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dag 21: Vandaag worden we weer om 3:15 in het hotel opgehaald voor de vlucht naar Miami, alweer idioot vroeg dus. Maar het is voor een goed doel, zo maximaliseren we namelijk onze chill tijd in Miami. De vlucht verloopt redelijk goed, behalve dan dat we 700 formulieren moeten invullen, we 300x gecontroleerd worden en dat al het luchthavenpersoneel …
Well I didn't think it could get worse at the "W" but it has. We awake early to watch the sin rise and as Caroline walks out on our patio she cuts her foot on glass left behind by the last guest. As the sun came up we started to pick up the glass scattered across the patio. At 7 a we went down to the front desk and show the manager the glass we collected. He told us it would cleaned up ASAP. It's now 2:30 and it's still here. We received a ...
... before we picked it up at the back entrance. Than when we actually planned on going to the beach it was already so late that we had to go to our couchsurfing host for the night, because we wanted to meet for dinner at 6. So we went to their place which was more in a farming area, south of Miami and they lived in a small but nice house. It's just one couple with a son that almost 1. We had a really funny evening with them drinking beer talking about ...
The first part of our Cuban adventure began in Miami where we had our orientation before the Charter flight left the next morning. My arrival time was perfect as a group of other early-arrivals were just leaving for a walking tour of Little Havana. They waited five minutes for me to drop my luggage off in my room and off we went... Now remember, this was not a part of the official Road Scholar adventure---it was ...
... way to pick up the rest of the cruisers. Pulling in to load up the car, Speck found himself in the wrong lane. Fortunately as he had packed it the last time, he was able to quickly wrangle the 6 bags into the trunk and back seat and within 5 minutes they were on their way to the Hampton Inn Miami Airport-West.
With the help of the GPS a route was quickly found and before 11:30 the hotel had been reached. Speck went in to try and work some early arrival magic but it was to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach
The townhouse may lack a pool, but makes up for it in many other ways. I have stayed at the Townhouse several times and have been satisfied every single time. Breakfast and afternoon snacks at the Pantry (lobby level) is a wonderful plus. The rooftop waterbeds are awesome! The location is great, next door to the Shore Club and at a fraction of the price. Bond Street lower level has great sushi. The rooms are clean, the staff is awesome, the rooftop bar in the pm is great. If you are worried about noise from cars, noise from people partying till the wee hours of the am..then Miami is not for you. Little hotel with a big punch.
Stayed at Townhouse 5-9 March 2004.Construction work is still going on opposite the hotel - it's only internally now, but still it's noisy from trucks outside and general building noise - put it this way, they give you earplugs in your room as an apology for the noise. However, you'd also need these for the general running around in the corridors from non-residents looking for the roof bar and in-room parties that seem to be going on all night there. I'd estimate the construction work to continue until beg 2005.The roof terrace is a great bar at night, but we got there early to have a few drinks and were told to move off the table we had as another non-resident had "bought a bottle" and therefore he was entitled to a table - we said we were staying at the hotel and we thought it outrageous - to no effect - the bar is subcontracted and the staff on reception seemed to be powerless to help. It's still a cool bar though and a great resting place for sunbathing during the day - we spotted Carmen Electra there being interviewed, I don't think she'd have been that impressed by the 6 or 7 workmen leering at her (and us) from the construction site across the road though!!!it's in the same road as cool Sky Bar though, so great for stumbling back to from thereThe rooms are small, very bright, very clinical - almost hospital like, but generally it wasn't a restful experience and I was glad to be leaving. Breakfast is nice: self-service - however, this is difficult at busy times, as the kitchen has room only for one person at a time.to sum up, it's a great place if you're between the ages of 16-22 and on spring break - it's a trendy and cool spot to be in, but not, definitely not, if you want to sleep.won't be staying there again myself, but still recognise it as a trendy sobe location - just wasn't what we were looking for.
Just returned from a weekend in Miami Beach. I think the Townhouse Hotel is a very nice value (relatively). For $130/night, we stayed adjacent to the beach, on the same block as the celebrated and posh Shore Club and a 2 minute walk from the $700+/night Delano. The rooms were clean, stylishly spartan with an abundance of pillows.
The construction noise, referred to by previous reviewers, was NOT a problem. It was present saturday morning, but it was not loud at all - probably 50 dB, which is approx. ambiant street sounds heard through the window.
I will definitely stay there again.
Also recommend the Bond St. sushi place in the basement. Tasty (but a tad expensive)..
