Hotel Chelsea

944 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139

By Richard Luscombe, your Miami expert

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#31 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Miami
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.3
4.3
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Hotel Chelsea

Cosy boutique hotel that’s a good base for enjoying Miami’s nightlife.

It’s not on the ocean, it’s small in size (only 49 rooms over three storeys), there’s no swimming pool and the lobby bar is usually crowded. But there’s something about the Chelsea that I think gives it an edge over others at its price/amenity level. The hotel is a classic 1936 Art Deco building and retains much of the flavour of that period.

Location: 

Two blocks back from the Atlantic on Washington Avenue, the hotel’s in a good spot for walking anywhere, especially to the nearby nightclubs and restaurants.

Bedrooms: 

Lots of wood and brown and beige drapes give the rooms a darker, enclosed feel, and they’re not that big in the first place, but the beds are comfortable, the bathrooms make good use of limited space and you’ll probably not be spending too much time in them anyway.

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Public areas: 

The lobby area is bright and welcoming, although a little cramped if more than two people are trying to check in at the same time. The lobby bar and outside terrace overlooking Washington Avenue are where guests congregate. Without a pool to place cabanas round, the hotel has placed a few on its roadside terrace. It’s unusual but it seems to be popular.

Eating and drinking: 

The bar serves pretty standard fare for breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and is at least fairly priced, but there are so many wonderful eating options around you that you probably won’t take more than one meal there. It’s always packed between 7pm and 8pm when free happy hour drinks are served to guests. The lobby stays noisy late at night and often into the early hours.

Leisure facilities: 

Nothing on site but guests have use of facilities at other hotels in the South Beach Group of hotels and get passes to local gyms and nightclubs.

Service: 

With such a small hotel, the multilingual staff make it a personal experience. The hotel offers an excellent free shuttle service to the airport.

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Who stays there: 

Budget conscious partygoers in their early to late 20s and 30s, but many older guests too.

Price advice: 

Daily $15 resort fee covers sporadic internet access but does get you into happy hour.

Pros: 
Fun, boutique hotel
Comfortable, budget-friendly rooms
Close to nightclubs
Cons: 
No onsite leisure facilities
Late-night noise

More information on Hotel Chelsea:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
944 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service

Hotel Chelsea

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