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Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina
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“Great location - ok room”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

My husband & I booked this hotel for a pre-cruise stay. Good start with complimentary airport pick-up by Carrie. She was so pleasant, informative about places to eat, and overall a good driver. Hotel gave an ok impression upon arrival, lobby had an odd damp smell & I noticed that area was where breakfast would be served...so not good. We were assigned a 1st fl. room that had us walking down a narrow outside corrider with room doors to one side and a cinderblock wall on our other. We entered a room that was very narrow, small bathroom & no view. There was also an odd step down to where a lamp & chair were place in front of the sliding door. Step is awkward & catches you unaware if you forget about it. I had asked for a bay view but was told that what we booked thru hotwire we booked a standard room & this was an upgrade since it had 2 double beds instead of 1. Honestly never heard of a hotel with 1 double bed & at a "discounted" cost totaling nearly $200. a night I felt it was a bit overpriced. The room did look as if it had been recently redone though & while not impressive by any means, the bed was comfortable.

We went to the pool & enjoyed sitting on the plentiful lounge chairs. Right on the bay so pretty view. The hotel location was great. We went to a Cuban restaurant just across the street about a block or so down that Carrie recommended. It was inexpensive with large portions of good food. We walked across a bridge to Miami Beach & picked up last minute items at a Walgreens (I believe that was the store name).

In the morning we went for the complimentary continental breakfast & found the unpleasant odor in the lobby was gone. Very nice selection of juice, make your own waffles, scambled eggs, coffee/tea, etc.

Transportation to the pier was not included, as is with another hotel where we generally stay & also would have been a bit cheaper, however the location of this property outshown the other. After check-out Carrie helped us out again by calling a cab & estimating our cost to the pier to be approx. $25.-$30., which was accurate. She also told us to tell the driver to be sure he was taking us via a particular route (which I no longer remember) to be sure we weren't ripped off. Carrie definately added to the experience of staying here.

Room Tip: Can't give one because our room was not in the best location.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This is one of those properties we wish we could keep a secret. Just stunning views from room. excellent staff and amazing pool! Central to all Miami attraction, yet far enough away for tranquility! We will be back next year for sure!

Room Tip: Only negative is the lack of a bar/eatery. They assure us that will be fixed by the time we return a...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We were travelling with 3 children and their partners and grandchildren. Totally 12 persons aged 6 to 65. Everyone enjoyed the stay and gladly recommend the hotel - and pool - to other travellers.We booked rooms with ocean vue. What a sight to sit at the balcony and see the sun coming up and going down - and during day and evening enjoy the view to Miami. There are several good restaurants in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We needed to be shuffled out of Miami Beach when a feeder cable into our hotel freid and killed all electricity to our hotel. We landed at BW on the Bay by 9:30 a.m. and the reception desk women could not be nicer, courteous, helpful and accommodating! They were so considerate of our predicament....mind you there were at least 25 other guest from our original hotel also there and having breakfast already! The room was impeccable, the support staff were as helpful and kind and the reception staff. Everyone had a smile and a genuine hello, good morning or other greeting on the ready. I was so impressed with all the amenities but nothing was as important as the care the staff exhibited...the management should be dang proud! I see us making this our next Miami Beach destination hotel since it is a minute drive to the beach and has on-site parking. Again....just wonderful! Thank you for making what started as a very earlier hectic day into a terrific last vacation day for us.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed four people in one room for two nights. It's was convenient and breakfast was ok. The staff in the reception were really nice an gave good advices for the stay. It was nice with free parking and easy to get to Miami Beach. ( without spending twice as much at a room there). We enjoyed the pool and the sea view. We would have tried the restaurant for the nice location but it was under construction.

Room Tip: Ask for pool view or ocean view !
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

This hotel is fine if you have a car - it offers free parking which is rare for hotels in Miami. Don't stay here if you don't have a car since it is fairly remote. Rooms are a bit outdated and breakfast is CROWDED so be patient! Pool area is okay if we had been able to use it! They were doing maintenance work during our stay and the smell of turpentine was unbearable. A shame since we decided to stay there because it had a pool we could relax in. Room keys would de-active which was very inconvenient for us! All in all and okay hotel but only deserves to stars.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Baldock, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Stayed here for three nights and found the hotel and staff to be very nice. The hotel is not at the centre of anything but the bus stops right outside ($2.25) and you can get to South Beach very easily. Nice pool area with loads of loungers. Well maintained hotel wh nice rooms (note for UK people - Best Western is a budget chain in the US). This hotel is above average for the rating and reasonably priced. There are lots more eating places around than first thought - you just need to turn right out of the hotel and there are a number of different places with 500 yards (we always went to the beach area so we missed them.

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Property: Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina
Address: 1819 79th Street Cswy, North Bay Village, FL 33141
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Region: United States > Florida > North Bay Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Bay Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our quiet bay front location on an island between Miami and Miami Beach allows quick access to South Beach, downtown Miami, Miami International Airport and the port of Miami. Rest comfortably in our tranquil location on pillow top beds and enjoy flat screen televisions with either a 32-inch or a 42-inch screen. Microwave, refrigerator, and single serve coffee makers are also available in the room. With convenient on-site hotel parking, poolside views overlooking Biscayne Bay and our fitness center make us a perfect location to stay. Book our balcony rooms for extra space with exquisite bay or city views. Worried about paying extremely high parking prices near the beach? There is public transportation located directly in front of our hotel that will take you to South Beach at a low and reasonable cost. Best of all we have no resort fees! Come with your family or friends and enjoy an exciting evening at our Shuckers Bar & Grill Restaurant and make it an enjoyable stay at our BEST WESTERN On the Bay & Marina. We hope to see you soon! ... more   less 
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