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B2 Miami Downtown in Miami, FL

B2 Miami Downtown in Miami, FL

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Escape to Miami for a chic, urban retreat, and be in the center of it all at the new bayfront b2 miami downtown hotel. Enjoy world class entertainment, pulsating nightlife, and an ever-evolving culinary scene infused with international flair. At the center of the city's financial and business districts, the cosmopolitan hotel grants both business and leisure guests access to everything downtown Miami has to offer. B Adventurous on Biscayne Bay with thrilling water excursions, B Cruisin' from the nearby PortMiami, B Social and enjoy Miami's entertainment and art scenes, or shop 'til you drop in the nearby boutiques.

History

Established in 2013.

Celebrate achievements, lifestyles and desires at B Hotels & Resorts® where we invite you to revel in self-expression hospitality, allowing you to tailor your experience how you desire it to be. Whether you are looking to B Adventurous exploring the city's sights, sounds and scenes, or simply wish to B Indulged® with a customized spa treatment in the intimate spa suite for two, at B Hotels customized experiences meet stylish approachability for a travel experience like no other.

 

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Rating: 3.00

Address: 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132
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Comments (54):

1. Mary S.
DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL! The staff is rude, the hotel is still under construction and they are totally dishonest!

12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
2. Yo M.
It is hard to know where to begin when talking about my stay at this hotel. The confirmation e-mail stated a check-in time of 3pm. When We arrived, they told us it was 4. The confirmation e-mail gushed about the onsite restaurant and the spectacular experience we would have staying at the hotel. Imagine our surprise when the cabbie that delivered us to the hotel was unable to find it. No sign. In fact, no facade. The lobby was under construction! They actually sold rooms when the lobby was still under construction. I could let that go, but once in the room, we discovered there was no hair dryer, no iron, no luggage rack and no dresser. I was grateful that we got a room with 2 double beds after I had booked a king room. However, the room turned out to be pretty small, the bathroom smaller.  The toilet paper holder was broken. The room, having been newly painted, still reeked of paint fumes. We requested a wake up call the next morning. We never got it. I tried to turn on the lamp next to the bed. There were no lightbulbs in the lamp.The poor condition of the lobby and the lack of amenities became a joke we shared with every other occupant of the hotel. And on the second day of our stay, we learned to our horror that the hotel has a policy of cleaning the rooms every 3 days. The housekeeping staff is supposed to empty the trash and deliver new towels daily but no cleaning until the 3rd day. Really???!!! In fact, our trash was not emptied and we had to pick up clean towels in the lobby. And the room only had one small trash can. Not really acceptable for a room with 3 people staying in it. On check-out day, we had to wait for an hour to get an elevator down. Every elevator was completely full when it stopped on our floor. We were in danger of missing our flight, so I walked down 9 floors to check out, leaving my disabled roommates to wait for an elevator. Once in the lobby, I learned that the reason for the elevator problem was that the construction crew was using the other elevator to haul construction materials. At 10:30 - 11 AM. I learned that check out was 11AM, contrary to the information in my hotel confirmation which said check out was at 12. And as we left what we came to refer to as the "hotel", there were several people busy trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to clean caulking material off of their new luggage. And to add insult to injury, several workers told us in the course of our stay, "this place is going to be amazing!" Great.

04/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Catherine S.
this is the former ambassador hotel, that's dressed up and now this. it was already an old building, and a new coat of paint and new decor is all that's different, along with an extra $100/night. the only reason we stayed here is because it's all that was available. we arrived at 11, and waited an hour before there was even space for us to stow our bags. The lobby, provided a bad reception to me. Couches beat up mushy cushions, looks like it was secondhand from value city (not joking). They seemed understaffed. desk clerk tried to help us and make us happy, but things just moved slow here. 3 hrs wait for our room, we didn't get to check in till close to 3 pm. There was a lady with a wet mop wiping the dirty discharge from the darkened vents which have probably never been cleaned. Area is gross, only asset is bayside marketplace which was basically dead and a haunt for the many panhandlers and transients nearby. It looks like a nightmare, if you have small kids or someone in your party who's infirmed don't do it! There was crackheads hanging outside the door begging you for a dollar, filling up the CVS and they were literally chasing us down in the street for a handout. I didn't feel safe without my boyfriend. I ran into a guy who said he was a traveler from Chicago who was robbed (maybe a cover for his sob story) but I think not far off. I saw no cops at all. I think Miami has gone downhill. my boyfriend compared it to some parts of Baltimore (and everyone who's local knows what that means). Worse at night. Our bathroom was ridiculous, a closet. You could literally sit on the toilet and brush your teeth at the same time, you couldn't turn around! This hotel is not wheelchair friendly, so forget it if you have one or anyone elderly in your party. The cafe downstairs I asked for a coffee and 15 minutes later gave up. not worth the money. The only ice/vending floor 7 and 4, and one on 7 ice was dirty. no soda machine nothing, 1 nightstand, no dresser, luggage cart or iron in room. If you're staying long term this place would definitely not be comfortable. I could care less about this mod chic, it's not worth the money. view was good but that's all from this place, we won't be back!!!

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Tony C.
Room is adequate..  A bit on the small side..  Bed comfy...  Ac really cold.  But if you get too cold turn thermostat down it turns on the heat.  Instead of just staying off..  Wth?  Elevators..  Two small Elevators service 17 floors!  20 min wait..  That's not an exaggeration..  Then you stop at every floor down..  Fit 5 ppl stuffed in one car.  We had the cruise deal.  Room and transportation to the port.  When we checked in.  Asked how did the transportation to port work was told by attendant when you're ready it will take you.  We checked out at 11 and was told no next shuttle at noon.  It's one thing to have falsely advertised the convenience of your shuttle..  That's why we spent 20 more for the room but to have the staff lie straight to your face about it.  Is unconscionable.  Shame.  If you are doing a cruise and think about this place..  Think someplace else..  Save the 20 dollars and an hour of your time go with the holiday Inn I'm sure we will...

26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. C. M.
Great place to stay. The bathroom was a little small, but very nice!

19/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Crystal H.
My relatives stayed here recently on a visit and they had nothing but praises for this place. They said the staff were extremely courteous and went above and beyond. They also really liked the decor.

21/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. HangTight M.
I loved my stay at B2 but it's not getting a 5 for the following reasons. Trying to find the building during construction when there was NO SIGN on the building pissed me off. We drove in circles downtown for literally 30 minutes trying to find the place. Valet parking is a rip offffffffffffffffffffff $25 A DAY.. that sucked!! My advice to anyone that plans to stay in the downtown area or South Beach is to take a taxi to your hotel then ride the FREE tram around downtown and take the bus to South Beach only $2 you can't beat that. Parking in South Beach is $20 for 6 hours or you can park on the street for $1.75 an hour but those parks are always taken. My last blah.. was the price of breakfast $14.99, and of course they don't tell you that 18% gratuity is added plus tax.. so that sucked! Two people cost $40.... Granted.. the french toast was AMAZING, along with the atmosphere and setup  (very modern).. it was way over priced. There are plenty of restaurants to eat breakfast in walking distance to the hotel.. consider that. OR you can always ride the tram to another part in downtown to get breakfast.

