Driving back up from Key West, we wanted to spend a night out in South Beach and stay over before flying out back home the following afternoon. This hotel is located just a block away from Ocean Drive and the beach. The staff member who checked us in was very courteous. There is no elevator, so you will have to lug your luggage up a couple flights of stairs to the rooms on the second floor. The room was quite large, and had a kitchenette, which we didn't need or use. The bed was comfortable and the place was clean. The bathroom was dated, but clean. You get an actual "old school" key for your room and the side door of the hotel (for after hours) rather than the electronic lock and key-card that most hotels use these days. The power outlets in the table under the TV did not work and the universal remote for the TV was quirky. For what we needed it for, it was great, and we couldn't beat the low price. If I was going to the area for a week, I would probably stay in a more modern hotel with more amenities (but with the higher price tag, of course).
If you're looking for a clean, retro hotel, for low cost and are spending most of your time out doing activities and basically using the hotel as a place to just sleep, I think it is a good place to stay. The road out front was under contruction and had lots of dirt and orange barrels everywhere. I don't know how long this is going to be going on, but it's not the hotel's fault. It's not that big of a deal but just something to be aware of. I was able to find parking on the side street next to the hotel. If you find on-street parking, ask the clerk at check-in for a placard to place on the dashboard or hang from the rearview mirror to keep you from getting ticketed (metered spaces).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed in 1941 by renowned Architect Albert Anis, The Viscay Hotel is part of the nations youngest Historic District and Tropical Urban Resort known as South Beach. Ideally located, only steps from the Beach and Ocean Drive. The Viscay is in the heart of the entertainment, restaurant, and shopping District, within easy walking distance to the Convention Center, Lincoln Road Mall and Flamingo Park Tennis Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viscay Hotel Miami Beach, Florida