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Woke to bright sunshine and blue sky this morning for the first time since we got to New Orleans and we are leaving - typical. Our flight to Miami was delayed so we had a 3 hour wait at the airport. Luckily there was free wifi which always makes us happy. Landed in Miami in pouring rain. Its forecast to rain for the 3 days we are here which we are really gutted about as the whole reason we came here was to do nothing but lie on the ...
Tuesday 26th March - Monday 1st April
Our first adventure was to survive the 2 and half hour que to get through immigration, not exactly a great welcome into the states (but no arrests thank god). Once finally at the apartment, exhausted after such a long day we flopped into our KING size beds and slept like babies ready to enjoy the ...
... we bypassed all of those people.
With our boarding passes in hand we went to the security cue. It was easily twice the size of the American Airlines cue. After winding through the rope line one or two times, one of the Costa Rican National Police spotted Leslie. They unhooked the rope and took us right away. They looked at our passports and then directed us right to one of the scanning stations. So, once again we bypassed ...
... from which the Carl Hiaasen book he had just finished derived its name. After reaching the hotel Speck checked everyone in, passed out keys and they headed to their rooms. Speck was most disappointed when he opened the door and found that he was in a smoking room, and doubly so when he called and was told that they had no-where to move him to that was non-smoking. The only saving grace for this hotel was that they had a free airport shuttle so that he would not have to get ...
... played cards on our own :( and at around 8 headed out to the seafront to get a spot to watch the fireworks. When we got there the place was heaving already, no space to sit on the wall and the beach was full of people watching a live band on a big stage. The atmosphere was great, lots of people dressed up in red white and blue, it's obviously a massive celebration! We listened to the band for a bit and sat on the grass to wait for the fireworks, which were unbelievable. ...
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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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.