Other than that.. the room was great!! Considering it was newly remolded.. we had a great view of downtown from our room. Everything seemed clean and smelt clean.. no complaints room wise.. I'd recommend this hotel to others and I'd def come back. Jasmine at the front desk is really nice she insured we got a nice room!

12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Manny B.
Great staff and nice looking hotel.   Great location for anybody taking a cruise from the Port of Miami.  We spent time hanging out at the Bayside Mall so we did not need a car while we were there. We had a fantastic bay view from the 15th floor.  

I give the place a 3 because the size of the room makes it a little uncomfortable for the price.  Our shower ran out of hot water one night.  The AC is extremely loud, and the walls are extremely thin.   This should not be the case in a hotel in this price range.  

The hard working staff and nice decor convinced me to be open to staying here again.

03/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Lindsey B.
Loved our stay at B2. Newly renovated to a very modern style. Everything was very clean. Service was excellent and everyone was very friendly. Beds were super comfortable. Great view if the Miami Port.

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Kay H.
In addition to the parking price, I don't think anyone mentioned the real issue..besides issues like no tissue, no fridge, no coffee maker in the room, what bugged me the most is that the restroom is tiny. I could not relax after a whole day schedule because I had to band my body between the toilet and the sink and could barely turn around, not to mention that I'm a size 00. I did not know the size of a bathroom can have such a large impact on my mood during a vacation! The pro is that staff is friendly, the bay view is fantastic, it has a good restaurant downstairs, it's new and clean, and it's close to a CVS. For me, however, the pros really don't outweigh the inconvenience and uncomfortable design of the room. Unless those issues are resolved, I will not come back again.

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Annie R.
My girlfriends and I had the worst experience with this hotel.  We booked a weekend a couple of months ago for the weekend of my friends birthday and it was supposed to be a "grand opening".  First of all, the hotel was still undergoing major construction, it was a safety hazard.  We arrived a bit early for check in and figured it wouldn't be a big deal because it was a grand opening.  We found that people had already been staying at the hotel and they could not check us in, nor keep our bags securely.  We decided to get something to eat and had to drag our bags with us. When we return a few hours later to check in we're told that they overbooked and they're putting us up in a hotel by the airport and acted like they were doing us a big favor. This was not ok, we had not rented a car and what were we going to do at the airport!!!!!  We had to scramble with a convention in town last minute to try and find another hotel.  We were able to salvage the weekend, no thanks to the B2 Miami, do not book with this hotel!!

04/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. Jo D.
We just stayed in a renovation project. I'm guessing it will be nice soon, but they opened too early (March 1, 2013?). This would be just 1 star if it was based only on our experience (which was just a bit above camping), but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt that it will improve once the renovation is complete. It would be one thing if they were honest up front about the construction, but the website and the fake "Traveler F" review gave no indication this was a work in progress.

There is no sign for this hotel. The front entrance on Biscayne is blocked off. You need to find the side door on 3rd (still no sign). Parking is difficult. We parked in the garage on 3rd and walked a couple blocks with our luggage.

We walked in at 3:35 and we're told the same thing the other 10 guests standing in the lobby had been told ... check in is at 4 and the rooms weren't ready. At 4, suddenly all the rooms were ready and then the wait for the 1 working elevator began. Check out was even crazier when it came to the elevator ... waited 10 minutes on one, crammed in with all the people who were waiting, and then stopped at every floor on the way down to see groups of people looking frustrated and ready to leave.

The lounge in the lobby is still being renovated, but looks like it'll be pretty cool when it's all done. There was a menu sitting in there and it appeared to be a good menu with a nice craft beer selection.

We bought some cups at CVS drugstore, conveniently located next door, and got some ice from the ice machine. The room was not equipped with cups, coffee maker, lotion, tissues, or a hair dryer. We were told there only a few hair dryers and we could sign one out if any got returned. That didn't happen. So after the ice melted for a few, we noticed chunks of ?mold or dry wall dust maybe? floating. The cup of ice which was left to completely melt ended up with the entire bottom covered in whatever gunk that was. When we told the front desk, we were told to use the other ice machine. No "I'm sorry you drank that filthy ice" and no effort appeared to be made to stop people from continuing to use it. We went back to CVS and bought ice.

We paid for the upgraded room, which had a nice bay view. The room was clean. Everything appeared brand new. The bed was VERY comfortable and the linens were nice and fresh.The room was small. The bathroom was very small (maybe 5 feet X 5 feet?). While sitting on the toilet, you could touch any wall.  I really didn't like how the bathroom door closed automatically behind you. It made the bathroom so small that you couldn't change clothes in there. There was a mirror in the room but it was  poorly placed right at the bathroom door which meant getting hit in the back if one person is at the mirror and the other is coming out of the bathroom.

The noise made it tough to sleep. The doors bang shut loudly. If someone showers in a nearby room, you can hear it. Some honking from the street could be heard (on the 11th floor) and the construction in the building started a little after 9 but I imagine they should have that wrapped up in a month or two.

The location is a short walk to the Bayside Marina. We enjoyed walking around the shops and restaurants there.

There appeared to be a lot of work getting done on this property, but has a ways to go. We got a great rate for Miami and now I see why.

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Ali B.
Wow!!!  Just got back from a 5 day stay here and it was amazing.

1) Service--everyone we dealt with was so helpful, friendly, and attentive.  From Cesar at the front desk to Andrew at the valet service to the housekeeping staff, we had excellent service.

2) Location--across the street from Bayside, where you can find everything you need, and walking distance to tons of restaurants and stores.  A very quick drive/cab ride to Brickell, a great nightlife area.  For restaurants, try Ceviche 105.  YUMMY.

3) Room--the bed was sooooooo comfortable!!!  We were lucky and got a room with a bay view, which was amazing.  TV was great, lots of channels to choose from.  There was a mini-fridge in the room, and the shower was really nice.

We will be going back to Miami in March and we would LOVE to stay here again, I would highly recommend it, especially for the price!

25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Michelle A.
Ok so listen carefully, this is a pretty hotel with a view, thats it!! Very noisy, the walls are very thin so you can hear the doors shutting. The elevator is a mess, we had to wait 45 minutes at checkout time to get an elevator!!!! Dont dont dont checkout at 11:00!!! either checkout very early in the morning or after 12:00 pm!!  Or get a room in a very low floor and take the stairs!!!

