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The Palms Hotel, Miami Beach
Thursday, June 26, 2014   Related topics:
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It is amazing that we have reviewed hotels all over the world for CruiseReport.com, yet never for Miami! That is, until now. In our quest for the perfect pre-/post-cruise hotel and resort options, we came  across a boutique hotel in Miami Beach...The Palms Hotel and Spa. The Palms is located slightly north of the pulsing South Beach, but is still within walking distance.

We drove from Orlando to Miami and had no problem locating The Palms, thanks to our Google Map directions. The hotel is located in a much less "developed" area than South Beach. This area appears to be undergoing a lot of renovation and restoration at the moment. The Palms, however, looks as fresh as the day she was constructed, probably back in the 1940s or 1950s. The art deco influence is obvious, as it is throughout Miami Beach. We were greeted as soon as we pulled up, given a ticket for valet parking and our luggage was removed and placed on a cart for us. Check-in was a breeze and we were informed that a package had arrived for us a couple of days earlier and it would be sent to our room.

Facilities
  • 12 floors, 251 rooms, including 15 superior oceanfront rooms with sofa bed and seating area and 2 one-bedroom suites with a separate living room and an expansive terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 9 meeting rooms
  • More than 8,000 sq ft of total meeting space
  • 24-Hour gift shop with coffee bar serving light snacks
  • Concierge
  • Full service Aveda spa and salon - The Palms Spa
  • Spa relaxation area
  • Full service restaurant and lounge - Essensia - offering indoor and outdoor dining
  • Poolside bar - The Tiki Bar
  • 24-Hour self-service business center (including two state of the art
  • Windows PC's with Microsoft Office and two Color Laser Printers)
  • On-site ATM machine
A porter escorted us to our ocean view room 708. The room looked as though it has been recently renovated. Carpeting and fabrics appeared virtually untouched and all furnishings are new and contemporary. The view from the huge window was amazing looking out over the pool and onto the Atlantic ocean. Make sure you get up early enough to see the sunrise. The room had all of the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel: mini-bar/fridge, coffee maker, flat screen LCD television with lots of channels, and a nice sized desk with plenty of outlets. The bathroom is split into two sections with a separate toilet room and shower/sink room. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is something you don't often see in an upscale property, but The Palms provides it throughout the hotel. In fact, I am writing this article in the Essensia Restaurant at breakfast!

Speaking of Essensia, we decided to have a late lunch in the hotel's restaurant since it was pouring down rain during our visit. Originally, we were planning to walk down to South Beach, about a 1 mile hike on the boardwalk, but decided to stay dry instead. Essensia serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; however, late lunch (after 3pm) is only available in the Essensia bar. The outdoor patio would be the preferred place to sit and enjoy a drink, or a late lunch in our case. Unfortunately, the patio was full of people. Our first table located inside the bar area was uncomfortable thanks to an A/C vent blowing cold air right on our heads. We moved to the bar seating instead. Research online had shown mixed reviews of Essensia, however, we had an excellent experience. The service was crisp and polite and our food was delicious. We shared a Taste Of The Mediterranean Plate starter ($16) which included a selection of asparagus, grilled wild mushroom, heirloom tomato, mozzarella, basil, canteloupe, and proscuitto all drizzled with a balsamic reduction and extra-virgin olive oil. The dish was simple, yet amazing. Not a single bite remained when they cleared the table. Rickee's Chopped Salad ($11) was simple, yet executed perfectly. My Shirachi Spiced Grilled Angus Flank Skirt Steak ($19) was served on a bed of stir-fry vegetables and pearl onions in a ginger and sweet soy bath. The marinated, flavorful meat was cooked perfectly and was excellent. I would definitely order it again.

The pool area at The Palms was void of guests on our visit thanks to a downpour right before we arrived. However, the area is large with lots of loungers, some protected from the sun by grass tiki-style covers. The landscape is beautiful with tall bamboo and palm trees. Beyond the pool area is the hotel's beach area. The Tiki Bar will take care of your refreshment needs while you relax and work on your perfect Miami tan.

Our only concern with The Palms was that the room was a little noisy late at night. However, this is Miami Beach. That means lots of young party types who stay up late and can be a little boisterous. Being an older property, the walls are not as soundproof as some of the newer hotels. Our stay was on a Friday night, and you know what that means! We were awakened a couple of times by slamming doors and loud voices in the hall. You may want to request a room on the end of the floor, away from the elevators (we were right next to the elevator). Other than that, we found The Palms to be an excellent choice and it will be high on our list of properties to visit in the future.





     
     
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4 Comments
 
GEORGE M.
 
Excellent review. We spend one night at the hotel before boarding a Celebrity cruise in Miami. Hotel was everything you said.
 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 AM  
 
 
GEORGE M.
 
Excellent review. We spend one night at the hotel before boarding a Celebrity cruise in Miami. Hotel was everything you said.
 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 AM  
 
 
KAREN H.
 
We stayed at The Palms based on your review. It was a great experience! Three days after our Caribbean cruise enjoying the sun, the beach and the nightlife.
 
Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 AM  
 
 
MARCIA BAILY
 
Went with Friendly Cruises to SAmerica and it was great.
 
Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:56 PM  
 
 
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