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Rating: 3.32

Address: 1751 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, 33139

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      Comments (56):

      1. Jill K.
      Highlights include easy access to the Beach & Lincoln Rd., decent free breakfast/great menu at Pilikiai, and a beautiful pool area to hang out at when the ocean is full of jelly fish. The hotel was offering gift cards to Pilikiai - $80 worth of food for $50.  Dining of this quality elsewhere on SoBe is pretty expensive, and we got to enjoy several affordable meals poolside.  The margarita pizza, mahi sandwich & tuna tartare were all great & enough for two to share.  The staff were efficient & helpful.  The rooms were comfy & we were surprised to find a small frig in the room where we kept sandwich stuff for our daily excursions to save $$ on food.  We were walking distance to Bass Museum of Art & the Botanic Gardens.  You can get discount chair & umbrella rentals at the beach or you can just lay your towel down wherever you like for free (public beach).  This isn't a party hotel where you get accosted by a hostess or DJ, but those places are all around, so you can have it easily when you're in the mood, then return to South Seas for a break from the madness.  Definitely recommend!

      21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      2. Kate M.
      Since there's no separate entry for Pilikia by the Pool, I'll do my review here. I didn't expect much as many hotel restaurants tend to be mediocre, but Pilikia is not the case at all. It's obvious that the chef cares a LOT about his food. Every single thing I've had from there during my four-day stay was good. Loved their guacamole with homemade tortilla chips, BLT with homemade (potato) chips, tuna burger (which is a chunk of tuna, not ground tuna patty) and blackened mahi-mahi sandwich with again, great fries, great selection of frozen drinks, I could go on and on. Bartenders are cool (shout-out to Jeanne, who was totally awesome) and pour generously, don't miss the happy hour during 6-7 p.m. I highly recommend eating here even if you're not staying at South Seas (I also recommend the hotel, BTW -- I don't do hotel reviews here but both my husband and I were completely satisfied with our stay. Great deal for the location and quality.)

      28/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      3. Scott R.
      Absolutely great hotel. Very clean, great service, beautiful beach front pool and bar area, perfectly located about 2 blocks from Lincoln ave. Valet parking only so factor in $25 extra into the price.  All around great stay and I will definitely stay here next time I'm in South Beach!

      06/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      4. John F.
      Great place!  Fits the budget, close to everything (doors from the Delano), clean, & quiet!

      25/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      5. Thomas J M.
      My wife and I stayed at the South Seas based on a little research I did here and a recommendation from a travel agent whom I've never actually met. Let's just say our expectation for the price range of this Miami Beach "boutique hotel" was somewhat sullied upon our arrival. The hotel looked clean in the lobby, although worn and somewhat dated back to the 1980s in terms of decor...or perhaps that's an extension of the art deco style I hadn't quite placed. But the real disappointment came when we got to our floor and were immediately met by a fool stench like mold, that could possibly have been mixed with urine.

      The white plaster corridor walls were decorated with quaint 1930s naval themed photos which hearkened back to the glory days of Miami Beach which, I already was wishing had returned ASAP for our sake. The room itself was no treat. Although the bathroom and bedding were immaculate white and well kept, the less inviting theme of the moldy scented corridor continued in our room. The carpeted floors (if they do ever renovate I strongly recommend a hardwood and tile combo) were damp and we immediately opened the window, which opened into an alleyway, in order to fumigate. We were successful eventually in getting the odor out but there was nothing we could do to rid the room of the tired furnishings and fixtures (wide screen tv notwithstanding) that must have dated back at least 15 years as well as the continued nautical theme of u-boat piping along the ceiling or the bugs and chipped plaster in the corner of the closet.

      That being said, if you have no qualms about the room serving as little more than a place for a clean bed and shower despite the smell and want to spend every waking moment either by the pool or on the beach, then I would in fact recommend this hotel. The pool area is clean, well kept, and looks comparatively modern. The service is excellent, especially at the pool restaurant and bar, although sometimes the front desk people seemed a bit demoralized, perhaps for being the pivot point of all first impressions. One member of the staff at the front desk was very helpful getting me and my wife booked on a duck tour of the city, having helped us narrow down our excursion choices, which was certainly a pleasure.

      The location, Collins Avenue on South Beach, couldn't have been more ideal if you like shopping and local eateries and, if you're like me, you'll like catching a bite down the street at Johnny Rockets' which is right downstairs from where they filmed the chainsaw scene from Scarface. But perhaps the best thing about the location was the fact that we could walk from our rooms barefoot to the pool, then across the walkway to the beach so all things sun and surf related are in fact contiguous at the South Seas.

      Although the $22 a day parking fee made a noticeable dent in the budget, you'll save at least that much with the complimentary breakfast which included the traditional continental items and juices plus cold cuts (cheese, salami, ham). And the food in the pool restaurant was tasty although priced in keeping with the area. Anyway, remember they include the 15% gratuity on your check, but there's a little room for the added 5% if your server does a good job, which was the case every time we ordered from there.

      In all, the South Seas could use some serious renovations for all indoor areas, though with its great location and amenities, I imagine they have little motive to do so any time soon. So I'd recommend it for young travelers and couples or the otherwise less fastidious among us.

      20/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      6. Marissa Q.
      I am going to be staying here again, just booked the trip today. Woohoo!