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Lanya Z.
We came earlier than the time we supposed to. It's turn out to be an awesome experience! A very pretty and sweat lady, Nathalie, helped us check in~ we put luggage in our clean and modern decorated room and left having fun in downtown Miami! I love B2

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Zoran R.
If I could give this place negative stars I would! I don't even know where to start describing this dump. First of all, this place is not even called B2 Miami Downtown...its the Continental Bayside Hotel and nowhere other than my reservation has "B2" ever been mentioned (i.e. FALSE ADVERTISEMENT). When I pulled up to the hotel, I pretty much could not even park anywhere because it's just one big construction site with construction vehicles taking up the entire block. There is no valet, despite being written in the reservation (false advertisement again). You have to go look for parking on your own at the public lots (and good luck with that considering AA arena is across the street with constant Miami Heat games or concerts going on and 3 million people trying to park).

The lobby is COMPLETELY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Workers, tools, dust, constant noise made me seriously want to sleep in the park across the street. Spa? Restaurants? Psych! Only spa treatment you'll get here is sawdust exfoliating your face! The reception staff are completely incompetent, rude, and look like they graduated high school 2 weeks ago. They communicate to other parts of the hotel with their CELL PHONES!! They can't even give you a proper keycard for the room, but a blank white one and a post-it note (literally) where they write your room number. The two elevators are 4 by 4, which you also happen to share with construction workers...so you guessed it...you will have to wait about 20 minutes to get to your room. The hallways echo more than someone screaming on top of the mountain, and walls are made of paper so don't plan on getting loud and freaky unless you want an audience.

However, the cherry on top of this hot mess is the room itself. I was told I would be getting an "upgrade" suite which faces Biscayne Park and that the room is twice as big as the normal ones. So I thought "hey at least the room must be nice!" which the receptionist also tried to get me to believe with her "oh don't get scared by all the construction...the rooms are finished and look fabulous!" Uhhhhhh fabulously filthy! I walked into the room (normal size...so others must look like closets) that had sawdust all over the tiles in the hallway, filthy carpets, HALF USED SHAMPOO AND LOTION (no kidding), and of course missing a ton of normal hotel room things like: hair dryer, ironing board and iron, cups (don't even start wishing for any mini bar stuff), coffee maker, and all your taken for granted items found even in the lowest of low motels. Yes, the bed was made (the new mattress was about the only good thing in this whole place) and towels were present, but I was seriously doubting their cleanliness. What made this already bad situation even worse was that they refused to clean my room until the next day because they were understaffed with housekeeping and there was a "VIP" party coming in that day that needed to have their rooms ready.

Anyway, I won't even waste my time writing more about this garbage can . It's basically bullshit after bullshit, and this place may look somewhat decent after all the construction is finished....however, you can buy cheap new furniture and paint from ikea, but you can't buy class and good customer service, and this place will never have that.

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
17. Traveler F.
In any major US city, there is always construction. We reinvent, remodel, and revamp every so often. Miami is no different. With the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group choosing Miami as one of the first US cities to build, the flow of other major hotel groups followed. Ritz Carlton quickly built three hotels in Miami, Key Biscayne, and South Beach, Four Seasons took forever but finally stood tall in the Brickell Financial District, Starwood splashed W Hotel on South Beach, Kimpton reached to the sky with EPIC, Morgan decked out with the Mondrian, and Hilton dropped anchor with The Hilton Grand DoubleTree Downtown. Completion of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and the Miami Design District has seen a resurgence of Downtown Miami. It just goes that in order to stay competitive and relevant that surrounding hotels bring their facilities up to par. Continental Bayside Miami is trying to do just that.

Ideally located in Downtown Miami, along Biscayne Blvd literally a few steps away from American Airlines Arena home of last year's NBA champions Miami Heat and across from Bayside Market Place, the timing is right for this hotel to upgrade.  It appears that the hotel has remodeled all of their rooms, hallways, and are working on the public spaces. There is no parking garage attached to this hotel. However, there are many garages nearby. The closest is right next door at the New World Tower Office Building. We called prior to arrival and was told by the hotel that it was $15 for overnight valet at this garage. However, upon arrival we were told that it is $25. Being in the parking garage and not wanting to keep driving around looking for parking, we decided to stay. We were told by the valet attendants that the garage was open 24 hrs and we could go in and out. Imagine our surprise when we came back at 10:30 pm after the Heat vs Rockets game and realized that the valet was gone!

It is very challenging to figure out the main entrance with scaffolding surrounding the property on street level. The valet attendants directed us "around" the building. Well, every door "around" the building led to more construction until we got to the last door. The correct door to enter is closest to Biscayne Blvd on NE 13th St. When we arrived in the lobby, it was hardly a lobby, merely a desk with a single computer and major construction traffic up the elevators. There was a family who clearly did not realize that they did not make a reservation holding up the line for more than 45 minutes. Language barriers and a few continents later we were able to check in.

The elevators and hallways were still under heavy construction dust, but the room was a pleasant and welcomed surprise. In chic Miami style, the stark white walls, light earth toned head board wall, dark floor carpet, white furnishings, modern fixtures, contemporary Toto toilet, and glass shower completed a modernistic minimal room.  The Blissful Bed - B Hotels & Resorts® signature bedding package wraps you in heavenly materials. It feels like laying on air and luxurious feathers. Simply put, amazing bed. There is Free WiFi throughout the hotel. We did not find a hair dryer nor luggage rack. Counter space in the bathroom was very minimal. Mind you, this hotel is not completely done. However, I can see upon completion this would rank well up there with the best of the best. We hope....

Upon a little digging it appears that the name of this hotel will change from Continental Bayside Miami to b2 miami downtown as part of B Hotels & Resorts, which has projects in Fort Lauderdale, Lake Buena Vista, and South Beach. Looking at pictures of these hotels on the website it appears as properties revamped with an urban touch. Very chic.

Check out was eventless. We chose this hotel for it's proximity to the American Airlines Arena and promotional rate of $109. After staying here, I won't be surprised if the price sky rockets when this facility is complete. It has all the hallmarks of a chic urban retreat. Hope I can afford it next time.

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Monica V.
We stayed here for only one night as we were sailing off to a Disney Cruise and it really is one of the best hotels in Miami, I have stayed downtown before but for $600+ a night, this hotel out did the others for a fraction of the price.  The restaurant downstairs is also amazing, so good we had dinner and breakfast there!  Customer service was outstanding!  We were a family of 4 with Kids- the 2 Queen Size bed room was just perfect!  I would recommend this stay to anyone especially if you're looking for a hotel near the cruise port, or just looking for a great stay in Downtown Miami without having your wallet take the "Miami Hit"..

