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Cardozo Hotel
Ranked #142 of 210 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Spent a nice weekend in South Beach at the Cardozo and not over priced. The customer service was pretty good. the rooms are average for a standard queen sized room on ocean drive. You have all amenties as clevelander or breakwater but without the noise. The hotel restaraunt is over priced in my opinion when a magaurita costs over 20 bucks. I have no complaints about hotel really. "Tip to those that fly in from Miami airport take the 150 bus from airport and get to south beach for only $2.65."

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Service was poor, and the food was just OK. The waitress acted as if she didn't care if my wife and I were there or not. We found out why when the check came. We didn't ask what the price of her raspberry mojito was up front, it was huge, almost cartoonish and way to much for her to drink, but so was the price. We had 2 Bud Lights, the mojito, and 2 appetizers for about $90. An 18% gratuity is tacked on, as well as a donation to a charity, the mojito was $25. Don't fall for the bait and switch deals they're in your face about on the sidewalk, once you're in a seat they forget all about those. Seriously, South Beach on a 97° day has to be one of Dante's circles with this place as a specialty.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Cardozo in March this year on a weekend break to South Beach. I chose the Cardozo based on a friend's recommendation and also because it was considerably less expensive than other hotels on Ocean Drive.
We arrived in Miami on a very early flight and the front desk staff checked us into our room straight away, which was perfect because we were both exhausted. When we awoke a few hours later the view from our window was the most quintessential Miami view we could have wanted: sunshine, palm trees, blue sea, white beach, rollerbladers and fast cars! Amazing.
The room was large and luxurious with million dollar views, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom small but adequate. But you don't come to Miami for the room, right?!
South Beach is as you would imagine it to be: loud, busy, bright, glamorous yet trashy in equal measure.
The only downside to our stay was that we experienced a number of instances of unruly noise and behaviour from the Spring Breakers in the next room (partying til 8am, loud music, suspicious smoke emanating from under the door) and we were also disturbed each morning by workmen who were refurbishing the kitchen in the restaurant downstairs. Despite this we enjoyed our stay at the Cardozo because for the money the location is unbeatable. If I want high end (and higher end clientele) I'd stay at the Delano, but the Cardozo was fine for a fun weekend to enjoy Miami.

Room Tip: Take a room on floor 3 above - so that you're not directly above the noise of the restaurant bel...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

My wife and I have wanted to stay at the Cardozo so when she saw an off-season special for $100 we jumped at it. The outside of the hotel is very nicely designed with beautiful plantings at the entrance which is on 13th Street. The hotel had been undergoing refurbishment so we were very happy to get a room that had been completed; everything about it was nice. On check in the staff was very pleasant and courteous and presented us with tickets for drinks. Everything about the hotel was as good as we expected it to be and we had a very pleasant stay.

Another couple joined us that afternoon for drinks on the terrace on the beach side of the hotel. I noticed a young couple sitting at a table near the sidewalk drinking from giant sized glasses. When asked, the waiter told us they were giant margaritas or mimosas and presented us with a drink menu. There were no drink prices listed and then I remembered reading here on Trip Advisor that drinks cost between $20 and $24. When I asked him for the price of one of those drinks he said $28. I presented my drink tickets to him and he explained the tickets would buy smaller $10 drinks which was exactly what we wanted.

I watched the couple receive their check and could see the man was fuming having no preconception that he was being welcomed to Miami by the SOBE rip off artists. It is important to note that the restaurant facing Ocean Ave is not operated by the hotel but leased from the Cardozo owners and they deal with you as if they will never see you again. Never order anything without knowing the price up front whether drink specials or food specials, if there is no price indicated you can be sure the deal is not in your favor and you may be in for a shock.

Room Tip: Always ask for the best view and do it before the clerk assigns your room. There's no reason to...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Had a newly remodeled room. Was nice, just bathrooms were small and needed updating itself. Decent price for location on Ocean Drive. Will definately stay here again. Staff was ok. Had to go and get the bellman but overall it was a good stay. No complaints.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed one night at the Cardozo, primarily for its location in front of the beach.

They graciously let us check in a couple of hours early, which was perfect because it gave us a room to change comfortably to beachwear and enjoy the rest of the day.

Staff was friendly and accommodating.

Though the room was recently renovated, it smelled a little musty, like most beach hotel do, but the bathroom was old and not cleaned properly.

Room Tip: Don't get a room by the ice machine.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

I was expecting quite a lot from this hotel, given the location and the price. In the end it's fine, but nothing to write home about. We had three rooms between us, one twin and two doubles. One was spacious, two were not. They were all clean and tidy.

Everything was basically ok, but nothing was great. One major downside was the thumping music that plays until late, right outside some of the rooms, but given the location you can't really expect anything less.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Additional Information about 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:
#96 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: £168 - £297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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