      18/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      7. Ruth F.
      Just returned from a stay here. Though our room was quiet and peaceful, and the bed was very comfy, overall the experience was underwhelming. First off, I found the staff to be extremely unpleasant and cold--the concierges at the front desk barely grunted when we walked past every day. Second, the WiFi in the rooms did not work at ALL--and when we repeatedly asked the front desk about it, we were--shocker--treated coolly and rudely, and the issue was never resolved. This was extremely frustrating as I had brought my laptop with the intention of getting some work done in the room (the WiFi didn't work in the lobby, either). The rooms, halls, and carpeting all had a musty, moldy feel to them (common in older hotels in South Beach, I think) but worst of all was the smell that emanated from the air conditioning/heating vent (we had to turn on the heat one night due to an unseasonable cold spell and the burnt-ash smell was distracting to say the least). The pros here? Definitely the location--steps from Lincoln Road and the beach. Also, the nice pool area--the water is warm and the lounge chairs comfy, but the hammocks looked a little grimy. The bar/restaurant by the pool serves a decent (free) breakfast to guests, though some of the folks working there can be rude and unhelpful as well. (the waitress serving lunch gave us a lot of attitude).The hotel purports to have a beach hut offering chairs and towels to guests, but each time we went there, the hut was unmanned. This simply seems like a poorly run hotel. It's not horrible, and it's probably on par with other hotels in the price range. But it could use some major improvements. I'd look elsewhere next time.

      16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      8. Melissa P.
      Yes, yes, yes!  If you are going to Miami and you need a relatively inexpensive place to stay, South Seas is the hotel for you.  I've been here 4 times over the past few years and it keeps getting better and better.  I wouldn't call it "no frills" but it is definitely not a luxury hotel.  But, when you're in South Beach and you're outside all day and night, there's no need for anything more than what South Seas offers.  Pool large enough to swim laps?  Check.  Plenty of new, wooden deck chairs and plush, comfy cushions for sun bathing all day?  Check.  Hammocks, sun deck, and beach access?  Check, check, check.  Literally, the only thing my girlfriends and I thought was missing this past weekend was a hot tub for those afternoons when the breeze has a bit of a chill to it.  Everything else is fabulous...you've got your complimentary breakfast in the morning, a nice outdoor/poolside restaurant for drinks and lunch during the day (the service is out of this world SLOW, but the girls are always friendly and sweet), and a clean room with a flat screen tv and fluffy down comforters for nighttime.  The location is ideal and the front desk staff is helpful.  I definitely recommend the South Seas!

      04/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      9. Shannon S.
      The location was OK. About 4 blocks to Lincoln Rd and 5 blocks to Ocean Dr. Parking is offered for $29/night, which is actually cheaper than most places. Unfortunately, our welcome was not a warm one. The woman at the hotel counter was very unfriendly. We didn't get a smile or a look in the eye. Our room, 308, smelled musty, like a basement. The bathroom could have used some updating. Absolutely no counter space in the bathroom. So all you girls hoping to spread your makeup out in the bathroom while getting pretty for a night out in South You're out of luck.
      The bar area and the pool were pretty nice. The hotel sets up a "complimentary" breakfast buffet for guests. Some sites actually try to charge you an extra $20 for this buffet, but the hotel definitely does not monitor who eats there. One of the many bums I saw walking up and down the avenues probably could have waltzed right in and had a snack. Hotel staff would not have noticed. Don't let them charge you the extra $20 bucks!!! Next time, I would just spend the extra money for a nicer establishment.

      31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      10. Greg C.
      I have had many excellent meals at the South Seas restaurant  (Pilikia)
      Best to go on a Friday-Sunday for dinner.

      04/09/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      11. Lola G.
      Great location.  Rooms are clean.  The pool in the back leads right out to the beach which is great.  Staff is friendly.

      07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      12. Amy B.
      Probably a 3.5 rating- this hotel is great for the location, clean bed, etc.  When I travel, I like to stay in pretty nice hotels.  This hotel was just a notch down from my usual stay, but I was willing to sacrifice a bit because the location is amazing- and for the price, I don't think you'll find a better deal.  You are practically next door to the Delano, down the street from the Loews (emeril's), not far from the Gansevoort, really close to Walgreens/CVS (for supplies) as well as Lincoln Road & Espanola Way.  We walked everywhere!  The only time we had to take a cab was to & from the airport (flat rate of $32).

      The hotel staff moved us once we told them our safe was not working- they were extremely helpful.  This hotel is quite noisy- walls are very thin.  The continental breakfast consists of mostly bread- english muffins, croissants, toast, some fruit (not that great), hard boiled eggs, cheese, meats & fresh juices, coffee & tea.  It is ok for a free breakfast- something to get your day started so that you can get right to the pool or beach.

      Hotel does have easy beach side access (don't have to cross a street or anything like that)- you just walk out a gate & the beach is right there.

      So as long as you know that you are staying here for a clean bed & location- then it is worth your while- this is a no frills hotel (in my opinion).

      01/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      13. Melisa S.
      I booked this hotel on the fly when last minute plans called for me to crash in South Beach before moving into my apartment there.  I had just spent a couple nights at the gorgeous Setai, so maybe I was biased but it was like I hit a wall when the taxi pulled up to this tiny place.  I got the room at a rate of $200/night through Orbitz.  It said it was a 3.5 star hotel.  Considering they think the Shore Club is a 4 star hotel, I thought what difference could a half a star make?  Let's just say at the Shore Club I can feel like a star while at this place I feel like the help.  It is small, the rooms are quite awful.  They are small and there are no views at all - so it feels clostrophobic.  There are no outlets to plug things into except if you want to leave your laptop on the bathroom floor to charge.  You have to go way down an old rundown hallway to get to the elevator and the television stops and freezes all the time.

      The only reason I am not giving this place just one star is because the bed wasn't as uncomfortable as I feared - actually got a good night's sellp, the room seems clean, despite the drab interior (didn't feel that bedbug feeling like I would as some rundown motel) and they had free internet (with an often ultra slow connection).  Also the staff (all two of them) seemed nice enough.  Here for another two nights (sigh)... will update if anything noteworthy happens to change my mind in either direction.

