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“Id stay here again” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach

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Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach
Ranked #94 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Id stay here again”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I stayed at the Riu Hotel during the Hip Hop memorial festival May-June 2011. The hotel was pleasant enough. On arrival we were shown to our room we wanted a sea view and were promptly shown a bigger room with a beautiful sea view rather than the construction site of the other one at no extra charge. rooms a little dated but quite adequate. Rooms cleaned daily. Theres a fridge in the room. We stayed on bed and breakfast basis...cant complain plenty to choose from from. As well as an egg station. There a shops including a Subway in close proximity. Staff were very helpful i didn't really notice a language barrier as some have mentioned.

The Hotel backs onto the beach. Buses run right outside and across the road takes you to Ocean drive and Washington St where you'll find lots of Bars, Clubs, Shops and Restaurants including the famous wet willies.

Nothing can prepare you for the event that is Black Beach weekend. So if you dont like huge crowds of people, Hip Hop blasting from sound systems and cars. Men calling you every other step you take and paying extortionate prices during that period...Don't go during the memorial weekend.

But overall it was an experience...I like new experiences, so at least i can say I did it, but i wouldn't repeat that one.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank AudreyM49
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Me and my parter came here on our first holiday together (end of march for 10 days) and it was amazing, the loction is beautiful, the hotel is so clean and well looked after, our room was very nice and spacious so PLEASE DO NOT READ anyone that says the rooms are different because they are obviously nit picking! Food was delious with plenty to choose from! Defo going to go back and also it was the only hotel that was full so that says something!!! Cannot complient it anymore :)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Kelly M
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Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

we stayed here for a week as a couple on our first trip to miami and the hotel was superb. the foyer is beautifull and all the staff are excellent and very friendly. The breakfast and bar meals were v good also and the room was very spacious. we would def stay here again

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Andrew W
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

The hotel looked nice initially but check in took forever and we were the only people checking in. After eventually checking we got to our room which was OK, we had a nice view of the building site next door but we could see a little bit of the beach. The buffet was overpriced and basic too. We were conveniently located on the beach, literally 10 meters out of the back gate so couldn't ask for more and the beach was beautiful too. Expected a little more for $150 a night, wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank damiengibson
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Amsterdam
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Stayed here last week on a business trip. Check in quite quick. Stayed in one of the renovated rooms on the 6th floor (Ocean front, cornerroom). New colors, look fresh. Only thing they forgot to replace was the bathtub. Looks like it dates from the 50's.
Staff great as always. Lot of them have been working there for the past 8 years at least. which I think is a good sign. Breakfast buffet is one of the best you will find. Live cooking, great variety of breads, fresh fruit, cheese, meats, etc. When having breakfast; find yourself a table on the terrace. Quick service. Bar at the pool is nice. Had dinner in the restaurant once - lot of choices.

Is about a 20 minute walk to Lincoln Road. Taxi is about US$ 8. Gym has basic machines (with water and clean towels). Only comment would be that rooms can be quite noisy - but neighbor was one of the business colleagues - not a family with young children.

All together; this is one of the best value for money hotels in SoBe.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rich040
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New York City, New York
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150 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

My family of 4 (myself, wife, and two sons aged 11 & 15) stayed in this hotel 5 years ago and was quite happy with it. We originally chose it for the great location--a little north of South Beach (short cab ride or a pleasant walk to Lincoln Road), so it is quiet, but right on the beach. But, we went there this February and it is a different story.

Riu updated the rooms somewhat but the carpets are dingy and the TV is a blast from the past. This might be a minor problem, but there is much more. Last time the swimming pool remained open late into the evening and was heated for night swimming. Now the pool closes at 6 pm and isn't heated. Even during the day when there is sun, the pool was cold. We hardly swam at all.

The beach umbrellas were complimentary five years ago and now cost $30. No wonder, very few people were renting them.

Housekeeping wasn't efficient. One day, we gave up on cleaning though we left our room unoccupied from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., it was not cleaned. The next day, also, no one cleaned until will complained to the front desk.

Riu has a small gym, but it is serviceable--a few treadmills, elipticals, bikes, and weight machines, as well as TVs. Free Wi-Fi is available, but only in the lobby for a single 90-minute period daily. A few minor issues, but for our kids they were important. Riu advertises a pool table on their website but it was broken the whole week, with no repairs planned. Also, ping-pong tables advertised were nowhere in sight.

The Riu is squandering its great location by not investing in adequate upgrades and service. Europeans know the Riu name, since it is a chain, but people will soon refrain from coming here if these declines continue.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Sankarmukh
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

I am a Riu class member and where possible I tend to use this group, but I have to say I am now changing my mind. This Hotel in Collins Ave Miami is in the shall we sy less popular area and is in need of a make over, the hotel is clean and tidy but old and fading fast. On arrival after along late flight we were allocted our room and went straight to bed, The following mornig we awoke to find we had put in a standard room not the seafront room I had booked, I raised this with the front desk who appologised and they said that they would refund the difference, I am still waiting for this some 1 month latter ,poor.
The hotel when I was there had to one side had a semi derlict hotel with a stagnant pond below it and to the other side was a construction site with heavy breakers and grit blasting going on all day, extremely noisy
I felt that the quality of the food was poor and not up to the stanard of there other hotels
and for the price not good value at all. the garden area and pool were in dire need of a good spruce up too.
The hotel rooms were clean and tidy and had recently been redecorated but the hotel was looking old and tired, whilst I was there there were redecorating rooms with the hotel in operation, not a good move Riu.
On a more positive note the hotel was right on the board walk albeit some way out, 1/2 an hours walk from the nearest shopping area
All in all not a good experince.

Room Tip: ask for sea front facing with balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach
Address: 3101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140-4108
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#59 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#71 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 284
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach reopens after a refurbishment that has converted the facilities of the former Hotel Riu Florida Beach, renovating them completely in order to offer the best services for those travelling for business or for pleasure. ... more   less 
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