Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
The limited staff is helpful and nice.
Everyone is helpful and polite, but the Waldorf is not staffed for pampering. Still, there was someone at the front desk to check me in and out, a porter to take my bags, and a housekeeping crew to clean the rooms. But that's it.
The rooms are better than a hostel -- they're clean and have a decent bed. No closet!
To get to my room, I swiped the key by a glass door in the middle of the lobby that leads to a short, damp corridor with rooms on either side. The room where I stayed is about 250 square-feet (an average size for South Beach) and, apart from the dampness, it is surprisingly bright and clean.
There is no closet or anything else on which to hang clothes.
There's a mini-fridge stocked with airplane-size bottles of booze, plus there's a bag of Doritos. The booze can be essential -- with all the noise from Mango's next door, it might be the only way to get some sleep.
Across the street from the beach and next to a circus of partiers at cheap bars.
The Waldorf is across the street from the beach, on Art Deco Row. This part of Ocean Drive is always busy. If it's not the crowd at Primetime downstairs, it's the mad rush at Mango's, the fun and utterly cheesy Latin-theme mega-bar next door with staged salsa dancing, waitresses wearing 6-inch platform cheetah-print heels, live music, disco-lights, and karaoke.
When the scene got too obnoxious, I just walked across the street to the beach where the ocean drowns everything else out.
Free Wi-Fi that works, valet parking, beach access ... and that's it.
Guests enter the hotel through Primetime, a restaurant that doesn't have anything to do with the hotel (even though it takes up half of the lobby). Perhaps because there are so many non-guests milling around, the Waldorf has several video cameras in the hallways.
The hotel provides valet parking, but this just means a porter parks cars in a lot down the street.
There's also free Wi-Fi at a fairly decent speed, but that's it.
THIS HOTEL REOPENED AFTER EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS IN LATE 2011. Across from the beach, the Waldorf is next to some of the loudest, cheapest bars and restaurants in South Beach. It's a fine place to crash on a budget, but the fancy name is deceiving -- all the hotel offers is a room and a bed.