- Disruptions from ongoing renovations
- Even new rooms are a bit plain
- Not much to see or do within walking distance
- Mediocre on-site restaurants
- Daily resort fee
Drab and uninspiring
Beige travertine floors, brown leatherette sofas and walls devoid of decoration create an atmosphere that feels more like an airport terminal than a resort lobby. A set of double doors leads to a shopping plaza filled with souvenirs and tacky paintings. Restaurant facilities are uninviting and devoid of welcoming details. For the best visuals, head outside to the pool for an uninterrupted expanse of water and sky.
Quiet and surburban
The hotel is on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles, a barrier island between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway that is halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The area is largely residential, with little in the way of nightlife or dining, although several strip malls within a 10-minute drive offer some decent eateries. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is about 10 miles away, while South Beach is about a 30-minute drive.
Spacious but motel-like
Although design is drab, there's ample space in all guest rooms. Renovations included the addition of tile floors and dark brown contemporary furniture. Kitchenettes in some rooms are ample and modern, with very nice cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless-steel sinks. Older rooms are carpeted and feature traditional wood furniture. Bathrooms feature tiled walls and floors, and either walk-in showers or tubs.
Beach and pool are the best assets here
The Ramada Plaza Marco Polo is an affordable, pet- and family-friendly option, and the happiest guests are the ones who stay put by the beach and pool, which are the unquestionably the resort's best features. The hotel offers a nice gym overlooking the ocean, and the included continental breakfast is basic. Valet parking is an added cost, and the hotel assesses a daily resort fee.
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