Best Deal and Value Mid Beach - Far Better Than Other Reviews Would Have You Believe
If you've read my other reviews, then you know already that we are simple folks always looking for GREAT VALUE for our weekend getaways, and this property exceeded our needs and expectations! Full review and property breakdown below...
Listen up: This is not a resort, although it does have many 'resort' features. It is also not a 5 Star VIP Property with butler service, so if that's what you seek then feel free to pay 2x-4x the price for one of the neighboring hotels sharing the same stretch of sand as this Best Western Plus.
PROPERTY: Beautiful 2 story lobby with attached restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, closed during lunch hours. There is no free breakfast at this Best Western, but I didn't find any reasonably priced beach-front rooms anywhere in the area that did.
There is a small bar one flight up overlooking the lobby that we never noticed open, but it was early March. Two computers for business/personal use in the lobby, and nice looking and equipped gym but smallish.
Pool is also a bit small, but the pool area was nice with plenty of seats/lounges plus covered and uncovered tables. Corn Hole, Chessboard and other games off to the side. Small 8-stool bar in the pool area closed between 3-5pm each day we were there served reasonably priced drinks.
The Miami Beach boardwalk is just beyond a secure gate (opened with your room card) and the beach itself just feet further so just a short walk to bring your significant other a frosty margarita or pina colada from the bar.
ROOM: We stepped up to an ocean view room and were upgraded to Room 1016 which is the top floor corner room with the wrap around patio... Simply awesome view of the ocean meeting the horizon greeted us every day and night!
King sized bed, ridiculously oversized walk in closet, small chair with ottoman and nice desk area with fair sized fridge and coffee maker.
Bathrooms are smaller but fully functional and recently remodeled, no complaints here. Best part of the ocean view rooms is that they are far from the elevator and and the layout kept ANY hallway noise from reaching the sleeping area.
The bed faces double sliding doors to the wrap around balcony, slide them both open and just lay on your bed admiring the sunrise every morning or just sit in your balcony chairs and enjoy a cup of coffee watching the waves meet the beach.
BEACH AREA: ALL the beaches in Miami Beach are public and the vendors with chairs/umbrellas/towels are NOT employees of any hotel which is why they are extra charge. For $20 you and your honey can enjoy side by side quality beach loungers with a large canvas umbrella for folks like me who like the sun even though the sun doesn't seem to like us much lol.
On most days there are jetski rentals right on the beach just to the left of the hotel property. Another great feature is there is a life guard station just to the right of where the hotel meets the beach, a bit of peace of mind for any family travelers!
AREA: There is a full service liquor store two short blocks south. Primo Market with essentials, a fair amount of grocery items, beer/wine and fair priced made-to-order food items plus GREAT breakfast fare one block south. There are 4-5 quality restaurant options within a 5-10 minute walk. 15 minute walk brings you to a Dunkin Donuts, Walgreens, CVS plus several restaurant and shopping options due west down 41st. Clean and safe neighborhood with many upscale hotels along this stretch of beach.
PARKING: is a bit of a disaster, so I am going to recommend you do not rent a car if you are flying in! Only a few ridiculously priced parking spots on the hotel property and street parking runs $3.00/hour.
There is a garage for less than $10/day about 15 minute walk away that I recommend to those who are driving in but otherwise SKIP THE CAR.
Beyond the endless uber/lyft drivers making any trip affordable and with minimal wait, there is the FREE MIAMI TROLLEY. The northbound stop is 50 feet away in front of the hotel next door, and the southbound stop is a short block away.
STAFF: From many reviews there may be an issue, but we had NONE and I mean none... Everyone we interacted with was friendly, polite and happy to help. I guess if you treat hotel workers like your personal maid/assistant, they may interact with you to make sure you understand they are not. As always, it's about what YOU expect and all we expect is a smiling helpful person to make us feel welcome and from the front desk to maid service to room service to bar staff they all succeeded.
So that's it! It may be a 3 Star Property but we had a 5 day/4 night FIVE STAR experience at this property and highly recommend it. less
00gc, General Manager at Best Western Plus Atlantic Beach Resort, responded to this review
Thank you for sharing your experience at Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort and highlighting some of the key features of our property. We are happy you were able to relax and enjoy our oceanfront location and proximity to several restaurants and shopping options. Thank you again for your recommendation and detailed review! We hope you are already planning another visit our way.