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“Insects & Free Upgrades”
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Cardozo Hotel
Ranked #143 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Jacksonville, FL
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Insects & Free Upgrades”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

Upon arrival, our room was small-ish. For a 2 person room, the bed felt like you're sleeping on a rock, the pillows and blankets smell bad and you don't get much room place your bags. The bathroom needs a lot of upgrading. Half of the hotel was recently "upgraded" so ask for a renovated room. Now for the interesting experience. We get back from a day out on the town to get changed. As we turned around to face the wall, a HUGE cockroach was right above our bed. I killed it immediately and informed the front desk. She alerted me that they deal with large bugs frequently and have exterminators all the time. Upon arriving back to the hotel at 2am we were given a free upgrade and they moved our bags for us. This time we were upgraded to the large suite that had a big bathroom and living room area. The bed was no different but it was great to have a large room. Will we return to this hotel? No. The service is poor.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

I went to this hotel for lunch. I ordered a salad and a drink. The bill came to $50. I was accepting of this (considering that most of Miami is very expensive). However, the waiter returned my bill without my credit card inside and when I approached him about this, his response was "I don't know what to tell you, man". I told the manager and he offered no compensation or apologies, only to call me if they found the card. If you eat at the hotel, make sure you pay in exact cash- and don't buy a drink!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

This hotel is in a great location, right on Ocean Drive. Although there is nothing wrong with the hotel, there is nothing right with it, except the staff who area always pleasant and friendly.

The rooms are clean and comfortable but lack any drawers or storage. This is fine if you are just overnighting, but not if you are vacationing for a week or so. The rooms have wooden floors, which look great, but... The reason that most hotels don't use wooden floors is that they are noisy, and here you can hear every footstep of the people in the room above! $5.50 for a bottle of bottled water left as a courtesy is just a rip off, not courteous at all. Although there is a mini bar in the room and a deposit taken at check in, it remained locked.

The bathrooms are tiny, which isn't a problem, except there's nowhere to put anything. Form over function... Looks ok but doesn't work.

Although there is free wi-fi, there's no business centre making it difficult if you need to print airline boarding passes or require a computer.

The staff check in and house keeping work station should not be set within the guest rooms on the second floor it needs to be back of house to minimise the early morning disruption to guest sleep at 7.30am!

Having said all of the above, I would consider staying here again, but, this hotel, with a little remodelling could be a real "boutique hotel" and a diamond destination on Ocean Drive.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Kristiansand, Norway
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Cardozo is an old Art Deco hotel with a mostly original facade. Unfortunately, it has a row of umbrellas and canvas covering the first floor and restaurant, like many of the other hotels on Ocean drive. The room was OK, spacious but no luxury. Sea view was good, including Ocean Drive, the park and the beach. The restaurant played loud music saturday night until 3 in the morning, no sleep until then. The other nights was reasonably quiet from 1, except for a noisy AC. (Don't know why they play the heavy music, nobody in the restaurant seemed to enjoy it, and nobody could have a conversation.) The restaurant seemed to be undrestaffed; if there were more than a few customers, the service went missing. The hotel staff were friendly, but after confirming on the telephone that they would store some baggage while we were on a cruise, they changed their mind when we came to deliver it, so we had to bring it all to sea.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We arrived late and dropped our bags quickly in order to get a bite not really paying much attention to the room. It was only later we realised that we were in a rather shabby tired room with the tiniest of bathrooms. The worst was to come when we tried to sleep which was impossible due to the air conditioning machinery directly outside our window. This not only serviced our apartment but you would imagine from the noise the whole of south beach. The following morning after barely sleeping we were woken by cockroaches crawling over us in our bed. We found more in the bathroom. We complained and moved to a renovated and quiet room which was nice but still with a tiny bathroom which was still a bit shabby and with paint peeling. If you like grey eggs I really recommend the Cardozo for breakfast - yuk! Not the most expensive hotel on south beach but certainly not the cheapest by far so I expected more and seriously doubt if Gloria Estefan would have been best pleased had she been awoken by roaches crawling over her.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Baldock, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2012

good helpfull reception,clean modern room,nice bathroom with condiments.great location

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Feels a bit out of fashion and in the whole hotel there is a funny smell which they try to mask with incents. Very nice staff! No swimmingpool, no gym and the restaurant is very clear they do not have anything to do with the hotel in the same building...

  • Stayed February 2012
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Additional Information about Cardozo Hotel

Property: Cardozo Hotel
Address: 1300 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4210
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#97 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cardozo Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located on Ocean Drive, the hotel offers a variety of magnificent deluxe suites, superior ocean view suites, and standard room accommodations. Set in the heart of South Beach, you are within walking distance of the best restaurants, lounges, and nightclubs Miami Beach has to offer. The Cardozo Hotel offers the finest in service, location, and comfort in one of the most exciting and trend-setting cities in the world. ... more   less 
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