The Savoy Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Savoy Hotel Miami Beach
Enjoyed my stay
I was scared to stay here after reading some of these reviews but was pleasantly surprised when I got there. Guess every persons experience can be different. Our room was great(room #221). You can pick from 2 decors. Pick the Florida Deco option....much better. I saw one of the other decors and not nearly as nice. There are 2 buildings one which used to be another hotel(Arlington I think). Stay in the Savoy part. We had a small kitchen dining and living area. Our floorplan was the best I thought...very spacious. Others had wall between kitchen and living area which made it less roomy. No silverware or dishes in the kitchen at all. Also no ice machine for you to get your own ice. You have to call and request ice each time you need and some times it took long.
The balconies were locked and we couldn't get them open at first but this was quickly corrected. There is no restaurant on the premises which kinda sucked but atleast we were walking distance to alot of places on Ocean Drive. There is a deli right across the street which we grabbed a sandwich from and took to the beach. The other reviews are correct when saying that the walls were very thin. We could hear everything going on above us. Loved that the maids didn't constently knock on the doors like at other hotels and wake us up(i mean we are in South Beach and sure weren't ready for an early morning bang on the door). They just left a quiet note on the floor. Nice. Yes there is a $5 resort fee but almost every hotel has that if it is on the beach.
Usually it is $10. This is for 2 beach chairs. We needed 3 and the guy didn't give us much problem about giving us the third. The water was quite pretty. Better than I have ever seen it before. The pool area was beautiful and they had comfortable lounge chairs. Loved the qaintness of the hotel. Was worried about the crowd during Labor Day weekend, but it was fine. Overall we were pleased with our stay and we will definately come back.
Good location...but has issues!
I just stayed at the Savoy hotel for 3 nights (August 22-25, 2003). I fortunately was able to get a good rate of $99 per night for a 1-bedroom suite. Although, I had requested a king bed, I was only able to get a queen. After several requests to be moved to a king room, I was told that only thing available (on my 2nd night) would be a king with an ocean view, and that I would have to pay for an upgrade, which I declined.The hotel has a lot of positive attributes, such as beach access, a very nice pool (but with limited umbrellas--only 2 for the entire pool areaso get there early if you want one), close proximity to the major Ocean Drive action and overall nice rooms (mine was not that big, but it had two small terraces, a kitchenette and was nicely decorated). Additionally, the staff was very nice and helpful. A continental breakfast is included and is served in the lobby. The breakfast is fair (frozen bagels/danish, barely working toaster, and stale cereal), and they dont offer any trays to hold your food, so you better bring the tray from your room. Currently the restaurant is under renovation and closed, so food service is not available. The Savoy offers a menu from the Big Pink restaurant (diner style food) who will deliver to your room or at the pool. I ordered from them twice and the food was actually pretty good.Dont use they their phone for local calls. They have a very high surcharge; it cost me $2.50 to call to order foodthe place is 3 blocks away. After that, I used my cell phone.
They also charge a $5.00 per day resort fee (for towels and beach chairs). It kinda seems like they are trying to squeeze extra money, which I dont like. Also, it seems like there is not much sound insulation in the rooms. I could always hear what was going on in the room above me.Overall, for the rate I paid, and the location, it was okay. To call it a luxury experience would not be the truth.
What a JOKE !
Here's what happened during my week stay in March 2003.
1)the Bellman was overheard bitching because he had to carry our luggage up 3 flights of stars cause the Elevator wasn't working.
2) the Fire Alram went off off night and day the whole week.
3) A/C didn't work, and the card key locks didn't work either.
4) The maintenance and pool guys yelled all day long in Spanish around the pool area, and one maintenance man always smelled of booze.
5) the worst was the General Manager named Chuck, he didn't help us out of all, it's like he cared less.
They nickel and dime you
Everything has a price. When you pay for accomodations plus tax. you do not expect to be hit with resort fees on top of that. They want $5.00 per day per person just for using their towels. I never heard of such a thing. Clean, Friendly staff, great location but a bad taste left with ridiculous charges. Breakfast need help. They are better off not even having it if it's going to be like army barracks.
