|A few of my favorite Miami South Beach hotels, photo by Andrew|
The breakfast buffet was overpriced but offered fixed-to-order omelets. You could eat indoors or outside by the canal and adjacent golf course. I don’t remember anything special about lunch, and dinner was in the bar area and again just OK food.
But I liked the place. The outdoor pool and Tiki Hut were inviting and the Internet connection worked all around the property, although the laptops in the business center had a habit of locking up. The front desk staff let me print an email from their computer when it happened. I bought the gals hot chocolate each morning and got real honest-to-goodness smiles in return.
There was a gym (I missed it). The club lounge was being remodeled and they didn’t grant access to it to Gold’s anyway. I’ll get Platinum this year.
The price was $179 or 4000 SPG points (I did points). A guy checking out told me he bid $140 on Priceline and got it. I think he overbid but didn’t know all the circumstances. The hotel is used by the airlines for distressed passengers and the airlines use it for pilots and crew.
So now I have a favorite at the Miami Airport. I stayed there last year and subconsciously looked it up again this year.
On the far side of the country, I like the Doubletree at Seattle’s SeaTac airport. Stayed there lots of nights when Andrew lived in Seattle. I could take the 192 bus from right in front of the hotel to his apartment. Now, of course, SeaTac has a light rail. I always used Priceline for the SeaTac Doubletree. In my days in Seattle, it was about $42 per night to win the bid. I’m sure it’s a bit more now.
Airport hotels are like real estate and neighbors. Location, location, location and everybody likes nice neighbors!
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