I chose this hotel because of the price and the great reviews and when we first arrived we thought we had made a mistake, however we fell in love with this location and can't wait to go back! We arrived at night and were concerned about the homeless people wandering around, the obvious drug dealer with his backpack hanging out in front of the abandoned hotel next door. We watched him making a sell to three nice cars that drove up, paused long enough to exchange hands and then leave.
I wasn't sure what the parking situation was from the reviews so we ended up waking up at 7:30 every morning, running to CVS or Walgreens to get quarters to feed the meter (they would not let us buy a roll of quarters). This was a chore the first 2 days but then became a nice ritual as far as enjoying an early morning smoke on the beach while watching the sun rise. (We didn't notice the bank down the street from CVS until the 3rd night) Next time, we will definitely buy the $6.50 pass from the front desk or simply go to the bank the first day to get a roll of quarters. There was always an open parking space anytime we returned to the hotel, day or night.
The first room we went in the main light in the room was out so they moved us to another room where the TV remote and the main bathroom light didn't work, but we didn't want to move again so we lived with it and notified the front desk when we checked out.
The 1 queen bed room was tiny but when you're in Miami Beach, who wants to hang out in the room? It was perfect for my husband and I, but you wouldn't want to share a 2 bed room with another couple, not enough space to move around in.
My husband was disappointed that there was no dresser, we had to live out of our luggage but this wasn't a problem for me. I think it's best described as a minimalist hotel. If you like the bells and whistles, go elseware. A microwave was the only thing I really wanted and didn't have.
It took a little time to learn how to use the A/C remote, but we finally got it figured out and it cooled the room very quickly. Haveing the remote was AWESOME, when you wake up freezing you can simply raise the temperature or turn it off while still in bed!
The bathroom was clean, however as the other reviews mentioned the water pressure was insanely low and it took 45 minutes to shampoo and condition my long curly hair and when I was done the entire bathroom was wet because of the lack of shower door.
I loved the character of this small hotel. There are only 40 rooms and it's beautifully decorated. It felt like our own little world with the short little off street of Ocean Terrace, quiet and almost private beach literally a few steps away. Right around the corner is the best little restaurant called "Rockys", the owner is extremely nice and friendly. We ate there twice and the food was DELICIOUS! Interestingly enough the Subway restaurant directly behind the hotel, also on Collins was delicious too, I don't know what it was about the food in Miami Beach but everywhere we ate was tasty!
This was the perfect hotel for us, we had a rental car and drove to different parts of Miami (Coconut Grove, SOBE) for the night life and enjoyed coming back to our quiet hotel. We didn't mind the few characters wandering the street, they never bothered us and we didn't bother them. It was a unique place to stay and we will definitely go back!
I took a few photos of the room and hotel, I'll post them as soon as I get unpacked.
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