It’s on a stretch of Collins Avenue a mile or so north of the restaurants, bars and shops of South Beach, so you will need a car (or the patience to use the $2 each-way local buses and $10-$15 cabs). It’s on a good stretch of beach so it’s a good choice for families that might not want to go out every day.
Modern and huge, the rooms are the big attraction of the Grand Beach. Even a standard, one-bedroom suite has two separate living areas, two full bathrooms, two flat-screen TVs and plenty of luggage space. Corner two bedroom suites are like apartments, space that would cost hundreds of dollars more per night in the high-end hotels close by. It’s one of few hotels in town that still provides rooms for smokers.
The lobby’s like the rest of the hotel, clean, open and spacious, and has AppleMacs for free internet surfing and a check-in computer that allows you to print boarding passes for most airlines. There’s a small bar in the lobby, so you need never be far from a cocktail.
Eating and drinking
The hotel has only one restaurant, Chez Gaston, which can get a little crowded, particularly at breakfast when buffet queues are lengthy. There are plans to improve the layout later in the year. There are three bars, with the Sunset Lounge on the seventh-floor pool deck the quietest and most relaxing.
The Grand Beach boasts three pools, with two mirroring each other on a spacious deck just in front of the beach. Each has its own Jacuzzi. The third “tranquility” pool is a rooftop, adults-only affair and is therefore much quieter. There’s no spa, and the fitness room, while spacious, feels a bit isolated and stark, with a well-worn carpet (something the managers assure me is in hand).
This can be patchy, especially the parking valet service, which is woefully slow.
Who stays there
Families and couples, usually staying longer than just a couple of nights.
Beach chairs (grab them early) are an extra $10. There is free internet wi-fi throughout the hotel.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Modern building and facilities
- Family friendly
- Massive rooms
- Pool area gets noisy and crowded
- Resort-like feel
- Single restaurant