Courtyard By Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

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With a Marriott, you can generally count on friendly, competent service and a clean, comfortable room, and this one doesn't disappoint. As a bonus, it's right on the beach and housed in a historic Art Deco building. All-around, it's an solid choice for the price.



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The Courtyard combines the architecture and charm of a historical building with the basic amenities and consistency of a midrange chain hotel.

Breakfast at Courtyard Cafe
Breakfast at Courtyard Cafe

Renovated in 2004, this Marriott occupies the building that used to be the Cadillac Hotel, a 14-story Art Deco property listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. (A large neon Cadillac sign still sits above the main entrance.) But unlike some of the smaller, independently-owned Art Deco hotels in South Beach, there is a distinct advantage to the Courtyard by Marriott name: You know what you're getting. For many, that predictability and consistency is a good thing.

But that's not to say the hotel is boring. While it's not a particularly great place for partyers or families, the atmosphere (especially by the pool) can feel a bit livelier than at comparable nearby properties like the Holiday Inn and the Four Points by Sheraton. This is largely due to the hotel's Surfside tiki bar and upbeat music throughout the resort.


A 5- to 10-minute, $5 to $10 cab ride to South Beach, the Courtyard is in Miami Beach, which is dominated by hotels and parking structures, with an occasional restaurant popping up every block or so.

At 39th Street and Collins Avenue, the Courtyard sits a few blocks south of the posh bars and restaurants at the Fontainebleau Resort, north of which Miami Beach becomes a dull stretch of high-rises.

  • Across the street is the Primo Cafe & Market, which a lot of guests use for basics like sunscreen, snacks, breakfast, and coffee.
  • Miami International Airport is about 15 minutes away.


Narrower than South Beach's, but plenty wide. This beach is also cleaner and much less crowded.

Most important of all, of course, is that the beach is located right behind the property. Just walk past the pool, across the boardwalk, and down the steps, and there you are. Sun and sand; no fuss. Beach towels are complimentary. As with most resorts, chair rentals are $10.

The boardwalk is also a great place to take a walk or jog or just sit and watch beautiful people exercise for you.


Clean and comfortable, with generic décor and few frills.

The City View Guestroom
The City View Guestroom

As with most chains, the Courtyard keeps its rooms' layouts and decor quite consistent. My standard king room looked an awful lot like my Courtyard room in New York: identical picture frames and desk chair, the same notepad on the nightstand, etc. To some people, it's boring. To others, it's comforting.

  • Free high-speed Internet
  • 32-inch LG plasma TV
  • Coffee machine with Colombian Supremo coffee
  • Most of the rooms have what the hotel refers to as a "city view," though mine was, in reality, just a view of Collins Avenue, with Downtown in the distant background.
  • Tip: If you do spring for the beach view, ask for a room no lower than the sixth floor.


Free Wi-Fi, a decent-size pool, a hot tub, a small but operational business center, and an up-to-date fitness center.

Up-to-date fitness center
Up-to-date fitness center
  • The pool is larger than most in SoBe but smaller than most in Miami Beach. The setting isn't very scenic, but the atmosphere was lively enough when I was there: music from the Surfside tiki bar, plenty of loungers, a few kids splashing around.
  • The gym is poorly lit and cramped: just two treadmills, an elliptical, a bike, a set of free weights, and a multipurpose strength-training machine. But the equipment is modern and well kept, and there are also two TVs (each with its own remote), some yoga mats, and plenty of clean towels and water.
  • The "business center" is just an open area off the lobby with three PCs and a printer.
  • Valet parking costs $27 a day.


Kids will love the pool, the beach, and not much else. Still, it's an OK place to take the family.

Kids will love the pool
Kids will love the pool

Little is done to cater to children -- no activities, no game room, just a kids' menu at the Surfside tiki bar and video-game consoles available to rent for the room. But both cribs and rollaway beds are free and will fit in a standard room (though the fit would be tight, especially with a rollaway).


Cleanliness, strictly speaking, isn't an issue.

Rooms come with their share of torn upholstery, chipped furniture, and traces of mildew in the bathtub, but I didn't see any real problems. The lobby was also clean, and the grounds were well tended.


Decent on-site options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Carrabba's Italian grill
Carrabba's Italian grill
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill, one of the classiest -- and probably the best -- restaurant in the immediate area (about $35 for an appetizer and an entree)
  • Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Café adjoining the lobby, and will run you about $17 with tax and tip. The buffet, which is quite good, includes fresh-squeezed O.J.
  • The al fresco option is the American/bistro-style Surfside tiki bar, behind the pool.

 Bottom Line

With a Marriott, you can generally count on friendly, competent service and a clean, comfortable room, and this one doesn't disappoint. As a bonus, it's right on the beach and housed in a historic Art Deco building. All-around, it's an solid choice for the price.

Things You Should Know About Courtyard By Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront


  • 3925 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Courtyard Miami Beach
  • Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront
  • Miami Beach Courtyard
  • Miami Beach Marriott

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Guestroom
  • Oceanfront Guestroom

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 262
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Miami Beach, Miami
Address: 3925 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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