Four meeting rooms, a computer corner, and wedding services
On-site gift shop and a surf shop with rentals
Marriott Concierge Lounge provides breakfast and snacks for members
Pet-friendly rooms (for a fee)
Paid valet parking
Fee for Wi-Fi (except for Marriott members or direct bookings)
Fees for safes in some rooms
Valet parking is pricey
Renovations ongoing until 2016, which may impact features
The 224-room Marriott Stanton South Beach is an upscale beachfront hotel at the quiet southern end of South Beach's lively Ocean Drive. Fresh rooms have tasteful beachy decor plus coffeemakers and mini-fridges; furnished balconies are a nice touch and some have ocean views. Two outdoor pools and a hot tub overlook the Atlantic, and a small spa offers a sauna and modern gym. There’s a great beachfront seafood restaurant and bar, plus several shops including a gelateria that's a perfect treat in tropical Miami. Ongoing renovations in public areas were a minor inconvenience when we visited, so guests may want to compare prices at The Savoy Hotel, though rooms aren't as nice.
Contemporary beachfront hotel with Art Deco details
Two palm trees frame the travertine entrance to the upper-mid-range Marriott Stanton South Beach, an 11-floor Art Deco building that’s located on a quiet section on Ocean Drive. At the rear of the property there is a fairly tame stretch of sand that attracts travelers -- couples, groups of friends, and families with children -- seeking a peaceful location away from the bustling South Beach scene. At the moment, the lobby and public spaces are modern, but nothing remarkable, and the hotel is in the midst of a $20 million redesign project expected to continue until 2016. Plans four new restaurants, a rebuilt porte cochere, and updated decor throughout common areas, including a new bar. One of the current stars of the hotel is Deco Blue, a handsome restaurant that's one of the few with an Ocean Drive address to look directly onto the beach. It's a popular gathering place for hotel guests and those staying all across town.
Ocean Drive location, on a quiet beach in South of Fifth area
Situated on a fairly quiet beach in Ocean Drive's SoFi area (or South of Fifth), this location offers a peaceful atmosphere that's still close to the best of South Beach. A paved and landscaped path -- used for walking and running -- runs along the beach, which is at the rear of the property. The gorgeous, sandy beach has Marriott umbrellas, lounge chairs, and bar and food service. The wilder nightclubs, bars, and eateries of Ocean Drive are a 10-minute walk north of the hotel, as is iconic Lummus Park. Popular restaurant Prime 112 is right across the street from the hotel, while local diner Big Pink is a two-minute walk around the corner. Walks to Española Way and Lincoln Road are a bit long, but cabs to either are easy enough to find and the trip will take 10 minutes. The 17-acre South Pointe park is also a 10-minute walk from the hotel. AmericanAirlines Arena and Miami Port are 15 to 20 minutes away by car depending on traffic. It’s a 30-minute drive to the Miami International Airport.
Contemporary rooms with muted interiors, some with furnished balconies and sea views
Rooms are fresh and contemporary, with interiors that include white leather headboards, parquet floors, simple light wood veneer furniture, sharp photography, and furnished balconies in some that offer lovely sea views. The look is appropriately beachy, designed by renowned Jeffrey Beers International, and is a nice warm upgrade from Mariott's often corporate interiors. With king beds or two double beds, rooms fit between two to four people, and connecting rooms are available for traveling groups or families. Concierge Level rooms have access to the Marriott lounge with breakfast, evening snacks, and business services. One-Bedroom Suites, which can fit rollaway beds, have stylish, comfy living rooms with bistro tables. Modern bathrooms are a bit small and have walk-in showers. Every room features 32-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, fluffy bathrobes, hairdryers, and safes (which sometimes require a fee for use). Wi-Fi is free for Marriott Rewards members.
Beachfront dining and pools plus shops, a spa, and fitness center
The star of the show here is the beach, and it's embraced at several turns. The hotel has towel and snack kiosks, plus beachside service, on a relatively uncrowded stretch of white sand. Two outdoor pools and a hot tub -- surrounded by lounge chairs and palm trees -- also overlook the ocean. From the pool, stairs lead to Deco Blue, a contemporary dining room with attractive Art Deco-inspired interiors and a popular outdoor terrace. The menu features an abundance of seafood, and the ocean views are great (though breakfast isn't free for most hotel guests).
There are a couple retails outlets on site, including F1rst Surf Shop with surfboards and stand-up paddleboard rentals, as well as Elycia Indulgence + Sundry gift shop. The Dolcezza gelato shop, a cigar store, and Starbucks are on-site, are also located by the lobby. For Concierge Level guests, the 11th-floor Concierge Lounge offers free breakfast, evening snacks, and two terraces. Modern cardio machines with mini-TVs, free weights, and healthy snacks are available in the gym, while a sauna and treatment rooms are located in the spa. Weddings are held at this beachfront hotel and the ballroom fits up to 120 people -- there are also additional meeting rooms for business functions and events. An Apple computer and printer are in the lobby. There is a fee for Wi-Fi, except for Marriott Rewards members or those who book directly through the hotel's website.
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