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An impressive lobby -- spacious, tastefully decorated, even sweet-smelling -- but the glamour ends there. The rest of the place conforms to Four Points's trademark: simplicity.
As the website says, "At Four Points, you get what you need, when you need it, at a price that's right. And no extra charges for the basics." Whether the price is right is always a tricky question when the cost varies so much throughout the year. But at least the Four Points isn't lying about the "no extra charges" thing. The use of beach towels and the computer in the lobby is free, and this is one of the only hotels in the area not to charge a mandatory resort fee.
With 216 rooms, most of them renovated in 2007, the Four Points looks and feels like many midsize chain hotels. The furniture and artwork in the lobby is similar to the furniture and artwork in the rooms, which is similar to the furniture and artwork in the hundreds of other Sheraton properties around the world. The hotel will have a total overhaul by the end 2013, which will include rooms, the fitness center, pool, and other common areas. ;
A neighborhood dominated by hotels and parking structures. If you want to go to South Beach, it's a five- to 10-minute cab ride away (for between $5 and $10).
Most important of all, of course, is that the beach is located right behind the property. Just walk past the pool, across the boardwalk, down the steps, and there you are: sun and sand, with no fuss. Beach towels are complimentary. Chair and umbrella rentals are $10; cabanas are $15.
Also, the boardwalk is a great place to take a walk or jog or just watch other beautiful people do it for you.
Clean and comfortable, with mundane decor and few frills -- just what you'd expect from a midrange chain.
Rooms are comfortable and spacious, and are decorated in shades of blue. They have a beachy feel, with wood headboards and accents, and nature artwork. Rooms have either ocean, bay, or city views, and some also have whirlpools.
The hotel doesn't do anything in particular to cater to children -- no activities, no game room, no video-game consoles in the room.
Rollaway beds ($15 per night) and cribs (free) are available, but if you do take the kids, you'll need a suite -- the standard rooms aren't big enough to accommodate them.
The Four Points website might make it seem like there are two restaurants: the indoor cafe and its outdoor counterpart. (Or even three if you count the bar in the lobby, the Bloo Lounge, which also serves food.)
The highlights are probably the beer tasting available at the Bloo Lounge -- four varieties for $6 -- and the pies available at the Sungrass Café (also -- four is the motif, unsurprisingly, at Four Points).
A midsize, midrange hotel in Miami Beach, the Four Points is middling in just about every sense. But it's on the beach, and you get a pool and free Wi-Fi. For the price, this is an OK option outside South Beach. Otherwise, go for the nearby Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront.