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Over The Dorchester Hotel
Het hotel is bij uitstek geschikt voor wie op zoek is naar een betaalbare verblijfplaats, vlakbij alle actie en bezienswaardigheden van het art deco-district. The Dorchester biedt zowel kamers als suites. Een zwembad, fitnessruimte en gratis WiFi. Aan de overkant ligt het zusterhotel Marseilles. South Beach kent een interessante geschiedenis, vol verhalen over beroemdheden en geheimzinnige maffiapraktijken, waarin ook The Dorchester Hotel een rol speelde. De manager en crew van Nat King Cole verbleven rond 1950 regelmatig in het hotel en in de daaropvolgende jaren gebruikte de maffia-gangster Joe Bananas het hotel als schuilplaats. De sfeervolle art deco-façade herinnert nog aan deze roemruchte tijden.
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Airco, televisie, telefoon, kluisje en badkamer met douche en föhn.
Gelegen in het centrum van South Beach, Miami, aan Collins Avenue, met het strand aan de overkant van de straat.
• Parkeergelegenheid (tegen betaling)
Miami, waar de Atlantische Oceaan de Caribische zee ontmoet. Deze kleurrijke stad biedt voor elk wat wils.
"You get what you pay for-not in a good way"
I stayed here for one night only because the night was non-refundable when i purchased early March. (If i would've read earlier reviews, I may have not booked this hotel at all) For starters I requested early check in because I knew I would arrive before 3pm. As I expected, No rooms available. So we placed our luggage in the Concierge area and went on our way for roughly 5hrs! (Concierge area is open, its not a room so if you have anything that's of value, take it with you. ONLY one bell boy. When we came back to check in he wasn't there. safe to say valuables weren't safeguarded) I was starving, they do offer breakfast buffet for about 15.00. I took a peak and it wasn't worth it. Kitchen is small and so was the buffet, found better food on the strip. The only thing ill say is the woman who worked the register was polite. I bought a cranberry juice for 3.00 and she gave me a free refill. (Highlight of the trip) The hotel is what it is.NOTHING SPECTACULAR. They do have a pool and sitting areas. Young crowd and noisy. You can hear everything so if you don't like that...find a new hotel. After finally checking in, there is one elevator. (its tiny) fits 2 people comfortably and 4 crammed. Ok lets get to the room... We got a standard room with two full size beds. (Wanted a suite but they were sold out at time of booking) Room is misty and small. There is no in between so either its hot or cold not comfortable when it comes to the AC. also AC is a unit, not central air. Beds were hard but manageable. Didn't see any bugs or disgust like i read in earlier reviews which was a plus! Bathroom small and basic. The nicest thing was the sink. looks like it was updated! Its a basic hotel with basic rooms. don't expect anything spectacular. The only reason i'm giving them 3 stars is because i didn't have any issues like i read during other reviews and it's in a central location to the strip. I was disappointed because they do offer a FREE happy hour from 6-7 and the night i stayed which was a SATURDAY, the bartender who was suppose to be there didn't show up. Not only did he miss out on money, its unprofessional and it really makes the hotel look bad. They only hire one bartender for a busy Saturday? Not good. Safe to say I stayed there that night, woke up the next morning and checked into my other hotel. What the hotel needs to work on is AC. (Central Air in each room may not be a bad idea), hire more then one bartender and bell boy, Consider getting a room for luggage for customers who arrive early and don't have a room, and lastly update the rooms. Even if you cant do a complete remodel, maybe some nice decor or color may make the room look less basic. Safe to say, I will not stay at this hotel again. Pay a little extra for a nice hotel, its worth it. This hotel is more for young college students on a budget or spring break where you'll rarely be in the room but to sleep.
"No Complimentary Breakfast"
I was kind of expecting breakfast to be complimentary. When I came downstairs, I found that they were trying to charge me $16 for the "best value" breakfast buffet. They also had a happy hour special the night before where they gave me a "free" $1 drink, but turned around and charged me $8 for a beer. It seems like they want to take every possible opportunity to drain my pockets, as if staying in the hotel weren't expensive enough. I don't know how this compares to other hotels in the area, but I was thoroughly unimpressed.
"Pay a little extra to stay at the Marseilles Hotel across the street"
I would rate my experience with this hotel 2.5 stars. The service was friendly but they didn't go out of their way in any way to help us. The nicest person I met was the gentleman who held our luggage for a few hours on our last day. I'll start with the outside appearance. It's nothing spectacular. There's construction on one side of the building and the other entrance is on Collins Ave (a busy main street). The lobby and outside lounging area were very average. The one elevator was exceptionally slow and we took the stairs most of the time (I'm perfectly ok with this but my roommate was not). While the room was a decent size, the bathroom was really in need of renovation. The shower head had very low pressure and there were noticeable cracks in the wall with no ventilation. We left the door open/cracked while we showered so that we would not sweat. The bathroom was quite small and it was difficult for two women to place our toiletries out in such small space. Other visitors complained on more than one occasion about losing power in their rooms so I guess we were fortunate. Overall it was an ok experience, but they have a sister property across the street (the Marseilles Hotel) that I would highly recommend. The contrast between the two hotels is quite stark. We went there for happy hour one night (since the Dorchester was not offering it) and the Marseilles hotel staff was extremely attentive. They greeted us when we walked in, offered us towels, and the drinks were good. In contrast, the front desk staff at the Dorchester never greeted us beyond our first day, mostly talked amongst themselves at the front desk, and gave us outdated happy hour passes (the times printed on the passes were wrong). Most of all, the ambiance at the Marseilles was very modern and clean with nice pools, beautiful lounging areas, and direct access to the beach. It was clear that the Marseilles hotel was a better deal and more upscale while the Dorchester is a budget-friendly hotel. My final advice is to spend a little extra and stay at the Marseilles for a better experience.
A trip to South Beach is always expected to be a great time. When your hotel staff goes out of their way to make you feel special though, it just takes your vacation to an entirely different level. Every staff member I interacted with, Mari, Shirley, Guy, Loana, Jean Carlo (JC), Alain and Gilma, all treated me with a distinct level of warmth, friendliness and professionalism that warrants praise and recognition. No matter how busy they were at the front desk (and at times it was quite busy) they would find a way to acknowledge me with a pleasant greeting as I passed by. Any requests I had were promptly addressed and accommodated. I had the good fortune of meeting their manager Mark, and immediately understood where this excellent work ethic derived from. The hotel itself has a quaint courtyard that sits away from the main strip on Collins Ave. It gives you a relaxing place to either unwind after your day or prepare to engage before. The spacious pool is a great alternative to the beach if you don't want to take the 5 min. walk to the beach. The lobby has ample sitting space with a blown glass blood drop sculpture that truly captivated me. My room was spacious and accommodating. I had stayed here the year before and requested the room again. As soon as it became available I was moved back to it. I tried to fool Mari, and asked what's up with my room change when she returned back to work. It didn't work though, she informed me that she checked on it first thing and knew that it had been done, wow. I have to say though, the highlight of my stay was watching the tag team of Shirley and Mari work behind the front desk of the Marseilles (their sister hotel). The energy, flare and charm that continuously bounced back and forth between them as they efficiently tended to their duties was amazing. They warmed my heart and made my stay exceptional. Thank you guys, I plan on staying with you each time I visit SOBE.
"Great hotel, excellent localtion"
Spent 1 night at the Dorchester, booked online so wasnt 100% sure. When i arrived and for my 24 hr stay the staff friendly, hotel and room clean. They held my bags for the day after my checkout so I coild enjiybthe beach before my cruise. Highly recommend and This would be my choice for any future travels to Miami.
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