Best Western, Atlantic beach resort, Miami
THE HOTEL: Located 20 blocks from the buzz of South Beach and the Conference Centre this hotel is nonetheless perfectly located for a quick 20-minute run to/from the airport located as it is on the major expressway on 41st and Collins with a good beachfront spot.
THE CHECK-IN: I had a short queue waiting in the colourful open-plan lobby before a seamless check-in. A package I was expecting was handed over promptly, together with the code to access the hotel’s free wifi.
THE ROOM:I was on the tenth floor in a large King Room Oceanfront corner room with terrace on two sides, small bathroom and additional room that acted as a dressing room and storage for the fridge, safe, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. What let it down was the décor, which is the case everywhere except the lobby. My room had one pale blue wall and another in yellow, yellow drapes, pale wood furniture that had seen better days and white plastic seats on the terrace. The bathroom was small with a shower in a low-level bath and the bedroom had a modern flatscreen TV. .
THE BUSINESS: There were two workstations in the lobby and free wifi throughout the hotel. There is also extensive meeting space, located in the basement area, with two conference rooms, accommodating ten and 20 people respectively, plus a banquet room for 40 and ballroom for 120, both pillared, and a pre-function area.
THE FACILITIES: The Aqua restaurant serves up a good hearty or healthy breakfast and is also open for dinner and the Wave bar on the mezzanine level operates weekends only. There is also an ATM, laundry and small gym, ice and vending machines on each floor, and a pool area in desperate need of a makeover.
THE VERDICT: One of the older Miami Beach properties but perfectly comfortable at this price point. It’s far enough away from the hordes of partying spring breakers in March that patronise the trendy South Beach hotels and close enough to North Miami Beach. The phones went dead one afternoon and the key card gave up on another but these issues were attended to promptly.
THE DETAILS: 4101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Rates start from US$260 per night excluding 13% room tax. Tel 305 673 3337; see www.bestwestern.com.
Reviewed by Gillian Upton (2014)