Aloft South Beach Review: Now A DoubleTree Review

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The Aloft South Beach Hotel Review is part of the Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places:

Here is the Picture Preview, the Excel Spreadsheet of all the points redemptions, and my CNN International Business Traveller segment which was filmed in Vegas.


Getting There: Uber or take the affordable Miami Beach Airport Express to South Beach.


Time flies when you’re not blogging. I stayed at the Aloft South Beach in September. Moments after checking out of the hotel, the property changed from SPG to Hilton. The content of this review has now become somewhat obsolete as the perks I received were based on my SPG status. Still, I think it’s worth sharing some pretty pictures of Miami.

South Beach
South Beach

The Location 

Situated across the street from the W South Beach, the Aloft South Beach was a great value for those looking to stay near the beach but not pay a steep price in points or cash.

Aloft South Beach 2360 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Aloft South Beach 2360 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Mr 305
W nearby

Checking In 

I’m going to assume they didn’t fire the entire staff when the hotel became a Hilton. I would be interested in learning about how the staff is retrained as the conversion progresses. Unless otherwise instructed to be cold and rude, the staff should be very friendly and accommodating. When I checked in, my suite was not ready so I was given two free drinks at the WXYZ Bar.

Aloft lobby
Aloft lobby
Aloft lobby
Aloft lobby
WXYZ
WXYZ
WXYZ
WXYZ

The Pool 

Like the Cayman Islands, Miami is all about the beach. The pool is nice for a cocktail or two before hitting the town.

Aloft drinks
Aloft drinks
Aloft pool
Aloft pool
Aloft pool
Aloft pool
Aloft futbol
Aloft futbol
Aloft jenga
Aloft jenga
Aloft cabana
Aloft cabana

The Hotel Itself 

It’s definitely an Aloft (or it used to be) in its appearance.

Aloft bed
Aloft bed

The Room 

Alofts rarely have suites and when they do upgrades do not come easy. There must be something special about TPOL + Aloft in Florida since I got a suite setup in both Orlando and in South Beach. The room was Art Deco cool with a separate living room and bedroom.

Classic art deco dude
Classic art deco dude
The living room
The living room
Aloft suite
Aloft suite
Aloft table
Aloft table
Aloft room
Aloft room
The comfy Aloft room
The comfy Aloft room
View from Aloft
View from Aloft
View from Aloft
View from Aloft
Speakerboxx
Speakerboxx
Aloft soap
Aloft soap
Aloft sink
Aloft sink

Overall 

This was a solid hotel choice because of its location and because I needed another SPG stay to requalify for Platinum. Having said that, there are so many other boutique hotels in South Beach that are similarly priced which provide a more authentic 305 experience. When I stop chasing status, I plan on returning to South Beach to check out local landmarks like the Colony Hotel, the Beacon Hotel, and my personal favorite tourist trap, the Clevelander.

Thank you for washing.

ESPN HQ for Dan and Papi
ESPN HQ for Dan and Papi

 

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