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Town House. I thought overall it was a great deal. The room was clean except for a stained seating area. This stain couldnt have occupied a space more than 5 x 5 inches but it seemed magnified by the surrounding minimalist dÃ©cor. When I asked for an ironing board delivery was quick but that too turned out to be stained. Its really a no thrills no frills type place that I could only equate to my high school gym locker room. On a hot summer day this would be quite refreshing. The staff was very pleasant and quick to help. Bond Street sushi downstairs is FANTASTIC- and the service prompt. The location was good but the small street on which the hotel is situated turned into Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour each night between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. Horns were beeping throughout the night. There was about a 2 hour period of silence (max) until the construction workers showed up for their job across the street- yes, even on Saturday. 20th Street beach access is also closed off (at least for the time being) so be prepared to walk around the block in your swimsuit. My biggest complaint was definitely the noise. Between the cars, the rowdy construction workers along with their even louder machinery and the presumably drunk guests who felt it their duty to stomp down the hallway at 4- our stay was made a little less than peaceful but certainly affordable. To be honest- I think the money would be worth a quiet room away from it all... and please keep in mind this is coming from a new yorker who is no stranger to noise.
Only stay if sleep doesn't matter ...
We stayed at Townhouse for one evening and will never, ever return. We were woken at 3:00 a.m. by the front desk calling to check if we ordered a pizza, as well as four other times by various guests of the hotel. Notwithstanding a call to the front desk to ask if they could ask a particularly rowdy bunch engaged a wrestling match outside our room at 4:00 a.m. to be a bit quieter, no action was taken on the part of management. If we hadn't been wearing the hotel-supplied earplugs, I shudder to think how many more times we would have been woken!
A fabulous place to stay!
This hotel was great.... Steps from the beach, just a few blocks to the South Beach "strip", parking nearby. This hotel had a lot of little perks that make it memorable. The decor was funky, the rooms were spacious and clean, the staff were friendly. They offer a continental breakfast and cappuccino in the morning. Sushi bar and lounge downstairs was a great place to finish off a fun night in South Beach.... I would stay here again and again! Thanks Townhouse!!!!
We chose Townhouse after the many positive reviews in magazines which were probably written when it first opened, at first glance we thought the place was a little run down, but it got better. The good- the lobby and roof-top were great places to hang out and the hotel had free tea, coffee, espresso, magazines, New York Times, and ear plugs (see "the bad"); the rooms were minimalist and average for south beach, but comfortable; the hotel is very near Lincoln Rd. Mall; the free breakfast was great; the hotel has bikes to rent for very cheap; the Bond St. restaurant in the basement is very good. The bad: the hotel was a little too hip- the VIP parking and enterance for the Shore Club which is next door was in front of the hotel and it was very noisy until 4 a.m., there was also construction on Saturday morning starting around 7 a.m., luckily they had given us earplugs; the hallway and bedroom could have used some touch up or maintence; our 7 a.m. wake-up call on the morning we were leaving never came (the staff obviously is not used to waking people up at the hotel); the hotel is about 10 blocks to Ocean and the heart of SoBe. The ugly: upon our arrival our toilet was very ugly, but the staff came up right away and fixed it and cleaned it; on our last night the toilet became backed up again, although the staff was very quick to fix it. All in all it was a fun place to stay and was quite a value, but we wouldn't stay there again.
Feel the Townhouse Love
I stayed in a standard room over the weekend. The room has everything you could need, and the lobby and breakfast was great. There's a lot to do nearby and the staff was very attentive. Since it was the weekend, there was no construction, and I didn't hear any noise from the very popular clubs nearby. I would definitely stay there again, especially now in the off-season when the price is so low.
Fun & Trendy Place, but Beware of Construction
The hotel is very chic, but the staff is friendly without attitude. I liked the simple & bright decor, loved the NYTimes and many other hip mags, loved the breakfast of good croissants and french bread and expresso. The downside is the constant construction of premises next door- they were still drilling at 10pm! I stayed there on Tuesday so the club next door wasn't open that night. The soundproofing of the windows was pretty good though- and I was facing the construction. It was fine for 1 night, I may not stay there again until construction is done (1-2 yrs later). I really like the concept & style of the hotel- just wish it was in a better locale.
Not a Restful Place to Stay
I stayed several nights at the Townhouse in December 2001 and January 2002. The facilities had deteriorated quite a bit since last year, but the staff remained friendly and helpful. The biggest problem was the fact that the night club next door played extremely loud music from 11 PM to 5 AM with a constant ker-thump and wall vibration making sleeping impossible. The construction noises started about 8 AM which gives you about two or three hours to sleep each day. The staff said our room was one of the least noisy and that the police would not enforce any noise ordinances.