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Essex House in Miami Beach, FL

Essex House in Miami Beach, FL

Specialties

Fresh designer touches and renovations enhance the 56 spacious guest rooms in the main building and 14 adjoining tropical courtyard suites at our hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Outstanding Deco furnishings include russet upholstered club chairs, custom carpet, oval mahogany entertainment units with matching desks and individual bathrooms.

Essex House features a stylish lounge with a sophisticated but always inviting atmosphere. The perfect before, after and during party place, our centrally located lounge features top-shelf liquor, domestic and imported beer and your favorite  wines. Conducive to casual conversation, unwinding after a long day or to getting the party started, House Lounge offers the perfect marriage of sophistication and comfort.

History

Established in 1938.

Surrounded by nightclubs, cafes and designer boutiques, Essex House is an award-winning hotel and lounge within the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Our hotel is truly a neighborhood landmark, capturing the vibrant essence of the area from your first steps onto our magnetic front patio that serves as an island in the midst of a rip-tide of activity.

Our Miami Beach hotel is endowed with a colorful and abundant Art Deco history. Designed by the famed Henry Hohauser and erected in 1938, the Essex House is considered one of his best examples of Maritime Art Deco Architecture.

 

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Rating: 3.65

Address: 1001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33139

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    Comments (54):

    1. Jennifer O.
    this is a review for the bar, not the hotel.   the mojitos are AWESOME here!  the bartender was nice and friendly.  it wasn't crowded when we went in and got quick service.  the seats are cushy and there's not rush to leave (unless it's last call).

    08/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Joe D.
    Location, Location, Location! Spent 3 nights here. 2 in a regular Queen room and 1 night in a King Suite. The prices were EXTREMELY reasonable, especially for South Beach. The Essex is very conveniently located 1 block from Ocean drive. It's also attached to the Clevelander, which is a great place to have a few drinks and the food is spectacular. Staff was very friendly (especially Chris, who works the night shift front desk). I would definitely stay here again.

    24/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Russell W.
    The Essex House is connected to the Clevelander, which is a hotel and virtual 24 hour outdoor party place. It was the perfect place to stay for anyone over 25 and needs their sleep, desires a classy place and fantastic staff. A special shout out to their bartender, Brogan, who makes the worlds best mojito (from what I hear he was Gloria Estefan's personal bartender) and to Jamal, who helped me through a few jams. All in all, a great place, quiet and one block from the beach. Highly recommended.

    21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Andy B.
    My absolute favorite bar in Miami! If you are looking for a low key, chill place to have a drink just one block off Ocean Drive, check this place out. Some of the best mojitos in town.

    16/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Max M.
    A fine hotel, not great, clean rooms, solid hotel bar and a helpful staff.  Close to the beach & bars, and really isn't that the reason to stay in the area?

    04/09/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Mary D.
    yeah
    The positive reviews about this place were probably written by its employees...
    the lobby looks all nice until you get to your room.
    too old of a building... furniture's too old fashioned... hospital-ish restrooms, oh our TV remote was nowhere to be found and there was no power button on the TV itself and get this: we called front desk asking about it they said the remote has to be in the room and they never brought us another remote!
    I got bit overnight for the first time since I was like 12... I don't know what bit me, but they didnt look like mosquito bites.
    yah. I wouldn't stay here again.

    03/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Jessica C.
    I can't rave enough about my stay at Essex. It's AMAZING!! Great location, clean, nicely decorated, good sized rooms, friendly, helpful staff. I stayed with my two friends and from the moment we walked through the hotel lobby, it was bliss! Everyone was extremely helpful in finding anything you could want, from getting into clubs to finding a place for pedicures. They know it all! Happy Hour is great, from 4-9pm half off drinks. Lobby is a great size and I loved the wrap around patio (it has sofas and chairs so you can just relax). Pool is clean. I am definitely staying here the next time I'm in Miami, absolutely no hesitations or complaints!

    05/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Amber C.
    The staff are all amazing! You cannot beat the location; anything and everything is walking distance - including the beach at 1/2 a block! It is my go-to boutique hotel in South Beach!!

    28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Dionne G.
    This hotel offers the basics: location and cleanliness. It is associated with the Clevander which offers restaurants, clubs, and more. Stay here for 1 night on South Beach and had no complaints. The lobby and patio areas are nice places to hang with friends.

    19/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Leah E.
    MIAMI, Florida

    January 2008

    My sweetie and I  stayed at this hotel post-Carribean cruise in January 2008 for one night.  The South Beach location was perfect.  Couple of blocks away from Ocean Avenue (think Mango's, the best mojito and Latin music.)  

    The lobby of the hotel is very modern--tea lights lit up all over when it got dark.  We got a complimentary drink each from the bar as soon as we arrived.

    The room was decent-sized but  old (well, art deco),  but the attempt to make it modern was a nice touch. The bathroom was big with fine toilettries.  The bed was uncomfortable but the towels were luxurious!! The softest towels we ever had even compared to 5 star hotels.  

