and also the inspiration and "gift" of Merrick. Coral Gables is home to the beautiful ...
... clear blue water, I had changed my mind for sure. The sea was so warm, and there were quite a lot of big waves to make swimming in there even more fun. This evening we walked the short walk to Lincoln Road, a famous street in South Beach, with hundreds of restaurants and shops. It was so lively and just a great holiday atmosphere.
Day 34 - Monday 3rd September
With the beach less than a minute's walk away, we were able to spend our day there again ...
... duty free trying out every scent available meant that anyone within a few feet of us would have been overwhelmed by the perfume of about ten different aftershaves. So poor Fiona was probably high as kite on eau de cologne and had no idea she'd bequeathed the pair of us almost an entire bottle before take off. We smiled sweetly and said nothing, other than an occasional guilty hiccup.
After nine hours of movies, dozing, drinking and eating, we finally started to descend . ...
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Hotel Miami Beach
If you are nocturnal this is a great location
Hotel centrally located so ideal for beach, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Bars and clubs open until 5.00 a.m. so be prepared for a disturbed nights sleep. Decor and service was excellent. Bar area not particularly inviting or comfortable so you will want to spend more time in neighbouring hotel bars. Would recommend the Hotel Astor for cocktails. Roof top pool has wonderful views and plenty of sun loungers. Go for a junior suite if you want more space. Has recently added wireless internet connection.
I am posting about Wish,the restaurant because I found no other spot to post.
I decided to try THE HOTEL on a pre-cruise stay in Miami because of the fantastic promotional price of $149 per night.
Not really worth the money. For $275 in the high season (February), it just wasn't worth it. Our room was nice, but the bed was tiny - it wasn't a queen-sized bed, as we expected - it was only slightly bigger than a full-sized bed. The windows were frosted over, so you couldn't see the building next door which was six feet away (perhaps a blessing is disguise), but it was disheartening to open the shades to see a sign that says "Window only opens four inches." The walls in the room were paper-thin - we could hear everything in the room next door to us. And since the room was occupied by two girls who came home drunk (and loud!) every night at 2:00am, this was particularly annoying. The bathroom was miniscule - the two of us could barely fit in it, but the retro design was kinda cool. Our remote control didn't work, which was a bummer. The rooftop pool is nice, but the pool is the size of a postage stamp. The view is great, but the rooftop bar closes at 8:00pm, thus limiting your options for a drink before dinner. The restaurant (Wish) seemed over-priced -we skipped it and headed down Collins Ave each night. And the one time we called room service, it took them 30 minutes to deliver a pot of coffee and two muffins, even though the hotel is only four stairs. Finally, the elevator broke while we were staying there, and we had to climb the stairs, which was not enjoyable.
Ummm... some serious problems at "The Hotel". We booked for May 2003 and arrived to find a tiny (tiny!) room, with the only window frosted to block the adjacent building. Dirty room, as well. The front desk staff was diffident, but only when we hit the much hyped pool on the roof that night did the limitations of the place all come crashing upon us. The rooftop pooldeck was grimy, the pool tiny and shallow, and the adjacent restaurant (The very nice News Cafe, which is worth a visit, by the way.) belched charbroiler fumes out their smokestack all over the pool deck at "The Hotel".We checked out the next morning, and went to The National Hotel, and stayed 7 days. The National provided a much better experience--a breathtaking pool, beach access and beach service, a cinematic building that oozed old world charm, and an gracious staff from bellman to concierge. The price was similar, but the experience was heads and tails above our one night at "the Hotel".The place suffers from the same affliction a lot of the smaller inns and historic properties suffer in South Beach--more attitude than expertise, and a lack of attention to detail that would make a true hotelier grimace (and certainly makes guests grimace...in fact, we departed after just 1 night...)
My boyfriend and I were down in South Beach for a much anticipated long weekend before Thanksgiving to celebrate my 30th birthday. Having come to Miami on numerous occasions in the past and dining at their ever-fabulous restaurant, Wish, I've always wanted to stay at The Hotel and was now getting my chance.My hat's off to Todd Oldham, whose design of the hotel - everything from the furniture to the great dimmable lighting throughout - was spot on in delivering a tres facconable yet comfortable South Beach feel.The Hotel's location is unbeatable - right in the center of everything and a mere block from the beach. Although after spending any time up by the rooftop pool with the amazing view of the ocean, you won't want to go to the beach anyway. It was utterly idyllic up there and was topped off by attentive service by the bar staff.You CANNOT stay at The Hotel (or in South Beach for that matter) without dining one evening at Wish - its outdoor patio is one of the most romantic settings I've ever had the pleasure of dining at and the food is some of the best in Miami.Now for some cons: Sound-proofing is definitely an issue. The first room we were put in was a really nice size with big built-in closets and seating and a decent-sized bathroom. Unfortunately, this room was right next to the alley - we were awoken much too early by the sounds of banging metal and loud yelling. After the second morning - I had them move us to what was supposed to be a quieter room away from the alley. With this room we inherited two new problems: Number one, the room was a quarter of the size of the first one with what was probably the smallest bathroom I've ever seen. And two, the noise you could hear was almost worst and definitely more frequent than in our previous room. The sounds from the hall - doors slamming shut and people passing - were unusually loud. Not wanting to have to move again for our last night, we put up with it for two nights.After finding out about the weather back home, we decided to stay one more night - and for this one, we were moved to a room (#315) that was just right. The moral of my story - The Hotel is a fabulous place to stay...just be sure when reserving that you request a room away from the alley and NOT #301 or others like it.
Go For It! Beautiful Hotel, Great Service
Beautiful bathrooms, excellent locationcomfortable beds, attentive serviceawesome roof top pool and bar.Great for singles or couples, no children.
My wife and I, along with 2 friends, reserved 2 rooms at The Hotel several months before our trip. Needless to say, the rooms were discounted because we made our reservations so far in advance. In any case, the Marlins thenn went to the World Series, and were playing in Miami the week of our trip. We called to confirm our rooms a week before, and were assured there would be no problem. When we arrived, however, both rooms had been given to others, and they could not accomodate us. We were assured that this was NOT because the other people were paying rack rates, though I don't believe it. Regardless, we were given one complimentary night at a significantly inferior hotel, then required to pay higher rates then we would have at The Hotel for the remainder of our stay. Furthermore, because we had heard such great things about the restaurant at The Hotel, Wish, we ate there any how. They didn't even have the decency to buy us a round of drinks for our inconvenience. This is not the way a high-end hotel should treat its guests. Dont let this happen to you. STAY AWAY!
I stayed in a suite at this hotel which was above the lobby. It was stylish, beautiful and roomy. It was recently redesigned by Todd Oldham and it shows, The bathrooms were modern and beautifully tiled, and there were fresh flowers in the room, room service was excellent. The only part that was tough for me was that it was noisy at night due to the location, and the bar below, but staying on a higher floor away from the street probably helps escape this. Also there is a rooftop pool which is small but beautiful and the view from the roof rocks, plus you can have drinks and get massages at the pool.
It was better before Wish took over the lobby!
Like the hotel, however do not like the fact that they have moved Wish into the lobby...too junky. Does Todd Oldham know about this? The pool area an service was great. Found a great place called Sagamore...check it out.