The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables
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Great Party and fantastic Fireworks on the Water front Miami.Great to meet up with family & friends
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... drive further, sorry.
Then there comes our next stop: Boca Raton. Looking around for a while. There were houses by the architect Addison Mizner and some others inspired on his ideas, because he would not see his "dream" of the city fullfilled as he had in mind. A city full of rich people, too. So it is said.
What is next? Fort Lauderdale. Also driving around but luckily going down and stretching the ...
... South East Asian countries.
I explored the South Beach area in Miami Beach, passed Star Island with its massive multimillion dollar mansions and massive yachts parked in the driveway. This is apparently where many famous celebrities such as Madonna and Will Smith live. I really liked the Miami metro mover, which is like an airport sky train, but takes you all around the downtown area. It is completely driverless and ...
... It would be an ideal location for a stag do in fact, although I wouldn't fancy being the best man to organise it. I can't see Easyjet flying here. There is a bar here called Bogota Brewing Company or the BBC, which brews it's own beer and it is class. The strange thing is that you have to show a bouncer your receipt on the way out to prove that you have paid the bill. A bouncer barring your exit instead of your entry, that is a first. The next day, we caught the local bus to the town ...
... Dolphins football game the next weekend, I’ve been waiting for 29 years to see them. The first time my family went to Miami back in 1981 the footballers were on strike so we didn’t get to see them, and every time I’ve been back it’s been in the summer and outside the football season. So it was a long time coming but I finally went. The game itself was rubbish and the Dolphins lost but we did get to see the longest field goal in Dolphins ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables
We had booked our stay off of their own website for a King size bedroom and when we arrived around 10:00 PM they said they were all out of King bedrooms. It didn't matter that I had paid more for the King bedroom or that my credit card was supposed to hold the room...we ended up sharing a small double bed that took me back in time. After getting a very poor night's rest they did upgrade us to a "suite" the next day that had a King bed...of course this was now a smoking room that reeked of smoke!
My husband and I booked this hotel on Priceline for $90 a night. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised that the hotel was very nice. It has an odd layout, but the hotel is quite pretty. We drove from Atlanta and arrived at 11:00 pm, and it took them a very long time to check us in. I was getting annoyed after having to wait 20 minutes to get a room, however they upgraded us to the Presidential Suite from a regular room, so the wait was worth it. The suite was 2 levels and huge. The only complaint that I have is the cleanliness. It wasn't filthy or gross, but it also wasn't spotless. There were a few dust bunnies on the floor and the downstairs toilet wasn't very clean. However, the upstairs bathroom was spotless. I peeked in to other rooms when the maids were cleaning them, and they looked nice. I think this hotel was a nice hotel for about $100 a night, even if we had stayed in a regular room, but I would have been disappointed if we had paid the $180 regular price that they were charging on their website for the days we visited. Also, if you are on a budget, keep in mind that they charge $15 a day for parking.
Loved the Omni
Let me start out by saying that the Omni hotel chain is fantastic! They really bend over backwards to make you feel welcome and do whatever they can to make you stay more comfortable. That being said this Omni is great! Beautiful hotel, clean, relaxed atmosphere. The staff is so helpful. The concierge directed us to this great seafood restaurant that was phenomenal. He even called the restaurant to let them know that he was sending us over there and to be on the lookout for us. The staff at the bar in the hotel was so friendly as well. They made us feel like we were regulars. Great location too! Lots of good restaurants nearby. Some really cute shops too, although there were a lot of bridal shops. Stay at the Omni and you won't be disappointed.
