Towards the southern end of Collins Avenue, close to where the 5th Street causeway joins Miami Beach to the mainland, the traffic can be as bad as anywhere in town. The upside is you’re close to everywhere on foot, especially the beach just a minute or two away.
A choice of one or two-bedroom apartments, with full-sized kitchens containing proper ovens and fridges, means the Metropole is better suited to longer stays. Lots of wood panelling on the walls, black and white striped curtains and cow skin print rugs and low white tables give a contemporary feel.
The courtyard is the most attractive part of the hotel. There are palm trees and foliage, comfortable wooden benches with cushions, sunloungers and a soul-restoring adult plunge pool for cooling down in, because temperatures in the enclosed courtyard can be extreme during the day. Hallways are dark and not too wide and you might have some trouble negotiating the stairs with heavy bags if the old and slow lift is out of commission.
Eating and drinking
Nothing on site but you are invited to visit free daily happy hour at the South Beach Group’s other hotels nearby.
Towels for beach and “pool” have seen better days and visits from housekeeping can be less than clockwork, but otherwise the friendly and laid back service fits the hotel image.
Who stays there
Groups, especially stag and hen crowds, and couples in their early to mid 20s. Some families.
Hard to see the justification for the $15 daily resort fee with no facilities on site. There’s a good public car park steps away to save on the valet charge.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Seasoned travellers
- Stag / hen parties
Pros & Cons
- Free airport shuttle
- Big rooms
- Close to beach
- Temperamental service
- No bar, restaurant or pool to swim in