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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Key Biscayne
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Naples, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Location, Hotel not quite as beautiful”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The Ritz Key Biscayne is nice, but that's the problem---its simply nice. All the standard Ritz elements are there---wonderful staff, excellent food, attention to detail, and a wonderful location--but, as others have mentioned, the two pools are rather small (one is a "family pool", the other the "adult pool"), the rooms nice, but the bathrooms very small and rather dated. The beach is very nice, but not nearly as beautiful as the Ritz beach resort in Naples. The parking is expensive, but that's similar to most other Ritz properties. The food was consistently excellent, but, the breakfast buffet for two was almost $75. The problem was, you could not leave your table unattended because birds would eat any food left on the table. As a result, we had to go in shifts---a bit irritating for a somewhat expensive meal. Certainly small negatives, but this the Ritz. Overall, a solid resort feel, but a property which just misses the mark.

Room Tip: Upper floors with full ocean view are by far the best.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This hotel has had it's day. It's a little old and dated. The rooms are average. The pool is too small for the size of the hotel. It's oversized and crowded (took 10 minutes to valet).
They charge for wifi which is just rude these days. There is no self parking and valet is $35 per day.
All in all just not worth it. Average at best.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Rosie S, Executive office at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Mantraveler ,
Thank you for staying at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami and taking the time to share your experience with us. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and sincerely apologize that while on our property we failed to exceed your expectations. Please know we truly value your loyalty to our brand and would appreciate the opportunity to personally speak with you. If you would like to discuss your experience further please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 305-365-4500.
We hope you will give us another chance to provide you with the service you have come to expect from The Ritz-Carlton and look forward to welcoming you back should your travels bring you back to South Florida.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Wilson
General Manager
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had not planned at staying at the Ritz-Carlton, but we are very glad we did. This was probably the nicest hotel my wife and I have stayed at other than the Intercontinental in Moorea, Tahiti (see that review). There are two pools: adult and family. We only went to the adult pool.

The service was excellent everywhere. Alper was very helpful in checking us in and getting us a room upgrade. Whenever we saw him, he addressed us by name and asked about our stay. The pool was beautiful, as was the beach. You can get food/drink service at either. We enjoyed the food from the Dune - the burger was very good and the Ceasar Salad had a large piece of Mahi Mahi on it. The fitness center was nice, with a large range of equipment, dumb bells and group classes.

The drinks are expensive - beer is $7-$8 and mixed drinks are $19-$29. We brought a cooler of drink and just brought them with us. I would definitely recommend bringing drinks and snacks or you'll be paying a lot of extra money.

We would like to go back here sometime soon.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We went there for a business lunch. The restaurant in front of the pool has a nice view, a small menu, but a fresh one. I had the panini and it as very good. It has outdoors and indoors sitting. We chose outdoors... just jealous of the guest enjoying the pool while we work.
Afterwards we went to a meeting room, nice room, just what we needed.
Afterwards we went to the bar. Not that nice. Very dark, and the chips they gave us were really old... we asked the lady to change them.., and gave us the same, maybe same bag. We told her again but nothing happened.
Good place to do business. Big hotel, good ambience.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

Try Dunes beach bar! Its a really good place to have some beers (local and domestic: tsing tao, asahi, guinness, king fisher, budweiser, heineken, etc), or a bucket or two of your fave proseco ;-) burgers are the soecialty but finger food is great too. Very casual, great ambiance. Dont expect low prices! Will definitely come back!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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New Windsor, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We vacationed there for 3 nights.. We checked in and headed straight to the pool and the elevator we were in made a huge noise and suddenly as the doors opened a wheel fell off and luckily my husband pulled my daughter or it would have fallen on her head. She was totally horrified and didn't want to take the elevator. As this happened we reported it to the front desk who somewhat didn't agree that anything was wrong with this elevator. Offering us a room upgrade and a couple of fee drinks doesn't make up for what happened and how scared my daughter was. The front desk has people who don't care and don't take comments seriously. Anyways the rest of our stay was ok but certainly don't expect these kinds of incidents to happen at the Ritz. Lastly we were told we would get our rewards points back which were used on our stay and nothing as of yet has been put back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne is a gorgeous resort!!!!
The fountains and grounds are immaculate. Great pools, great location, quiet, relaxing, upscale. Loved it! Perfect for amazing views, relaxing walks. Very quiet, romantic and fabulous. Was a great romantic getaway!

The Spa - Fabulous!! We didn't get any services, just relaxed in the whirlpool/suana/steamroom. The facilities seemed brand new and modern. Amazing shower area!!!!!! Omar and Eduardo (the younger Eduardo) in the Spa were absolutely fabulous!! They learned our names, brought us water, towels, even fresh fruit and snacks. We visited very often, they were so pleasant.

Location is fabulous!! Walking distance to everything you need. Winn-dixie for a picnic lunch to take to the beach, Sir Pizza for amazing pizza and probably the best ranch dressing I've ever had, Milaneeza for a funky/modern/trendy dining experience.

If you're not familiar with Key Biscayne, its a upscale, quiet Island - perfect escape from the madness of Miami. However, if you're looking for that madness this is not the hotel for you. Its an expensive taxi ride to the action. If you don't have a car: restaurants, beach, groceries, and a few bars are within walking distance. Otherwise not too much to do. This was perfect for me!

At 2am I called down for water bottles, and they brought me super cold waterbottles straight away. For free!! Great service!

Pools were great and the fruit-infused water was fantastically refreshing!!! Beach was small, no waves and good amount of seaweed - but I LOVED the little boardwalk they laid over the sand. I love the beach but the hate the sand, this was perfect for me.

Few complaints:
-It was our anniversary, they didn't do anything to acknowledge it. The Sarasota Ritz-Carlton, where we stayed the night before, sent chocolate covered strawberries, a hand-written note, a Ritz Sarasota keychain, etc. That's how I expect to be treated at the Ritz-Carlton.
-No ice machines. So ice had to be brought to you, this took forever - as others have mentioned in their reviews. Had to call multiple times, that's an embarrassment.
-Upon check-in, I was told the Dune burger bar would be serving food during our stay. The morning of the day I wanted to use it, I called the front desk to confirm - they said yes, serving their full menu. When I got there, closed, only place to eat was Cantina.

They got 5 stars because the hotel was beautiful and relaxing, the staff was friendly. Also, I paid pennies compared to the full price. For what I paid, it was amazing. For full price, I would've been more annoyed by those inconveniences. The staff was friendly, but for $600+/night for the most basic room, they should be going above and beyond. The only staff members we found to be doing that were inside the Spa.

Room Tip: The hotel faces 2 directions, either the ocean or the island. If you face the Island, try to get a h...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Address: 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1900
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Region: United States > Florida > Key Biscayne
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Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Key Biscayne
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Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami 5*
Number of rooms: 352
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