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Hotel Marriott South Beach Hotel 3 star
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The Marriott South Beach is a fair sized hotel located right on Miami Beach in an area technically called 'SoFi', meaning South of Fifth Street. It is still on famous Ocean Drive, but the area is a short walk from the main action. It is ideal for holidaymakers who are in need of some peace and quiet as the beaches are overall less crowded than in the centre of the Art Deco district. The beach here also seems to be of a higher quality than in the centre. The hotel is also extremely well positioned - its pool and deck are situated practically right on the beach, which means that you have a clear view of the ocean while sunbathing around the pool. The facilities and rooms are of Marriott 4 star standard; nothing too fancy. This hotel is ideal for guests wanting to stay somewhere good-value for money and within walking distance of the main Ocean Drive action. Although there are no specifically tailored facilities, children of all ages are welcome.

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    Location 5.15 /10

    The Marriott South Beach is located in the south of South Beach in an area technically known as 'SoFi', meaning south of Fifth Street. The hotel sits on Ocean Drive but closer to South Point than the Art Deco district. The main Ocean Drive action is a 10 minute walk away. The hotel sits right on Miami Beach and is a short walk from South Point, a green area to the south of South Beach, where you will find a couple of upmarket restaurants. The area around the hotel is also a lot more residential than the rest of South Beach. There is even a children's playground next door, where locals take their children at the weekends.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The hotel has 228 rooms and 8 suites, all with a sea view, although not all rooms have a balcony. There no bathrobes or slippers here, however there are complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms do not have a mini bar but do have a cooler (use is free of charge). On the whole, the rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. The light yellow walls, blue carpets and crisp white bed linen give the room a pleasant fresh ambience. The bathrooms are on the small side but a bath tub has been squeezed in. Bathrooms are stocked with orange and ginger Bath and Blossom Aromatherapy toiletries. Otherwise the bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer and maximising mirror. There is wireless internet all over the hotel but there is a charge. For those of you who don't plan on bringing your own computer, there is a small business centre located behind the lobby.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Open in 2000, the hotel has been well-maintained. Its location is a prime factor as it is positioned almost right on the beach. Its main entrance is on Ocean Drive (south of Fifth Street). The lobby is small but functional; the hotel has a popular business wing and if the meeting are busy, there tends to be quite a few business people hanging around, which can be a little off-putting while you're on holiday. The overall hotel decor is contemporary and colourful but as it is a new build, it doesn't have the Art Deco charm you might be looking for. It is however a good choice if you are on a budget (although it is not a budget hotel) with children. In terms of facilities there is a well-equipped gym, a small spa, two pools and a restaurant. There is also a sealed off room that has a makeshift bird 'sanctuary' - however, the aim of this space is unclear as it is too humid to stay in the room for longer than 10 minutes.

    An advantage to this hotel is the variety of places to sit and read, like the small lounge areas dotted around the main floor and the exterior lounge a level up from the pool. Uplifting pop music is played throughout the hotel. Although nothing apart from its pool deck stands out, overall, the Marriott South Beach is a very pleasant hotel to stay at, especially for some downtime with the family.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The hotel has a Starbuck's Coffee lounge on the ground floor and a pool bar that is adjoined to the main restaurant. The restaurant is a little dark due to it tinted windows, but at the height of summer this is a good compromise between the view and the heat. The food here is good old American food served three times daily. It has lovely outdoor seating looking out onto the beach. The interiors of the hotel are little more conventional, with booths and high tables as well as your conventional two or four seater low tables. The restaurant looks a little drab and dull despite the use of bright orange for the banquettes. For guests who prefer to dine within the privacy of their room, room service operates twenty-four hours.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Despite being far from the Miami beach action, this end of the beach wins hands down for peace and tranquillity. The water and sand quality are the same if not slightly better. This end of the beach is a lot cheaper than staying at the heart of Ocean Drive or the Art Deco district and is a lot calmer and more residential. The atmosphere here is perfect for those of you in need to get away from it all whilst still being close to the South Beach frenzy. The hotel has a dedicated area on the beach with sun loungers, parasols and the like, but anyone can rent beach chairs and towels.

    To know

    Parking can be expensive in Miami, so if you are planning on driving here, do plan a budget. Most hotels charge from $30 (£18), but rates vary, so it is best to ask the hotel before making a decision. The hotel has several rooms that have been adapted for people with restricted movement and there is also a lift to the beach.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, beach volley, water-polo, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • The lovely pool deck facing the ocean.
    • Good value for money.
    • The holiday atmosphere of the hotel.
    • Proximity to the ocean.
    • Lift to the pool and beach for people with restricted movement.

    disadvantages

    • A little far from the main action for whom the nightlife is a priority.
    • The pool area can get crowded very quickly.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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