A midsize, mid-range hotel in Miami Beach, the Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach is middling in just about every sense. But it's got boardwalk access to the sandy beach, and you get a pool with a sun deck plus free Wi-Fi. Rooms were renovated in 2013 so they look fresh and are spotlessly clean -- with some ocean views from semi-private balconies. For the price, this is an OK option outside of South Beach. Otherwise, go for the nearby Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront for many of the same features but more Art Deco style.
Chain hotel on the beach with an impressive lobby -- spacious, tastefully decorated, even sweet-smelling
Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach was completely renovated in 2013, but there was only so much that could be done with its historic lobby, originally built in the early 1930s. Still, the space is updated with modern furniture like silver sectional sofas and bold striped rugs. Cutouts in the wall display vases and sculptures. Potted ferns and indoor planters add a dash of green. The hotel prides itself on using an organic blend of natural oils as a fragrant cleanser so the public spaces smell fresh. Guests are mostly made up of families and couples who want a quieter location that's still relatively close to the action and directly on the beach.
A neighborhood dominated by hotels and parking structures
At 43rd Street and Collins Avenue, the Four Points sits just south of the posh restaurants and bars at the Fontainebleau resort, north of which Miami Beach becomes a dull stretch of high-rises. Chic Soho Beach is right next door. There aren't any major attractions (apart from the beach itself) around the hotel. If you want to go to South Beach, it's a five- to 10-minute cab ride away. Valet parking is available for a daily fee. Expect a 22-minute drive to Miami International Airport.
Narrower than South Beach's, but plenty wide -- plus the Four Points beach is also cleaner and much less crowded
Most important of all, of course, is that the sandy beach is located right behind Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach. Just walk past the pool, across the wooden boardwalk, down the steps, and there you are: sun and sand, with no fuss. Beach towels are free. Chair, umbrellas, and cabanas can be rented by the day. The boardwalk runs parallel down the beach making it a nice spot to jog or just watch other beautiful people do the exercise for you. This is a public beach, so alcohol is prohibited.
Clean and comfortable, with mundane decor and few frills -- just what you'd expect from a mid-range chain.
All 216 rooms and suites at Four Points by Sheraton Miami were fully renovated in 2013 with an end result of fresh but basic accommodations. Walls are painted off-white and powder blue. There's a surf vibe from wooden shutter style headboards and striped curtains. Upgrade to a room with ocean views from a small furnished balcony, though only a short railing divides your outdoor space from the neighbors'. Flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and desk space are standard. In the bathroom you'll find shower/tub combinations with shampoo and conditioner dispensers mounted to the wall. A hairdryer is set in a basket on a shelf under the vanity. Suites include a kitchenette and whirlpool tubs. All rooms and suites are non-smoking.
Because nobody comes to Miami to stay indoors (unless they're hiding from the paparazzi) the pool might be the hotel's best feature. It's shaped like a large irregular rectangle, surrounded with comfortable blue sun loungers and umbrellas. Beach towels and fruit-infused water are free. Tropical landscaping and the wooden boardwalk add a Miami ambiance. There's a small, almost hidden whirlpool in a grove of palm trees. Inside, the fitness center and business center are open 24-hours. Gym equipment includes cardio machines with individual screens, yoga mats, and strength-training equipment. Bike rentals are available through the hotel. There's a small gift shop selling beach gear, cold drinks, and packaged snacks.
Kids will love the pool and the beach but not much else.
The Four Points by Sheraton Miami doesn't do anything in particular to cater to children -- no activities, no game room, no video-game consoles in the room, but it's a perfectly acceptable place for families. Rollaway beds are available for an added cost and cribs are free. Standard Double Full rooms have two double beds, but the size of the bathroom may inspire families to upgrade to a suite.
Sungrass Café overlooks the ocean and serves a good variety of American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bloo Lounge, in the lobby, does specialty cocktails and a decent selection of craft beers. Breakfast isn't included in the price of a room, but with few other dining options nearby -- most guests find it easier to stay on property for at least one meal during the day. Room service is also available.
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