After all that thinking we'd done at the Museum of Thinkism
, it was time to check into our hotel, change clothes, and head to the beach for some afternoon-time relaxing.
Not certain where we wanted to stay, a friend of my wife had told us we should head to the Lincoln Road area -- considered the premiere shopping destination in South Beach -- because we would undoubtedly want to spend lots of time there. I did some searching and discovered the Greenview Hotel
had rooms available.
To us, the location
of this 43-room hotel sounded good: one block from where the pedestrian-only shopping area of Lincoln Road begins; three blocks from the beach; and a 5-minute jaunt to "the rest of South Beach" (we could easily walk to the Art Deco District
). We eagerly booked a room.
The lobby of the small, boutique hotel was impressive, I thought. Quiet, clean, and white, it was a soothing environment. Overhead, Marlene Dietrich music played softly. Behind me is reception.
To the right, there's a casual seating area, and a very small office with Internet access (see the guy using the computer?). The elevator is in the lower right-hand corner of this picture. Be warned: it is the smallest, jolting-est elevator in this hemisphere.
Continental breakfast is provided just to the left of the brown folding half-wall in the left of this shot.
After riding the aluminum-paneled elevator to our floor, I was a bit underwhelmed by the hallway. Uh-oh
, I thought. What have I gotten us into
However, our room, though small, was clean and comfortable. Unfortunately, it didn't offer central A/C, but the small window unit was adequate... once it got going.
I have to say the sisal rug lining the floor was very uncomfortable on bare feet.
The bathroom was a bit minimalist, though the shower was quite large.
All in all, the room was adequate, and we enjoyed using it as a base of operations:
- It was quiet.
- It was centrally-located.
- It was clean.
- It was priced right ($140/night).
Although this price might seem high, we thought it was a good value for the money
for accommodation in Miami during the high season. That said, next time, we probably wouldn't stay there, for two reasons:
- There are so many hotels to "sample" in the area, that -- unless you really love one -- there's no reason to go back. (Possible options for next visit include The Loft Hotel, The Viscay Hotel, The Blue Moon Hotel, The Chesterfield Hotel, and Villa Paradiso.)
- We were somewhat disappointed with Lincoln Road. But more on that later.
We quickly changed and headed for the beach!
Previously: Weekend In Miami: The Museum of Thinkism & The Dynamo
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