Since this was a family trip, I decided to find a place that would comfortably accommodate us. We got a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom ocean view suite. I looked at the website prior to booking and read some reviews, and I still wasn't really sure what to expect. The lobby is down the alley way. I didn't particularly care for that, but it wasn't a big deal. It wasn't even a real lobby...just a big area with a couch and a reception desk you'd see in a small office. The front desk person wasn't even there. We waited for about 5 minutes and then just started yelling out for someone. A guy who was doing some renovation said he'd go find the front desk person for us. Our room wasn't ready so we left our bags in the nightclub area, which is closed for some reason, and went to eat.
When we got to the room, we were pleasantly surprised. The room was huge, and set up like a roommate style condo. It was decorated very nicely; hardwood floors, 2 large bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, nice fully-stocked kitchenette, with stainless steel appliances, huge living area, ocean view balcony in the master bedroom, 3 flat screen TVs... The beds were very comfortable too. The only negative about the room was that the walls desperately needed painting. It looks like there were large holes in the walls and they were patched up, but never painted. Also, there were no remotes for the TVs. Later that night, as we were coming it, the guy said he forgot to give them to us, and reached in a drawer full of remotes and pulled them out.
The hotel is going green, which I can appreciate, however, that meant no hot water during certain times of the day. The lights were very dim too, but as the day went on, they got brighter. They were doing renovations in the restaurant/lounge area, so we only got to use that area to go in and out of the hotel during the evening hours. We had to use the alley all other times. During the day, that's fine, but I would not want to be caught in that alley alone at night. The pool was also closed, as they were awaiting some kind of permit. It would've been nice to know that before I booked, but we just went to another hotel and used their pool instead. The front desk guy said the pool was clean and we could use it if we wanted, but after a quick look at it, we decided that wasn't an option.
Also, the front desk person didn't really give me the impression he actually worked there. I know he did, but I haven't been to many hotels where people don't wear some type of uniform and/or name tag. They were all plain clothes employees, including the cleaning staff. And there are no "do not disturb" signs, so even if you don't want your room cleaned (which we didn't), you don't have a choice. There was also no help with the bags to and from the hotel.
As for the noise...one night was really noisy. The noise didn't even start until about 2 am, and went on until about 4 am. It was so loud I thought it was in our room.
Overall, the stay was pleasant, and I would return to this hotel and/or recommend it to a friend...especially if there are more than 2 people. The 2-bedroom suite could comfortably fit 6.
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- Also Known As:
- Casanova Suites On The Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Casanova Hotel Miami Beach
- The Fritz Hotel Miami Beach, Florida