I reviewed this hotel several years ago and captioned it "perfectly relaxing."
While the hotel itself is decent, it's important to know that it's no longer a "boutique" hotel: it is a spring break hotel. Aspects of the boutique ambiance remain, from the dark wood interior finishes, rain water showers, and cool black light hall lights. What is missing is the service and amenities. The staff is pleasant and accommodating, but they can only do so much. For example the glazing on our very cool bathtub had begun to wear through. Our room was "picked up" but never vacuumed, dusted, or straightened in three days. Importantly, there were no locks on our balcony doors. When we requested locks, maintenance installed a lock out bar on one, but not the other. This would not be a big deal in most hotels, but at this one, you can travel from room to room on the balconies, AND you're required to sign a waiver of liability for thefts from your room on check in.
I do think that the Congress is a "get what you pay for" hotel. If you keep in mind that you're staying on the ocean, and paying EconoLodge prices, you won't be disappointed. Above that, you will.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live the South Beach lifestyle at our hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Located in the heart of Miami's Art Deco Historic District on Ocean Drive, we offer spacious, stylish suites with all the amenities of home. With stellar views of the ocean and the bustling action of Ocean Drive, our beachfront hotel is exactly what you need for your stay in Miami. Because we are located right on the beach, fun in the sun is literally at your doorstep. Stake out your spot in the sand and enjoy the signature Florida sunshine. With the average temperatures in the 70s and 80s, you can enjoy the beach and the sun almost all year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Strand Ocean Drive Hotel
- Strand Ocean Drive Miami Beach