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Hotel Colony Hotel 3 star
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736 OCEAN DRIVE Miami, United States of America -
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The façade of the hotel should ring a bell straight away, because it is one of the most famous on Ocean Drive. The subject of thousands of photos, it perfectly epitomises the Art Deco architectural style of Miami Beach. This is a small, charming establishment, and the stylish, modern decor in the rooms is a really pleasant surprise. If you want your stay on Ocean Drive to be truly memorable, the Colony is the place to stay.

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    Location 8.64 /10

    The Colony is right at the heart of Ocean Drive, and has come to symbolise the era of Art Deco in Miami. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are no distance away, and Miami's beautiful beach is just across the road. There's no need for a car or taxi, as it's such a short walk away that all you need to take are your flip flops and bathing suit. The airport, however, is a 40 minute taxi ride away.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel has 48 guest rooms, and behind the door they conceal a really pleasant surprise. The decor is best described as tasteful, refined and modern. The high quality furniture is made of dark brown wood, and the flooring is dark parquet. The odd splash of green and a few pictures brighten up the place. The lamps are also very original. The suites have the advantage of ocean views, and are provided with iPod docks and a kitchenette. All the rooms are provided with air-conditioning, a fan, a flat-screen television, a safe, an ironing board, and tea and coffee-making facilities. However, the rooms on the first floor are not furnished with any wardrobe or cupboard in which to stow away your belongings. The bathrooms are modest, but do have a nice Italian-style shower.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The Colony hotel was built during the Art Deco movement in 1939 by Henry Hohauser, a well-known Art Deco architect. It is a tiny, delightful establishment, and although it has neither a swimming pool nor a spa, it is incredibly charming and takes you straight back to the time when it was built. The minute lobby could do with a bit of modernising. There is a bar next to the reception. The lift, which comes complete with a beautiful iron grille, is an original feature of the hotel. It will take you up to the fourth floor.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    You shouldn't take too long to decide where to take your meals, because there is only one restaurant, next to reception. There is a terrace on Ocean Drive itself and a little room in which you can eat in case it is raining. The cuisine is international in style, consisting of burgers, pizzas, salads, pasta, chicken, seafood, and much more. The quality is not fantastic, but it is good enough. The appeal of the place lies more in the atmosphere and the activity on the street.

    To know

    The director Brian de Palma filmed the notorious chainsaw scene of his film Scarface at the Colony, so don't forget to refresh your memory of the film before arriving in Miami.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, golf, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The decor in the rooms, which is a really pleasant surprise.
    • The old-fashioned atmosphere.

    disadvantages

    • The lobby is a bit gloomy.
    • The noise (the hotel is at the heart of Ocean Drive).

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