I started using Tripadvisor a few years ago to pick my hotels (Italy, Barcelona, London-never failed etc) but I have never written a review. I've stayed in 5 star and 3 star hotels and not all live up to thier claims. This time I must write a review because the hotel really deserves it. My husband, 19 yr old daughter and I stayed at the Surfcomber for one week. The location could not be better-close enough to walk to the action in the Art Deco district, shop on Lincoln Mall Road. There are several high end properties around, and if you are willing and able to pay the price go right ahead and hope you get what you pay for. However, if you want a "cool" place that is clean, with very friendly staff (not one hotel employee passed us without saying hello-sure they are trained to, but it really does matter and makes a difference) I recommend without hesitation the Surfcomber.The decor is somewhat different, simple, and I wondered about the bulls (cows?) and black sheep statues but as my daughter educated me, this is "ecclectic"! I have to agree when she also said they do ecclectic really well (cool lobby). Not a big high rise, with a lot of bling, but certainly is "big" as far as the atmosphere. It is very welcoming and laid back, funky and up beat. Katiana and Luke are great bartenders. everyone at the front desk, Bellmen, always very helpful and smiling. The rooms are not big, but big enough. Who spends their holiday in a room? There is so much to do rain or shine in Miami so get over the square footage. The rooms are simple but have everything you need. The pool area very nice-guest photos right on. You don't get nickled and dimed for beach towels-take as many as you need. Happy wine hour by the pool from 5-6pm is a real plus. Sure we stayed during the construction next door, the pool being retiled (we had a bet it would be done by Wed and it was) but you could still swim no problem. Overall, it is the service, cleanliness and those little added value things like the towels and wine that I will remember. That is the choice I make when travelling-you can't control weather, construction next door and a little up keep on a property. iPods are great to muffle out any unpleasant noises (including loud tourists). Our room was on the constructions side and wasn't a problem on the weekend but we wondered how early they would start on Monday morning. It started pretty early so we asked (nicely) to change rooms, and we were moved no fuss. Always make the best of it, and you'll get the best out of it. My only improvement comment is regarding thier partnership with K19-the beach consession. They are friendly, but the last ones to get the chairs and parasols set up in the morning while all the others are up and ready. We love the beach and are out there by 9am. They somedays only start setting up around 10am. Overall, a great experience and value. I hope to return someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's no need to daydream. Your stay at the beachfront Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach places you in the core of South Beach life. Ocean views, sparkling pool, and swaying palm trees. Direct beach access and easy, warm hospitality. Kimpton Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel puts the best of Miami at your doorstep while taking you a world away from all your worries. Play hard, sleep well and indulge in luxury services and amenities at our boutique South Beach hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Doubletree
- Doubletree Surfcomber