    Our room had a view of the pool which was dirty with dry leaves because it was raining when we were in Miami.  We could hear construction and noisy traffic going on in the background.  

    The hotel was good for one night but I would not stay there longer than that because of the noise.  The breakfast of bagels, OJ and coffee were nice before we hit the airport back to Oaktown.

    29/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Melissa B.
    When I think of my stay here, these words come to mind, "Mas o menos asi asi."  More or less it's ok.  

    The location can't be beat that's for sure and we got a great deal so I'm not going to complain.  However that huge cockroach that greeted us from a night of partying was very unpleasant but made the stay memorable and highly amusing, obviously more amusing the following morning.  Think of screaming girls jumping on the bed at 4am holding their coveted gyros in hand watching this giant cockroach climb through luggage and up the wall.  He became "our little friend" until a staff member came to dispose of him.

    The beds and linens were comfy so that was a plus too and the staff were pleasant which you don't get all the time in Miami.  

    For what you get, free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, cute patio, solid drinks on an easy on the wallet cost,  it was definitely decent for the price but I wouldn't put this on a must stay again list.

    21/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Anna B.
    We stayed here for our last night in Miami and overall it was pretty nice. They beds were comfy, rooms were clean, and service was good. The bar downstairs made pretty good drinks too.

    27/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Heather B.
    Pros: great location, right across the street from the beach. Cute, art deco building, access to roof top deck at Clevelander.

    Cons: no fridge,  work out facility, terrible water pressure, no hot water on three seperate occasions, valet service was AWFUL - waitied over 30 minutes for car both times we requested it ahead of time. Poor customer service from front desk agent. Very noisy location.

    07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    14. Christina G.
    Came here for a short girls weekend.  In case you don't know, this place is the sister hotel to the Clevelander next door.  The Clevelander is like spring break.  On crack.  Essex was nice in some ways, like the lobby decor.  But the first thing that happens when you check in is that you sign waivers that say you pay a fine if you bring in any outside food or drink including alcohol.  GHETTO.  I wouldn't have made the reservation if I knew that.  The max is 2 people per room.  One of the rooms we got smelled like mildew and we had to ask for a new one.  There weren't enough toiletries and towels and we had to ask room service for extras.  There was also a wait for towels for the pool.  Also to be clear, there is NO (REAL) POOL at this hotel.  You have to go to the pool at the Clevelander next door.  Which had an "orgasm" contest run by a DJ there.  You get the idea.  Not for anyone 30 years old or above.

    16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. kerr j.
    I loved this hotel!

    The location was perfect- 1 block from the beach, and right in the middle of the restaurant/club area!

    The staff was amazing- so friendly, and attentive. I casually mentioned that it was my friends birthday, and 10 minutes later a "rockstar host" knocks on our door with a red velvet cake & personal note from the staff. The host (Chad) also followed up on our requests for a hip hop club recommendation. We come back to our room to find a note about the club, map outlining where it is in relation to the hotel, and wristbands to get in free. Everyone that works there and their sister hotel (The Cleavender) was great!

    Beds were super comfy, and the decor was so calming. It was nice to be able to go next door to the Cleavender to party, and then come back to our relaxing spot. The best of both worlds!

    I would definitely stay again, when I go back to Miami.

    23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Jazmine O.
    i have never stayed at this hotel, but their happy hour specials are off the chain. half priced drinks and snacks from 4-9pm everyday. Drinks are delicious, and made inside at the bar, and the food comes from the Cleavlander next door. only downside, is that sometimes there is only one bartender, so you must be patient.

    14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Nisha r.
    Stayed at Essex House this past weekend. It was a cute, clean and chic hotel and priced reasonably. Looks just like the pictures on the website. The location was GREAT!!! The staff was helpful and friendly and upon arrival received a welcome cocktail. Free beer and wine happy hour was a plus too.  Next door is the sister hotel the Clevelander which makes a yummy burger. You can use their pool as well. Only negative thing was my view, but I didn't come to Miami to look out a window. I will stay again. Oh and the free lemonade in the lobby was refreshing after being out in the HOT sun!

    20/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Meow W.
    HORRID HORRID HORRID!
    they give you a 2 page list of rules upon arrival as if its day camp or something! wtf??? the list of rules includes: IF YOU HAVE A GUEST IN YOUR ROOM you will be CHARGED $50 PER GUEST! wtf??? then you are NOT ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL OR FOOD INTO YOUR ROOM! you are only allowed to eat or drink at their overpriced restaurant on the premises? lastly this is the topper of all horrid-ness: i get home to check my bank acct & they charged $400 to my acct when they told me upon arrival that they would "hold" $150 on my acct for incidentals. so not only did they charge me but now i have overdraft fees for the hotel & i have to wait for them to refund me!

    other minor bad things:
    slow elevator that only fits 3 people at a time, no ice machines (they must bring you ice), the shower pressure & heat was way too high, NO COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS THEY HAVE IT ON EXPEDIA & THEIR WEBSITE! (LIARS)
    the pool did not open until Sunday 7 they kept telling us to goto the clevlanders pool.
    some strange man bought us drinks at the pool when it opened...then the man left....20 mins later the bartender comes to my friend & i asking if we knew the man & why he didnt pay? and then proceeded to ask if we had the mans phone number & asked as if we were in on it!