12/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Julie K.
4pm check in... Strange dots of blood on my pillowcase... If I was 10lbs heavier I Wudnt even fit between the sink and the toilet to get to the shower..: other than that.. Nice location and good food at the cafe but slow service

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. A. L.
Stayed here for 6 days on a business trip. The bathrooms are very small (RV sized).Some of the rooms don't even have curtains. The doors on every floor slam /bang shut. All day and all night doors are slamming. The hotel staff crank there walkie volume so high all you here is constant chatter. Housekeeping screams across the hallways. Just ridiculous. These people have no idea what service is.
 It took 20 minutes to get a room keyed re-magnetized. The poor lady behind the counter was left alone on a busy sunday afternoon. The manager walked up and said "It's okay he can wait" - zero service
 Avoid this place. Don't be fooled by their fancy reconstruction. What they need is new hotel staff.

05/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
21. Cristina A.
The rooms are RIDICULOUSLY SMALL! Thank god I'm not claustrophobic! There aren't any microwaves that way you can spend all of your money in the restaurant located near the lobby. This hotel has NO POOL, the air conditioning sounds like an airplane, you have to pay $25 for parking per day, not including the valets tip. The only good thing about this hotel is its cleanliness. If I ever happen to be in Miami again, I wouldn't stay at b2.

22/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Isabelle G.
The good: despite the valet service being $25 a day, a complete rip off, the guys who valet were on the dot. They were very friendly and generous with their suggestions of places to go. The place is clean, minimalist and in a really great spot.

We honestly had not one real complaint until our check-out morning.

At 9am I call the front desk and ask if they could send 4 towels (4 people staying in our room) because we had none and we needed to be on our way soon.

At 9:28 nothing had come up, we called again and they assured us that they were informing housekeeping.

By 9:38, 10 minutes later nothing. We spotted one of the housekeeping carts and asked the lady if we could have some towels and she refused to give us any, stating that ours were on their way down.

By 9:52 nothing had happened and 3 of us had used old wet towels to dry and finally, I stole one of the towels in the housekeeping cart for the final person to dry off so we could make our appointment.

When we went downstairs the checkout girls didn't even ask if we gotten our towels or how our stay had been. Which had the towel incident not happened, I would've reviewed it with 5 stars. I don't know if communication is the problem or if they just didn't give a crap if we were happy or not.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
23. Sokey L.
I stayed three nights at B2 Miami Downtown this past week. Here are my findings:

Room:
The room itself was very was small and minimalistic. It featured an awesome fluffy and comfortable bed and a fantastic flat screen TV with access to a lot of cable channels and HBO. I was delighted to find the room had an iron, ironing board, safe, blowdryer, and free WIFI! Yay to free WIFI!! However, the room did not have mini fridge, microwave, or coffee pot. One of the main issues I had with the room was the air conditioner. It was LOUD. I kept waking up in the night when it came on. No bueno!

Bathroom:
Like the room, the bathroom was very plain and minimalistic. I wish they had counter space to put toiletries, makeup and etc. Women need those kind of things. Also, a place to put shampoo/conditioner/body wash in the shower would be nice too.

Staff:
The front desk was very friendly and efficient. They were always apologetic about the on-going construction, which I though was sweet. The valet service, however, is a different story.They were inattentive, uninterested, and downright slow! Valets usually walk up to customers when they pull up in their car. Not so here. They stood there and didn't acknowledge us for a good minute. We were the only ones there. Not cool. A few days later when we checked out at 6am, it took them 20 minutes to bring the car around. Unbelievable. 1) We were early and thus 2) no one else was in line. We almost missed our flight because of their inefficiency and "island time" work ethic. At $25 a night for parking, I expected more than this.

I would definitely stay at the B2 Miami Downtown again. Their lobby is sexy and sleek. Their staff (minus valet) is friendly. They have a few things to iron out, but I loved the price, location, and its potential for greatness!

06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Dale H.
Small clean rooms. Very slow crowded elevators. I stayed here for work for two weeks and waiting 5-10 minutes for the elevator got very old! They don't have a service elevator. So on the way up/ down staff can make you stop multiple times. If you are coming for a weekend request a room with two beds.... The king sized beds are in small rooms! I didn't hate this place, just got sick of all of the little things that were wrong. Good weekend stop, but I don't reccomend for a longer stay. Close to some good restaurants like Pollos y Jarras , and Sparky's bbq.... And many other restaurants.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Sean F.
B2=Beware.....  Gave our room away and tried to get us to stay at their "sister hotel". As they were trying to get us to move other people who had the same situation happen to them came over to us to say there were quite a few others who had their rooms given away. Terrible customer service and beware of their bait and switch.

07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. Kvit L.
Room: Chic room & Corner room, king bed for 7 days.  Modern decor.
Bathrooms a bit tiny, very plush pillows and comfy beds.  Housekeeping does a great job cleaning rooms, service people inside are friendly, front desk is attentive.
Doors slam outside and inside hallways waaay too loud though.
Tiny gym inside in case it rains cats and dogs and you want to treadmill it up.

Location (the best part about staying at B2!): Walk to the Bayside Marketplace, a fun little outdoor mall with many great restaurants and some nightlife there.  There's also a convenient 7-11 and CVS next door to B2. Pizza Rustica (awesome open late!).  Funky downtown shops and charming downtown shops and people of course.  Brickell is just to the south.  Wynwood Art district in less than 10 minutes, Miami Beach the same.  Very close to the Miami mover skytrain. I will be using this more next time!

Small cafes, juice bar to the rear surrounding the B2 plus one quaint 24hr middle eastern deli/cafe I frequented many days and nites for their awesome cuban coffee and cortadito, miss it already.

Parking:  It's actually ok if you can be swift and stealthy about moving/shuffling your car around.  I avoided the valet and opted to park in public parking right out front and *ahem* avoided detection, if you know what I mean.  Being a cagey los angelester with pro parking skills helps.  Some of the meters in the surrounding streets on 7-11 side are dead btw which helps.  Miami parking enforcement is quite lax around the B2, which is a plus as of early August 2013.

Uniqueness:  There's something cool about the Biscayne Tavern restaurant and bar downstairs in the lobby.  Happy hour menu is great, lots of beers on tap.  Apple cider crisp usually runs out faaast!.  Very kool bartenders, great service here.  Biscayne Tavern is a gem of a place for the B2!  

Overall:  4/5.  Thanks B2 for a great stay and the unique memories.

Recommendations:
Needs better consistently working wifi in rooms.  Needs mini fridge in room.

15/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Stephanie M.
Ended up here for a night thanks to a Groupon deal and it was fine.
The place is clean, minimalist and in a really great spot.
The Biscayne Tavern restaurant and bar downstairs in the lobby was really cool, great service here.  Biscayne Tavern is a gem of a place for the B2!

26/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Amy T.
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the bad reviews. We had the pleasure of staying here 5 nights, and the is one of the nicest hotels I've stayed at...ever. The front desk personnel are very friendly and courteous. They allowed for us to check in early and check out late which seems to be fairly rare for the hospitality industry anymore. I wasn't aware of their $50/night incidentals hold, so they waived half of it. I was very impressed by that.

