There were some issues during my stay, but there were also some positive things. I rely so much on other people's reviews when I'm deciding where to stay so I will try to keep this informative and balanced.
I stayed here for 2 nights with a friend after a cruise. I had read a lot of mixed reviews so I was very hesitant about staying here, but my friend found a really good price online. Nothing else in the area even came close to that rate so we took a chance. The hotel has a pretty old and run-down feel. I know that this is the art deco district so a lot of the buildings are around the same age, but others we visited seemed brighter and better maintained.
The room was a good size and seemed pretty clean. The dark wood floors make the room feel darker and older. Flat-screen TV. Good AC, Decent bathroom and bath products. Didn't see any bugs. They have a policy where they only change linens and towels every 3 days. I asked to have my sheets changed after the first night because I noticed something weird on my sheets that resembled chewing gum as I was going to bed. It was on the other side of the bed but I still wanted new sheets the next day. This was not a problem.
My bed wasn't great. The mattress sagged almost to the floor and felt pretty uneven to sleep on, but there were protective mattress bags covering the mattresses (presumably to protect against bed bugs) so that was reassuring.
We were on the third floor but we still had a bit of street noise and a lot of noise from other guests coming home late at night. Nothing much can be done about that but you might want to bring earplugs.
The hotel is in a great location. Only 1 block to the beach and not a far walk to Lincoln Road. It's on a fairly quiet part of Collins Ave and after seeing how loud and crazy things can get on Ocean Drive, I was glad not to be staying there.
There is a very pleasant gentleman who opens the door during the day and helps with the bags. He was very friendly and had a positive attitude so I wanted to mention him.
Our first night we had an issue with our toilet. It didn't flush at all. The man who works the desk at night was pretty useless. He told us there was nothing he could do and tried to blame the problem on us. He said that it was our fault for using toilet paper. This man insisted that we shouldn't be using toilet paper and we should be throwing out toilet paper in the garbage. We asked if we could change rooms to one with a working toilet. He told us that all the toilets in the hotel were the same and that we could use the toilet in the hotel lobby but it wouldn't be any different. (The lobby toilet works fine - even with toilet paper.) He was very unpleasant.
If you have any problems or issues try to have them addressed during the day shift. In the morning we spoke to Mr Jose at the front desk. He acknowledged the problem and had it fixed right away. Thank you Mr Jose!
I had some concerns about the elevator also. It is small and seems kind of rickety. There is a sign saying that it only holds 3 people at a time. Then I noticed that the elevator inspection certificate was expired which made me a little more uneasy about it. Although we were on the third floor, we didn't have a lot of luggage so we just took the stairs.
The resort fee seems pretty standard in South Beach. I would prefer if they just included that amount in the cost of the room. Breakfast wasn't great but it was enough to get us through until lunch - juice, coffeee/tea, a piece of fruit, a packaged muffin or danish, yogurt and a small rubbery bagel (slightly better when toasted). South Beach is pretty pricey so not having to go out for breakfast was nice. My only real complaint about the breakfast is that it ends too early in the morning. If people are on vacation they might want to sleep past 9 AM and breakfast is shut down promptly at 9:30.
I can't comment on the wine in the afternoon because we missed it both days. I think the resort fee also covers the WiFi which seems to only work in the lobby area. I don't think they have a good enough router for the size of the hotel. The signal is pretty weak.
They provided beach towels every day which is also covered by the "resort fee". We did use the towels and maybe if you add up all those things it might come to $13/day but again, I wish it was just included in the cost of the booking so you don't feel like you're being ripped off by "extras" that you don't really need. On the plus side, the resort fee is per room and not per person.
We did find a very low rate for our stay which is the only reason we ended up staying here. There are nicer places in the area. For a short stay at a very low price it is OK but I doubt I would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Plaza Hotel is a historic, three story boutique art deco property that is located in the heart of South Beach. With just one block from the beach, the hotel offers charm and elegance in service and style. With our newly renovated hallways, our intimate lobby bar and our friendly staff, the hotel maintains its historic heritage while offering a modern environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Plaza Miami
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