    OVERALL DO NOT STAY HERE! WAY TO FAKE UPPITY WITH TOO MANY RULES....THIS HOTEL IS STRICTLY FOR THE ELDERLY!

    31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    19. Brad S.
    Great location - nice surroundings - small but charming pool area - the location is the best you'll find in SoBe and near all the gay & straight bars/clubs while enough tucked away to allow you to sleep well no matter what time or with whom you crawl home.

    The staff is friendly enough - not super accommodating, not rude - which is how I like things ... the hotel is often visited by Art Deco tour groups and you can catch a free history sometimes in the lobby.

    One block from the beach, one block from major shopping ... the prices aren't bad either -- have stayed at a few SoBe hotels over the years, and this one still is my go-to for staying down there.

    Other reviewers mention the "rules" as being ridiculous - well all hotels have these rules, they just don't advertise them ... we had a refrigerator in our room, so not sure what the heck she meant about the "no outside food" and of course hotels will charge for overnight guests, that's what a hotel is -- charging for overnight guests ... you can easily sneak in your trick or latest conquest ... it's not like they come in and harass you as you enter asking to see your room key.

    One final thought - this is an ART DECO hotel ... it is not suppose to be a Marriott or Loews ... it has character and is the best of the Art Deco mid-range hotels in South Beach ... if you want something that looks sterile and out-of an Ikea catalogue stay in North Beach or central Miami Beach

    18/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Tiff C.
    ... it aint all that.. I actually like Holiday Inn Express a lot better...Free Breakfast.

    09/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    21. Angela C.
    I lived in Miami for 6 years. So going back for vacation after 3 years was a new experience for me. I knew there were many, bad choices you could make with a hotel on South Beach. So I was scared and researched reviews on several sites. I got a great rate thru AAA for Essex House and the hotel was absolutely perfect. The rooms were a good size, clean, comfortable, modern design and quiet. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It's located right in the heart of south beach so it's perfect walking distance to the beach, shops and clubs. With your stay, you get access to the Cleavlander. And the Essex House has half off drinks at happy hour during the week. And to top it off, the per night rate of the hotel is affordable. My boyfriend and I will definitely be coming back again.

    20/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Sarah A.
    Great hotel in a great location!

    Super cute art deco hotel right in the middle of the bars, restaurants and a block from the beach.  We got an awesome deal through Travelocity so it was also super cheap.  Our bathroom was very clean and so was our bedding.  Can't ask for anything more!

    Great hotel for the money!

    05/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Troy C.
    The Good: LOCATION. It's steps from the beach, restaurants and bars. Stayed here for three days and got everywhere by foot. They are the sister hotel to the Clevelander hotel so we enjoyed the amenities of both places. The staff is nice and helpful. The decor is great. The place is very clean.
    The Bad: Rooms are super tight (small). I shared mine with a friend and we were a Little cramped. There is hardly any room to maneuver in the bathroom either.
    The Ugly: got burned a couple times in the shower. When showers or toilets in other rooms are used it will affect the temp of your shower (only for a few seconds though) . If you're quick on your toes this won't be too much of a problem.
    In summary: stay here if you can get a good rate. It's close to everything. Rooms are only really meant for sleeping in anyway right?

    18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    24. Jeff P.
    Visited: Wed-Sun

    Alright you either like this place or you don't.  
    For my purposes, this place was the right choice.

    Location:
    When you think of South Beach...you think of the beautiful waters, amazing views, and amazing looking people.  All of this was right at my doorstep...or doorsteps close enough.  Only 1 block west of the Art Deco Welcome Center and beach.  To wake up each morning, load up the make-shift cooler (aka my buddy's duffel bag aligned with sturdy plastic bags) with a bag full of ice from the receptionist....mixed in with some brews at the local store...add that with a 2minute walk to the breezy beautiful waters is an image forever left in my memories...that is until I man up one of these days and get  a spot at the Gaansevort where I hear has a money location right on the beach.  That will be a future vacation spot I foresee!

    Price:
    Unbelievable for the price.  The tab was $635 in total for four nights from Wed-Sun.   Hotels.com had the best price.  My additional research landed me an additional 15% off of the listed price on the website...easily $120 cheaper than the other major ripoffs.  With this, I had full access to the sister hotel "The Clevelander" which is a double bomb diggity plus in my book.  Access to the rooftop sun area (bar up there as well), easy access to everything else the hotel had to offer without having to stay there.  As a comparison, three loco chicas paid $1500 for 4 nights there...AND it was smaller than the standard-sized room at the Essex.  Suckas!