      Update: despite the relatively comfortable bed ended up getting bites - not sure if bedbugs or mosquitos but definitely left with a case of the icks.

      27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      14. Sherah B.
      This was a great location! Very nice older (1960's) hotel with charm. The rooms were nice and clean, comfy beds, and nice toiletries in the bathroom. The TV was a little off-fuzzy on some channels, etc, but I wasn't there for the TV so no big deal. The ocean is literally right behind the hotel which is nice. The strawberry mojitos at the bar were delicious and the pool was excellent. The included European breakfast was SPECTACULAR! I might be crazy, but the croissants, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, hard boiled eggs, fruits, flavored coffee, yogurt, and juice were delish!! A block down from the hotel was a yummy gelato shop that we went to two plus times of our 5 day trip.

      I loved Miami-it was a lot of fun!

      22/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      15. M J.
      I've stayed here twice and it's the perfect budget boutique hotel. You probably won't find a better deal in this location.

      It's "basic boutique" with a decent pool, a good bar/food and the quiet rooms are simply done and smallish but given the location and climate, there's no need to spend time in your room. The location is the best feature, on the beach, near Lincoln Road, between hotels charging a lot more.

      03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      16. Gary A.
      Good location & value. Stayed here 2 nights after return from cruise & definitely exceeded our expectations. Staff very accomodating and booked direct from hotel website. Prior to check in when I found a better price on another website manager upgraded room to partial ocean view. Also accomodated early check in since our ship arrived 8am. Staff is very responsive, rooms are clean & comfortable with frig & the pool area & continental breakfast great. Can walk to the beach directly from hotel & everything worth experiencing in the area is close. Doubt if there is a better hotel in the area for the price.

      16/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      17. Regina F.
      Loved our stay at South Seas Hotel!

      This was my first trip out to Soth beach and I was very nervous about finding a nice hotel because there are soo many to choose from. My BF and I chose South seas because they had great rates, the hotel was right on the beach (other hotels you have to cross te street to get there). And they had a pool, that was a big deal for me!

      The pool area was open from about 9:00am till Midnight and was heated! There was an outdoor bar that served food and cocktails and the service was amazing! For our 2 day stay we met Elizabeth and Laura who were our bartenders and food servers. They are Great! Amazing service, both girls seemed to love there job and were very hospitable. they gave us info on what to see, where to eat, and where to go dancing. They also make great drinks! Loved out Bloody Marys!

      The Valet parking wasn't too pricey, I think it was about $25 a night.  (We were used to $50 a night in S.F.) The gentlemen working the Valet were also promp to get our car anytime we needed it, and they were very friendly.

      The hotel room was a bit smaller than I am used to, but I was told that it was to be expected in South Beach because most of the hotels are so much older. We didn't mind much because we spent mos of our vacation out on the town!

      I think that this is one of the better hotels I have stayed at for the price and location, and I think I will be back again in the future when visiting the beautiful beaches of South Beach, FL.

      22/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      18. Anne A.
      This Collins Ave hotel was perfect for our pre-bachelorette cruise stay.  It's obviously not The Ritz, but it was bright, cheery, and very clean. The staff is nice and helpful. The only person that irked me was the valet guy at the door. When an older member of our party was trying to lug her suitcase up the stairs he just looked at her and didn't help. I don't care if that's not his job, men are supposed to help ladies! There is no ramp, or at least we didn't see one. Checking in was easy and hassle-free. The elevators are small, but clean. Our room was spacious enough for 4 of us to share and not feel cramped. The beds are very comfortable. I agree with another poster that they shouldn't have carpet in the rooms. It didn't smell, but in Florida carpets always seem just a little damp.

      The lobby is pretty and smells lovely. We found out they actually pump a nice scent thru the AC. There are orchids everywhere, including in the rooms. The lobby bathroom was always clean. The pool area is very relaxing. There are plenty of lounges and the towel guy didn't mind us plugging our Ipod into his tiki-hut and playing our own music. There are nice hammocks attached to the palms behind the pool. We easily passed out in these for a few hours one afternoon.

      The European breakfast was delicious. We scarfed down on fruit, eggs, cold-cuts, pastries, and breads. They also have flavored coffees, teas, milk, soymilk, and juices. For lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks the Pilikia By The Pool bar/grill is not to be missed. I have written a separate
      review for them, but it is some of the freshest, most flavorful, full of love food I have had in a while. Big thanks to Jean and Mark for helping us celebrate.

      I would absolutely return to South Seas Hotel, unless you want to put me up at the Ritz.

      15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      19. Natahcia S.
      I stayed at the South Seas hotel for the 4th of July weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was in a great location, had direct access to the beach, and it really had everything that I needed.

      Here are my top 5 likes:
      1. Prime location--right on Collins, close to everything but a few blocks from the busiest areas of Collins so it wasn't super packed + direct beach access. 2. Huge bed that I found particularly comfortable...but that could've been because I passed out each night after partying (whatevs). 3. Free breakfast--although there was an odd assortment of food (like salami), I just love a free breakfast! 4. The pool/bar area was beautiful and made me feel like I was on vacation...plus the bar was very affordable. 5. The price was decent for a holiday weekend at $170/night.

      Ok, there were some undesirables:
      1. The front desk lady was un-welcoming and unaccommodating and very slow b/c it must've taken at least 20 min to check in
      2. The view from the room was non-existent...room hovered over a trash dumpster in an alley and faced the hotel next door
      3. Staff was slow...very slow...to respond to towel requests...had to call a few times to get them delivered to my room

      Overall, the hotel gets my vote. It had everything I wanted and more. I had an amazing time in SoBe and I can't wait to go back!

