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:
> 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.
> 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.
- 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