    Note: No charge for a 3rd person in the standard room, only the 4th and so on.

    Amenities:
    Opted for the 2 double beds.  The "boutique" hotel was overall very clean.  Not the newest or most trendy place in South Beach, but it had its few nice upgrades and felt old but an upgraded new and not vice versa thankfully which would suggest a lack of upkeep on their part.

    Very nice decor and color scheme.  Very spacious with a nice walk-in closet to fit plenty of gear.  Included were all the standard toiletries.  Bathroom was a bit small, but it was good enough.  As long as I didn't have to sleep in the bathroom like many past weekend getaways in Vegas with 10+ people packed in a standard king room LOL.  Also, there were plenty of clean towels throughout the stay.

    Comfort:  
    If you have ever been in SoBe...you know that things are open til 5am.  Therefore my review on comfort may not be as accurate as I was slightly under the influence (legal substances of course...), and hobbled into bed around 6-7am each morning haha. I guess anywhere would have been comfortable.  

    I believe I may have slightly dozed off in the outdoor lounge area of the Essex if it wasn't for my buddies to tell me to knock out in the room (gotta love the homeys for looking out hah).  

    I can say there was one downside...and that was the shower.  There was a problem with the HOT water knob.  Every time you turned it on, the handle would turn boiling hot and it was slightly spewing hot arse water at your feet.  To counter it, I turned the cold at max (helped relieve the spewing hot water), but needed to grab a towel to turn off the Hot water or accept the consequences of burned finger tips.  Yes slightly dangerous...not serious enough for us to make a huge deal out of it though.

    Staff:
    The people who worked here are amazingly friendly and very accommodating.  

    The receptionist/attendant started off the trip on a great note.  I believe it may have been "Dee."  She was very insightful about SoBe and suggested a few places to go to.  Also, the hotel offered discounts and passes to some of the hot spots in the area.  Definitely nice to have a foot in the door.  

    The doorman was also great as he helped with further nightlife plans during the trip.  I highly recommend you ask about what the hotel can offer upon arrival.

    Bartender dude actually hooked up this homemade concoction when I had a bit of an uneasy stomach from some eats at Puerto Sagua earlier in the day.  Definitely worked it's magic as I was ready to go the rest of the night.  Appreciate the help!

    Other staff: Hooked up the ice in bag fulls each time we asked.  No problems/issues.  Speedy service.  Also, the lemonade in the lobby was deeelicious and goes great with other things ;-P

    Overall: Great stay in a very chill, low-key, friendly spot.  
    Wouldn't mind staying here again.
    As you can see...I have no food reviews for this place.  So this place is a no-go for those who would rather do nothing, sit in their room, eat, and watch tv.
    You CAN order food from the Clevelander next door but I would suggest you get out and walk down Ocean Dr. which is a whole 1 minute to walk to.  You can post-up, eat some authentic Latin food, drink, and people watch as there are many interesting things to see ;-)

    Hope this helps as this is a review for those ballers on a budget!

    25/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Carla V.
    It is hard to get a five star review from me, however, I truly believe that this hotel deserves it.  In town for a friend's 40th birthday party, I am happy to say the hotel was the LEAST of our worries.  We were upgraded to a suite - which was lovely and had a WONDERFUL bathroom and our friends upgraded as well and stayed right above us - which made things super easy.  The front desk staff - esp Quincy - was friendly, happy and always greeted us with smiles and asked what more they could do for us.  The cleaning staff was efficient and again, friendly.    There was no noise coming from the street - or the Clevelander next store and the beach was literally a block away.  The hotel was very clean, the bed was super comfy and they had a small refrigerator for our convenience as well.  At one point, our friend lost her key and it was promptly replaced with a smile.  The fresh lemonade in the lobby is refreshing and free.  :)  I loved this place and will definitely make it my first choice when I return to the South Beach area.

    12/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Phoenix F.
    This was definitely a bare-bones room. No fridge, no dresser, no IPod dock, just beds, mirrors, towels, closet, bath.

    Double room was tiny but clean. There was some drumming noise in the pipes above the ceiling, and the room maids did not clean the rooms throughly every day.

    The desk staff were very nice and informative, helping to check-in early by calling us when a room was clean. Room service was decent, although Saturday night I waited 20 minutes on the phone to place an order, so I just went out to grab something nearby.

    Central location in SoBe and behind the Clevelander, I might stay here again, but only if the price was un-beatable

    22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    27. Gamal H.
    I stayed at the Essex on my last trip to South Beach and it scores high marks in a lot of different categories.

    The rooms are clean and stylish with a good amount of space. The service is above average and the bartender makes a very good drink. It is close enough to the action to make you feel included but not so close that you feel overwhelmed.

    The connection between the Essex and the Clevelander gives you access to the rooftop bar, which is key since the Essex doesn't have a rooftop of its own.

    The only downside to the place is that they don't let you keep liquor in your room, but if you hide it when the maid comes, you're good to go.

    Have fun.