      Tip:
      If you want to book this hotel, make sure you check their website b/c I found better discounts there than on pricline, orbitz, etc.

      06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      20. cecy r.
      This review is for the pool area and bar only.  We stayed at their sister property, The Avalon, which doesn't have a pool or beach access.  
      The pool was nice, lots of seating, they have an awesome area with hammocks in the back as you walk to the beach.  You can take a nap under the palm trees.  They have direct beach access where you can rent out chairs and umbrellas from a 3rd party.  The rental people have a service where they will get you food and drinks too!  You can get a bucket of beer and some munchies as you lay out.  Spent the day there and we made friends with the bartenders.  The staff is cool, laidback, they never even asked us to show our room keys for access.  If you're at the bar and feel like having a refreshing non-alcoholic drink order a lemonade. Fresh lemons, mashed up and mixed with light sweetner and ice, so refreshing!  We will be staying there next time!

      12/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      21. A J.
      I have stayed here twice, once for a week during Christmastime and another for MLK weekend. The South Seas Hotel is an ok hotel if you want to be apart of the SoBe atmosphere without reaching too deep into your pocket. It has an amazing pool that is stunning, and its outdoor oasis is very tropical and relaxing. The hotel itself is much too outdated, and the double classic room has an extremely old and small bathroom. There was black mold on the curtain and bathroom curtain, much to my dismay. If the interior of the hotel was remodeled and updated, I would definitely consider staying her again

      07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      22. Karen C.
      Ups:
      -free wi-fi with a strong connection in most areas including outside by the pool
      -Nice variety for the continental breakfast each morning (7am-10:30am/11am on weekends)
      -helpful front desk staff
      -flat-screen tvs with audio/video inputs and a separate cable box with a lot of channels to choose from
      -ihome alarm clock (you can play your iPod on this)
      -plenty of beach towels
      -2 outdoor showers
      -poolside food/drink service
      -3 hammocks
      -2 cabanas
      -security fence with a key code access only entrance preventing just anyone from walking in from the boardwalk

      Downs:
      -Valet attendant does not open doors for anyone
      -Super tiny bathrooms, you can not sit on the toilet without rubbing up against the toilet paper dispenser and the sink
      -hard, not firm beds
      -The beds do not have fitted sheets and have a horrible blanket that is made of foam.  I didn't use that blanket, the down comforter alone was fine.
      -no view from the rooms
      -noisy (thin walls)
      -access to the beach is nice, however you will have to privately rent a chair for the price of $10 a piece and $15 for an umbrella
      -The gym is outside, it is inclosed but is very small, there is a weight bench, treadmill, and exercise bike.
      -there is only one ice machine, it is on the first floor

      02/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      23. Catherine P.
      Bleh. This is not the best hotel for the value.

      Great location, clean, yes. However, rooms are tiny, elevator is super sketchy, and the hallways are damnp, moldy, and projectesque.

      We moved down the street to The Surfcomber and were much happier. Same price.

      16/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      24. Jyoti L.
      I stay here everytime I'm in Miami
      been coming here since '06 hasn't let me down yet
      great staff always smiling and helpful
      it's a nice relaxed hotel very pretty with the white decor and the beautiful orchids
      great breakfast selection pretty good music at the pool if anything you'll hear the new age lounge music from the adjacent hotels
      great hammocks and private beach entrance
      you can use the pool 24/7
      pretty good food
      Ana is the lady at the front desk very helpful and informative
      contact her anytime you need info on expeditions/cruises whatever it may be she's on point with her emails and phone calls
      beds are heavenly great sleep as everyone has mentioned
      it's great location your not to far from ocean drive or from Lincoln road
      'you've got the bus up front to take you to aventura mall it's a nice nap ride

      14/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      25. Rhi C.
      Loved the pool area, hammocks and private beach walkway.. Rooms were cute but bathroom was very small! The staff was very nice and helpful which made the stay even better.

      27/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      26. Jonathan S.
      I am so in love with this boutique hotel, I spent my honeymoon there and it was simply astonishing.

      First off I had an oceanfront king room on the 6th floor, room 636, the view was great, looking out to the beach and overlooking the pool. White linens, flat screen TV, ipod dock, white orchids, a little clost like area with the minibar and an iron etc...

      The rooms are pricey but this is Miami Beach and it was May-June, well worth the 250/night in my opinion. Free breakfast was included every morning, boiled eggs, yogurt, coffee, bagels, the normal continental fare, but it was better than most I've had.

      There is a tiki bar near the pool and the drinks are quite good, just past the pool area there is a hammock grove with coconut trees, prefect for relaxing and just past that is the beach walk and the sand. The location of this place is great, walking distance to Lincoln Rd and all the action, yet far enough to enjoy peace and tranquility.  

      On our first day we stained one of the sheets and before we got back from dinner it was changed with a brand new one. The lights in the front and rear lobbies are turned off at night and instead these huge hurricane candles are lit everywhere, it gives a really romantic feel especially with the large comfy white leather sofas.

      The only thing that this place needs is a central air system or ductless systems because there are conventional AC units in the wall and that kills the decor of the room. Otherwise it's perfect, I can't wait to stay there again, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

      16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      27. Candice C.
      South Seas is the perfect place to stay if you want to be near the main strip of South Beach Miami. In the middle of all the great places to dine, next to other high-end hotels, across the street from a 24-hour Bistro/Cafe, walking distance from Ocean Blvd. We didn't have rent a car during our 5-day stay and staying at South Seas proved that we didn't need one.

      The hotel staff was always courteous and accommodating. In looking to reserve a spa appointment they did everything they could to squeeze me in - to the extent that the spa manager gave me his cell phone number for if/when I decided to have my appointment. Room service was great. The pool area is secluded, and accessible from the beach - right outside the gate is the path up and down the beach. I couldn't have asked for a better, affordable place to stay.