The beds are so comfy that we tried checking out the tags to find out what kind they were. They make the bed at home feel like a cot. Rooms are fairly small but completely doable for two people and the decor is clean and modern. Bathrooms are about the size of a closet. There's barely enough room to turn around, but how much time do you really need in the bathroom? There's a large full length mirror in the room, so if you're getting ready for a night out in the bathroom, you're doing it wrong.

Location is great. It's right across the street from the Bayside Marketplace. We didn't rent a car, so we hoofed it if we weren't using public transit. We walked a good 10 blocks around the hotel and saw some pretty cool stuff (and felt very safe). Public transit here is great. The Metromover is free as well as the trolley. Both have stops within a few blocks of the hotel as well as plenty of bus stops in the area. It's a short bus ride to South Beach, Lincoln Road, and Key Biscayne, so visiting the beaches and going shopping aren't a huge hassle. For $28 to get a week long transit pass, it'd be silly to rent a car.

I was very sad to go, but I would definitely stay here again. If I were to change anything, I'd stay longer!

03/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Sely J.
Currently stayed at the b2 located right across from Bayside. My stay there was 3 nights and went smooth. Most of the staff seemed pleasant and approachable.

The valet staff is also very pleasant,  they were on the dot when I drove up with my car, friendly guys.

The bellhop who helped me out was very helpful, i don't know if I should put his name but he was very cute :). Well enough of that.

Overall, I truly enjoyed my stay here and I definitely would recommend it to my friends. I found b2 to be a very convenient hotel, you have bayside across from you, cvs located in the left hand side & many little cafe's to visit for food if you'd like to eat out.
***** June. 2013

03/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Jennifer M.
They took me late at night when I had an issue at my other place, and the lady at the front was lovely and the bellboy was very helpful! The room however, is absolutely impossible to live in for more than a short night's stay. It is an absolute cage. So, so, so small. Not even a mini fridge. Barely a closet.
You get what you pay for, I assume.

14/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Chris G.
European style hotel.
small elevators
small rooms
upscale fictures
clean
really comfy bed.
not enough elevators for the number of rooms.
Had to lug my two suitcases down the 14 flights of stairs because you could not get on an elevator.
Bar is nice.
Breakfast buffett was good.

15/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
32. Sarah B.
Staff was courteous and fast.  Price was high for value.  The pictures of the room were deceptive, these rooms are very small.  Hotel is downtown and very close to the Port of Miami.  Restaurant on site and this hotel is in walking distance of several restaurants and bus stops (which is one of the best mass transits).

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Jason L.
Nice hotel but a little pricy for the amenities.  The food was good in the restaurant but again a little pricy for the choices.  I was in Miami for a conference and the conference hotel was taken and this was the closet hotel to the venue.  The location is nice and the customer service was fine, but the room was a little small for the price and the food was not worth the price either.  If the prices can come down a little then this hotel would have more value.

27/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Jim W.
I've stayed here 3 times now and I love it. It's convenient to everything. Very affordable,  boutique. Always clean and the staff is very friendly. Stanley, at the front desk, is always accommodating and always personable. I recommend this hotel to everyone. The Biscayne Tavern also has a great selection of beers on tap.

26/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Denise D.
I also forgot to add after you finally get checked in the elevators are miniature.. It'll take forever to get your room.. Jeez..

17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
36. Sharon M.
This hotel is easy to miss because it's still under construction, but it's not to bad.  I only booked it because I got a deal for $99 and I was going on a cruise.  The hotel is right up the street from the Port of Miami, so it's a great decent alternative to staying on South Beach and dealing with extensive traffic delays.  There is only valet parking from what I could tell ($25 per day) and they take your car along the side of the building.  There's a CVS across the side street of the hotel and a Walgreens across the back street of the hotel.  There's a park across the front street and within walking distance a few convenience stores and some banks.  Also, the local transit station is less than 1/2 mile.  I didn't care about this place being under construction because I only stayed overnight, so it was perfect for what I wanted.

The only major complaint that I had was that the bathroom was as small as a closet (shower, toilet, and sink).  The room didn't have an ice bucket (no big deal really, but I wanted some ice).  There are only 2 elevators to service more than 10 floors.  Just seeing how many times both the elevators stopped was just ridiculous when all I wanted to do was go to the 8th floor.  I'd stay here again though.

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Matt D.
This is a great hotel if location and value is important to you.

The staff was very poor based on my stay. No one answered the phone at the front desk in the morning of check-out. I also asked the front desk to change a $20 bill to tip the valet. A girl behind the front desk was holding a cash box. Perfect. I asked her for change. She looked half asleep and abruptly sent me to the restaurant. The restaurant sent me back to the front desk. She looked annoyed upon my return and insisted that I go to 7-11. Of course, I asked why she can't help me--since she was holding a box of $1 bills! She claimed that she isn't allowed to give change until 9:00am.

I went to 7-11 and then had to wait another 10 minutes for my car. I was 30 minutes late for work from the whole thing.

18/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
38. Ruiza A.
This place used to be called Continental Bayside Hotel but was bought by BHotels and Resorts corp recently so it is under complete renovation.

I was a bit hesitant on reviewing this hotel since this hotel is not even done yet nor has certain usual hotel systems in place..but I figured I would like to help some people be prepared if they are booked/interested in staying in this "under construction" hotel.

Having been in the hotel industry for 10+ years I could tell that  this place still has a long way to go to be fully complete. So if you are picky with your hotels and gotta have housekeeping asap at your call, every detail/ammenity in the room complete and every service accessible---DO NOT BOOK this hotel. You will be disappointed, they aren't set up smoothly with that YET. If you are going to stay in Miami for a few days--Do NOT book this hotel either. However, i highly suggest coming back once it is fully completed and polished and ran for a year..I have a feeling this place is a diamond in the rough.

Im usually one of those people--but we needed a hotel for just one night before we board our cruise ship the next morning in close proximity to the cruise port & restaurants/shops/etc (we didn't rent a car) and didn't want to pay $400-$500 usual southbeach/downtown miami rates for just a few hours. Did my research (checked their website too and what amenities they have available) and came in expecting an under construction hotel (i knew there weren't gonna be hairdryers..i like using my own anyways) It worked out for us.

PROs

Great brand new flat screen TVs yelp.com/biz_photos/b2-m…

LOVE the beds!!!! Clean, new, super comfortable & soft sheets. PIC yelp.com/biz_photos/b2-m…

Good size bathrooms
Friendly/helpful front desk (they helped us with all our questions in the area such as groceries and food recommendations) They seem short staffed though so you gotta be patient if they are busy.
Full length mirror in room
Free Wi-fi
Great cosmopolitan modern sleek design
In front of CVS! (this saved me big time since i forgot a lot of essentials)
Walking distance to alot of restaurants as well as other locations such as Bayside Market place (has live music and tons of stores u can walk around in the marina), walking distance to AA Stadium and about 5min cab ride to cruise port.

