Marenas Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Sunny Isles, Miami, Florida

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Pros

Cons

  • Slightly worn rooms
  • $50 by cab to South Beach
  • Limited food options within walking distance

Bottom Line

For a well-equipped beachside Miami resort located in the safe, kid-friendly suburban city of Sunny Isles, the Marenas Resort (formerly Le Meridien, an upscale Starwood-brand hotel) is a fine option, even if its rooms are a bit small. This is especially true for families who want kitchen-equipped suites and a safe, 180-block distance from the scandalous South Beach scene.

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 Location

Soak up plenty of sun on the expansive shore, about 180 blocks north of South Beach.

The Marenas Resort is located in Sunny Isles, about a half-hour drive from South Beach, and right on the beach. Don't confuse the Sunny Isles stretch of Collins Avenue with the far different pedestrian portion in South Beach. Here, it's a busy six-lane road that can only be crossed at a stop light at the end of the long block.

Aside from the beach, there's little to explore on foot around the hotel. A large, unappealing strip mall full of fast-food and casual restaurants sits just down the road, across from the Trump International Beach Resort.

  • Publix supermarket, about a 10-minute walk away
  • The hotel is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the Miami International airport and 20 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International airport. Taxis from either one cost approximately $50.
  • A taxi ride down to the clubs costs about $50.

 Room

The beds are comfortable, the bathroom are clean, and the view is impressive. Disappointingly, the TVs have small, standard screens.

The Classic Ocean View Room
The Classic Ocean View Room
  • The standard, Classic room is a cramped 200 square feet, but the bathroom is a bit larger than what you might find in a similarly-priced Art Deco hotel in South Beach
  • Larger one- and two-bedroom suites also available (700 to 1,100 square feet); each has a full kitchen and breakfast bar as well as a pull-out queen-size sofa bed in the living room
  • Comfortable beds: 250-thread-count sheets; Duvet cover
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • All rooms have a balcony; the views from any room are remarkable
  • Small, old tube TVs with a CD/DVD player

 Features

The fitness center is among the city's best, and the beach is just steps from the hotel pool.

The beach
The beach
  • Average pool, overlooking the beach
  • Free access to an excellent, 24-hour fitness center -- one of the best in Miami
  • Small, full-service spa with free access to its sauna and steam room
  • Business center

 Cleanliness

The rooms are a bit dated, but housekeeping does its best to keep everything in tip-top shape.

Since the hotel switched from being an older Le Meridian resort to the Marenas Resort in 2009, little has changed. The rooms and facilities feel a worn, but housekeeping does its best to keep everything as lustrous as possible. I found some basic carpet wear, some smudges on the mirrors, and some scratches on the furniture, but I was generally pleased with the hotel's overall cleanliness.

 Bottom Line

For a well-equipped beachside Miami resort located in the safe, kid-friendly suburban city of Sunny Isles, the Marenas Resort (formerly Le Meridien, an upscale Starwood-brand hotel) is a fine option, even if its rooms are a bit small. This is especially true for families who want kitchen-equipped suites and a safe, 180-block distance from the scandalous South Beach scene.

Things You Should Know About Marenas Resort

Address

  • 18683 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Le Meridien Sunny Isles
  • Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach
  • Meridien Sunny Isles Beach
  • Sunny Isles Beach Le Meridien
  • Sunny Isles Beach Meridien

Room Types

  • Bay View 2 Bedroom Suite
  • Bay View Studio
  • Bay View Suite
  • Ocean Front 2 Bedroom Suite
  • Ocean Front Suite
  • Ocean View Studio
  • Penthouse
  • Sunny Isles Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 210
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Sunny Isles, Miami
Address: 18683 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
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