      As mentioned, the perfect location for walking distance to all the fabulous restaurants - breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, midnight snack - very safe, even to walk around at night. Also, many of the restaurants that offer delivery will gladly deliver to this location - which we did several times.

      While checking out they did a fantastic job of monitoring the luggage and coordinating departure to the airport. I didn't have to put forth much effort to do anything during the stay - they were on their toes when it came to any request. They may not be an acclaimed 5-star hotel, but they definitely provide the service and luxury of one, which matters most. Loved it.

      I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to have a good stay in South Beach Miami - I'd stay here again, myself.

      04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      28. Cristina H.
      i didnt stay here so I cant really say much.... This was the sister hotel to Avalon where I stayed. I had a bday gift here for the Pilikia by the Pool and a massage. The guy that did my massage was amazing and very knowledge. The Operations amanager there was definitely a hard worker and very sexy too lol... I would recommend staying there if you wanted to stay in Miami Beach . Its straight access to the beach too and the food was good only thing I found weird was that they had one worker and she was preggo....You shouldnt do that to someone :(

      16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      29. David P.
      My Title:  Worst beds in America.

      The Good: Location, right on beach, right in the action, fairly clean for an 70 year old hotel,, free wi-fi, very friendly bar tenders, free breakfast

      The Not So Good: Absolutely the worst bed I have even laid on (20 year old Marine Corp beds are much better), Location (too much action & noise to get any rest), breakfast is minimal ( We ended up eating across the street), wi-fi is slow as molasses and is often over used and you cant login, scary elevators, xtra small rooms, a/c is either off or on so either quiet or extremely noisy so you always need to change the tv volume up & down constantly, no hot water, just warm at best, no view except of the garbage cans.

      I wouldn't go back

      05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      30. Dan K.
      This place defines "hidden gem". The bartenders Jean, Sharon, and Laura are so good, and so cool. You cannot beat this place for the very reasonable money they charge.  The food is spotty, as some dishes were really good bar food (great seafood chowder), and others, like the wings, weren't so good.  Still, it was a really pleasant stay.
      I will be back. Thank you, South Seas.

      22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      31. Mike R.
      Nice hotel, friendly staff, low key, boutique hotel.  Great pool, and walk to the boardwalk and beach from that.

      11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      32. Greg H.
      stayed there this past weekend..checked out and forgot that I left a couple of hundred dollars hidden underneath the alarm clock..I remembered a couple of hours later and made the phone call hoping out of good faith and honesty that the supervisor I sent to the room to locate my items would grab it and set it aside along with my girlfriend s bathing suit that was also left in the closet.well I guess  they needed it more than I did because needless to say they said nothing  was found..that being said..the hotel is very old and not keep up very well ..I understand they are historic and limited to change s but ..missing grout in the shower tiles..lint and dust in the wall air conditioner..missing paint ..uneven floor transition s everywhere..watered down overpriced drinks..tiny bathroom s..toilet was rocking back and forth on the tile..and so close to the wall you can't even pull the toilet paper off the roll with being a contortionist....definitely will pass on this place. And would not recommend to anyone

      05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      33. Amanda G.
      I really, really enjoyed my stay at South Seas. I'm definitely a 24 year old girl who wishes she could afford to stay at the Delano, but can't. I wanted to be somewhere that was affordable, central to everything and didn't feel like it hadn't been cleaned in three months. Let's face it, there are places in South Beach that feel like that - especially the cheaper ones.

      The South Seas was perfect. Totally affordable, clean, modern, quiet, etc. It's right on Collins near the Delano and close to Lincoln Road. The pool is lined with palm trees, and there are plenty of seats for people. I'm a sucker for the little things - like the apple water by the towels. There is also direct access to the beach.

      The pool bar was awesome. Food was good, drinks were yummy and the staff was so cool. They make you feel at home right off the bat, and they remember you every time you come by. It was wayy to easy to run up the tab here!

      I will absolutely be headed back here next time I'm in South Beach.

      13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      34. Jennifer D.
      We booked a 2 bed ocean front room, and were very pleased with the amount of room for an older hotel. There were 3 of us and we were not cramped. The hotel is what u hope to imagine a hotel to look like in Miami beach.. If U've never been to Miami beach before. The staff was very helpful in our 2 night stay before our cruise. The hotel is within walking distance to many shop and restaurants. The bar at the hotel is the same as all the others- offering  2-4-1 drinks for happy hour. But here the bartender is super friendly and makes THE BEST MOJITOS  I have ever had!!
      No problems with room whatsoever :)
      Beach is super close, and iconic Ocean Ave is right around the corner. We had no car and were fine our entire stay!
      Oh! The breakfast that is included in your stay is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying at a hotel!

      15/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      35. Alotta V.
      Wow! A group of us just left Miami after spending 4 nights at the South Seas. We all enjoyed it and have no complaints! The location, pool bar(drinks and food), service from the front desk and pool waitstaff all made it a pleasure to stay at South Seas. If you're going during WMC or Ultra you are in the middle of a ton of pool parties and have good access to liquor stores, cabs and clubs. I liked that our pool wasn't hosting a party, so it didn't become dirty and we could actually use it when we weren't raging. We walked right out to the beach, hammock area (so romantic), or Lincoln Road. Pretty good spot for a solo trip (felt very safe), couples trip, family trip, or group trip:) The rooms are basic, but they have robes and a Keurig, so I was happy. Small, free business center and atm was nice to have on site. Breakfast is fair- coffee, good fruit, bagels, cereal, yogurt. The pool bar has a happy hour and a couple of tvs that allowed us to watch ball while poolside. We ate a lot of the bar food and liked everything we got-Grilled Fish Tacos and guacamole were my fav. Finally, the staff at the South Seas was very accommodating, friendly, and helpful. Thank you especially to Anna at the front desk, and Raico at the pool! We would happily stay here again. Love you, Miami Beach...you a crazy good time.