CONs

Construction ON GOING..the place smells under construction like wood, paint etc. which i did not like at all. Fortunately we didn't hear any construction noise during our short stay
No bathrobes, no facial tissue in room, no hair dryer (as of March 2013)
Lots of areas incomplete and in dis array such as the lobby, elevators, front of hotel, etc.. I could tell our room was missing some furniture still since it was big and had lots of space for other items. (PIC of lobby not done yet yelp.com/biz_photos/b2-m… )

We paid an amazing amount of about $100 for the night which is unheard of in the pricy town of Miami (u cannot find any deal like that at all!) since it is under renovation. I'm 100% sure because of the quality in the end and location-this price will skyrocket in the future. We left satisfied since it suited our needs at the time (staying only for a few hours, comfortable high quality clean new bed, great tv, free wifi, distance to locations and price) and we knew what we were walking in to. I wouldn't hesitate to check this place out again in the future once they have it all set up.

**Hotel door entrance is at 2nd ave (one way street)

01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Kris B.
My girl and I are world travelers and we love the urban, cosmopolitan vibe of certain cities. We decided to stay in Downtown Miami  rather than staying in Miami Beach, previous to book this hotel we read many reviews from Yelp to Tripadvisor and many others. We've found out that the hotel was not "The Continental Hotel" anymore, and was bought by a Weston based chain called B2 Hotels.

Upon arriving to Downtown Miami we decided to look for parking lots that we have previously searched, we found parking a block away from the hotel, we knew what we were up against, and we were ready!.

When you arrive in Downtown Miami park somewhere close to 2nd and Biscayne since the entrance will be on second street on your left side. We thought it was going to be bad, surprisingly it wasn't. The hotel is going thru renovations yes, the lobby is being revamped yes, there is dust and stuff going on Yes! did it interfered with our check in? No!

We were greeted nicely at the desk, when they were looking at our reservation  they told us that the room style we booked was not available so they decided to upgrade us to a Junior Suite, we were very impressed.

The 15th floor was our next stop, we entered the Junior Suite, a corner room with double windows and an amazing view of the city and the bay, it was great pretty small for a Junior suite but again this is Cosmopolitan, urban city style rooms. As we walk into the Suite the room was super clean, had the most amazing view , It had an amazing bed The Blissful Bed - B Hotels & Resorts® it's their signature bed a nice 32 inch flat screen TV, the Colors of the room were perfect Immaculate white and blue.

The bathroom was pretty small, clean towels, no hairdryer, no iron nor iron board or mini fridge, not that is relevant to me I believe they will be installed later upon grand opening.

Overall the room was amazing and comfortable, but they need to do something about the room door closing system since they are pretty loud when they close.

The Elevator Situation... Ok since the hotel is under renovation and being a very old building, they do not have a service elevator, and that sucks! big time, since they only have 2 elevators and one was for construction and the other one for guests and in occasion the construction was for guest as well, kinda makes you feel you are in an elevator in New York and it will take a few minutes to go down or even back up to your room.

The parking situation was a bit of a turn off they need to put a Valet or self parking available ASAP but if you are not renting a vehicle then you are in the clear other than that it is very likely when we return to Miami we will stay there.

We've stayed for a total of 3 nights and aside from the minor things it was not bad at all, just take the chip off your shoulder don't be such a whiner. If you think you "deserve more" then spend a few more hundreds and stay in a 5 star hotel in South beach you baller!

22/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Brian M.
First off let me just say that this hotel is still under construction and renovation, as it used to be the Bayside Continental Hotel. From what I can tell the former hotel was a real dive, however from what I saw they have been doing an amazing job with the renovations. If you book be advised that there is some minor construction going on here. Most of the other reviewers didn't seem to take that into consideration when booking and writing their reviews.

I selected this hotel based on its location to the Port of Miami and the Bayside Market. The Port of Miami is a short taxi drive, while the Bayside Market is right across the street and provided several options for evening dining and entertainment.

The hotel itself was nice, very modern with a great view of the cruise ships in the harbor. The room itself was rather small, as was the bathroom however the bed was new, comfortable and offered a great nights sleep. I will say that the construction is a minor annoyance, since they construction workers didn't really seem to care about the guests and often walked right in front of people, however this appears to be close to being finished so that will be going away very soon. Given the prices this was a good deal, much nicer than the Holiday Inn next door, which I had stayed in on a previous trip. I expect the construction to wrap up here shortly and this will be a great lower cost boutique hotel in downtown Miami.

22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Mark A.
The people that work at the b2 are great, their restaurant food and service are great, the downtown location is great...however: the walls are thin and you can hear EVERY door slam on your floor (or at least on floor 4). I woke up several times throughout the night because of doors slamming. Your room door has a strong spring and bolt noise, so even if you aren't intentionally slamming them, it still sounds like it.

I'm stuck at the b2 one more night because of work, but I wouldn't stay here again until they have things changed with the sound. A good night sleep is my #1 attribute to this one star rating.

The rooms are nice, but small with no or very limited window view. Their website makes the place seem super nice, but it definitely needs improvement. Oh - and the gym is small and pretty whack.

Sorry b2 folks, it's not you, it's the facility...

05/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
42. Liz P.
From the moment my daughter walked into the lobby on crutches we were treated like royalty.  Stan, Steven, and Angy went over and above to make our horrible day end in a great memory.  Our room was overlooking the bay and absolutely breathtaking and the beds with extra pillows very comforting.  Loved the food in the restaurant and especially the chocolate martini and Luke's lemonade.  The only thing that worries me is having to leave my convertible with a valet and paying an extra $28 that they don't tell you about  when you book. I will definitely stay here again.

06/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. L D.
I stayed 3 nights at the B2 (7/1-7/4). I actually live in Miami, but needed to book a room as my home was over capacity with guests down to celebrate the 4th. I've been to the B2 HH and thought the recent reno was nicely done so I decided to book my stay here to see what they had to offer upstairs.

The room I received was the bay with 2 full size beds. Overall, the stay was cozy & pleasant. Jadira (front desk) was super sweet, very welcoming and professional at the same time...which is a rarity in Miami. Breakfast in the tavern was also good. The servers were also pretty cool and social without that fake "how can I help you" smile. Nice job staff at B2!

As for the room, the best thing was the bed. Can you say comfy? I had the best sleep and normally can't sleep that great in hotels. I'm still dreaming of those pillows. I felt I was sleeping on a cloud! Not too soft, not too hard...just perfect!

The room was also clean, and I mean clean, which should be expected but ya just never know these days. :-)  

The only downsides is the lack of storage. There's a closet to hang some clothes and that's it. Nada else! I didn't have much for my short stay so I made do, however, most people expect a dresser drawer to actually be able to unpack. In scanning the room I think the B2 can easily put a small dresser with 2/3 drawers somewhere in the room (maybe under the nightstand).

