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... and eco friendly). I then fell asleep at the beach with my earphones in, so I really couldn't tell you more than that - Nicole will have to fill in this gap! It's also the 4th July - American Independence Day, we decide to grab food at 6pm, we don't have time to return to the apartment before the fireworks so we wander to the beach and Ocean Drive to grab a patch of sand for the 9pm show. The fireworks are impressive (they're ...
With the days quickly counting down and still a few things to check off the list, it was time to head down to Miami Beach for a few nights to see the sights. Unfortunately for us, getting there was going to be a different story. Matt was home recovering after a big night 'networking' and Kai was off at school, so he kindly dropped us at the Tri-Rail Station so that we could catch the train. 50 minutes later we stopped at ...
Wooohooo first class was bloody amazing! We never had to wait in those long lines, we ate a restaurant quality 3 course meal, had so much room to move and drank like fishes for free! We couldn't wipe the smile off our faces. And it was the little things like getting off the plane first to pick up your luggage that was already waiting there before the belt even started going! Priority service, ahhhh it was a ...
... hour after we got into the taxi - not bad at all.
Of course the rooms would not be available until 1:30, so we all went up to the Lido Deck for a welcome-aboard lunch, complete with complimentary champagne. The Lido Deck is pretty interesting: it has one of the two pools on the ship, and has a cover that can be closed in event of rain. For some reason there is a statue of two bears in the pool. I feel a need to find out why, but I ...
As some of you know, I like to document my travel experiences while sharing them with friends and family. I'm heading over to France to watch some guys race around in tight pants. While there, I also hope to watch the Tour de France, check out the sights in Paris, and bike and hike around Chamonix. Some random drinking will probably be ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ritz-Carlton South Beach Miami Beach
I stayed with a group of friends for 6 nights (Mar 10-16). We had a fabulous time, and the hotel was one of the highlights of our trip. The room was smaller than I expected (though not uncomfortable) -- but the bathroom was large and luxurious - separate shower and bath, private toilet, double sinks, and fully marble. The beds were incredibly comfortable. Our room faced south and at nights the noise from the Collins & Lincoln Road intersection was loud enough that we needed earplugs to sleep, but the room A/C helped drown some of that out. The Bose CD player in the room was a nice addition.
I stayed for five nights and had typical, wonderful Ritz-Carlton service. Everyone was helpful and polite - bellhop, maid service, room service, concierge etc...They definitely went out of their way to meet any needs. I do think the pool service could have been better, though.
Beautiful hotel, uneven rooms
Beautiful hotel, altough some rooms aren't so great. We checked in at 11:30 am and even though the hotel was overbooked for that night (and the next), our room was actually ready. It was small but gorgeously furnished and had a cruddy view into the bathrooms of the Sagamore next door. There must be a lot of rooms with equally bad views but the manager sent us a bottle of Perrier-Jouet to compensate us (we booked a room with no view so he really didn't have to do anything.) We loved the hotel's pool, beach, and beach club. The public spaces are stunning and we never had to wait for anything--check-in, check-out, bellmen, housekeeping, etc. so it seems they have worked out the kinks. I highly recommend this hotel.
I too was there the week of February 15th and agree with the review of February 18th. This Ritz property truly needs to take a good hard look at it's staff and send them back to training. As soon as we checked in we felt the front desk clerk was rude and preoccupied. The rooms are nicely decorated...however the amenities that you expect at a Ritz - the flowers, the shampoo, Q tips - were missing from our room. When we didnt receive turn down service we contacted housekeeping only to be told that there wont be any turn down that evening because there were too many rooms that requested it. I understand this Ritz took an existing hotel and revamped it to their standards... HOWEVER I can not see charging 400.00 plus for rooms overlooking roof tops or the Delano.
Headed down to the International Boat Show with a group of three couples for the Valentine's Day weekend. What could be more relaxing?
I would beg to differ with the Feb 5 reviewer. I must've been there the same weekend (Super Bowl weekend, 3 nights). The hotel was very crowded, and check-in was slow, and made slower by the fact that every customer at the front desk had his/her sad story about how they were sure the hotel had guaranteed them a Club Room/ Suite/ Ocean view room, which the hotel had no record of. I can't believe the hotel was wrong on every one of those. Had it not been for the crowds and somewhat slow service, I'd have given it five stars. I ate one breakfast and one dinner in the hotel, and I thought the food was great; not innovative, as in Mark's South Beach, but very well executed. As for the decor, I loved it -- not the usual stuffy Ritz Carlton yards o'chintz and English country house hunting prints, but black granite, warm woods, stainless steel, very contemporary but obviously expensive materials.
Finally! A hotel that possess the Vibe of South Beach yet provides the sophistication and class of a Ritz Carlton! Perfectly situated just north of Ocaen Drive and walking distance from first rate dining and shopping. I spent 48 hours here but still had the opportunity to explore every wonderful amenity that one could endulge in. The rooms were modern, nicley furnished and most importantly provided a warm and incredibly comfortable place to retreat to for a afternoon siesta or lazy morning.The Spa was first rate and immediately provided an oasis for R&R. The fitness room was perfect for those looking for state of the art cardio and weights! The breakfast and lunch offered unique-progressive delights, and of course, the basics that we have all come to enjoy. The setting...cant get better...one cant help but feel as if they are on a deck of a cruise, looking out into the deep blue Atlantic. Finally, the staff could not have been more hospitable and courteous. This is truly a gem on the beach...perfect for a short getaway or a week vaca!
Returned from weekend stay on Friday and Saturday night and could not ask for a better place to stay. The decor was great, beach and pool great. No problems, everyone went out of their way to help. Nice room with big bathooom, and really comfortable bed. Will go back again.
Checking in was a nightmare. We had paid for an ocean front view and when we arrived, they gave us a room with the view of the Delano Hotel.
Hopefully the other hotels will finally learn what good service is !!
I can not wait...this should let Shore Club, Delano, and (the worst place) Sagamore what good service means! WMC here we come! Oh and to have a clean room....unlike staying at Sagaless.