Travelodge Monaco/N Miami/Sunny Isles
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... all took pictures and got very exciteable. We got pretty close to a few gators which could easily have made a run for us,
but that was nothing - seeing a crowd of people ahead of us, we made our way to see what they were looking at and we realised what the fuss was about. About 35 alligators clumped together, only a few metres away from us, sunning themselves - apparently this was a very rare sight.
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... would recommend it to anyone. Dom had the kids burger, Maya the fish and chips. Gino had a dozen oysters on the half shell and a whole red snapper. I had one of the specials which was coconut crusted Mahi Mahi with an apple chutney served with salad and a balsamic citrus dressing. And we all shared the Conch fritters. It was so good! To finish off, we shared a piece of chocolate cake and a piece of cheese cake. So yummy. We were pleased with ...
... opted for chicken fingers and vegetables (we insisted on something other than fries).
The Sazon Cuban restaurant was nice - some visitors, but also some locals were enjoying their meals. We wanted to eat outside and ended up having the whole patio to ourselves. We noticed the patio had heaters, which we thought was funny. The weather was lovely - just a small cool breeze- perfect for ...
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OK, not maintained or cared for, many things inoperable, fire hazard!
Motel is not maintained. The "heated" pool is only sometimes warm, mostly the heater was broken during the two weeks we stayed, and the water was COLD!Too cold for even children to swim. Rooms are minimally maintained, any "improvements" are shoddy at best. The security doors do not lock and our kitchenette blew its fuse daily, but luckily the fuse box was accessible in a closet outside our room. Showers require skill in changing the water temperature, since you never know from one minute to the next if it will be too hot or freezing! You must pay for any lounge chair usage, either poolside or on the beach. Beach towels are only provided if you rent chairs, otherwise, bring your own. Cribs are very old, and use only regular bedsheets, very dangerous! We bring our own. If you plan to cook, use paper plates and plastic cups, the motel does not clean supplied dishes, it is up to guests to wash them. Bring ear plugs. You can hear everything near you, and even rooms far away, since the ventilation system carries noise, too. If it is hot outside, it is hot in the room, if it is chilly, the a/c works great! Bottom line, grungy and cheesey, probably a huge fire trap, but the in-laws insist on staying here because of beach accessibility for the kids, provided it is even warm enough to be on the beach!
Dirty and Disgusting
My family stayed at the "Monoca Resort" , a grungey motel, for eight days. The hotel itself is small, old, run-down, ratty, and unkempt. The lobby is all right, but the rooms are dreadful.
The smoking rooms are nauseating, with rank, old, smelly carpet. The "kitchenette" is filthy. Their are cupboards full of dirty and dusty pots, plans, and plates. The coffee maker is repulsive. Their is even a sign on the wall, a disclaimer of sorts, stating that the pots and pans have not been properly sterilized. Instead of proper burners on the stove, there is some old tin foil where the burners should be. Their is a microwave, however. The fridge is old and smelly, yet works. The air conditioning unit on the wall is insulated with paper towels, and a sponge. It's absolutely ridiculous.
The green comforters are dirty, with mysterious white stains. The mattresses are extremely uncomfortable, the bed frame squeeks and shakes with every move. The pillows were good, however.
The bathroom was a nightmare. Peeling plaster on the bathtub, dirty. Be prepared to bring your own soap, and shampoo. During our stay, we had to go across the street to the Marshalls store and buy our own sheets and towels. We also went to the Walgreens pharmacy and bought shampoo and soap.
The only good thing about this motel, earning it two stars instead of one, was the beach. The hotel is located right on the beach. Through an arch off of the "courtyard", one can reach the beach very easily. It is a gorgeous beach. The only problem is that this cheap motel makes you pay for the lounges and mattresses and umbrellas. You have to rent them. It's cheaper to go across the street and buy your own umbrella and beach chair. This is just what we did, we spent 20 dollars on a very comfortable folding beach chair, instead of 24 for the uncomfortable wooden hotel one ($3 a day for 8 days). Also, we bought a fabulous beach umbrella for $12, renting it would also have costed $24. We brought these items home to New York with us too, so it was a good price, and the hotel is a rip off.
If you want a good vacation, on the same beach, spend the extra bit of money on a good hotel, there's a Sheraton Hotel and a Ramada Inn nearby.
