Riu Florida Beach
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OverviewThe stunning hotel Riu Florida Beach has an ideal beachfront location in the heart of South Miami Beach's world famous nightlife.
The RIU Plaza Hotel is fantastic! I'm so happy that I chose this hotel to stay at! It's in a great location and easy access to North and South Beach restaurants. I was able to walk to most things! The boardwalk is right there and the beach is super large! I loved the food, efficient and friendly staff and comfortable rooms! I'll be back!!
I must say that this is the worst hotel i have ever been to. The personnel is rude and there is no room service. I woke up in the morning thirsty and they forgot to put water in our fridge. When i called them they told me to come down ( at 6:00) to get my water or someone can bring it up 7:30. Also we had a room for 3 people but we got the same as people who are staying with 2. The beds are very small and they told us that they don't have bigger beds in the entire hotel! The only good thing about this hotel is that its close to the beach. Wifi is very good also outside at the pool.
Hotel location excellent. The big bus stops outside of the hotel. Beach very good. Room service excellent. All staff is very very nice. International breakfast is very very good, because you can find everything. The hotel is only to recommended.
Me and my girl stayed in the Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach for a week in January.The hotel itself is dated, as are a lot of Miami Beach properties. We've stayed at 3 other Riu hotels (in the Caribean) and this one does not look or feel on par with the luxurious experience we had there. Shoddy paintjobs (Riu, please stop painting all your hotels pink, it's ridiculous!), badly done repairs, and a general sense of past glory. The airco was good, and the bathroom is large and comfortable.The staff is friendly, especially the front desk, but most have Spanish as their first language, and only basic grasp of English.As for the food, we only had breakfasts here, which was of good quality and a good variety.The location of the hotel is away from the busy shopping and partying areas, a taxi or bus trip is required, or a 15-20 minute walk to get to the center.The beach is adjacent to the back of the property, and it's possible to walk the promenade from there all the way south along the beach downtown.Although the experience was not a bad one, we payed a top price for an average accomodation, and I would not come here again. This is in stark contrast to my other stays in Riu hotels, where I payed top price for a fantastic experience (most notably the Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Jamaica and Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Mexico).
From the moment we checked in to the moment we ran away as fast as we could, the RIU Miami Plaza never failed to disappoint. Welcome to the $300 per night (and that’s for a basic room) resort where staff are trained via re-runs of Benidorm.After arriving in Miami, we looked forward to checking into the RIU Plaza, getting a couple hours by the pool, a wander on the beach and a good night sleep. We checked in, made our way up to our room with our luggage only to find our room keys not working. We trekked back down to reception to get the keys fixed and were met with indifference. After sorting that out, we went back to the room only to find that again, the keys didn’t work. Back down to reception to get the keys fixed. Again. For a second I felt like we owed an apology for interrupting staff social time to get the key fixed. Back up to the room again. For the third time, the keys didn’t work, so it was back to reception again. This time, reception were clearly fed up with us (clearly we were breaking the keys) so sent maintenance who came up and got us in to the room. Phew. Once inside the room, we were hoping to have that ‘aaaannd relax’ moment. Unfortunately the room came with a smell that can only be described as a stagnant sewage pond. The bathroom was a concentrated version of this. Back down to reception again. We were provided with a new room and for the 4th time, made our way back up to the 7th floor. The room was clean and smelt strongly of disinfectant (by this time, I was just happy knowing it was clean). The beds were some of the most uncomfortable I have had. I would put them up there with basic level backpackers. The pillows were much the same. After all of this, a good night sleep would have turned the whole trip around. It wasn’t to be. The noise from people coming and going throughout the night sounded like people parading through the room. It was unbearable. Without doubt, the noisiest place I have stayed. I wanted to complain, but couldn’t cope with the disinterest from the staff.Here’s the upside. The pool was a really relaxed place to hang during the day. The beach, even better (though there is a $25 charge for pool chairs). Staff don’t really speak English which makes ordering food and drinks hard, but I persisted and got there in the end. The breakfast buffet was huge. A huge array of below average food. Slightly warmed pineapple and slimy melons from being left out too long alongside soggy pastries. The outdoor dining space only added to the experience. Fighting off birds trying to attack your table while wait staff pretend nothing is happening.Overall, I can only describe the RIU as backpackers masquerading as a quality resort.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 287 Rooms
- 2 Pools, including kids pool
- Spa (fee)
- 3 Restaurants
- 1 Bar
- Private Beach Club (fee)
- Meeting Rooms Available
- Wireless Internet Free: 1 hour
- Gift Shop
- Laundry service
- 2 Double Beds
- Air Conditioned
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Satellite TV
- Direct dial telephone
- Iron & Ironing board
- Safety Deposit Box (fee)
- Radio alarm clock
- Amenity Kit
- Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower
- Maximum Occupancy 4, Maximum 2 Children
Resort Location Map
Riu Florida BeachMiami,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
3101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140-4108
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.
Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.
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