Miami Beach Resort & Spa Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

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Stranded about 35 blocks from the South Beach party scene, this beautiful beachside resort draws an older clientele. Its great service, large (though dated) rooms, small spa, and big pool might seem like a bargain, but the only food around is its own expensive fare.

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Oyster Hotel Review

 Service

Everyone couldn't have been nicer -- and you may even get free drinks!

Guests check-in at the front desk
Guests check-in at the front desk

My cab revved into a driveway almost as grand as the Alexander hotel, and the porters swept my bags into the hotel's glittering lobby.

The attendant at the front desk checked me in swiftly and gave me a quick runthrough of the various restaurants. My porter cheerfully showed me around the hotel on more than one occasion.

Out by the Seabreeze Bar and Grill, my waitress told me "off the record" what dishes to avoid. Best of all, the waiters took pity on my attempt to stay within our budget at the Ocean Bar and Bistro and gave me free wine with my dinner. Everyone I met was friendly, warm, and attentive.

 Location

Nothing much to see, and cabs rarely roam this far north.

There's really nothing this far up Miami Beach besides other condominiums and hotels. A cab ride to South Beach will cost you anywhere from $15 to $20, depending on traffic. Cabs are also difficult to come by this far up north, so I needed to ask the hotel to call one for me.

To save a few bucks, consider taking a picturesque stroll along the boardwalk that starts a few blocks from the hotel's private gate to the beach. South Beach is about 35 blocks south.

 Rooms

Big, but nowhere near as luxe as the rest of the place.

The Junior Suite
The Junior Suite

The hotel has frescoed ballrooms and shimmering gold mosaics that wouldn't look out of place in an Italian villa. This is why the hokey design of my room was such a letdown. It simply wasn't as luxe as the rest of the hotel.

At 481 square feet, my room was quite large, but the mishmash of differently patterned blues made it seem smaller than it actually was.

There was an amazing view of Miami Beach and the twinkling lights Downtown past Biscayne Bay.

The room wasn't technologically up to snuff. There was no Wi-Fi, just a hardwired Internet connection that was far too slow to upload video.

The TV was an old Panasonic, and although it worked fine, I expected something a little less ordinary in a hotel this grand.

Puzzlingly, the room had no safe. Instead, one had to register a safety deposit box at the front desk.

At 52 square feet, the bathroom was pretty small. It didn't help that it was painted a queasy pink -- all the bathrooms I checked out were this color -- with black-and-white checked floors. Outfitted only with the basics -- a sink, a toilet, and a tiny, shallow tub -- it also had a coffee maker by the sink. Bizarre.

My stay was comfortable, the bed was great, and everything was clean, but I expected more from a hotel that seemed this luxurious.

 Features

The spa is tiny, and enter the gym at your own risk.

The pool
The pool

Though it bills itself as a resort and spa, I saw little evidence of the hotel's spa services -- just two massage rooms in the gym.

With cardio equipment on the second floor and weight training gear on the first, the gym offers a decent array of machines -- if only they worked. My editor was actually afraid to use some of the badly maintained equipment. It didn't help that the gym is unattended, which means that if the receptionist isn't in the room -- and she wasn't for most of our time there -- you could be pinned down by a faulty machine for several hours. Not to mention what would happen if you got stuck in the sauna or steam room!

Although the hotel's pool is large, it's really more for lounging than vigorous swimming. But the beach is only steps away.

There are multiple gift stores to pick up any forgotten toiletries. Sadly, the clothes include polyester pantsuits.

 Food

Plenty of decent options -- but never at the same time, and they're all pricey.

Seabreeze Bar & Grill
Seabreeze Bar & Grill

There are plenty of places to eat, but only one of them is open at any time. The Hibiscus Court is open for breakfast and offers a decent buffet brunch. Out by the pool, the Seabreeze Bar and Grill serves burgers and other basics for lunch. The Ocean Bar and Bistro serves classic American dinners. The food isn't bad at any of the restaurants, but it is expensive. This far up Miami Beach, there really aren't any other dining options within walking distance.

 Bottom Line

Stranded about 35 blocks from the South Beach party scene, this beautiful beachside resort draws an older clientele. Its great service, large (though dated) rooms, small spa, and big pool might seem like a bargain, but the only food around is its own expensive fare.

Things You Should Know About Miami Beach Resort & Spa

Address

  • 4833 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Miami Beach Hotel
  • Miami Beach Resort
  • Miami Beach Resort Spa

Room Types

  • Bay View Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Ocean Front View Room
  • Partial Water View Room
  • Water View Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 424
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Miami Beach, Miami
Address: 4833 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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