Stayed at the Omni Colonnade for a weekend in mid-September. From start to finish, the hotel was a disaster. Far from being "conveniently" located as promised by the staff, it was a $60 cab ride to Miami Beach. The promised shopping and restaurants around the hotel were not particularly great, and many of them were closed on Sundays. The room, a bi-level suite, was dirty (hair on the stairs, among other things), poorly furnished, and very hot upstairs while cold downstairs. The regular rooms appeared a bit nicer but were still not brilliant. The service was very poor, with unprofessional front desk staff and lousy 'concierges' (who doubled as bellhops). The general manager was helpful enough at first, refunding the room charges, but then reneged on a promise to deliver a complimentary weekend stay at any Omni, instead sending a certificate for his hotel. I am a preferred member of two other hotel programs and will be sure to stick to those hotels in the future instead of Omni Hotels, thanks to my dreadful experience at the Omni Colonnade.
We were surprised to read the other reviews on trip advisor considering our previous experiences at this particular hotel. We have stayed at the Omni over six times in the last two years totalling more than 30 days. We have never experienced anything other than excellent service by all staff especially the reception staff (Jay in particular). The rooms are of a good size and the pool is excellent, we would suggest Valet parking rather that using the garage as the cost difference is minimal and the valet parking is excellent. We had previously stayed in the Ritz Carlton at Key Biscayne which was so disappointing and over priced. We found the Omni by accident and decided to try it out. We would not consider staying anywhere else in Miami due to the quality and location of this hotel. We suggest joinging the Omni Select program as this gives the added bonus of complimentary morning orange juice, coffee & newspaper.
Stayed at the Coral Gables Omni in Nov. 2003.
The carpet was old & dirty. Housekeeping didn't clean up the dead bug that was there when I arrived -- and from its condition was probably there long before my arrival.
There was a used condom wrapper on the floor at the head of the bed
that remained through my entire stay.
I left a day early (even though it was prepaid through Hotwire) and
left a guest [negative] evalutation form.
I never heard a word from them.
Previous visits had been acceptable. The staff is very friendly & the
location can't be beat. I'll stay again but complain at the beginning
instead of the end of my stay.
Wonderful experience at the Omni
We stayed at the Omni Colonnade for ten days during Christmas and New Year. Prior to arriving at the Colannade we had a good feeling about the hotel and the location. However, we were very pleased with our stay at the hotel. The staff were consistently pleasant, helpful, and highly professional. Our room was well maintained, bright and very comfortable. We enjoyed the outdoor pool and hot tub. Coral Gables is a splendid area with a variety of restaurants and interesting stores. We highly recommend the Colonnade and look forward to returning in the near future.Moira and Steve Hudson
Omni Collonade is impressive looking, if you get impressed by big atriums, expensive looking stairways and so forth. But when you get to the room, it is pretty ordinary. Nice, fairly new furnishings it appears, and clean, but at these prices you expect more. You certainly expect them to not mess up your booking (I booked two queen beds, got one king.....they said that a group had stayed but we found literally no one anywhere in the hotel, the pool and fitness areas were deserted, where are all these people?). You would like for them to charge less for the self parking in the garage than the valet (well, gee they do but it is only $1 less so that hardly makes a frugal person warm inside for foregoing the valet). Prices for room service will make you seize up. The bottle of Fiji water that they get a ton for is a buck at the Publix five minutes away. Of course this is on the "Miracle Mile", so you expect it to be pricey, but if you look around there are some great places on the beach that will be easier on your wallet.
Enjoyed every minute
After booking my room at the Omni, I looked for reviews on Tripadvisor.com. There was just one unfavorable review which had me concerned. Apparently, there is a new manager operating the hotel since that review was writtine and I can say that I did not experience any of the problems described by the other reviewer. The room was clean and comfortable. The staff was almost invisible but everything was in order when I returned to the room. Great location with shopping and restaurants located nearby. An enjoyable stay.
We stayed at the Omni Colonnade in Coral Gables in Aug. 2003. Prior to check in we were quite excited to stay at what we thought would be quite an upscale hotel. Where to begin. Upon arrival we drove into the parking garage to discover that they did not grant in and out privileges despite the $15+ per day parking fee. Moreover, the garage elevators did not work and we did not relish the though of carrying luggage down flights of stairs. The valet suggested we park on the street for free until the next morning (this was Sunday). Good call since we saved on one night's valet charge.