Stayed at the Villa Italia for one night because we could not get a room at the hotel we were staying at later in the week. Called and got a special rate over the phone that was 30 dollars lower than what we found online. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to find a clean, well appointed room with a king size bed. The room is not large, no surprise since most of the hotels in the South Beach area are older and rooms were not large when these properties were originally built, but the bed is not overpowering the room.
The hotel is eco-friendly. You must put your room key in a slot to keep the power and air conditioning running but the room was not too warm when we arrived and it cooled down quickly. There is a continental breakfast served daily which was well stocked and diverse. The only thing I could remotely complain about is that the free WiFi had too weak of a signal to be very useful, but that could be because we were in the farthest corner of the property.
The hotel is only 3 blocks from the famous (and terrific) Joe's Stone Crab restaurant. I recommend that if you eat there, go next door to the take out area and buy the same food, and either eat it at the tables there, or take it back to the hotel and eat it on the hotel courtyard and do some people watching.
The young man who worked the front desk was helpful and attentive. He is down here from New York, working on his Master's degree and seems to enjoy working at this property. You can use the valet parking, or save a few bucks and park the car on the street with parking meters that can be paid for with a credit card.
All in all, this property is clean, well-appointed, slightly off the beaten path, but close enough to get there in less than 5 minutes. I would certainly stay there again with confidence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Italia Hotel is Miami Beach's brand new boutique hotel, located in the heart of South Beach where everything from restaurants to nightlife are within walking distance.Our hotel features 12 uniquely furnished tranquil guestrooms and 1 magnificant Villa Suite; each comes equipped with a 42-inch LCD Television with free premium movie channels. Other in-room amenities include minibar, in-room electronic safe, soundproof system, speaker phones and conference call capability, Ipod docking stations. All our suites are equipped with large glass enclosed showers. All guestrooms have new central air conditioning and non-smoking. To ensure the quality of your stay, our signature bedding has pillow top mattresses, Egyptian cotton linens, and triple sheeting. All of our rooms at Villa Italia feature a private bathroom with shower, bathrobes, deluxe toiletries, and hair dryer. Guests can also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, free unlimited internet (both wired & Wi-Fi), local and toll free dialing, daily newspaper, free on-demand premium movie channels, snacks & beverages throughout the day and daily beach towels & umbrellas. ... more less
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