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We moved to the wedding hotel on Sat morning. It was no mean feat getting out of the Albion past the film crew but with some gentle encouragement to the reluctant doorman, we managed to hail a yellow cab on the next block as the road in front of the hotel was closed. The cab driver was Eastern European, large and very grumpy. These were all …
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... to put it in and I was wriggling like crazy. First they did and ECG to check my heart, by putting these sticky things on my chest and connecting me up to a machine, it was not enjoyable. They left my hooked up to the machine all day to monitor my breathing. The doctor said that my oxygen level was 94/100 - apparently low enough to condone a tube with oxygen being put in my nose. A while later I was told that my heart was fine, which was good to know. The doctor ...
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Once through customs we were greeted by our driver Felipe holding a sign marked Philip Luff, my father's name, causing Coman to question whether I'd invited my parents along for the ride, and then those doors opened and ...
... When it turned dark we headed to the hotel to freshen up. We asked the hotel where a good place to eat Cuban was. He must have sent us to a local favourite because it was really good! We sampled everything.
Megan and I had to catch a flight at 7am so we called it a night about 11pm.
Miami is a really cool place. The people there are to beautiful and they know it. Take some of those people out and it would almost be ...
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The rooms are very tastefully decorated with beautifully appointed bathrooms. The pool, beach and decked outside areas are very comfortable and make this a relaxing and beautiful location for a wedding. Staff were helpful and the wedding I attended was wonderful.
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An Island Resort in the City
Spent four nights at the Palms -- it was everything their website advertises and more. Friendly staff and all the luxury without any of the pretension. Rooms are beautifully designed and comfortable -- an ocean view room is worth the extra money. Large walk-in closet was terrific. Pool and grounds wonderful. Beach staff excellent. You can't miss with the Palms.
Wonderful stay at the Palm's
We attended our first Miami Boat Show..stayed 3 night's at the Palm's..great hotel,beautiful ground's..wonderful staff..would go back again in a heart beat..thank you to everyone at the hotel. P.S...found this hotel on the internet..great choice!
We came to Miami Beach for our niece's wedding and stayed at The Palms South Beach, she also got married here at the hotel. Almost everything was perfect! This property is like an enchanged garden, huge palm trees, lush plants all over, outside and inside. It is right on the ocean, you walk from the backyard of the hotel directly onto a beach boardwalk and a beautiful sandy beach. All of the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, they really went above and beyond our expectations. We wanted to see the room where our niece's reception was going to be, and one of the set up men stopped what he was doing, took us to the room, and spent 15 minutes with us explaining exactly how the room was going to be set up, and how the ceremony and cocktail party would be set up. This is the kind of exceptional service we received throughout our stay. The perfect hotel for someone visiting Miami Beach for the first time, as we were. Very relaxing and laid-back place, not like the wild South Beach scenes we had seen on TV shows. Upscale, but worth the extra $$. We'll be back!
I spent the weekend at the Palms Hotel in celebration of my birthday. I read the reviews of this hotel prior to booking. THIS is a gorgeous hotel! The beach is right out the door past the lovely pool area. On Sunday's there is a blues brunch with entertainment near the pool area.
Although they say, "South Beach" in the title of this hotel, it's not exactly in South Beach. It's a long hike via the beach or street to get to where the action is, so if you stay here, bring a car (but beware the pricey valet - find a meter nearby).
If you want to be away from the noise and bustle of the busiest part of SoBe, the Palms is an excellent place to stay. The common facilities are very well designed, with a nice pool are overseen by two parrots that squabble with one another all day. Then it's just a short walk over the sand to the beach. The restaurant is well-situated with a patio overlooking the property -- a nice place to enjoy their $15 brunch.Our room was comfortable and well-appointed, though the bathroom was dated and quite small. The only real downside occurs when you arrive. In our experience, the front door help seem to fall all over each other trying to rip the bags from your hands. For those of us who prefer to carry our own bags, it's was tiresome trying to defend our luggage from those guys. We got our room in June for $120, which I think is tremendous value.
Just got back from a long weekend in Miami over Memorial DayWeekend. We stayed at The Palms and it was excellent! I have read mixedInternet reviews, but we thought it was great!First of all, avoid Miami atall costs on Memorial Day Weekend. It is Hip-Hop weekend every year so itis really crowded and full of lots of 20-somethings and big souped up cars.We still had fun, but it can be crowded and you don't get a real sense forthe diversity and culture in Miami because of it.Anyway, The Palms was agreat hotel. It was located just far enough away from the heart of S. Beachthat we could get away from the extreme noise and business of hip-hopweekend, but it's only 15 or so blocks so we walked it a lot in the eveningfor dinner or late at night after clubbing. Collins is very safe and wefound the location ideal.The beach at The Palms was very nice and not ascrowded as the beaches further down on S. Beach. However, The Palms needsto invest in more beach chairs and definitely more umbrellas!!! It wasunderstandable that they would be out on the busiest days of Saturday &Sunday, but they were also out on Monday and even Tuesday was tough to getan umbrella. There should at least be enough chairs and umbrellas to serveguests on a Tuesday!! But the staff and customer service were gracious andgot us umbrellas as they became available.Also, the service in the hotelwas great. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The general areas weredefinitely a little nicer and more open than the actual rooms. However, theroom was definitely what you would expect of a hotel of this class. Itisn't super fancy, but it was modern and decorated in a more modern way.The bathrooms are on the smaller side, but they were clean and we didn'tspend a lot of time in the bathroom. I would say that the pictures on thewebsite are accurate in terms of the rooms.The food was also good, thoughwe only ate at the pool bar & in room service for a snack. But it wasnice to have food by the pool with a full bar too!All in all we woulddefinitely stay there again!
I stayed here for 2 nights for a conference in May, 2003. The conference facilities were great for a smaller group (120 or so) and you didn't feel lost like a conference this size would in a larger hotel. The lobby was very nicely done and the rooms, though not huge, were more than adequate and nicely furnished. I strongly recommend springing for an ocean view room. It is well worth the extra money! The pool was a nice size with plenty of lounge chairs and a great little bar. There are also hammocks set up in the shade of large palm trees and 2 beautiful parrots on a perch near the pool. The beach is gorgeous and the mandatory $7 resort fee per night includes 2 beach chairs and a large umbrella (and a free shoe shine, too!) By far the best thing about the Palms is the service. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. I had no problems getting towels, beach chairs, etc. Staff tends to go the extra step and provide a little bit more than what you asked for. The turn down service in the evenings is also a nice touch. The one drawback is the location. While the property itself is great, you are not in walking distance of other sights. Most of the good restaurants, clubs and shops are south of 17th street, so be prepared to take a cab (there seemed to always be one or two waiting outside the front door. Overall this is a great place to go enjoy the beach without being right in the middle of the insanity that is South Beach. I definitely recommend it!