      03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      36. Rosa M.
      Location Location Location!
      That's definitely the Pro to this hotel. Its 2 blocks from Lincoln Rd and on the ocean.
      It's affordable on South Beach standards.

      I found the rooms quite small and dated. Bathroom was extremely small, such that if you sat down the toilet paper roll on the wall would jab you on your side. A large person would not fit.  I was on first floor so I had no real "view" other than the side of another white building.
      The staff was ok...just OK.
      parking is $29/ day and they park it 5 blocks away so be ready to ask for your car 20 minutes before you need it.
      Free breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, bagels, fruit, yogurt, cheeses, and other cold breakfast items....good enough and convenient.
      The lounge chairs by the pool were very comfortable and available at no extra charge. Area by pool also had cozy hammocks, cabanas, and comfortable tables. The lounge chairs on the beach were less comfortable and available for $11 each.
      Umbrellas $15.
      There was NOT a lot of atmosphere at this hotel. No lounge in lobby, no music playing.
      There was a quiet bar by the pool, that's it.
      The hotel does claim it has free wifi but the signal was so weak we could never connect for more than a minute every now and then.

      I think it's worth staying here if you need an affordable place to sleep and will be spending most of your time outside of hotel in the south beach area. It's all about location with South Seas Hotel.

      08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      37. Lyndsey F.
      We enjoyed our stay very much and will return.

      Overall, staff is professional and polite; you feel that they truly want you to be comfortable. There is one exception at the front desk.

      Location is great: right on beach. Hotel is clean and very comfortable; the rooms could do with some updates though.

      Pool and bar are great. Elevators very slow.

      Were some issues with our room upon checkin, but Reinier Cortes, Guest Manager took very good care to fix the issue. We felt that he made it his mission to make us happy. His attention, the location, and comfort made us very happy and we look forward to returning.

      I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to relax at Miami South Beach.

      25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      38. Sharon W.
      I am reviewing the staff here only! Maybe this isn't "fair" to review a place where I didn't stay, but I was impressed with their professionalism!

      My brother found a great deal on Priceline and asked me to check it out. I walked over and the woman behind the desk was more than happy to show me a few rooms and let me walk around the property. I thought the lobby was great! Very boutique-y. The rooms were small but chic and clean!

      The only negative was that the area where you walk out to the pool was a little run down. But the pool area itself was really nice as was the lounge-y area between the property and the beach.

      My brother and niece did end up staying there and liked it. The 3 of us hit up the pool bar quite a bit and the staff was super friendly! The food at the pool bar was decent, but the service was very slow.

      16/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      39. Tammy K.
      Very Clean, pleasant surprise in the middle of everything.  Happy Hour here is great and beach access....you couldn't ask for more.  Maintaining an old building is hard work every day people!  They are on top of it and do their best.  I am mold sensitive and our room was fine.....just don't turn the air off and your fine.

      Kudos to you all who work there for doing a wonderful job and preserving a piece of historical property.  Nicely done.  we will be back.

      22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      40. Guy M.
      This is a very clean hotel for being on south beach. The price is also pretty good.

      The staff is very friendly and attentive, and they are always there to help and assist you in any way they can.

      The only reason I gave them 3/5 stars is because the valet parking is ridiculous. I had to wait nearly an hour to get my car. There was no traffic outside. The reason was they had forgotten to tell the valet guy to pick up my car. Absolutely ridiculous. So I paid $30 dollars to valet my car and I couldn't even get it back when I needed it. I had to wait nearly an hour.  What a waste of time!

      20/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      41. Kelly G.
      We booked an ocean view room. Our room did not overlook the ocean as advertised. Our room did, in fact, overlook a construction zone. I'm not sure if the pool is going to be at the South Seas or at the neighboring resort but a large hole in the ground was not what I was expecting when I looked out my ocean view room. When we addressed this with the staff at the front desk (not Laura), we were told it WAS an ocean view room. After a bit of discussion, she offered to drop the room rate $20. When we asked to speak to a manager we were told he was not on premise. We had to ask for her to reach out to him via cell. Shouldn't that just be a given? Is that something that a paying guest should have to ask for when it's clear we are disappointed and unhappy?

      Our room was quite rundown. We prefer boutique hotels over the large chains. We understand the rooms will be older and smaller. It's part of what makes them quaint and enjoyable. This room, however, wasn't charming. This room had paint peeling in chunks from the ceiling and a dirty bathroom. The coffee maker didn't work and we didn't get shampoo or conditioner. I didn't need the shampoo or conditioner; I'm simply pointing out the small things that were overlooked. Even the counter where the coffee machine sat looked like it hadn't been wiped down in months.

      A few other things to note would be the early morning wake up from the construction crew, the trash that was in the hallway all morning and the elevator that another couple and I waited 10 minutes for before we finally gave up and took the stairs. Lastly, the broken pipe that left the entire hotel without water for hours. We had to arrive at our next destination without a shower. Broken pipes happen. It's an unfortunate reality of older buildings. It was just one more thing we had to deal with on a visit that was already falling apart from the time we walked in to our room.

