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Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Ranked #85 of 207 Hotels in Miami Beach
New York City, New York
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“The Most Amazing Time....”
Reviewed 8 May 2007

After an unfortunate one night stint at another hotel, we were given the option to switch to the Catalina...we took it, and the rest is history.

From the moment we got there, til the last crazy night spent there, my friends and I couldn't stop saying "we looooove the Catalina."

The front desk--and one staffer in particular, was just stellar and so personable... We stayed in the adjacent building where the Restaurant is, and I can honestly say that we've all made great friends after meeting much of the staff of the Restaurant.

On our last night, we planned to go out and paint the town every color of the rainbow... but then a sudden and huge thunderstorm ruined our plans, and so we stayed in and had drinks at the Restaurant.... needless to say... we ended up "partying" at the Restaurant from about 7PM til 2AM...with the staff! Three words sum up that experience: BEST. NIGHT. EVER.

Thanks Catalina and the beautiful, wonderful people over at the Maxine building... we miss you guys and will be back sooner than you think =)

Oh yeah... and the pool is awesome too....

  • Liked — Location, staff.... everything!
  • Disliked — Rooms are a bit small...
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2007

We stayed at the Catalina April 23-30 we were 3 girls (22-25).This hotel is worth the price. If you are young and came to south beach to party and want to have a good time then this is the place for you. The Hotel itself is very clean, very trendy the decor is really nice very modern and relaxing not to much unnecessary details. They always cleaned our room so no complain. There are 2 buildings we stayed at the Maxine its party 24/7 they blast the music all day. But that didn’t bother any of us. Since we were too tired to even hear anything. If you are sensitive to the noise then you're better off at the main building. It was a lot of fun they had different events/parties almost every night. The Latin billboard pre-party was there so we got to see some Celebs. Ladies there's always hot guys in that property, same thing for the guys hot women everywhere. Everyone’s friendly even the guests well everyone in Miami’s friendly. The staff are really nice and helpful specially the guys at the Maxine. They make really good Mojitos there (frozen one's the best) and calamari. The location is really good a block away from the beach and near all the nightlife in Miami. If you are with lil kids not the best place for you. They also give you Vip passes to some clubs and they have happy hour between 7-8 but we didn’t really take advantages of that. Breakfast at Maxine’s good. They also have a nice pool but we didn’t use it we were always at the beach. The hotel also offers shuttle service free of charge which was very convinient. They have the best mini-bar that i've ever seein so many choises. Don't forget to take towels from the hotel and ticket for the chairs if you're going to the beach.Make sure you go to MANGO’S some crazy party over there you’ll have a good time. Privee, Mansion and Delano are good places too if you want to get rich fast a lot of guys would offer to buy you anything. WE WOULD GO BACK FOR SURE!!!

  • Liked — Everything!!!
  • Disliked — Having to go home....
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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julieandjaiden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 May 2007

Dont go anywhere near this hotel its full of [--} and drug dealers. you will never get any sleep. it sucks its dangerous dont go there stay far far away im not even kidding. i dont have the energy to type all of the terrible things that go on there.



  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2007

I read all the reviews and did my research to stay at a funky trendy hotel in South Beach. My husband and I went APril 19th through the 22nd and picked the Catalina hotel. When we first arrived I thought wow this is a funky cool hotel. When we got to our room, I didn't know what to think. We got a King bed which we requested, and the room had no furniture other than the bed and a table. You could barely walk in the room with your luggage in there. The bathroom was so small, I couldn't even shave my legs in the shower. Everything was painted white, and at first it looked nice, but then I felt like I was in a mental ward. Room service sucked, they go to the restaurant next door, and bring you back your order in styrafoam containers. No silverware no table to eat on. The beach club - hahahh it's just a beach and you get discounted chairs, not really a club. I would spend more money next time and stay at the bigger hotels on the beach. This was average. The "free drinks" yeah rail so if you want to get headache from the cheap liquor - go for it. It's totally over-rated, and I would never stay there again. I don't recommend it... I felt like I was in a hospital. Go somewhere else.

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  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Merritt Island, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2007

We stayed here for 1 night in April 2007.

