We were on a very tight budget (but still wanted a good South Beach location and beach chairs included) so it was with some trepidation that we booked The Park Central. It turned out to be a great hotel. Yes, the rooms are very simply furnished and are looking a little tired now, but they are a good size for an Art Deco hotel and housekeeping keep them really clean. The bathrooms are particularly cramped, but perfectly functional. The soundproofing is not good though, so try to get a room away from the elevator and hope your immediate neighbours don't party in their room. I took earplugs (and generally slept well - the beds are very comfortable) and on the only occasion I was woken by two very silly girls in the adjacent room at 4.00am, security came very quickly to tell them to keep it down. In fact, all the staff we encountered were delightful. The hotel's oyster.com review had suggested that the front desk staff in particular were surly and unhelpful, but we found them quite the opposite, switching one room for another immediately when we asked.
The pool is tiny and in shade for most of the day, but given that beach chairs are included in the room rate and there's a great roof terrace with very comfortable loungers, we weren't worried by that. The location is excellent - right on Ocean but down at the quieter end. Perhaps it wouldn't have been so ideal in really humid weather - it would be a long and sweaty walk up to Lincoln for instance - but in December (and a cold one at that) it was ideal. There's no Starbucks nearby, but there's a cafe just around the corner on 6th that does cappucinos and freshly baked croissants, and a Walgreens for drinks and snacks. We also recommend CJ's Crab Shack (virtually next door on Ocean). Don't be put off by the rather strange decor inside - the food is delicious and pretty good value by South Beach standards.
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- Also Known As:
- The Park Central Hotel Miami Beach
- Park Central Miami Beach
- Park Central Hotel Miami Beach
- Park Central South Beach
- The Park Central Miami Beach, Florida