For years, I have wanted to stay at this hotel. I finally found a good weekend with a decent high-season rate on the hotel's website and booked a room. The location is perfect. Right on the beach, on Collins Avenue, a few blocks from Lincoln Road, and a short walk to the restaurants/bars on Ocean Drive. The staff were one of the friendliest bunch of people I have met in a long time. Lots of smiling employees who really seemed to enjoy working with all of the guests. The staff at the pool were amazing. I spent so much time at the beautiful, iconic pool, that I got to know the staff there very well. They would remember little details about you from day to day and made you feel very welcome and relaxed. Hillary at the pool was especially gracious and helpful.
This is an old grand Miami Beach hotel that has been cared for and renovated in most areas (nice beds, electronics, electrical outlets, etc...). However, guests should not expect to be in a building that looks like it was built in the last couple of years. The elevators, for example, work just fine but they are small. I think they have done a great job of keeping a nice balance between the long history of the hotel with modern touches.
I stayed in a room on the third floor which appeared to be handicapped-accessible. I didn't request this but appreciated having a huge bathroom with a giant bathtub. I have posted photos of the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hailed as a "grand dame" of South Beach Art Deco by Conde Nast Traveler, The Raleigh Miami Beach is a perfect blend of style and comfort. It's chic yet unpretentious, and historic while tastefully modern. The Raleigh offers guests world-class luxury hotel service at a prime oceanfront location on Collins Avenue with exclusive access to the award-winning sbe Miami Collection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raleigh Hotel Miami Beach
- The Raleigh Miami Beach Florida