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The Raleigh Miami Beach
Ranked #33 of 207 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Madrid, Spain
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“Sophisticated oasis on South Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2010

Was thinking of staying here again having spent 2 nights at the end of May and decided to post some comments having read some of the less-than-complimentary recent reviews. So much of the hotel experience is a question of culture, taste and the attitude you adopt so, having found South Beach frankly fairly tacky, this hotel seemed an oasis of, OK pretty expensive, luxury.

It’s also one of the few hotels I’ve stayed at where it’s exactly like the website and, in some respects better. My observations were:

Good points:
> Booked a “Garden View” room at $300-ish per night (310) which turned out to be a room for disabled people – and therefore, possibly more spacious, with a bath – looking out onto the inner courtyard.
> Was given a $70 per night food and beverage credit on check-in as part of their 70th anniversary promotion (very useful for contributing to breakfast and dinner).
> Liked the room décor (I know it won’t be everyone’s taste but take a look at the website: that’s exactly how the rooms are) with the terrazo floor and rug. The sofa and side table set-up made using a laptop a bit tricky – so not recommended for a business trip – but internet access is complimentary.
> Liked the service: breezy and good humoured but not what I’d call “SoBe attitude”.
> Lobby area, pool and outdoor restaurant are all absolutely wonderful: lobby is restored art deco and one of the nicest I’ve seen; pool rightly gets rave reviews: I could have stayed there all day; ate breakfast and dinner in the courtyard restaurant, under the trees: very romantic at night (even as a “solo traveller”) with hanging lanterns. Pool leads out onto the beachside pedestrian walk-way and then directly onto the beach so it’s easy to go for walk along the shore without the hassle of taking anything with you.

Not-so-good points:
> No turn-down service (at least for me).
> Bathroom toiletries not replaced at all (no big deal for 2 nights but could be irritating for a longer stay).
> Complimentary late check-out offered until 1pm with $100 charge (which I paid) to check out at 3pm.

I specifically chose this hotel because I wanted a well-located, quiet, trendy, adult experience, with a pool but close to the beach and without being surrounded by families with children: The Raleigh fit the bill perfectly so I’ll be back.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2010

The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach is a true gem. It's a beautiful building and has been well maintained. It oozes an old-school elegance from every pore with understated design elements all over the place. The staff is absolutely brilliant; they'll go out of their way to make your stay a success. And then the pool: it's nothing less than gorgeous. Finally, a pool that you can actually swim in without scraping your knees all the time. Maybe that makes it less suitable for kids, but in our case that's definitely a pro and not a con!
Previous reviewers talked about somewhat dated rooms. Well, there may be a bit of truth in that, and a (limited) update wouldn't hurt at all. Nonetheless, even without that, I would certainly recommend this place to everyone. It's a place that makes you feel welcome, where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of South Beach.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2010

Beautiful property with amazing landscaping. Hotel is a little dated with the SoBe art deco style. It is considered oceanfront but the beach is like a quarter of a mile away. Room was decent with 1 king bed, a sofa, flat screen tv, and iPod docking station. Room was appropiate for our 3 night stay- we weren't in the room much anyway.
Pool area is fantastic, perfect for couples wanting to relax with a cocktail. Overall, I would rank this hotel a 9 out of 10- just need some slight upgrades.
Key thing to note:
You are by a side street that has parking if you do not want to valet ($35/day). I think meters restrict you to 4 hours though during the day - they are free at night, 12 am-9am.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2010

Myself and my partner stayed at this hotel for 12 nights and had the most amazing time. From the spacious comfortable rooms, Beautiful foyer, friendly staff and the best pool in Miami. The hotel is close to everything in south beach and walking distance to the finest restaurants on ocean drive. The staff at this hotel are extremely helpful (especially Hussein at the restaurant) and go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The reception staff helped us with recommendations to the best restaurants and places to go in town and it was always service with a smile (thank you Alex and Jeffrey). You may not want to leave the hotel to go out as its truly so refined and relaxing - The pool is extremely roomy with ample deck chairs and it has pool staff on hand to serve you cocktails and food. We chose to eat at the raleigh hotel most of the time as the food is freshly prepared with a wide selection to choose from at a very reasonable price. With its own private beach and beach umbrellas for the patrons and life guards in attendance the sea is another option if you tire of the pool (which i cant imagine happening haha). Also We were given a upgrade to a suite during our stay which was a total treat and really made this trip so special (thank you Ben). I would never hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone in the future as its truly a classic south beach hotel with loads of character and staff that aim to make you feel at home. Would stay at this hotel the next time I go to miami as once you have had the best you couldn't stay elsewhere. 5 stars out of 5 *****

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2010

We stayed at the Raleigh this past weekend and I found it to be very charming. Set back from the main street under a tree canopy it is very idyllic for weary travelers. The hotel staff was extremely helpful and entertaining. We had our every need attended to and took a lot of sun around the very famous and very beautiful pool in the back yard. The beach also comes very well equipped with full staff for drinks and meals and very comfortable complementary beach chairs!

The Raleigh comes with several drawbacks, there were several necessary amenities that were missing. There is no media center or access to computers and there is no gym. Also, we were not advised that it was Miami Fashion Week and it was being held at the hotel. This meant limited pool and elevator access which my mom found to be very inconvenient. The basic rooms are quite small and although the bed was extremely comfortable it took up the whole room. Overall, very good weekend at the Raleigh!

  • Stayed July 2010
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Leyland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2010

having spent 11 great nights at this hotel I can only praise it. the staff are the friendliest we have ever met in many years of travelling and all have time to talk and hear your stories. Crispy the concierge is great and really cares about what you want to see and do and is vey knowlegeable.
The towels are changed twice a day and if you need more just ask, a nightly turndown service with tealights lit and music on the cd player and a refilled ice bucket always makes you feel welcome when you come back to your room at night.
the food is of a high standard and nothing is too much trouble for the dining staff.
This should be the first choice for anyone visitin Miami

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2010

We still miss so much south beach florida, but the excelent service that the Raley hotel provide us was the most. From the front door to our ocean view bethdrom everithing was perfect, We will go again over and over. they make us fell like holywood starts, just the best for us. when I make the reservation I spoke with a from desk member Nedy Landa and when we arrived to the hotel she make our chek in very easy and every day while we stayed there, she was very concern about how we were doing and always offerered her service. we are so happy because we got the right place to celebrate our honey moon, every staff member was friendly and the room service can't complain couln't be better. we recomend the hotel like the best experience en sout beach. Surf the web site and you will find why this place is so right.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Raleigh Miami Beach
Address: 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2006
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#15 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#23 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#31 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#34 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Raleigh Miami Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 105
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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