The bathroom was clean, modern and compact (which is my chic word for small :-). No real shelves to lay anything on either. The only thing I could actually leave on the shelf were 3 small items. Again, I think the B2 can easily lengthen the bathroom shelves so that guests can lay out their toiletries/makeup. This little improvement would provide more space to place personal items.

The iron didn't work either, well, it did initially heat up but conked out after about 5 mins. Yeah I know I could call the front desk for a replacement but hey, it was 99 degrees out with 99% humidity (or felt that way) so I opted to forego the rest of my ironing and just let the Miami heat press out my wrinkles. Maybe the B2 can have their housekeeping make sure all is in working order prior to a guest arrival?

Overall, I'd recommend the B2 for anyone who is looking for a super clean, super cute and modern room, close to nice restaurants, across the street from Bayside, about a 5 min drive to the Miami Port and another 15 or so min drive to SoBe...BUT doesn't mind having such in a compact package with little storage (the limited storage is the only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 stars).

05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Risa D.
Ended up here for a couple of nights thanks to a Groupon deal and it was fine. I like an all white hotel room because it pleases the inner neurotic in me (and in all of us, admit it.) The bed was comfy. The staff was always helpful and easy going, they let me do late check out and make a couple other additional, potentially annoying requests without batting an eye. The location was fun for downtown.  

The bathroom was clean except for a swipe of grime on the lightswitch that haunted me (turning the light off after washing your hands is not supposed to make you wonder about the health implications.)

The wifi didn't work in my room, but worked fine in the lobby and in the bar downstairs. Which is not the same thing.

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Nikki M.
I have never felt the urge to leave a review about a hotel until today. I think people should know what they are REALLY getting into- rather than going by the MISLEADING information on their website.

First the Pros:

~Location: Great if you have stuff to do downtown. I was speaking at the Convention Center and it was walking distance. Cabs to the center ran $5-7.

~AaahhhMAZING Smoothie and Juice Bar downstairs: This place beats every juice/smoothie place I've been to! They've got hangover cures, they've got detox stuff, and NATURALLY YUMMY and fresh smoothie ingredients! None of this Jamba Juice frozen crap- this is the real deal. I recommend the green giant, where the pineapple tastes like pineapple. :)

That being said, brace yourself!

CONS:

NOISE LEVEL: this is BY FAR, THE NOISIEST hotel I have ever stayed at!
The walls are cheap and paper thin.
There was a girl who was hanging her clothes up next door in the middle of the night- how do I know? Because I woke up wondering if someone had gotten it into my room!...I did not get a full nights rest the whole time I was there. You can also hear a lot of noise in the hallway when people come in from partying.

APATHETIC STAFF: There was a girl named "Angy" who looked perpetually robotic and seemed barely there. When you talk to her, you might need an ear piece to understand her, she likes to sort of talk in muttered undertones. Not once did I see her smile. And once time I had a question, walked up to her, and she completely ignored the fact I was right in front of her- no real caring or initiative...and I don't mean to be picky, I don't expect someone to be my best friend lol- but you just don't leave the counter with a good feeling.

REDICULOUSLY CROWDED AND MINI SIZED ELEVATORS: I'm not the only one who says it, read other reviews. It's very obvious the elevators cannot handle the volume of people coming thru. When we got there an entire van of Europeans were waiting at the elevators. Took over 30 minutes to get to our room. At one point during the weekend, my man went to get us some water, and he literally has to sit in a chair and read a BOOK while waiting for an elevator!

DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING ON ROOM SIZE: we really wanted to love this place. We love seeking out boutique places. Literally the smallest room we ever stayed in. The walls were white, my guy had to shimmy into the bed on one side- there were streaks from other people's jeans rubbing their asses on the wall to get into bed- THATS Tiny! The website makes it look so spacious, it's just not cool they don't show their smaller closet spaces rooms. SHAME ON YOU B2!

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
46. David A.
This is one of those places that REALLY makes you wonder just what it is you're paying for. The hotel claims to be "green," but what it really is, is cheap. And not in a good way. Spartan is never a good quality in a hotel.

Zero basic amenities: No pool, no breakfast, no coffee pot, no refrigerator, no channel/movie guide for the TV, no tissues, no pen, not even a frickin' Bible -- all of which you would find at a Holiday Inn or other much-less-expensive hotel!

Add to this the fact that parking is absurd -- you have to valet it, and it costs $25 a night!

And just so you -- the reader -- don't think I'm sniping, I will say this: the location is pretty good and it offers a decent view of Miami Beach. The room is clean and the bed comfortable. But that's what you SHOULD be getting from a hotel, so it is no way a recommendation of this overpriced, under-accessorized, nondescript joint.

If you value a dollar at all, you'll stay away. Or better yet, at the Holiday Inn up the street.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
47. Jay J.
Nice hotel!

Check in went really smooth.  This hotel is right in the middle of easy shopping, and restaurants.  There's a lot going on at Bayshore!  There was a huge 2 day concert right across the street, and the breast cancer walk.   There's a 7-11 to your right, and a CVS to your left.  There's a trolly that will take you around for free.  You catch I right in front of the hotel.

The downside, the bathroom is so small, you can wash your hands while your still sitting on the toilet!  Also when it's time to check out, it can get crazy, there elevators are really small.  So if everyone is check out or leaving at the same time, you will be waiting for  a long time for the elevator.  We waited about 25 min.   We were on the 7th floor, we decided to drag our luggage 7 stories down!  It wasn't fun!  Also they lost our business when we do our road trip.  They charge and extra $30.00 per day for parking (ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!) So we will be staying elsewhere when we drive to Miami.  

It's a great place to stay if your going on a cruise.  I think our cab fare was only $6.00.

I would recommend B2 Downtown, if you don't have a car!

31/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Esther F.
I stayed for 3 nights at the B2 Miami Downtown for a recent business trip.  

My experience was quite good.  The staff are friendly. The rooms are very chic and cool, but TINY as a closet.  I could barely walk around the room and felt so cramped in the bathroom.

The toiletries were nice and thankfully I had FREE Wifi.  There is a fitness room in the building.

Parking is NOT free, but expensive!  $30/night.  Holy cow!  

I give it 4 stars because other hotels in the area are even more expensive! And you have to pay for Wifi too.

I would come back if I had meetings and required me to stay in the downtown area.

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Rebecca L.
The room was pretty small, just big enough for a king bed and one end table. The shower door didn't close all the way so the floor got really wet when used. The whole room was clean, but the weird thing was the inch gap under all the room doors leading to/from the hallway.

The biggest downsides were the ridiculously loud AC unit that didn't cool down the room enough, even when turned aaaaaallllllllll the way down, and the crazy slow elevators. The location was quiet and convenient, but the breakfast buffet isn't worth the ~$20/person incl. tax and gratuity.

