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.
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riu Florida Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Riu Florida Beach Miami
- Riu Miami
- Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach Florida