      16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      42. Will C.
      This place is awesome, moved to this hotel from Starlite near 8th st (that place run down) and the different was pretty crazy. The staff was friendly, they provide a good breakfast from 7-10am, pool area felt like a resort with nice lounge chairs and hammocks. They even provide large foam cups near the ice machine which made it very easy to always have a nice cold strong alcohol content drink. I'd recommend staying at or bear this hotel even if you want to hit the bars/clubs near 8th/ocean/Washington, more bang for ur buck.. A++

      22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      43. Kyle H.
      An affordable old hotel right on South Beach. If that's what you're looking for, I recommend South Seas. Rooms are small and dated, bed was comfortable enough, but electricity kept going out on our floor one night, messing up the cable TV, not to mention the inconvenience.

      Service here is nice enough, but not excellent. I had to have a different card charged during my stay, and it required checking out at the front desk, and re-checking in due to the antiquated system used at South Seas. I also made a taxi reservation for the morning of my departure and it was never secured. They basically called a cab in emergency mode for me. Nice, but it never should have had to happen that way.

      The plusses:
      -Pool and bar area is okay
      -Continental breakfast and coffee is good enough, saving you a few bucks
      -Hammocks over sand in the back pool area
      -Exit back gate to the South Beach running trail and right onto the Beach
      -Good location
      -Clean

      Would I stay here again? Yes, it's A-OK. But for someone that prefers a bit of class, I would probably recommend elsewhere.

      26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      44. Louie B.
      Stayed here for a few days in Dec 13 while in town for the Patriots game.

      Every one of the staff I encountered was very friendly and helpful.  From the front desk to Lara at the bar.  

      Rooms were nice and clean.  Nothing too extravagant but for the price it was appropriate.  

      Nice pool, decent location, and ok bar food.

      30/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      45. Lauren C.
      We came here when the Shelborne lost our reservation. We were only supposed to stay for a night. We were not pleased upon arrival since we had been jerked around by the Shelborne all day. We chose to take a peek at the rooms- not too shabby, and the pool area- very nice!

      We had been jerked around by the Shelborne enough. We got our bags, and walked them over to the South Seas and checked in for the duration fo our stay (3 nights) and cancelled our reservation across the street at the Shelborne. BEST DECISION EVER!

      The rooms are clean, and relativly spacious, with a floor plan that is logical and places to actually put your stuff (which is actually quite rare in SoBe). Bath robes, blow driers, shampoos and lotions, lots of big fluffy towels, INCREDIBLY comfortable bed, a Keurig loaded with K-cups, and 2 bottles of water... all for no charge! It really was very nice and incredibly centrally located.

      In the morning, I went for a nice 4 mile jog down the beach path which the hotel backed up against, and then layed in the South Seas hammock to dry off and cool down... under the palm trees. It was GORGEOUS.

      Breakfast was available until 11am which was SO nice on a Sunday. There was NO RUSH... nothing too fancy, but lots of options- cereal and milk, paistries, fruits, cheeses, juices, coffee, tea etc. Defintily made good use of that.

      Sat by the GORGEOUS pool with plenty of towels available for the taking, and a jug of water with lemons and limes floating around. The pool is salinated, and not chlorine which my hair appreciated big time. The attendents pick up towels that lay too long which allows the chaises to turn over pretty well. The Pilikia pool bar has some really awesome lunchy munchies and drinks that we made use of too.

      All in all, this place rocked my world. Next time I come back, I will ABSOLUTELY stay here. It's BEAUTIFUL, and affordable, and the employees really care. I couldn't have been more pleased.

      09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      46. Leah S.
      The room is the size of a shoe box and outdated. Our room had a musty smell to it. The pool area was nice. The location is the only thing that is good about this hotel. The service is HORRIBLE. They are very slow. It took us 45 minutes to get our car out of valet.... In the middle of the day on a Monday. Crazy. We planned to stay here a few days but have checked out just after one night and are going next door. Save the money.

      29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      47. Emily G.
      Best part of this hotel is the pool area/bar/access to the beach! Amazing large heated salt water pool, 8ft deep! Beautiful palm trees surrounding the pool area and comfy pool chairs. There are hammocks out back in a sandy shaded area. Just a short path behind the hotel leads u to the beautiful beach! I liked the bartenders, very down to earth. Decent prices at the bar and for food, everything we ate was great! Loved the fried calamari. Happy hour has half price drinks from 5-6pm so we loaded up on drinks then.

      Stayed here for 2 nights, came from the Epic Hotel ($$$) in downtown Miami so it was a big change. Price was ok...guess I was expecting a little more for what I paid for but I guess that's just South Beach prices. Rooms are small but clean. Bathroom is small. Beds are very comfortable! Bottled water and Keurig in the room, nice surprise! Seems like a lot of family's stay here but it was quiet and relaxing. The continental breakfast was pretty lousy. It was just some sub par fruit, cereal and bagels.

      13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      48. Jen H.
      One star just for location, which is great. One star because the staff were friendly, the bedding and towels were clean, crisp, fluffy, cozy. One star because the room and grounds generally seemed clean -- at least as clean as things can be when they're just very worn. The chips and guac are super good. They also have beach access and a cute area behind the pool with hammocks for hanging out on the sand. Unfortunately I was in town for work so just didn't need any of that.

      Otherwise:
      * the room was tired and smelled stale, like wet dog. Thankfully the windows open and miami is breezy, which kind of helped except for all the noises outside (see below)
      * oh. But the bathroom window doesn't open and there's no fan. So no way to air things out.
      * nothing worked -- we literally had to take off the closet doors because they wouldn't open properly and kind of fell off anyway, had to get someone to open our safe because it stopped working, had to hold down the handle forever to make the loo flush, etc.
      * there was something sticky-plasticky melted onto the iron -- good thing I checked or I would have destroyed an expensive garment.
      * and of course all the pants/skirt hangers were broken, so no way to hang things properly to prevent wrinkling.
      * the internet is free but unreliable. Just when I needed to send some important work emails, it slowed down so much that nothing would send, I lost all my drafts, and I had to re-write four times as it kept timing out and wander around the building trying to find a strong enough signal to get anything loaded/sent. It took :45 minutes.
      * they have a gardener who comes every morning and runs a loud leaf-blower all around the pool starting at 7:00 am -- good luck sleeping in during your vacation if your windows are open because the room stinks.
      * if that's not enough, it's immediately next to a construction site. Although that's not rare in Miami Beach, I'll never get used to waking up to the sound of electric saws, hammers, and dance radio.
      * although we were lucky enough to have a corner pool view room, the windows were so dirty that we could barely see out.
      * breakfast was about on-par with a Midwestern Motel Six.
      * it's just generally a bit depressing.