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
50. Danny V.
To add to the things David's review below points out are lacking in this style-over-substance hotel:
- darkness, two inches under the door, an inch on one side, chunks of other seams in the doorframe bleeding light. Bring some dark tape if you want to block out the light.
- silence, the poorly fitting doorframe lets all sounds in and out.
- drawers, prepare to live out of your bags
- closet space, little room for clothing taken up by extra pillows and hair dryers
- view, half the rooms have lively views of the building 15' away and they can see you too!
- fresh air and/or sunshine, small window opens to small, deep alley with no airflow
- counter space, sink is a 2'x2' basin with 3" on the outside for toiletries
- water pressure, plan ahead for showers, took anywhere from 3-8 minutes to get hot
- level tv, unit was mounted crooked and aimed upward
- comfortable bed, I did find a diagonal slice on which to lay.
- service elevator, got to share elevator trips with bins of collected trash, hotel laundry, supplies.
- color, entire room is white including most furniture

There is some good. The staff was nice and as helpful as possible, there were plenty of pillows, the restaurant/bar was excellent. The problem is they tried too hard to be swanky on a small budget.  If I were paying for the room I'd have moved to a different hotel.

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
51. Crystal N.
I would definately stay here again the next time I'm in Miami. The staff is great, the rooms reasonably priced, rooms modern, spacious and clean.  You're close to public trans so you can just hop on the "S" bus and head to South Beach or take that weird monorail thing around downtown.  They only issues I had was the fact that it had NO dresser!  What hotel does that?  Fine if you're staying for only one night but what if you're staying for 5?  Where's a gal supposed to put her underwear? :p  Also, the windows, or rather window was VERY narrow, like maybe 20" wide if that.  I think I got to see like half of a crusie ship parked in the Bay.  :-(

If you're OK with those things, then this hotel is for you.

FWIW skip that hotel restaurant, it's overpriced and the food is just OK.  Just got across the street to the Marketplace.

26/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Erik A.
Stayed here Jan 2-3 for Orange Bowl weekend.  Friends were staying at the Intercontinental and we needed to be close to Bayfront Park.  This was the best deal and the closest place.  

You get what you pay for.

First of all, the lobby was packed the entire day with people coming in and out, so navigating was tough.  There are 2 elevators which were consistently inconsistent the entire stay, including check out day (which was the worst).

We asked for a refrigerator on check-in and was told one would be up shortly.  Never came. We asked the next day, the desk clerk said one would be in the room.  Again, not there.  We gave up.   Had to throw a lot of great food away.

The room itself is nice, but not very large.  The bathroom was modern and clean, with (a major plus) HOT WATER.    Our room was one of those that had an adjoining room.  Not sure if those walls are thinner than others, but I could hear EVERYTHING going on in the room next door.  Also, the door to room didn't set right in the doorway/doorjamb, so there was an annoying outline of bright hallway light ALL NIGHT LONG.  The window is like a prison window, about 12 inches wide, and shows you a sliver of the street, with the building and the parking garage on the sides.

Several times during the stay, the elevators would be in use for a long time.  On the average, we waited about 7 minutes for an available elevator to arrive at our floor.  Then we stopped at at least 2-3 floors on the way down, each time 2-3 people tried to come in with 2-3 large bags.  Good grief.

There were also times that the elevator would either take too long or was broken.  We had to take the stairs TEN FLIGHTS DOWN to the lobby.  I didn't mind for myself, but my friend I was rooming with was pretty far along in her pregnancy - that stress was unnecessary.  

The valet was $25 + tax, pretty standard for Miami.  However, after seeing the wait to get your car, and the attitude with which the attendants drove the vehicles, I'm glad we walked where we needed to go (usually the IC to meet friends).  At check out, it took about 30 minutes to get the car.

The icing on the cake:
At check out, we had waited about 15 minutes to come down in the elevator before realizing there wasn't one coming.  We, again, walked down ten flights of stairs with our bags, remember - my friend is pregnant.  The lobby, was - no surprise - packed to the gills with people.  I looked over at the elevator and it was definitely broken.  

At check out, I discussed my extreme displeasure with the hotel and the elevator situation with the clerk.  After a back and forth, the manager, Cesar, was extremely rude and stated, "We called to get it fixed, we can't be responsible for the elevator."  I said "It's in your hotel."  We talked back and forth for a bit and I expressed that I wanted a night off my stay, as all the negatives were definitely a major downside.

I had to settle the issue with the agency I booked through.  I did it in the lobby.  Overall, from leaving the room at 9:45 for a 10 am checkout, we left close to noon.  ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.

You get what you pay for.  Traveler's beware.  Don't be fooled by the free wifi and good location.

24/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
53. Kwame O.
I have Stayed at this location for 1 day for business. This hotel is located right off Biscayne Blvd with in walking distance from Bay side marketplace and American Airline arena, 2 miles from the port of Miami. I booked this hotel on Priceline blind bid for 90 dollar that is a steal making it half off.

Parking is very tricky and not cheap 25 dollars a day valet only. Keep in mind the valet parking off of 3rd street facing the left side of the building not on the Biscayne blvd. Valet service is great.

Check it was a breeze. Just a Credit card for deposit . Room key card is has a built in RF used to gain access for the elevator and room.

Rooms are very small. Almost similar to the hotels in  Miami Beach. Walls are thin and can hear everything from the other room. There is one long TV stand that also make a desk . Small closet and Very small bathroom. Aveda Bath products supplied. Free and strong wifi. No coffee maker.

Restaurant has some serous issues. I had a client stop by and we had some wings at the bar, but the person serving the food was the hostess.Keep in mind this place was packed with heat fans before game. The bar tender ( male)was only serving two attractive females and nobody else. It seems like he was looking for a causal encounter than doing his job.

Check out was a little slow. I was advised by the front clear to give 20 mins for the valet to pull up the my vehicle.

Pros
Walking distance from American Airlines arena, Bayside Market Place. Free WIFI.
Great front end staff,

Cons,
Small rooms, Inconstancy service at the Restaurant,Expensive parking 25 bucks!!
No Free Coffee or even a coffee maker in room

11/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
54. Mandy D.
3.5 stars

The hotel's location is great, right across the street from CVS store where you can get all your essential items. I forked $200 for one night and I usually don't like to spend that much for hotels, but for the overall experience it was worth it.

+ Since my arrival flight was 7am and check in is at 4pm, I would have to kill some time. However, I called when I landed and the hotel accommodated my early check in around 8am!

+ Had the corner room with awesome view!

+ I took advantage of the gym, 2 treadmill, 1 elliptical, 1 bike, 1 multi-purpose weight lift machine. Very clean, provided water and towels.

- Elevator is slow and small, if you're staying on the lower level, take the stairs...without the luggage of course.

- Walls and windows are thin, you will hear people chatting in the hall way, door slamming, loud music from damn cars driving at 1a.m.

- Room and bathroom are quite small, but for one night it's no big deal.

Plan ahead where you want to eat and venture off, plenty of places at walking distance. The area is slightly sketchy comes sunset, but hey explore during the day!

04/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0