We stayed at the hotel May 30-June 2, prior to boarding a cruise out of the Port of Miami. As other reviewers have said, the hotel is in a great location, close to the beach and restaurants and activities. Note that the hotel's name isn't on the building externally so we passed it a couple of times before realizing we needed to look for the building number. Where to request valet parking also wasn't obvious. But there is a lot going on on this street between all the restaurants and hotels, tourists and beachgoers.
We had a room on the 8th floor, overlooking neighboring buildings and the alley - $180/day doesn't get you a view, I guess! It was a pretty large room with a queen-sized bed. Agree with others who have commented on the need for better lighting in the room. One floor lamp and it was kind of cheap and rickety. The TV was on a table in the middle of the room against the wall. To watch it from the couch or bed requires physically turning the TV toward the couch or bed. This is somewhat awkward but not unworkable. The room is long and a little narrow so I don't know how they could mount the TV permanently that wouldn't reduce viewing range.
Yes, the shower has a half door that is pretty inefficient, allowing water to splash out. But the hotel provides plenty of towels so we just put an extra one on the floor -- not sure this issue is worth the significant lamenting other reviewers have done on the topic. Not the first time I've wondered about designers who prioritize "form over function."
Very nicely equipped kitchenette with the unit -- corkscrew, drinking glasses and a little sink are provided.
Yes the garbage truck came through the alley daily but not at 8:00 as others have stated. It made some noise, but that didn't bother me near as much as the very odd 'moaning' sound that was constant in the room, but loudest near the AC vent/bathroom door. No idea what it was (though I'm guessing plumbing) but it drove me nuts. We had white noise apps on our iPhones but I could still hear it at night. I finally had to use ear plugs I fortunately had brought with me. Note that this noise didn't seem to bother my husband like it did me.
The AC in our room didn't cool very well at first. On the second day we mentioned something to the front desk, and we came back to a nicely cool room. Wish we had said something sooner!
Overall, not sure the $18 spoil me fee was much value for us: We went to the Happy Hour once but wasn't impressed -- two wine varietals were offered but neither were ones I like to drink, and unless you stand at the wall, there isn't much of a view from the roof. The breakfast is pretty basic - not sufficient for my husband (I don't eat breakfast). I did very much appreciate beach towels and chairs available for borrowing but (again), not sure if this was worth $18/day.
Every single member of the staff was great - not one troublesome encounter to report! Got a great recommendation for our first night's dinner (Puerto Sagua - Cuban food). Other reviewers have raved about Le Sandwicherie, which is just around the corner from the hotel, but my husband and I thought it was just okay.
One thing we did which we really enjoyed was the Segway Tour with Bike & Roll - the informational part of the tour was just okay, but driving the segways all over Miami Beach was a hoot!
- Also Known As:
- Edgewater South Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Edgewater South Beach Hotel
- Edgewater South Beach Miami Beach, Florida
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edgewater South Beach welcomes guests to a relaxing, intimate retreat. The contemporary style and comforts of a modern boutique hotel are evident in every detail of this fully renovated Art Deco District hotel. From the contemporary vibe of the rooms and suites to the European ambiance of the private Rooftop Terrace, Edgewater South Beach is a refreshing alternative in Ocean Drive hotels.Edgewater South Beach was originally built in the heart of Miami Beach’s burgeoning Art Deco District in 1936. Constructed in the Mediterranean Revival style by renowned architect Roy F. France, this Ocean Drive hotel features a striking façade and an intimate rooftop terrace that evokes feelings of St. Tropez, Italy and the Cote d’Azur.Completely redone and renovated in 2003, Edgewater has emerged as a modern boutique hotel featuring suites and studios designed by the internationally renowned Deborah Wecselman Design firm. Located oceanfront at 1410 Ocean Drive, Edgewater South Beach offers guests an experience that blends stylish accommodations with exceptional service, all in the heart of Miami Beach. ... more less
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