      12/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      49. Thekra A.
      One star only for the location. I Stayed here February 2015 with my bf, for 2 nights and already my first night I was HATING IT! As I walked into my room you can already tell that the rooms dont have ventilation just by the smell and how humid it felt inside.  Fell asleep and I was itchy everywhere turned out to be bed bugs on my bed apart from that my bed was as hard as a rock and so where my pillows. Bathroom smelled nasty and was rusty. We asked the front desk to have our room cleaned and the same dirty towels we left on the ground with my make up stains were all hung back up in the bathroom. How disgusting is that? Don't recommend anyone staying here.

      09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      50. Jade M.
      This hotel was ridiculous I got bitten by bed bugs all up my left side and the construction outside was really loud and the valet was rude we got ripped off by the valet guy for 20 dollars to park my scooter and woke up to the chain being cut off and my scooter moved and marked as illegally parked........  

      Definitely check for bed bugs staying here... i was thinking that it may have been mosquito bite but when I got home, the bites was looking more like a rash......

      I looked up bed bug bites pic it look just like it

      15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      51. Sandy R.
      warning!! do not waste your time & money on such a crappy, old, run down, nasty, smelly hotel!!

      horrible horrible!!
      i booked this hotel on priceline for $260 for one night
      the description i read on priceline was faults advertisement! they also have begs bugs i saw in my room and i immediately left
      not to mention all the hidden fees and $35 vallet parking fee

      this is by far the worst hotel i have ever seen, south seas hotel does not even deserve 1 star

      17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      52. Kristin I.
      I am sorry to say that I can only offer a one star here.  The issue is that this hotel says its 3.5 stars and it is far from it.

      In historical buildings I have low expectation regarding room size so that does not bother me.   I can see they have tried some superficial upgrades such as the in Room orchids and coffee makers.  However these features do not make it 3.5 star.

      The reality is that this is a cheap hotel on the beach with a half decent pool and the worst breakfast ever.

      It is warn down, smelly and staff are clearly uninterested in the guests.

      There were dead flies in our ceiling light.  This hotel needs a big reno to get to 3.5 stars.  Look at 4 star properties in the same block such as the Raleigh and the Surfcomber and there is simply no comparison.  The difference is not half a star but several.

      The building has potential, the location is good it just is not classified properly.

      30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      53. Sara S.
      Really can't believe how blindsided I was in staying here.  My boyfriend and I went on a Carnival Cruise departing from Miami and wanted to come out early - we DID our research.  We read reviews for days on Yelp, Trip Advisor, googlemapping to see locations, walking plans...
      And somehow I thought that for on the beach, South Seas Hotel was the best deal.

      Boy, was I wrong.

      This hotel is NASTY.  It smells and feels "wet", the pool is small and crowded, the hammocks are always infested with children, the rooms are basically gray concrete boxes with hard white beds, paint is peeling, there are no mirrors in the room below the shoulders (!!) and be careful entering the elevator LEST YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE BECAUSE IT'S SO SLOW AND RICKETY.

      I was also royally pissed off that there was no gym.  According to their website pictures, they have a fabulous workout space with treadmills and TVs!  I was shocked to learn upon arrival that THERE IS NO GYM.  They just straight up lie on their website.  When I complained, they said there was nothing they could do - but at check-out when I mentioned it again, and explained that was one of the reasons we booked South Seas, she had mercy on me and gave us a discount.

      Please do not stay here.  I recommend a few blocks from the beach in a nice place.  You will definitely be saving yourself a crappy hotel experience.

      15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      54. Valerie W.
      Three stars, nothing less nothing more!!!

      Location is awesome and the pool area is a winning feature here, as well beach service! If you plan to only stay a night or two you'll be fine because it's a great deal. If you want luxury and plan to hang in the hotel for hours every day, don't come here. Staff is also friendly and answers calls quickly.
      Also, I just had breakfast and it was fine. Especially for complimentary, I don't usually eat breakfast and most higher end hotels don't offer breakfast so it's kind of special. They had waffles, eggs, potatoes, oatmeal and fruit. It was especially nice eating it by the pool in the sun!!!
      This feels like a dorm turned hotel room. Overall, pretty clean but old. They have old black and white photos hanging on the walls and it made me feel like "wow this hotel was HERE when these old photos were taken!" The elevator reminded me of one I got stuck in once so I hated that but it's been fine.The valet takes a LONG time to get your car so call down well before you need your car.

      11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      55. Aj J.
      Good enough hotel, great location. Building is old and room was small with zero view. Parking only valet and quite expensive but it's done so I guess expected.
      Biggest downside was wifi. Tortoise slow to the point that I couldn't use it. For the price def not going back.
      Staff was nice but too many similar options around to choose one without Internet.

      14/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      56. jimmy w.
      The reviews are right on, the beds are hard, the bathrooms are small.  HELLO YOU ARE IN SOUTH BEACH, who cares.  The place is clean, the pool area is awesome, and the food aint bad.  Free breakfast and wifi.  

      Grab a hammock (yes they have hammocks), order up a corona and let the good times roll.

      24/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0