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Hotel Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Hotel 4 star
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1717 Collins Avenue 33139Miami BeachUSA Miami, United States of America -
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The Surfcomber has managed to retain the charm of its Art Deco architecture, but the decor in the guest rooms might leave you puzzled. What we liked most was the swimming pool area, which takes you straight back to the frivolity of the 1950's and 1960's.

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    Location 7.59 /10

    The Doubletree Surfcomber is located on Collins Avenue, not far from Ocean Drive. The famous Art Deco district is no more than a short stroll down the road, and Miami's beautiful long beach is also no distance away. All of the city's activities, restaurants, bars and shops are nearby too. The airport is about 20 minutes away, or half an hour by taxi.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    On entering the room, the most striking thing is the decor or, more to the point, the lack of it. It is basic and some could say old-fashioned, and presents little interest. It is a pity that the Art Deco style has not been carried through into the rooms; instead, they feature shades of yellowish beige and are furnished with an old fashioned armchair in the corner. Having said this, they are provided with all the modern comforts you might expect, including air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, a television, telephone and Wi-Fi access (for an additional fee). The only positive point, but an important one at that, is the good quality bed, which is most inviting. The bathrooms are unusually small for an American hotel, where things are usually done to a grand scale. Not only is the toilet in the bathroom, it is actually so close to the bathtub that more supple guests will be able to hop quite easily from one to the other!

    Overview 8.50 /10

    Given the Art Deco design of this beautiful 1940's building (it dates back to 1948, to be exact) you might expect to find more of the same on the inside. If so, you are in for a surprise. The interior design, especially in the guest rooms, is non-existent. Everything has a rather cheap, no-frills look to it. All the same, the general ambience is pleasant. The decor in the lobby is reminiscent of the 1950's-1960's, with curvy armchairs, Formica units and 1960's lamps. A little stretch of greenery lined with palm trees leads from the lobby to the swimming pool, which is surrounded by a space where the Art Deco spirit has survived. It is spread over two levels and provided with deckchairs and four-poster beds where you can relax after a dip. There is even a beach area where you can have a drink or eat a snack with your feet in the sand. A gym is also available for sporty guests. For pre-lunch or pre-dinner drinks, you can choose between the lobby bar and the pool bar.
    All in all, the Surfcomber is a basic and unpretentious establishment, and the thing we liked most about it was its Art Deco architecture.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The hotel's only restaurant overlooks the swimming pool. It is a quite warm and welcoming dining room, and opens onto a terrace. In keeping with the hotel's overall appearance, it features the rounded shapes of Art Deco interior design, with an added hint of modernity. Shades of green and brown give the place a friendly feel. Breakfast is served either as a continental or American buffet, depending on what you prefer. Lunch and dinner, meanwhile, are served la carte. You can choose from pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, American and Mediterranean cuisine, and sometimes a combination of the two styles.

    Beach

    A few deckchairs and parasols are set up on Miami's public beach.

    To know

    The hotel was last renovated in 2009.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, golf, water-polo, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The Art Deco architecture
    • The proximity of Ocean Drive

    disadvantages

    • The decor of the rooms

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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