"The Hotel" is a very nice place, things just did not go well during our two night stay. Having been shown to our room after checking in the first thing that hit me was that it stunk of cannabis (as did the corridor)! The member of staff didn't say a thing but once he had left the room my wife said exactly the same thing. We tried not to think much of it, opened the window which seemed to help and then went to the pool. On returning we had the same problem; it was so strong. To cut a long story short, the corridor and our room again stunk of cannabis when we returned from dinner. I told the member of staff at the desk and, whilst not being rude, said a room change would not be possible. She instead sent security up to our floor. Moving forward, in the morning the room still stunk. This time my wife went and complained (to a different member of staff) who moved us immediately. My wife was not in the best of moods having not slept at all. The smell didn't help but also the room above us had incredibly creaky floorboards (this was apparent when we were moved up to the 3rd floor). You could literally hear every step the people above were taking and they seemed to be up all night! Luckily I can sleep through anything but it was very loud.
After being moved we had a much better 2nd night, although noise was still an issue. We were positioned opposite the elevator door: not good. Could hear it going up and down and when people were chatting it felt like they were in the room with us.
I imagine that we were just very unfortunate during our stay at "The Hotel". It is a beautiful building, the pool is great and, on the whole, the staff were very friendly and helpful. However, I don't expect to stay anywhere that smells like a drug den and the noise was an issue throughout. Would I return? I would be tempted to give them another try but the first experience didn't leave a great impression.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in 1939, by master architect L. Murray Dixon, today the hotel encompasses 73 deluxe rooms and suites, a rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views and Spire Bar & Lounge – a chic hot spot located rooftop behind the historic Tiffany spire. The new oceanfront addition to The Hotel of South Beach offers 20 breathtaking deluxe rooms, located at 800 Ocean Drive, bringing The Hotel of South Beach’s rooms and suites down to the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Miami Beach
- Miami Beach The Hotel
- Hotel South Beach
- The Hotel Of South Beach Miami Beach, Florida