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Starlite Hotel
Ranked #173 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not stay there”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We went to Miami Beach in September 2011 for a week. We were on a budget so were looking for a cheap hotel. We chose the Starlite because the location on Ocean Drive is great. We didn't expect much from the hotel but what we found was really bad. The rooms were filthy. On arriving in our room, we found the bathroom dirty and the floor disgusting. We asked the reception to change room immediately, The second one was only slightly less dirty. We thought about booking elsewhere but didn't want to go through the hassle. During our stay, we didn't stay more time than necessary in the hotel: shower, sleep and that's it.

In a nutshell: don't stay there. I've stayed in hostels that were cleaner. A lot of reviews will mention the location but what they don't mention is that they are at least 10 other hotels on Ocean Drive. I'm sure none of them are as dirty as the Starlite.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

We stayed here for an early valentine's day. The cafe staff is awesome - the hotel staff not so much (one out of two of the receptionists were friendly). The room was clean. Be sure to pay a little extra for the ocean view. There is a park between the hotel and the ocean, but still a beautiful view. Don't expect a glamorous room - it serves it purpose. The airport flyer (from Miami Airport) will take you to within 3-4 blocks of the hotel for $2.34/person. We also rode the flyer back to the airport (much cheaper than a cab).

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

I was expecting a horrible hotel based on reviews, but I was not disappointed. This Hotel is located right in front of the beach and in the middle of a lot of good restaurants and bars. I will tell you that this hotel is not for anyone that is expecting luxury, great service or tranquility.  This hotel is located where the party scene is at and you must come with that in mind.  The lobby is in the bar. Checking in was fast. They do require a $100 deposit that you get back when you check out. 

The room: it is small, but comfortable. You have a fridge, microwave, iron and blow dryer. The view is of other buildings, so don't expect ocean view. The bed was comfortable. It was firm, but I slept like a rock. The walls are paper thin and if you are a light sleeper, this may not be for you. The room was clean and no bugs were noted.  The elevator is small and takes forever, taking the stairs is faster. 

The beach: it's clean and plenty of space. We went in Feb and it was a little chilly and would have been better if it were warmer. The temperature did go up into the low 70s, but the wind chill felt like in the 60s

Tips: food and drinks are expensive. We spent $95 on a sandwich, fries, avocado salad, calamari and two alcoholic beverages for lunch. 

You can go to a the Corner store and buy drinks and snacks for cheaper. 

A taxi cab from Miami international to her hotel is $33. Cheaper than the $22/ person super shuttle. 

  • Stayed February 2012
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Princeton, NJ
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We stayed at this hotel for two nights during Christmas after our Caribbean cruise. The location is nice, but we'd really tried hard to look for parking spots on the streets. The hotel is old and the maintenance is poor. The whole room, especially the bathroom didn't have a feel of cleanness. If this is the standard for a budget hotel on Miami beach, I would seriously consider spending more money on a clean and comfortable stay next time!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

One of the most disgusting hotel I have ever been. Rooms are distributed to customers without being cleaned. At our first night, we had to beg the staff to clean at least the bathroom that was filthy, full of hair and you could see the dirt everywhere... Unfortunately I did not think about taking pictures to show how on earth they can call this disgusting place an hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2012

This hotel is in a prime location. The room is simple, but tasteful. The staff was very courteous. The only suggestion is to give yourself extra time for valet since the vehicles are parked pretty far away.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2011

Me and a buddy of mine (early 20's) went to south beach just looking for a place to sleep. We were not going to be in the room at all, so we booked the cheap starlite hotel. Pictures looked decent and the location was good. We did not expect much at all, since we never stay at hotels and always go on the low end of hotels/motels.

When we arrived at in the room, we were greeted by a 3 inch long cockroach scuttling along the floor. The biggest cockroach i have ever seen in my life, looked like a praying mantis.

Next, we check the bed sheets and find blood splattered all over the sheets, indicating the presence of bed bugs. We both got nauseous, and wanted to get the hell out of there before we vomited. We could not sleep with bedbugs and cockroaches!!!

The management at the hotel was shady, they said they never saw any bedbugs, and that the cockroaches "fly in through the windows" and that there is nothing they can do. All they offered was a cheap upgrade to ocean view, but i did not want to stay in a hotel with these bugs present. Finally after calling hotels.com for 2 hours, they gave us a refund and we got a better hotel for free with a $100 credit. STAY AWAY!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Starlite Hotel
Address: 750 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6220
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #173 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Starlite Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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