Congress Hotel South Beach
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Welcome to Miami, the city of glitter, glamour, special lunch deals and 1 Gallon cocktails for $25 (Go for Happy Hour and you get two of 'em) but watch out and bargain the deal before you sit down (as my Mom would say). The first days my Yvi (my sister), Tyler (at this point fiance) and me, we would check the wedding location at the Mandarin …
25th to 27th May 2008 Well, I am on my way home, but first I have stopped off in Florida for a week full of fun and relaxation. I arrived into Miami from Quito on Sun, 25th May. I decided to splash the cash and hire a convertible car for the week then I was on my way to Ocean Drive in Miami. It took me 4 hours to get to the hotel, about 2 hours …
Well we have cruised many times, big ships small sail boats but we were no prepared for such rough seas that we would have that awful feeling of seasickness! It has been rainy, cool, and rough seas - six to eight foot, rocking and rolling. We did manage to get up and go to the gym and use the elliptical ...
... befriending a Canadian dude, he was cool and we had a good laugh. He was seriously well built and a good looking black man so I thought he'll be a wicked wingman. Only thing was, I only ever chatted to him when we were sitting down, we did a tequila each and went on the hunt, we stood up and then I realised he was only about 5'2!!! ***** sake, ha ha. Did a bit of wondering around and I decided to call it a night so walked home and went to beddy ...
... and go into a classroom to watch a short presentation about the dolphins we would be swimming with. Then it was time to go in the pool, yay. The pool had a shallow ledge around the edge, and the a drop into the deeper water. Well they didn’t start off slowly; we had to jump straight into the deep section and swim over to the other side, where there was a metal fence underwater to separate the different pools. The dolphins weren’t in our pool yet, they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Congress Hotel South Beach Miami Beach
Just got back from a 2 day stay at the Strand. Upon arriving I was a little confused as to where to go since the retail stores in the front of the building (where you expect the lobby to be) were under construction. But once we found the lobby we greeted by a very helpful front desk manager, who, even though it was barely 11am, was able to find us a room. It wasn't ocean front but had a partial view of the beach if you walked out onto the balcony. The staff was very accomodating, pleasant and friendly (no attitude whatsover). The rooms were larger than an average NYC studio or even one bedroom apt, with cool decor. My only complaints would be that there was no room service menu (although the front desk said we could order food from the restaurant next door), no wireless connection and no DO NOT DISTURB sign that I would have hung on the door knob so the maid wouldn't have woken us up at 8:45am on a Saturday morning. The pool overlooked the ocean and had great breezes. Despite these few minor complaints all in all I would definitely stay there again. I think it was a good deal for the $$ ($189/night and I think we had a junior suite w/a kitchenette w/fridge/freezer/cooktop/microwave and a small dishwasher). Great place!!
Disappointed Great location and Great Views but they are not ready for business. Check in was difficult when the front desk staff spoke little English. That went for the majority of the staff. Parking was a staggering 35 a night but I was offered 25 a night if I was willing to pay cash in advance for the week! The room was dirty, paper towels behind the couch a crust of unknow origin on the couch which was neatly covered up with a cute pillow. Dirty bathroom floor. My bare feet were blackened while walking in the room. The staff was never able to work the in room safe. For 5 day I was awakened at 7am with construction noise directly below me. I appricaiate the renewal that projects like this bring to a histoic area but I they opened to soon. I wanted a relaxing few days away from kids and family and I didn't get. I would have stayed away from my room more but I was tired. A jack hammer under your bed at 7am every morning left me exhaused and tired. I didn't get to see alot of the night life. The staff did not address any of my reqested or needs. They actually blew me off. Don't waste your time or money at the Strand. There are plently of charming hotels in the area that are ready for business..
After booking through Orbitz, I cannot recommend this hotel for many reasons. My biggest concern, in addition to many others, was the possible privacy law invasion. The morning we checked out we were enraged to find out that the hotel had, unbeknownst to us, made photocopies of our driver's licenses and credit card information. When we asked to have the copies back, the front desk clerk REFUSED to give them to us. He claimed it was Orbitz's policy to prove we had stayed there. Orbitz confirmed that it is NOT their policy nor is it the policy of any other established hotel we have ever stayed with. After getting Orbitz involved and hours of long distance phone calls, the hotel claims they destroyed the information...we, of course, have no way to prove this actually happened.
We stayed at the Strand Ocean Drive for a weekend get away with some friends in May. Let's start off with when we arrived on Friday. We got to the hotel about 2 PM, when check in was 3PM. Of course the rooms were not ready, but the front desk clerk informed us that the two rooms we booked were going to upgraded to a junior ocean view sweet and a one bed room ocean view sweet. At 3 PM when we returned to check the clerk had left for the day and the assistant manager told us that the one bed room upgrade was not possible. She did however offer the three people straying in this room free drinks at the hotel bar which was nice.
Perfect Location, Beautiful Rooms
I stayed at The Strand for one night with my wife and another couple. Both of our rooms were great and the rooftop pool was incredible! Both of our rooms had brand new EVERYTHING and they spared no expense in furnishings. The staff were very accomodating, although our contact with them was somewhat limited. The location of the hotel is absolutely perfect. It's right next to Versace's Mansion and the Clevelander Hotel/Club. I would definitely stay here again.
We booked our room through Expedia and got it at $165/night. There was only 1 room available at this rate and so I wonder if the room we got was priced lower than the rest due to some of the issues that we found with it.
This hotel gives more than what you are paying for in South Beach. The rooms are very spacious, the bathroom was wonderful and big but most of all it was so clean and the perfect location. I would definitely recommend anyone to stay here.
Average Hotel, Great Location
Hotels on Ocean Drive are pretty expensive regardless of where you stay. For the amount of space, the Strand ranks pretty well. However, due to the recent opening, there are many kinks that still need to be worked out. For instance, inconsistencies in cleaning, elevator down for most of our stay, safe would not work. The little things were the most frustrating. Other than that, GREAT location, clean room, large space, and beautiful roof-top pool!
Arrived 10AM at the Strand on 3/11 and after requesting early check in a week in advance, our room was not ready until late afternoon, this was a minor inconvenience. The hotel is actually 3 buildings of individually owned condos and the rooms are very nice and brand new. They do utilize the small space nicely with a small kitchonette. The beds are hard as rocks and the windows have no drapes so there is no way to sleep in after partying all night. There is also a small pool on the roof with good views of Miami Beach.
The Strand - Awesome location and style
Awesome location, we felt like a star. Just opened but still working out the kinks, we had a great room, gorgeous ocean view, sumptous designer towels and supplies plus eager staff. Incredible pool view on the top of the 3rd tower.