Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
... so much food, I decided to go for a walk on the beach. The rain had stopped but it was still windy so I wanted to see the huge waves in the ocean. Most people stay away from the beach when the weather is not lovely - I tend to head straight to it. I love the wind at my face and the smells of the ocean when a storm is brewing. I walked along the ocean until it started getting dark and then headed back to the hotel.
Overall, we had a great day!!!!
... into the closest TGI Fridays and had a true "American experience". One of the locals at the restaurant/pub took a fancy to us and decided it would be a great idea to buy us not only one drink, but our entire nights worth of drink and dinner. An incredibly generous man, great fun to hang out with and we hope to see him in London in the not too far future. I was taught how to throw bottles cocktail style behind the bar and Chris taught the bar staff how to spin ...
... of the sites in his city. By this time it was already about 10.30pm and I wasn't keen on a biggie. We initially headed to a Hostel bar next to a big nightclub called Nikki Beach. It was pretty busy as people were taking advantage of the cheap drinks before heading over to Nikki Beach where drinks were about 3 times the price apparently. After a couple of beers we walked for about half an hour to a club on Oceans Drive called Mango's Tropical Cafe. It looks pretty tacky inside as the ...
... time. He found a security guard in the lobby who verified his cell phone was, indeed, correct, so we had another hour before we had to get up.
We got up early to get our luggage sorted, knowing we were very close to weight limits. Without a scale, Jay was just attempting to gauge it by lifting. We just took our best guess.
Our taxi arrived as scheduled and we were quickly at the airport, as there was no traffic that ...
... but we were shocked when he was slugged $500..lol Lucky we have Travel Insurance !!
Just as we were leaving the hospital I got a phonecall from the Hotel we stayed in at Sugarloaf and Peter had forgotten his Laptop !!! So back we drove 30 minutes then turned around and started our day all over again !! Not a good day for Peter.
We got into Miami..Freeway city, holiday city busy busy and were thankful that is was Sunday and not a work day . ...
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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.
Clinical, noisy...but cool
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)..
If you can afford somewhere else... do yourself a favor
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 décor. 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!!!!
The good, the bad, the ugly
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.