Received a room on the 1st floor in the adjacent building to the main one. Our room faced the pool but the windows were slightly shielded by bamboo trees from prying eyes which was nice.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the hallways to the rooms are red. Some people may not like that however it's part of the decor. In order to stay in a hotel like this, an open mind is required. It's not your standard Westin, Ritz or Hampton Inn. It contains character. As such, you are not going to receive 6 star accomodations at this hotel.

The check in staff was friendly along with the valet. $26 for valet for 24 hours.

The hotel is within walking distance to many local attractions such as Lincoln Road, Collins area, Ocean Drive and Bal Harbour (10 minute drive).

The only thing I would change is having a ventilation fan in the bathroom. The humidity from the shower fills the whole room since it has no where to go.

FYI - the rooms are small so don't expect large units.

  • Liked — Tempurpedic beds! Location location location!
  • Disliked — No ventilation in washroom
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Delray Beach, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2007

My boyfriend and I received a stay at the hotel as a gift from our good friends for use as a getaway for his 30th birthday at the beginning of January. We live in South Florida, so we hardly ever have a chance to stay the night in South Beach. This was a nice (and much needed!) excuse to relax and unwind after the holiday season. We were totally blown away by the hotel's location! It's right across the street from The Delano and The Shore Club (where we had dinner at Nobu), and so convenient to walk anywhere (we did Lincoln Road on Sunday). And it was easy to catch a cab to one of our favorite night clubs off the strip (and not expensive either).

When you pull up to the hotel, you definitely feel like you've arrived in South Beach. There are actually two buildings to the hotel
and each building has it's own lobby/bar area. Each lobby has cool furniture and the front patio is filled with places to relax and enjoy the view. The hotel staff was very friendly and were helpful about information about our room and the property.

To our surprise when we got to our room, it was on it's own floor! Not only did we have our own little private elevator lobby, but we had our own rooftop terrace outfitted with teak chaises and a white sofa. We watched the sunset as we looked at our amazing view of the South Beach strip. It was awesome. The room itself was very South Beach boutique. All white bed linens and curtains, funky lamps, a cool red shag rug and there was music playing when we walked in.

I can't say enough about the pool, except that I wish I had spent more time there. It's very pretty; lush greenery, cabanas, it's straight out of a magazine. I'll definitley be checking out the poolside manis and pedis next time I stay there.

In all honesty, I think the best way I can review the hotel is that you can have the total South Beach experience (location, people watching, boutique hotel, awesome pool and beach access) at an excellent price point without any sacrifice of ambiance.

  • Liked — Location and Atmosphere
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2007

The location is incredible, pool is great, you get freevouchers for chairs on beach, free drinks for 1 hour 7-8 pm, clean room, trendy boutique hotel, but the Front Desk/Luggage guys suck!!!!! Took forever to check in/out and get luggage, but other than that you can't beat the value for the price, clean, trendy room, great location, free drinks/beach chairs!!!!! We'll be back!!!!!!!!!!!! A Fish Called Avalon in South beach on Ocean Drive is the place to EAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Front Desk
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Address: 1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2007
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#58 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Catalina Hotel & Beach Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Catalina Hotel + Beach Club is all of this and more. With a decidedly European jet-set vibe and a splashy beach club where you can get poolside manicures and pedicures, the Catalina Hotel + Beach Club also offers two restaurants, two pools, four bars, a media library, a rooftop terrace, a Japanese Koi fish pond and a Zen garden. In addition, the hotel boasts a dedicated library, which can serve as a meeting space for small groups. IMPORTANT -- Credit card used for booking must be the same credit card presented for payment at check-in. The name on the credit card must match the name on the reservation and the card holder must be present along with a government-issued photo ID. Holiday and Special Events require a non-refundable prepayment 30 days prior to arrival. No early departures are allowed. Reservations are completely non-refundable within 30 days of arrival. Events include but are not limited to: New Years (12/26 to 1/3), Boat Show (2/12 to 2/16), Winter Music Conference & Ultra (3/15 to 3/31), Memorial Day (5/21 to 5/25) & Art Basel (12/3 to 12/9). A mandatory daily resort fee of $20.00 plus tax ... more   less 
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