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Miami - South Beach hotel?

Old Jul 3, 19, 8:33 am
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Miami - South Beach hotel?

We're spending one night in Miami in December, pre-cruise. We think we'd like to stay in South Beach because we've never been. We arrive before noon on a Saturday, sailing out from port of Miami on Sunday. We'll be on a Caribbean cruise for 2 weeks (with my in-laws ;-) so we don't need to be ON the beach or even have a beach view. But we'd like to see the art deco (have already found a walking tour [DIY] and will look for other things like that) and have a nice meal (not necessarily "fancy", just a nice meal....) Just walk around and explore is likely what we will do (no clubs/parties for us either...)

Right now I'm leaning toward the Mondrian with a Bay View. Husband's top picks are the Marriotte Stanton (which is $100 more than Mondrian right now), the Beacon, or the Bentley.

Would love input (I've searched and read this forum for other South Beach hotel ideas - many people seemed to be looking for luxury, or a particular brand - I don't want either. I mean, I love luxury, but I want to keep this hotel below $350 if I can (Stanton is over, Mondrian bay view with the resort fee included is also more than $350....I think the others were around $250) Thanks!!
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Old Jul 3, 19, 9:21 am
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I recommend staying on Collins Ave below 25th street. The Mondarin isnít in a great spot. The Bentley is a nice hotel.

One of the nice things about Miami Beach is you donít need a car if youíre on the ocean side. Everything can be accessed on foot. Ocean Drive is also good, but itís going to be louder.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by NYC_1 View Post
The Mondarin isnít in a great spot.
But, a great spot for what, exactly? We know it's on the other side from the main drag, but that is still walkable - it's not even a mile across to the beach? This is the walking tour I mentioned - Google tells me it will be 4 miles if I do it in this order, starting from the Mondrian....
We definitely won't have a car. We'll do lyft from airport and to the port and if necessary while we're in South Beach but our general plan is to walk. Will look again at the Bentley - thanks!
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Old Jul 3, 19, 10:23 am
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For a short stay if location isnít important then yes I that would work. Anywhere in Miami Beach is fine if youíre willing to add a few miles of walking or Lyft trips. It is not the choice I would make but I understand it. Youíll have a very different experience over there, though.
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Old Jul 4, 19, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Hoyaheel View Post
But, a great spot for what, exactly? We know it's on the other side from the main drag, but that is still walkable - it's not even a mile across to the beach? This is the walking tour I mentioned - Google tells me it will be 4 miles if I do it in this order, starting from the Mondrian....
We definitely won't have a car. We'll do lyft from airport and to the port and if necessary while we're in South Beach but our general plan is to walk. Will look again at the Bentley - thanks!
While those are nice spots on the tour, you need to do Lincoln Road mall and at least pop into Mac's Deuce Club for a couple more Art Deco highlights.
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Old Jul 5, 19, 5:03 am
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Thanks - adding those spots to the walking tour ;-)
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