    28/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. N.N. R.
    Got a great rate to stay at this hotel while scrambling to find a hotel. This place is wonderful and the location is SUPER PRIME. What I loved most about it is that you can use the awesome rooftop deck @ The Celvelander as well as the fun night time spot there as well - just show your Essex House room key -- they're sister properties.

    The rooms here are really all you need. Beds are comfortable. The space is clean and if anything is wrong, they send someone up RIGHT AWAY. They take care of you @ The Essex House, and I loved that. All of the staff was so friendly and so helpful and it really felt like home after staying here for 4 nights. Essex House is just a hop, skip & a jump away from the beach. It's right where YOU want to BE in Miami. PRIME LOCATION, folks. The lobby is awesome, the outside patio area is simply charming, the bar inside +happy hour + bartender = wonderful. What more could you ask for? Oh and the fact that it's glued next to The Clevelander = super added bonus, seriously.

    The reason for docking a star here was just that upon checking in, the young lady who helped us seemed to keep it short in order to get us out of her way. Which worked for her and for us, but in the end we were left with charges that she said she wouldn't charge us for. Essex House was kind enough to take care of us and remove the charges (thank you for that), but I'm not sure who the young lady was who we dealt with in the first place. Also upon check out, we didn't receive any itemized list or receipt, which was ... different (?) but in the end, it all worked out.

    I'd recommend this place to anyone, ANYTIME.
    Seriously!!!

    03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Joe W.
    For the price, I was disappointed. Location was great, and they try and make you feel special when you walk in by giving you a Frozen Rum Runner this is in a glass just bigger than a jigger.

    I mean come on...the suite was $380+ a night and you are just going to give me this cheap thing? Really?

    15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Brian K.
    Gamal H's review is right on the money.  Although I thought the rooms were a little on the small side and minimalistic, they were more than fine for a weekend and place to crash.  We scored a good price on the room as well so that helped.  Had I payed $300+ per night, I probably would've been a little disappointed.  But the location is great and it is remarkably quiet for where it is.

    We ended up at the rooftop of the Clevelander twice and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is a nice perk when staying here.  The service was great and the bartender (who worked for Gloria Estefan btw) makes a very good drink - try the mojito.

    They don't let you keep liquor in your room and there may be a fine if you break that.  So pregaming may be limited.  It may be somewhat famous as well - there were 2 different tour groups that stopped in the lobby and were taking about the history.  I think Al Capone stayed there or something - I wasn't paying attention.  

    All in all, it was a great place to stay and I plan on coming back.

    20/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Richard K.
    (For the Summer Movie Series at the Essex)

    I came here for a lovely evening to watch a Casablanca screening.

    I got more than I bargained for with the elements.

    The sea breeze was blowing the drapes into the screen.

    Street lights were shining onto the screen with every move of the drapes.

    Motorcycles rumbling their bikes through South Beach.

    BUT, when that was not happening.....

    The setting was small, intimate, and cozy.

    The crowd was respectful, free popcorn flowing, and movie was fantastic.

    The service provided was a pleasant surprise, and most important,

    Humphrey Bogart was Humphrey Bogart, straight mac daddy.

    24/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. marina a.
    Review from April 2013:  This place reminded me more of Wildwood NJ than South beach. Rooms were musty, beds sucked. Didn't have a king bed as we reserved but did give us a $50 credit. Upside: small, secluded pool and great restaurant. Location can't be beat. Conclusion: I wouldn't stay here again, would either splurge on nicer digs or stay a couple of blocks farther.

    22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    33. Jevon G.
    Older but decent spot. More laid back vibe compared to other south beach hotels. If u stay here be weary of bed bugs.

    23/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    34. Sabrina L.
    Came here to watch the all time classic "Scarface", which I'm embarrassed to admit I hadn't seen before. Loved the couches and big screen. Only minus would be the weather wasn't really cooperating, I had to go inside a few times for the AC.
    The waiter hooked us up with the Happy Hour Special, so drinks were super cheap.
    Overall, nice, laid back atmosphere, good movie and free popcorn!

    04/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Summer Breeze I.
    Stayed at Essex House for two days last week.  The hotel was quaint and clean and the staff was very nice and helpful.  Would I stay here again? Probably not. After reading reviews on the size of the rooms, we decided to upgrade to a suite.  It was SO NOT worth the price.  In my opinion, the suites were the size of a regular hotel room.  Yes, we did have more space than our friends who were in regular rooms but I truly believe that we were over charged.  Another reason for 3 stars is because there is NO room service and when we tried to order food at the hotel restaurant to bring back to our room, we were told that the kitchen was closed (even though the menu said that the restaurant was open until midnight and we called around 10:30).  Same thing happened when I called their sister hotel, The Clevelander.  NO BUENO!!!  Luckily I had a few snacks packed in my carry on bag.

