My girlfriend and I stayed at RIU for a weekend in January. I got the room at a Hotwire discount rate of around $105 plus tax per night. Much lower than any other comparable hotels I could find in Miami Beach. We found the hotel to be very charming, especially the lobby. It had a very classic 1930s feel to it. The staff at the front desk always seemed swamped but treated everyone fairly and friendly. Definitely worth giving specific credit to their service. The rooms were very standard. One oddity, we were given a room with two double beds. I phoned down to reception and was told that the entire hotel only has 3-4 rooms with king size beds. Finding this odd, I went downstairs personally and asked a different staff member, but was met with the same answer. Not a huge impediment to our weekend, but odd nonetheless. I also noticed that half of our floor was blocked off for renovations, so it would appear that the property is taking efforts to update. The view from our room at one angle was a lovely view of the ocean, but at the other angle was the shell of the building next door that is under construction. Our discounted rate did not include breakfast so I cannot comment on that. But I would suggest trying the Front Porch Cafe down near 15th and Ocean drive!
Honestly we did not spend much time in the hotel during our stay, and did not take advantage of the pool or beach access. But upon check out we went out there while waiting for the car and were pleasantly surprised how nice the pool area was. The beach access was also convenient, and it appeared you could rent chairs from a vendor right out front.
I only had two complaints worthy of mentioning. 1) the first night the shower pressure was hot and cold, literally! It would start out a good pressure with a medium comfortable temperature, then would shift to low pressure freezing cold, and back to high pressure scalding hot! Very dangerous and uncomfortable, but this only happened on Friday night. 2) I had read mixed reviews about the valet service, so came in with an open mind. Much like the front desk, the valets were always over worked and scrambling to get cars. Rarely did a valet greet us to open the doors and take our bags. I generally would unload the car and hand the keys to someone directly. No biggie from my perspective, but others may be used to better service. I would also suggest calling down about 10-15 minutes before you want to leave so they have time to bring the car around. This worked out great for us, except on Sunday morning, when of course every one is checking out.
Overall a great option in Miami Beach, nothing glamorous or fancy. But at this price you can spend all you want on $16 drinks in South Beach!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach reopens after a refurbishment that has converted the facilities of the former Hotel Riu Florida Beach, renovating them completely in order to offer the best services for those travelling for business or for pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Florida Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Riu Florida Beach Miami
- Riu Miami
- Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach Florida