Mixed Feelings.... A review of Embassy Suites Miami Airport
We are fans of Embassy Suites, having stayed at locations in Phoenix, Chicago, Raleigh etc. When we read the previous reviews at Tripadvisor, we were surprised because Embassy Suites are usually pretty good. As luck would have it, we found a deal at Hotwire, and it turned out to be the Embassy Suites in Miami. We took our chances and booked for six nights...
Ok, for those of you considering staying here, you are going to either love or hate this hotel, especially if you are the type who likes to spend alot of time in your room and are pretty accustomed to 3.5-4star type hotels. At best this Embassy Suites gets 3 stars and that is a bit of a stretch.
Other reviewers talked about the musty smell in their rooms, we experienced the same, albeit if you open the door to the balcony,and let some outside air in during the day the smell dissipated to a much lower level. However, if leaving the door to the balcony open at night, you would have to be a pretty sound sleeper! That's because the flight path for aircraft to and from Miami airport is right over the hotel!
The rooms were very clean, the beds comfortable, TVs worked. Staff was pleasant and responsive.The appointments in the room were dated, probably ten years old. Aside from the musty smell, the only other thing we noticed was a rickety air conditioning system, not enough to keep us awake though. We did not hear much aircraft because we were on the third floor. A lady we talked to had a room on the 10th floor and complained about the aircraft noise.
Okay, the cooked to order breakfast was great and the free evening cocktail hours, Mon-Thurs were refreshing.
The hotel has a nice atrium and lobby, rich with live vegetation, some birds and fish, nice touch and definitely the selling point for the hotel.
The outside pool and whirlpool were very nice, and clean. Our kids had a ball. The only concern was the constant flow of aircraft either taking off or landing throughout the day, it was really noisy.
The hotel is located near a major intersection of highways and it is pretty congested to get in and out. However, the hotel is pretty central to getting to attractions. Embassy charges $7 per day to park your car. If you want to eat out, you do have to drive a couple of miles because there is nothing around the hotel. The 24 hour shuttle service was very convenient.
So, our assessment of the hotel was mixed. For the price we paid, we really can't complain. It served our purpose. However, if you are going to drop more than $100 per night, look at other options because this Embassy Suites is not typical in our opinion and not worth the premium these hotels normally command. Interestingly the hotel was not short of customer traffic as there were alot of people checking in and out. They must of all got deals at Priceline or Hotwire!
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