    Ended up staying here a second time in Feb. 2014 in a regular room.  Ummmm, not impressed.  It was very small and we could here the entire conversation of the guys in the room next door.  This time, we had a chance to hang out at the sister hotel.  No complaints.  Chances are that we will be BACK at Essex House next year because this is the hotel that our travel agent has blocked off rooms at for a discounted price for our very large group.  Honestly, I don't even think this room is worth the discount, but hey, it's SoBe.  

    The best things about this hotel is that it is quiet at night and they offer free wine and sushi during happy hour.  The hotel staff is also very nice and accommodating.  So even though it's not showing, I am giving Essex House a 3 1/2 stars.

    05/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. India B.
    Stay here only if your needs don't extend beyond simply having a place to rest your head. Rooms weren't ready at check-in time. Bathroom is a "shittower" (s**t-shower-shave, all at the same time). No fridge. No microwave. Minimal decor. Pool is smaller than my bath tub. The best features of this hotel are the location and the price.

    I will say this--- When I was 21 this hotel would have been A-OK. But at 31, I come to expect a certain level of comfort and service.

    14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    37. Nick C.
    Service was great!  Liked the weekday happy hour at 4:30 pm, though, I wished they did this on Sat and Sun as well.  Juan at the front desk was extremely helpful.

    Collins is a complete disaster with all of the construction, but none of that seemed to cause any immediate issues for the hotel - no additional noise, wait times, etc.

    I would HIGHLY recommend upgrading to a King Suite.  We had no issues with noise from the Clevelander, Collins, other guests (until the last night - but hey, it's SoBe right!).  Suite was bigger than any other that you will find for this cost in this location.

    The pool at the Essex is tiny, but it is oddly quaint and relaxing.  Don't bother with the Clevelander - the Clevelander staff is completely incompetent even for Miami Beach standards.  Rude, lazy, etc.

    Good central location, but not quite up to the standards of the hotels north of 17th.  Good stretch of beach.

    If you can get it for the right price, then forgo more expensive options; you won't be disappointed.

    14/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Dan O.
    This place is an oasis in the middle of the South Beach insanity. I booked it primarily for the value, with low-to-medium expectations, and I found that my expectations were FAR exceeded. They know what they're supposed to be, and instead of overreaching, they set a standard of excellence they can achieve, and absolutely nail it. You're going to get a LOT for your money here. It's comfortable, it feels like home, the free happy hour is absolutely amazing, and the staff accommodated our every request with personal care.

    There are no pretensions here, which make it the perfect speed for people like me and my girlfriend - close to the party, but not right in the middle of it. That's why I'll be back to Essex House every single time I stay in South Beach. If you can afford a room that costs twice as much and plan on complaining about this one, stay somewhere else! Less jerks hogging my sunny patio by the pool.

    The restaurant is good, too. Small, expensive plates are justified by the obvious care that goes into each dish. Buy the half-price restaurant credit when you book your room and you're all set.

    Thanks to the whole staff! Hope to see you again soon.

    (We were here at the end of March. It might get a little crazier during peak travel times.)

    03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Quinlan F.
    The Essex has a laid back lil lounge inside.  

    Essex is also a hotel but my review is for the laid back lil lounge.

    The Essex offers free Presidente beer and wine during happy hour for guest staying at Clevelander or Essex.

    I can get with that and i did.

    30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Ryan B.
    Very nice place along with the absolute best location in South Beach. It's a great location since it's right beside the Clevelander along with a 5 minute walk to the beach. The construction on Collins with the run down buildings kind of dampen the experience, but other than that everything was great. The staff was great along with the very nice hotel restaurant, Zen Sai. However they do have the worlds smallest elevator!

    28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Scott S.
    Fabulous weekend at the Essex House hotel - the staff was very nice and helpful, the rooms were really nice and the food at the sushi restaurant attached to the hotel was absolutely incredible! I'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great hotel in the heart of South Beach.

    30/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Sergio F.
    Popcorn, vino and cool ocean breezes..a large screen showing classic flicks..white curtains...popcorn in a classic container...mixed crowd, including a couple of Yelpers...dim lighting....Gotta love Miami summer nights!

    Free WiFi too!

    (If only Scarface were one of the movies shown, they'd get the fifth star :) but "We'll always have Hialeah"

    11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Shane A.
    I was so excited to stay here.  Gangsters have stayed here like Al Capone and even played poker here in their hey day.  But, like so many times before, I was let down.

    To start the review I will say that the hotel is clean and tidy.  The front desk staff is average.  No one went above or beyond to accommodate requests made.  The pool closes at 5pm and is shaded by tress so if getting a tan is something you want to do you will have to go out to the beach.  Which was fine with me because thats the reason everyone comes to South Beach!

    The GOOD:
    Close to EVERYTHING in South Beach.  Versace Mansion is right around the corner.  Beach is a block away and I could walk to Starbucks every morning.  Trust me, you will too after drinking the coffee served here.  HORRIBLE!

    The BAD:
    Bed is horrible.  I felt like the mattress was out of an RV or something.  You can literally feel springs on your pressure points.  The entire time I was here I didnt EVER get a good nights sleep.

