Vacation Conditions: This was a family trip with two young teenagers. We found out the week prior to going that we had booked the hotel during Urban Beach Week. The hotel manager sent out an email that warned us that this hotel was private property and damage was unacceptable and we would be evicted after two noise complaints or damage to the property. I've never received anything like this before after a little Internet work, found out that every single Memorial Day in Miami Beach is Urban Beach Week. We were using this hotel as a base for a couple of days prior to taking a cruise.
Hotel: If you are looking for a mega resort, this is not it, go down the street to the Hilton. This hotel is a first class (for a Courtyard) hotel that provides exceptional service and has premium grounds and rooms. The front staff were excellent. The pool staff went well beyond anything that I have experienced on vacation. I didn't catch their names but there was a young lady and gentleman who worked extremely hard ensuring that guests needs at the pool were met fully. They should both get raises. The pool was small but fit the needs of this hotel very well and was very nice. There is one hot tub. One thing that I though was very nice was that Carrabbas served as the hotel on site catering service and bar. This was much better than the normal hotel attempting to also be a restaurant experience. Carrabbas made breakfast, lunch and dinner and did the pool side service. This was very nice. The hotel was on the boardwalk and beach.
Urban Beach Week experience: This hotel is on 39th street. Urban Beach week occurs between 5th and 15th street. If you are going to Urban Beach week in the future, this is not your hotel. It is a long, hot walk down to 15th street. The hotel had staffed a Miami Beach police officer at the front door permanently during the weekend. The hotel did not seem to be aggressive with the party crowd but there was an undertone that crap would not be tolerated and would be handled quickly. It was a quiet experience and I believe this hotel is designed for a nice quiet vacation up from South Beach but in walking proximity if that is what you are looking for. I would not hesitate visiting this hotel again regardless of what festival is occurring at the time.
The hotel downside: It is expensive. The hotel is somewhat expensive. The area is somewhat expensive. The food is pretty expensive. The parking is truly expensive.
The upside: a fabulous boutique hotel with great service and people, good food and a truly beautiful beach. Thank you Marriott.
Pay for the beach room upgrade with balcony. It is worth it.
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