I loved it
I stayed at Travelodge Monaco this winter. I loved my stay. The Staff
was very friendly & acomodating. I wanted to extend my stay without reservations. My stay was in their busiest time. They did every thing to
acomodate me & I was able to stay. The rooms are clean & resonably
priced. It's not a fancy place but a very comfortable relaxing resort.
I especialy loved their bar on the beach. Le Pepit Snuffy is the perfect
ending to a perfect day. The food & drinks are good. The music is wonderful. The ouner Snuffy is lots of fun. He is a pleasure to chat with.
I would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks Louise
We made a reservation at the Monaco (giving them our credit card number), but because of a change of plans had to cancel it. When I spoke to the man at the reservation desk and asked for a cancelation number he told me I didn't need one because he had now erased the reservation. Well, sure enough we were charged for the first night. When I spoke to the manager I was told that I should had gotten a cancellation number! We contacted the Better Business Bureau but the hotel said we were a "no show." I wonder how many other people they have done this to?
Not worth the money
I was there with my wife three years ago but I'm sure it has not changed since then. My travel agent (now fired) solicited this place to us calling it "hotel" which was not true, it is a motel. I made a mistake by not checking it out on the net! The bottom line is that it is definitely NO WORTH the money. Actually, it was the worst hotel-motel I ever stayed at, and the right price for this place is $30-35 a day.
It's just old! Everything is old-old-old!
So pay an extra 30$ to what these guys are charging and go to Mariott or Hyatt!
Not a bad little place to stay.
I stayed here for 8 nights and thought that it was not that bad really. I had read the reviews before I travelled and was a little dubious!!! The rooms are dated and a little cheesy. There is a fridge in the room and they are cleaned everyday. As this was the first time I had travelled alone I did feel safe staying at this hotel, my room was on the ground floor overlooking the pool, this added to my security. The pool is clean and well kept. The hotel is not close to South Beach its about 9-10 miles away, you will need a car, scooter or mountain bike to get around. The plus point is the hotel faces right onto the beach and its lovely!!!! In a nutshell if you want a plush hotel in a great location the Monaco is NOT for you. If you don't mind getting out and about on different kinds of transport and roughing it in a "bog" standard hotel then the Monaco isn't all that bad.
I stayed here for 2 nights after arrival in Florida before heading down to Key West in April this year as my first choice - The Thunderbird Hotel was not available. The first room I was in I was kept up all night with a sick infant next door (not the Hotels fault I know). They offered to move me the next day and I paid extra for a so called pool view room (I was overlooking a wall in the previous room). OK so I could see the pool if I stepped out of the room, and peered over the shrubbery but I was kept awake the second night with the noise from the hotel bar. The rooms were ok but nothing special. Petit Snuffys the hotel bar was fun and make a strong pina colada (go to the Thunderbird beach bar- they're much better there!) but the Euro restaurant food was terrible. I have made this sound like a bad review but on balance its not too bad a place if you want a cheap vacation right on the beach. The staff were very friendly and helpful and obviously the location is the best draw for this place. If you can, I would recommend the Thunderbird in Ventura (more expensive) but if not, try and stay in an ocean view room here.
Overall not bad
Because we booked through hotels.com at a great rate they tried to palm us off with a terrible room (skylight only, no view even though we had requested a garden view room). They were polite and friendly and with a little persuasion changed our room but beware when booking through the internet.
This hotel must be left over from the 50's or 60's and it is a bit rundown and seedy but I totally LOVE it! It's completely campy. Old people were actually playing shuffleboard by the pool--I'd never seen that before! You can get a room right on the beach (walk outside your door and you're stepping on sand) It's also within a few blocks of a great gym, a liquor store, an irish pub, some clothes stores, and several good restaurants. I don't know how much longer this place will be around--it's probably the only one story building around for miles--the land it's on must be worth more than the hotel itself. The only problems I've ever had there are low water pressure in the showers and inability to control the temperature in your room. Plus I didn't realize how far north it was from Miami. I will probably stay here again someday and I recommend it for people with eclectic taste who don't like lah-dee-dah fancy hotels. It's probably a good place if you've got kids along with you too.
Monaco oceanfront resort, miami
This hotel bears no resemblance to the internet report, it is very old and tatty. The one saving grace is that it was very clean. Half the facilities listed were not available (most permanently). For what it is, it is expensive, the food was poor, the rooms have paper thin walls and when you have noisy neighbours it is no joke.
I would definitely never stay there again!