This hotel is the worst misrepresentation of luxury! To say it simply, it is a cheap hotel! Your lucky if the air conditioning works. We reserved a two room suite ocean front and paid a deposit up front in order hold this reservation and also spoke with someone over the phone to confirm the reservation. We were told everything was set. When we arrived to check in the front desk person said that they do not make any promises even if we did have it in writing via e-mail. We did get a two room suite overlooking the street, no balcony, no air conditioning, dirty floors, mice in the walls that we could hear at night. The worst hotel we have ever stayed in. RJ
I liked it...
I read the other reviews carefully, but still decided to give the Savoy a shot, and was quite happy with it. Not a perfect, top-of-the-line hotel, but South beach isn't known for that, anyway, unless you can stay at the Delano for $300 a night. The Savoy's best asset is its setting, with a beautiful courtyard with two nice pools, romantic ocean-view verandas and beautifully maintained gardens. It's right on the beach, just go out the back gated and there you are. And while the hotel is on ocean drive, its setting (just below 5th Street) means it's outside the craziness just a few blocks north. My suite (#302) was on a corner facing the street, and was perfectly comfortable, with a HUGE bedroom, big marble bath, and living room with french doors out to a rooftop deck area. While I could hear the TV from the adjoining room next door if I was in my living room, once in the bedroom I was in total privacy. Drawbacks: they advertise each room with a "kitchenette" but in reality it was a small fridge and coffeemaker. My room was somewhat "charm-free," but I saw other rooms that were better decorated. One has to call to have ice delivered. Plusses: Staff were friendly and accommodating, free breakfast in the lobby, excellent location, beach chairs/towels/umbrellas provided (for a $5 "club fee"), room and hotel in general appeared scrupulously clean. It seemed like the other (bad) reviews were based more on the behavior of the other guests, so I guess that can always be a risk. But I would recommend the Savoy for its beautiful setting.
Great Hotel, The hotel is located right on the beach, and has complimentary beach chairs. The Pool is also a nice touch to finish your day. The rooms were extra clean and very up to date. Great hotel and very highly recommended.....
Gangs of new york
we couldn't have been more thrilled with our 1st impression of the savoy. The room was beautiful and spotless, two gorgeous pools and access to the beach. Were a little disappointed to find that parking cost $18 a day and that the restaurant was under renovation but we had a kitchen in our room so we stocked up on a few groceries, no big deal.
What we weren't expecting was the group of about 60 boys and girls from the hood that took over the hotel for 3 days surrounding the 4th of July. The room across the hall and the one directly above us had to have had at least 10 people to a room and they partied until 7 am each morning, running up and down the halls, screaming and cussing at the top of their lungs. No sleep for any of us. Our last day on July 5th brought in even more "40 THUG" tattooed, gold medallion wearing morons who parked their rented mopeds in front of the hotel and were let in through the security gates by their friends. We had no chairs available to us, no towels and we weren't real keen on taking our 3 year old into the pool anyway. The grand finale was watching some obese drunk S.O.B.
do a strip tease and another "gangboy" throw something through the plate glass window leading into the exercise room next to the pool.
After the police left, the desk clerk imformed us that these people were simply "guests" of other people staying at the hotel. You know, it's really a shame that security sucked so badly because it's really a beautiful hotel with alot to offer but the people working there didn't seem to have any more regard for their other guests than the moochers did.
Hip Hop No Way
I have stayed at the Savoy many times - but over the last few years they have catered to the Hip Hop Generation - It was once a beautiful place to stay - now it is an unsafe place to stay - especially when the Hip Hop festival is in town over Memorial Day weekened. Security was horrible - there was at least 10 people staying in a room. I complained to management - but they did not care. I have stayed at the Savoy for five years - and this was final straw. They just don't care about there repeat business in fact they could care less. Too bad.
Skip the Savoy
Extremely disappointed with our stay at the Savoy in South Beach, Miami. We attempted to speak with the manager for two days regarding a serious security problem we had without success - on numerous occasions he conveyed to the receptionist/concierge that he was too busy and refused to speak to us (even by phone). Could be fantastic as the location is great! I could go on and on about the problems we had...so farcical it was almost funny. Would thoroughly recommend anyone looking at the Savoy to look elsewhere - there are so many other great options in South Beach. Vacations are too precious to waste on a "Fawlty Towers".
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