My husband and I just got back from a weekend in Miami and stay at Hotel Urbano. We are in our early 30s, no kids, and drove to Miami from our home in Florida. We have travelled to Miami a few times in the past year, staying at hotels near South Beach each time. This time, we had a different agenda for the trip and I decided to book a hotel closer to Coral Gables, where we wanted to spend some time.
Based on other reviews of Hotel Urbano, I thought it would be an okay hotel and we'd have a pleasant stay. I am pleased to say that our expectations were surpassed in every way. Here's a breakdown:
Location: the hotel is super easy to get to as it is close to I-95, but we didn't feel like we were staying in a hotel right next to the highway. We had a pool view room with a balcony and also spent a lot of time by the pool, yet I never heard noise from the highway. The hotel is also around the corner from the entrance/toll plaza to Key Biscayne, which is super convenient for a beach or dinner excursion.
Parking: I read a lot of Trip Advisor reviews from people complaining about parking at Hotel Urbano. Yes, the hotel has a lot reserved for valet only, and yes the valet costs $20-$24 per day, however this is not usual for Miami. We were pleased that our car was so close and in a secure lot that we could actually see (from the pool area). The price for valet was what we pay to stay at hotels in Boston and cities in Europe. I like to save money whenever I can, but parking in Miami is going to cost you wherever you go, so why not right in your backyard? People need to give this hotel a break.
Room: Our pool view room was super clean, had a king size bed, spacious, modern bathroom with newly tiled shower and good water pressure. The slider to the balcony kept out noise from the pool, and we had a newer flatscreen TV. Oh! And there were several different pillows on the bed, giving us the option to choose our favorite.
Service: We were so thrilled with the service we received. We have had sub-par service in Miami, but not at Hotel Urbano. There was always plenty of staff on hand, someone was always sweeping the floor or vacuuming or cleaning the tables. The service was prompt and staff always let us know that they would be right with us if they couldn't get to us immediately. Someone was always available to make you a drink at the bar or a meal. We didn't know they would provide poolside service, but they did and we enjoyed a nice lunch in the shade by the pool.
Food: The food was really good! We had two breakfasts and a lunch and all of it was made fresh and was great! The menu is smaller, which is just right for this size hotel, but there is something for everyone.
Other amenities: the pool and pool area was great. There were plenty of lounge chairs, tables, umbrellas, and cabanas. There was a TV in one of the cabanas outside and large outdoor couches; we were able to watch a tennis match on tv while still lounging in our bathing suits. The gym had some cardio equipment and some hand weights, which was just enough for a 'vacation workout'. The fire pit by the pool was a nice touch in the evening. Pool towels were provided without a problem. The decor is fantastic, from the floors to the unique artwork on the wall to the natural sunlight that pours into the main lobby area.
We will definitely be staying at Hotel Urbano again the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Urbano is a stylish, urban boutique hotel with a resort flavor, well situated within the active Brickell Avenue Business District. The eclectic and relaxing ambiance of the inviting pool deck and innovative, savory cuisine from Bistro Urbano & Bar with indoor and outdoor seating create the perfect setting for both guests and local residents to mingle and meet. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove along with many of Miami's famous attractions such as Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya and Jungle Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Urbano Miami, Florida