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“Nice, Quaint Boutique Hotel Close to South Beach”
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Villa Italia Hotel
Ranked #72 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Stayed at the Villa Italia for one night because we could not get a room at the hotel we were staying at later in the week. Called and got a special rate over the phone that was 30 dollars lower than what we found online. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to find a clean, well appointed room with a king size bed. The room is not large, no surprise since most of the hotels in the South Beach area are older and rooms were not large when these properties were originally built, but the bed is not overpowering the room.

The hotel is eco-friendly. You must put your room key in a slot to keep the power and air conditioning running but the room was not too warm when we arrived and it cooled down quickly. There is a continental breakfast served daily which was well stocked and diverse. The only thing I could remotely complain about is that the free WiFi had too weak of a signal to be very useful, but that could be because we were in the farthest corner of the property.

The hotel is only 3 blocks from the famous (and terrific) Joe's Stone Crab restaurant. I recommend that if you eat there, go next door to the take out area and buy the same food, and either eat it at the tables there, or take it back to the hotel and eat it on the hotel courtyard and do some people watching.

The young man who worked the front desk was helpful and attentive. He is down here from New York, working on his Master's degree and seems to enjoy working at this property. You can use the valet parking, or save a few bucks and park the car on the street with parking meters that can be paid for with a credit card.

All in all, this property is clean, well-appointed, slightly off the beaten path, but close enough to get there in less than 5 minutes. I would certainly stay there again with confidence.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room with strong WiFi signal if that is important to you.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Good location. Amazing service. Clean and spacious rooms...

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1  Thank MD4853
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

I stayed at Villa Italia Hotel for a week, and I have to say that it has really been a pleasant surprise: rooms were quite big, with very comfortable beds, with an excellent housekeeping service. It is a very private structure, the exact opposite of those opulent and anonymous hotels of 1,000+ rooms you find at the end of Ocean Drive (15-25th street).

The position is excellent: next to 5th street, only a couple of minutes from Ocean Drive and the beach itself. It is also, in my opinion, much quieter at night than other fancy zones north of 5th.

Special mention to the staff, that is what really makes the difference: extremely kind and helpful for any request, from advice on car rental to hardware shops for adapters, to directions for visiting the Everglades Park, etc.
Really, Michael and the others have always been willing to give us a hand.

Wi-Fi is included and the continental breakfast was simple but in my opinion complete (fruit, donuts, hot beverages, cereals, juice.. but - especially for Italians - do NOT expect white-gloves service with 200 varieties of biscuits and brioches - this is not what "continental breakfast means!!).

Recommended for sure!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We stayed at Villa Italia for one night in early January. There is one not-so-obvious parking spot for loading and unloading, but your choices for parking are street parking for $1.25/hour or valet parking for $25/day. The front desk staff was helpful and provided information about attractions and getting around Miami Beach without us even asking.
The room was very nicely finished/decorated. Your hotel key card goes in a slot on teh wall to make the power/cable come on in the room, which I thought was a clever little feature.
Wi-fi worked well. My only small complaint, which I read in some other reviews was that I woke up a couple of times hearing the outer door slam. Other than that, this hotel was conveniently located, clean with updated furnishings/fixtures, and reasonably priced for the area.

Room Tip: Possibly asking for a room away from the building entrance would help with noise.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

The room was extremely nice, big, modern and clean. Staff was very helpful especially the front desk manager, he was very helpful and gave great recommendations. Very worth the stay and would stay again.

Room Tip: would choose a room towards the back, the walls are a bit thin but in general we had no problems as...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This little hotel is in a great location, just a couple blocks from all the action. Because its tucked away it was very quiet. The room was AMAZING. Very modern and clean. The bed was SUPER comfy too. I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud. The staff was extremely friendly and eager to help with anything. I would stay here the next time I visit South Beach.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

My wife and I stayed here three nights during the month of August 2011.
We were and are disappointed with what happened.
First, we did not find the hotel up to expectations: too expensive. It looks like motel rather than a hotel: no reception (just an office), no hall, no common spaces. For the prices they are charging you the facilities are defintely lacking. For example, bottled water in our room cost $ 3,00.
The hotel is located in the centre right by the Art Deco District and Ocean drive (walking distance), which is the only good thing about the hotel.
Breakfast is minimal and served in the office: bagels/toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee and milk/juice. There is no place where you can eat expect for two tables outside by the entrance of the hotel. Too bad if it's raining!
Staff is totaly disinterested about what's going on in the hotel. They just give you the key and the bill. I can't say they are unpolite, only "disinterested".
We made a reservation for 3 nights in a double room and discovered we were charged for a deluxe room and were given a standard room! We wrote to both the Hotel Manager and Booking.com website asking for explanations and money back (at least the difference!). Our room was located on the first floor while the deluxe rooms are all on the second floor (this is what they report on their webiste and this is what they sold us). Did not get out money back if not only 11 USD per night that wasn't what we were supposed to obtain (prices are on the website!)... So we paid for a deluxe room and were given a standard room with no apologies from the hotel! We discovered this once we got back home.
Won't go back for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Italia Hotel

Address: 354 Washington Ave, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6907
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#47 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#50 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#51 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#59 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $179 - $581 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Italia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Italia Hotel is Miami Beach's brand new boutique hotel, located in the heart of South Beach where everything from restaurants to nightlife are within walking distance.Our hotel features 12 uniquely furnished tranquil guestrooms and 1 magnificant Villa Suite; each comes equipped with a 42-inch LCD Television with free premium movie channels. Other in-room amenities include minibar, in-room electronic safe, soundproof system, speaker phones and conference call capability, Ipod docking stations. All our suites are equipped with large glass enclosed showers. All guestrooms have new central air conditioning and non-smoking. To ensure the quality of your stay, our signature bedding has pillow top mattresses, Egyptian cotton linens, and triple sheeting. All of our rooms at Villa Italia feature a private bathroom with shower, bathrobes, deluxe toiletries, and hair dryer. Guests can also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, free unlimited internet (both wired & Wi-Fi), local and toll free dialing, daily newspaper, free on-demand premium movie channels, snacks & beverages throughout the day and daily beach towels & umbrellas. ... more   less 
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