Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

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This clean, moderately priced beachfront hotel might look like a bargain, but the in-house facilities are meager -- just a small pool, a cramped fitness center and a deserted bar and restaurant. To find anything to do or eat, it's a 15-minute drive to South Beach ($10-15 each way by taxi).

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 Service

The bare minimum, although some folks were awfully nice -- if you could find them.

Front desk attendants
Front desk attendants

The cleaning lady scowled at me as I struggled to pull our bags up the stairs. The check-in staff members weren't rude, but it was clear that they were just doing a job.

Still, when I called the front desk to get a Band-Aid, I got it in just a couple of minutes. The waitress in the restaurant was helpful and chatty -- she even ran after me to give me the bag I'd forgotten there. Then again, the restaurant was completely abandoned the next day when I tried to get a coffee.

 Rooms

Nothing too luxe or "out there" -- just a solid, no-frills room, with a premium put on cleanliness and comfort.

Bathroom in the Standard Room
Bathroom in the Standard Room

An overpowering scent of floral and citrus fresheners continued from the hallways and into my room.

The beach scene mural in the hallway would have been strikingly cheesy anywhere else in Miami, but it was a relief to see something so whimsical in such a stark-white hotel.

The sun was shining right through the window as I walked into my 250-square-foot room. It was as bright and clean as a surgical ward, and I couldn't find one spot of dirt.

None of the light wood furniture was high-end, but there was a comfort to being surrounded by easily recognizable, functional cabinets and cupboards.

Although I had never been to a Best Western before, I immediately felt like I knew what to expect from the room. The only thing that threw me off was finding the mini-fridge in the closet. What was that about?

The bathroom was clean and functional. Again, it wasn't luxurious, but when it comes to hotels, the presence of basic, standard amenities that work is often more than enough.

 Features

A pool with a view, a (frequently empty) restaurant and vending machines.

Small Fitness Center
Small Fitness Center

A whole wall by the front desk is lined with vending machines. Others are snuck into corners throughout the hotel. I never went without a snack.

I found the vending machines a more reliable food source than the restaurant on the first floor, which often had neither guests nor waiters.

The bar on the mezzanine has a jukebox and foosball, but there was no one behind the counter. The most action I saw was the one lonely bartender at the bar by the pool.

The pool itself is quite small and only good for lounging. But it has an amazing view of the ocean and a set of giant chess pieces on the side. Past the chessboard and through a gate is the beach.

A small on-site fitness center has a couple of cardio and weight-training machines. It's clean and well maintained, but it was nerve-racking to see it filled with a gaggle of toddlers playing hide-and-seek.

 Location

Just condos and hotels

There's nothing this far up Miami Beach aside from condos and hotels. On the plus side, the beach itself is less busy -- we actually found some peace and quiet.

A long, 30-block stroll down the picturesque boardwalk brings you to the more happening South Beach. The boardwalk is filled with joggers and vacationing families by day. By night, it's a refuge for many of Miami's homeless. There are frequent security patrols up and down the boardwalk, but it's probably best to take a cab after the sun sets.

 Bottom Line

This clean, moderately priced beachfront hotel might look like a bargain, but the in-house facilities are meager -- just a small pool, a cramped fitness center and a deserted bar and restaurant. To find anything to do or eat, it's a 15-minute drive to South Beach ($10-15 each way by taxi).

Things You Should Know About Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort

Address

  • 4101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140-3210

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Best Western Coral Gables
  • Best Western Miami Beach
  • Coral Gables Best Western
  • Miami Beach Best Western

Room Types

  • Executive Room
  • Ocean Front Room
  • Ocean View Room
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 186
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Miami Beach, Miami
Address: 4101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140-3210
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