    The walls are paper thin.  If quietness is something you seek I would skip on by The Essex House.

    The Shower.  OMG, where do I start??  Let's see, it literally took 10 minutes of letting it run on the hottest setting each time I wanted to shower before I could get hot water.  What is the deal?  Same thing with the sink.

    It is true like most other reviews on The Essex House, there is no fridge, microwave or hair dryer.  I don't need any of those things while on vacation because I dont cook or blowdry my hair.  Just letting you know that if you require those things you will want to book a suite here.

    I was also told that parking here is an issue.  You can pay the hotel $26.00 a day for Valet or you can park on the street or in the gargage beisde the hotel.  (Which is where your car will be parked if you use valet)  They are cheaper than the hotel so I wouldnt reccommend giving the hotel more money for the same thing.  We were told that cars get broken into on the street and in the garage.  So we thought that the first night we would just stay on the street since we didnt arrive until almost 5PM.  Our car was broken into and we were robbed of our garmin, sunglasses, and backpack.  No biggie as we are insured and will get these things replaced but come on.....  Have a safe spot for your patrons to park!  INSANE.

    Upon leaving we were asked about our stay and we brought up the break in and was told that the garage is much saffer than the street.  So which is it??  Upon check in we were told something totally different.  No one cared about the break in, no one offered a ride to the police station, no one offered parking discounts, no one offered ANYTHING.  No one even cared.

    Oh BTW, we called the police and they told us that they were 3 hours behind so we could just come to them.  What a joke....Miami Police....  

    Anyway, customer service is non-existant at this hotel and I wouldn't stay here again if visiting South Beach.

    I can deal with noisy rooms, letting the shower run for 10 min's but I cant deal with a bad bed and no customer service.

    02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    44. Ron H.
    Smaller boutique style hotel with a miami history, but none of the luxury you associate with todays major destinations in this town.  Comfortable but not exactly luxurious.  Price and quality wise, it's about what you'd get at RedRoof Inn, but with a local flair and a slightly more comfortable bed and roomier suite.  The front corner suites are a nice size, but the traffic of Collins Ave at night is gonna keep you up.

    There is a small pool outback next to a little sushi restaurant, but you're in Miami so why would you be wasting your time at a bar!  On the first block off the beach, this is a great location if you're into the happy hour scene or smaller pool parties.

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. richard s.
    Great place, great service and good location. Clean and nice.

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. debbie c.
    Checked into this hotel after our cruise. Got there early and didn't expect to be able to check in 3 hours early just wanted to leave our bags there. They were super nice and had the room ready. From the beginning the staff was wonderful! With offering us kind words and just a simple hello, have a nice day. The location was incredible! Walk to the beach.. To eat. Even to the mall. The complimentary breakfast and water and even towels for the beach were just one of the bonuses. Everything was perfect. Room was clean... Hotel looks old on the outside and just gives it that charming look and feel. Would definitely stay there again! :)

    19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Christine R.
    Great room, small but good price on the Hotel's Tonight app. Included entrance into the roof area of the Clevelander which is right next door. Centrally located, great place to stay if you're staying on south beach. Friendly check in staff. Great for our bachelorette party.

    25/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Dream L.
    If I could give a 3.5 I would.  The pictures they show are accurate but of course the pictures they show look way newer but the furniture is the same. The room decor is what was expected from the photos. Nice cozy room. The bed was very soft, down pillows.  But not too many tv channels. The walls give it a much older feel. Flat screen TV. Bathroom was small but was fine. The toilet look liked a public bathroom because where the water tank should be, there was a silver level. Kinda cool I guess lol. THE STAFF WAS FABULOUS, everyone from the bellboys, valet and front desk. I didn't use the bar or anything else the hotel had. I jus utilized the room itself. GREAT LOCATION! Very close to the beach and all the stuff Ocean, Washington & Collins Ave  have!  

    Would stay again but not if it was more than what I had to pay this time!

    25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    49. Kathryn B.
    Essex house was one of the better hotels I've stayed at in south beach.

    As the sister hotel of the Clevelander you can enjoy all the amenities without the loud party 24/7. They have a free happy hour from 4:30 - 5:30 with free spicy tuna rolls and a free continental breakfast, which isn't easy to find in south beach.

    It is located in a great spot on 10th and Collins and was a quick walk to the beach or any hot spots we wanted to visit. The staff was more then accommodating too. They held our bags since we arrived before check in and called us an hour earlier then our room was expected to be ready.

    Victor had great advice on where to go eat and where a good party would be that night and the front desk was always available if we had any questions, and even had towels for the beach.

    The pool is smaller but is very clean and the outdoor space/ shrubbery makes it feel very private.

    The room was standard and since we didn't spend too much time there we didn't mind there was no fridge and were not bothered by any noise on the street at night.

    great experience, would definitely recommend it.

