Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Basic service to match the low price tag.
Nothing much to say -- someone was at the desk, they gave me a room key, they explained how I get to the room. No one lifted a bag and no one was especially friendly (or rude), but I didn't expect much from a hotel of this price range.
A quiet area that's a long walk from the beach and the party scene.
Though on Ocean Drive, the Century is South of Fifth Street, meaning that area is quieter and more infused with Miami locals.
There are a few notable restaurants in the vicinity, like the over-rated DeVito Italian restaurant next door and the infamous Joe's Stone Crab a couple of blocks away. But by and large, the spirit of South Beach starts three blocks north.
Getting to the beach means a short walk across the street and around a few beachfront hotels and condos.
Small rooms with simple, cheap furnishings. Feather duvets and marble tiles can't erase the dingy feeling.
Striving for a chic look that makes the best use of the tiny Deco space (and photographs as well), the rooms have the clean design of prefab European minimalism (basically Ikea). The rooms have some nice touches though, like feather duvets, plenty of pillows, old-school CD players, marble-tiled bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs (awkwardly positioned to the side of the bed). Despite those additions, however, the rooms still have an unkempt, dingy feeling.
Huge rust stains stretch through the bathroom floor, paint-splatters stick to the furniture, and there are deep gouges in the wood. A cheap, plastic wood-colored minibar half-filled with gas station sundries and bottles of Bud shows the hotel's true colors.
No working wireless, no valet, and no celebrity-in-hiding clientele. But beach towels and breakfast are available.
There's nothing snazzy to speak of -- I never saw the "business center" boasted on the hotel's website, the wireless never worked, and there was no one positioned to park the cars (though supposedly there's a valet).
They do, however, offer beach-towel rentals and a limited continental breakfast.
The Century website still advertises a celebrity-in-hiding clientele. But this has less to do with the accommodations and more to do with the once famed (now out-of-business) Joia Restaurant, which was run by Ingrid Casares, best known for her friendship with Madonna.
Pretty decent level of cleanliness, with some dust, rust stains, and paint splatters.
Rust stains, paint splatters, gouged wood, and an extraordinary accumulation of dust make the rooms feel old and dingy.
Though I spotted an extremely tiny, unidentifiable white bug in the room (which the desk assured me was the first instance of a bug being in any room in more than five years), there was nothing explicitly grotesque, foul smelling, or bio-hazardous -- which, for the Century's price range, is pretty decent.
A quaint Deco hotel hailing from 1939, the Century's hospitality brings a European guesthouse to mind (or maybe it's the small, shabby rooms and absence of a pool). Located one block from the beach and a short hike from the less pretentious SoBe party scene, the Century is a decent place to crash.