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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.
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 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
The fitness center is among the city's best, and the beach is just steps from the hotel pool.
- 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
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.
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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- 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
- Bay View 2 Bedroom Suite
- Bay View Studio
- Bay View Suite
- Ocean Front 2 Bedroom Suite
- Ocean Front Suite
- Ocean View Studio
- Sunny Isles Suite