    28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. N'chebe U.
    Location was everything! The staff is phenomenal! Made my experience worth while. Housekeeping went above and beyond when cleaning room. The hotel room isn't as new as pictured, but everything looks the same. I would definitely recommend to a friend &' would probably return and stay here again on my next trip.

    24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Dan R.
    Spoken like a true New Yorker, I like to make it down to South Beach once a year. Previously, I've stayed in flashier, mega-resort type accommodations that are probably technically more NoBe than SoBe. But this time, I wanted to wake up closer to the action and picked Essex House for two solid reasons:

    1) As I mentioned - location. Location, location, location. Essex House is literally one block from the 10th St. beach, in the heart of the hood. It is also the sister hotel to the Clevelander, as they both sit on opposite sides of the same block. You can enjoy all the perks of staying at the clubbier hotel (entry into their poolside and rooftop bar areas, expenses straight to your room, etc.) without any of the noise and ratchetness come bedtime. And because I'm old, this is important.

    2) Affordability. Kind of an oxymoron when paired with South Beach, but it can be done. Sorta. Essex House was under $200 a night, a steal compared to other options in the area.

    This all looks great on paper, but there is always nervousness (at least for me) walking into a hotel and hoping you picked the right one. My first mistake was trying to compare this spot to those mega-resorts I had grown accustomed to. Essex House's staff seemed a little green. There was no fridge, no safe in the room. Ice had to be bucketed and brought over from the Clevelander. The pool was tiny (even though I knew this going in). I had to reset my expectations and check myself a bit, because as it turns out, Essex House was able to win me over without any of those luxury amenities anyway.

    Firstly, the small, art deco hotel has charm for days. A favorite of Al Capone and his cronies, Essex House manages to preserve the look and feel of the '30s (the lobby is an understated relic in itself), only adding modern touches where necessary. It gives off an Old Hollywood vibe even, perhaps because I kept picturing Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag to pop out of nowhere. Quickly, ice accessibility wasn't so much of a priority anymore.

    The hotel's continental breakfast was a nice spread and popular among guests, (mostly Europeans). Decent bagels this far from NY/NJ deserve a shout-out, as well. For dinner, the in-house restaurant Zen Sai is fabulous in its own right.

    Essex House allowed me to experience a different kind of luxury this time around in South Beach - one that isn't over-the-top or doting, but rather subtle and unobstrusive. Frankly, it's relaxing and liberating. I explored more of Miami this trip than previous visits where I felt no reason to leave my resort. That's not to say I prefer one over the other, and honestly, I'll be back again and again to alternate between both approaches. But when I'm looking to go the low-key route, if not for price and location alone, I would certainly return to Essex House.

    17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Joe R.
    I don't tend to typically leave reviews but I felt compelled to do so in regards to Essex House. My wife and I finally got an opportunity to go away for a weekend and celebrate our anniversary/ Honeymoon after 17 yrs. In addition, we had never been to South Beach. The service was on point all the way through the process. From the young lady that took my call to make the reservation to the housekeeping staff. Exceptional service.

    Big props to Domingo the Concierge. I called and asked if he could hookup the room with some flowers and champagne and he did an amazing job. My wife absolutely loved it. Great job. You can not beat the location! Walking distance to the beach, restaurants and the sister location the Cleavelander. Now that was a party. This will be my go to spot in South beach. Honestly, if I can't stay here I don't think I would make the trip down. Definitely 5 stars!

    04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Laurette W.
    We arrived and were greeted by a friendly desk staff member and Bellman, who checked us in and explained the perks of being a guest at the Essex House.  The amenities of the Clevelander, their sister property,  were available to os as guests of the Essex.
    We discovered our room to be clean and nicely decorated, and after our bags were brought up, our bellman Victor brought us up two frosty and delicious Pina Coladas.  We were off to a nice start!  
    Being just one block off of Ocean Drive, we found the Essex to be close to all the South
    Beach action, yet quiet enough to get a good night's rest.  
    Though the room overall was well equipped, they could definitely have a small bar fridge in the room as it woul have been nice to be able to keep our bottled water cold.  They could also have another table in the room to serve as a desk or just to set thìngs down.
    This was a nice place to stay while in South Beach.

    22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Kay L.
    I loved the quiet, elegant vibe of Essex House.  From the beautiful lobby with the elegant Art Deco marble, to the tranquil pool, to the gracious staff -- everything was about as pleasant as it could possibly be.  It's perfectly located if you want to be in the heart of SoBe.  Their sister property, the Clevelander, is literally next door : guests have access to all amenities of both properties.  But where the Clevelander has a raucous club atmosphere, the Essex House has an old-school luxury about it that makes me feel like a damn movie star.  

    Rooms are smallish, as you would expect from an older property -- although they're decorated quite nicely, I think a coffee maker & mini microwave would go a long ways towards bring them up to date.  But, they are quiet -- since all the beautiful party people are clubbing on the other side of the block -- so my stay was quite enjoyable.

    Would gladly stay again.

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0