No on-site dining -- all meals are at least a block away
Pool is tiny
Complaints of slow valet
Complaints of noise
Relaxed and private (rare for South Beach), the Metropole draws families and low-key groups to a quieter, shopping-focused street one block away from the beachside party scene. Well-equipped apartment-style rooms come with full kitchens and private bedrooms, though they're showing some minor wear. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, a free hour of drinks at sister property, and a pet-friendly policy, but lacks other amenities -- there's no gym and just a tiny, shallow pool. For a property with more amenities, the nearby Savoy Hotel is a solid pick with suite-style rooms as well.
There's only a tiny, low-key lobby and a quiet, spacious courtyard at this 42-room hotel in the Art Deco district.
Located in the heart of the Art Deco district a block from the beach, the Metropole South Beach is next to excellent shopping and bustling bars and clubs. After spotting the black and white awning, guests walk through a tunnel lined by bushes and bougainvillea to the lobby entrance. The lobby is teeny, with only a single wooden chair that directly faces the front desk clerk and a few book shelves. The only common area for guests is the interior courtyard, positioned away from Collins Ave; it's semi-secluded behind hedges and outfitted with broad, cushy sofas. Hanging lanterns and palm trees provide a welcome reprieve from the urban hustle of Miami Beach, just as long as you don't look over the shrubs at the surrounding buildings. Inside the courtyard, there's a mix of families and groups sitting or taking a dip in the tiny plunge pool.
A quiet, commercial stretch of Collins Avenue surrounded by clothing retailers, one block from the beach and the noisy Ocean Drive bar scene.
The block of Collins Avenue surrounding the Metropole gets moderate foot traffic from shoppers; it's nothing like the dense throng on Ocean Drive. Immediately across the street are a series of one- and two-story Art Deco buildings that house several retail stores. The foot traffic is a little more sparse here than on Ocean Drive, but the area is very safe. Around the corner on Ocean Drive, guests can find not-so-great restaurants interspersed with some high-quality cuisine. Meanwhile, the Cuban food at Puerto Sagua, half a block north on Seventh Street, is an Oyster favorite.
The nearest bars are a block east on Ocean Drive, one block west on Washington, or farther north on Collins Avenue. Unlike at its Ocean Drive counterparts one block away, the Metropole's entrance isn't impeded by aggressive menu solicitation. Despite the calmer environment, it's no trouble getting to the beach, one block east and across Ocean Drive.
Valet parking is available for a fee, but note that there have been complaints on the excessive time taken for guests to get their cars. A free shuttle to and from Miami International Airport runs daily.
One- and two-bedroom apartments with a private bedroom and full kitchens, but there's some slight wear and tear
The one- and two-bedroom apartments are large, almost twice the size of most South Beach hotel rooms. They all have separate sleeping quarters, walk-in closets, fully equipped kitchens, snack baskets, and minibars. Electronics-wise, each room packs 42-inch plasma TVs and an iPod dock. However, the gray leather pull-out sofa and white leather dining chairs look cheap next to the sleek glass table and modern lamp hanging above it. The beds -- king-size, with 300-thread-count Belgian linens -- are exceptionally comfy, but brown fabric headboards have a few spots.
Bathrooms have walk-in glass showers with rain showerheads, toiletries, and hairdryers that could use replacing. Bathrobes, an in-room safe, iron, and an ironing board are also provided.
A tiny plunge pool, free happy hour at sister property, and free Wi-Fi
The courtyard, Metropole's best feature, contains an itty-bitty splash pool. It's not good for much but sitting in, but it does that job just fine. Most guests head to the busy beach, which is a quick block away. There's free Wi-Fi but no business center or gym. There's no on-site dining, but the in-room kitchens are great and stocked with snacks and drinks for sale. Additionally, guests are given vouchers to Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge, a sister property, for free drinks each night. The hotel is very pet-friendly, offering beds, water bowls, and doggy treats for furry guests.
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