Congress Hotel South Beach
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... Miami is sinking? The lady at reception recommended an Italian to us and seeing as we saved money in accommodation tonight we decided to eat there we then sat around the pool area when we got back and met a nice Canadian, Ghanaian and an Argentinan. In bed by half 11 as have to get up and make the most of our one day in Miami tomorrow ...
... can't extend our (or mine) visa for me day. So that sucks and that means I will violate the 90 day ESTA policy when I fly back on the 31 of may and I can't apply for an ESTA VISA anymore if I want to come back. After we were there we went to the Goodyear place right next by to check our tire pressure and it turned out that our tires are all except for one pretty much done and have to be exchanged. So we have to see, when we are going to do that. But we ...
... water or snacks or Cuban coffee! Remember, it is a very quick flight back to Miami. Mentally, spiritually, culturally, we were so far away, but in reality we barely had time for a Sprite and we were landing back in Miami.
A piece of me remains in Cuba; a lot of Cuba is within me! I am back in the USA and am so appreciative for what we have. Honestly, I don't think I will ever go to ...
Out of the room by 8, Speck and Caroline met up with Joel and Karina on the Lido deck. There they learned that Karina had missed many calls and texts inquiring about her unexpected marriage as reported by her FaceBook page. Speck admitted that it was his idea, and Caroline owned up to her part in the prank while noting that she had contacted Karina's sister who was told to inform her daughter that it was just a joke but had apparently failed to do so. After the apologies there ...
... and upward to the Kmart. Blah blah blah, we shopped, and then, we needed a taxi to get home. Holy poopsy, not fun. Who knew?? We had one van come to us, and then tell us we couldn't get us all in, PLUS we needed a car seat for Beau (1 years old), so after waiting a solid 25 mintues with 7 adults and 3 kids outside Walgreens, we were ready to ninja chop everyone ...
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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.