Winter Haven, Autograph Collection
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Maximo Gomez Park is also known as Domino Park. "Domino park is a members-only park where dominoes are played. There is a wait, there is service, there is an employee yelling in Spanish "Your time is up!" There is a player exclaiming in Spanish: "Today is my lucky day!""
We weren't ...
... doesn't give you much hope in the sun and heat. Dinner at Nobu Miami Beach - part of the famous chain of Japanese restaurants. Expensive? Yes! The food, however, was delicious. Menu and review follows, so skip to the pictures now!! Nobu Miami Beach Salmon in broth with wasabi and Japanese plum - delicious combination of creamy smooth salmon, spicy broth, wasabi and sweet plum. Yellowtail salad with daikon - sashimi style whit fish with salad wrapped in daikon so ...
... to a cigar factory/shop and watched a guy manually rolling a cigar. Pretty interesting. I bought a box of 5 big stoggies that Al Capone would have been proud of. I then jumped back on the bus and headed back to Downtown before switching buses to get back on to the Beach Loop. We headed down Ocean Drive seeing a mixture of 'interesting sights'. The Art Deco district has some magnificent looking buildings designed in an Art Deco style with lots ...
... that Jay gallantly tried to finish, along with his Quarter Pounder with cheese and a fish sandwich (as well as finishing one of my McWraps). Well, we won't be hungry for awhile.
We drove Alligator Alley from Miami to Naples. As I remembered, it was a somewhat boring stretch of highway, very flat with lots of different birds, but not much else.
Decided to stop in Naples at a WalMart to get some of our photos developed so ...
... realize that this boat is bigger and offers more than the Holland America boats we went on before. There is a very large casino, a bowling alley, a golf practice cage, two big swimming pools and lots of hot tubs. We toured the fitness area and Erin and I signed up to have our feet evaluated. We toured the spa and it was quite impressive. Erin and I will probably get a massage at some point. We continued to explore until it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Winter Haven, Autograph Collection Miami Beach
Winterhaven Just right!
My stay at the Winterhaven was just great. Yes the rooms are small but not tiny or stuffy. The hotel is clean and quiet. The staff was friendly and polite. The hotel is located right in the middle of all the action. The valet parking at $18 a day is unreasonable. Just drive up the block and park your own car at the same place for $10.00 a day.
Overall this hotel is worth what it charges.
I had read the rooms were small but I didn't expect it to be closet size. My husband and I were constantly banging into each other. Also I believe there are bigger rooms we got a low rate and I think thats why we got the room we did. If you go do not get a room that ends in 8.
They are all next to elevator where you get to hear that all nite long.
Would not stay here again.
Great location, Lovely hotel
We stayed at the Winterhaven Hotel for 2 weeks in August, 2003. We were lucky enough to have (in my opinion) the best room in the hotel - Top floor,centre. The view from our window was amazing! The sea, sand and plenty of people to watch. The rising sun was lovely too! We had no complaints about the room. Large TV, with plenty of satellite channels, comfortable bed, clean bathroom with a few goodies and did I mention the view!! We did miss not having tea/coffee making facilities as we like our hot drinks. However, we overcame this problem by buying a mini hotpot thingy (which was just a wide kettle) from a local chemist for $9. We did find the walls a little thin. Sometimes we could hear our neighbours conversations, snoring and TV, but only on the odd night. It didn't take us long to settle into the Miami lifestyle. The hotel is right on Ocean Drive, parallel to the other important roads in South Beach, namely Washington Ave and Collins Ave. Lincoln Rd was also nearby - great for restaurants. We expected our road to be noisy at night, but we were on the north side of Ocean Drive, so we were far enough away from the action to get a good night's (or morning's, if we'd been partying) sleep, but we could join the crowds easily by walking a couple of blocks south. The breakfasts were sufficient - croissants, bagels, coffee. They did run out of things every now and then. You had to ask for hot water if you wanted tea, but the waiting staff were very friendly and were keen to help if needed. They always smiled and said good morning, which helped us feel at home. The housekeeping staff were also very friendly. Only a couple of the receptionist let the staff down. The lobby area was light and airy and the staff took pride in keeping it clean. We really enjoyed Miami, and part of it was due to having a lovely base to go back to. We would definitely stay in the Winter Haven hotel again.
