The Savoy Hotel
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We woke up at 9:30... We looked outside and finally no rain anymore.. So we made ourselves a coffee, and relaxed on our balcony. Till approx 11:00, when we went into the pool.. We stayed in the pool till approx 12:00..
After the pool we quickly had a shower and went for a lunch @ News Cafe on Ocean Drive... After our lunch we walked over …
This morning I woke up around 8:30... Had a look at Ingrid's flight.. And yes on time.. I was a bit worried as we have a storm here in Miami.. And it will become more severe over the next few hours.. So no beach today :( As they expect 2 inches (approx 5 cm) of rain...
But for tomorrow it looks a bit better.. Not a nice start of Ingrid's …
This morning I woke up at 7:15.. Together with Bjorn and Karin.. To say goodbye as I will be gone to Miami when they come back from there work..Curious when I will see them again in real life.. probably somewhere over 1,5 years from now :( After Karin and Bjorn left I went back to bed ;) Till approx 11:30 for my beauty sleep ;)
When I woke …
... very hot and humid. Sat on the beach in a good mood but then my hangover started to creep in just as the clouds started to come over and then start to rain, brilliant. Read a lot of Alan and then chilled at the pool under an umbrella reading and listening to my tunes. Was quite nice actually. Mike showed up and went and bought some beers, the rain eased and more people came out to play. I was a little reclusive though as was quite happy being on ...
... 10-15 seconds....they lied to me!!! First of all I had to have the sticky things from the ECG pulled off me, it felt like I was being bloody waxed. Then I had to have the tube in my arm connected to the machine, so I could have an iodine injection. As the nurse was fiddling around with the cannula i was looking the other way, only for her to say things like 'oh boy' and 'I'd better clean this up, you don't want a blood bath'. I mean, really?! The scan itself was ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews The Savoy Hotel Miami Beach
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.
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.
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 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.....
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.
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".