Great South Beach Find!
After spending two days reading reviews on hotels on South Beach, finally decided to plunge for The Winterhaven hotel. I was not disappointed. The location is excellent, on the quieter end of Ocean drive, but across the road from the beach. The lobby was a great introduction to Art Deco chic. The room was very comfortable with a cool bathroom. There is also a great roof terrace. Nice breakfast, muffin and coffee, small bar and a nice porch round the front of the hotel to have a drink and people watch. Reception could have been friendlier, however will recommend the Winterhaven and would definetely stay again.
This place is OK , we had a corner room with some view of the ocean, beware the bathroom is SMALL 4ft X 5ft if that :)
Not too bad
The "IN" South beach district was interesting for people watching. Too wild for my taste with a child of 8 with us but passable if she didn't look at the strip teaser on the open air bar at 6:30pm !!! Had great Cuban food on Ocean drive even though the hotel misinformed us about the name. Room itself a little on small side, but clean. Ice came immediately when we asked a maid for it. Luckily this hotel does not become a wild party/bar/restaurant at night. You can still hear the party going on but it was reasonable. Breakfast was nice and you can sit out front on the porch. Good value for the price but wouldn't spend an entire vacation in this area. Beaches are WONDERFUL!!!!!!
Winter Haven doesn't provide the basics.
The staff at Winter Haven are friendly and accomodating within the limitations of the facility. However, the facility lacks some of the basic amenities found even at the lowliest motel.
For instance, my room, a deluxe ocean facing corner room, had blinds that didn't close completely with sheer curtains instead of black out drapes. This was important since the hotel has floodlights shining up the face of the building.
Most rooms have individual air conditioners. When I inquired at Winter Haven prior to booking my reservation I asked if there were rooms with central air since I didn't want to be bothered by the noise of an individual air conditioner. I was assured that some rooms were equipped with central air. However, the room I was assigned was NOT. I was shown another room, but it had the identical problems noted above.
So I was stuck with a noisy room lit bright into the night! Not what I'm looking for while I'm on vacation.
The bathroom was extraordinarily small - so much so, that one had to siddle to the right immediately upon entering, then close the door (which did not open into the room fully) in order to access the sink and toilet. The sink was very shallow which resulted in water splashing over the sides on a regular basis. Water pressure in the shower was at a barely acceptable level (this may be the same at other areas in Miami Beach.)
Others have noted the small rooms. My room, a deluxe, was not small.
There are no ice machines in the building nor are there any vending machines. One must call room service to obtain ice.
It has been noted by others that the price of the rooms is very reasonable. This is correct. Most facilities on Miami Beach, whether in South or North Beach, are generally much more costly than the Winder Haven, especially in South Beach.
I was sadly disappointed with the conditions I faced at this hotel and most certainly will not return. I also find myself now asking questions like: do you have blackout curtains? This is most unfortunate.
14th & Ocean
I lived in South Beach around the block from the Winterhaven at 14th & Collins from 1994 to 1999 There isn't a better location on the beach. It is quite and right on the beach. The last time I visited South Beach, I stayed at the Winterhaven and thoroughly enjoyed it.It does not have a restaurant but a charming little bar and a very friendly staff. Lincol Road is in easy walking distance and Collins Ave just around the block.
Great Little Hotel
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Winterhaven Hotel.First, the locaiton of the hotel is great--it's right on Ocean Drive, pretty much right on the beach, and close to nightlife, but its also on a quieter block that also lets you sleep when you want to--not always possible at some places on Ocean Drive.The hotel was recently renovated from top to bottom and is super-clean, comfortable, and pleasant. The room wasn't huge, but it was high-quality, with nice furnishings and linens, nice TV, etc. The hotel also had a nice roof deck and a pleasant continental breakfast, that although nothing huge, certainly got the job done (and the orange juice was really good). It was especially nice to be able to take breakfast out on the front terrace of the hotel and eat it while listening to the ocean.Overall, the hotel was a great find and a great value.
Excellent rooms and service!
I checked out several South Beach hotels before recommending this one to my arriving guests from Chicago. It is located directly on the beach on the north end of Ocean Drive. Parking can usually be found on the street here or in the parking garage just one block away.
The lobby and rooms are excellent! The staff is very customer friendly.
My guests and myself recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to enjoy Miami Beach.