Monday, 12 March 2012

Hotel Review - Sheraton Miami Airport

The missus and I are in Florida for ‘Spring Break’. She has a week off between semesters so we flew Newark to Miami direct on the newly merged United/Continental. We spent the night at the Sheraton Miami Airport which is conveniently located right beside the car rental area and a picturesque golf course.  Miami Beach Hotels are notoriously expensive ($300+) so we opted for the airport location 20 minutes away. I redeemed Starwood points for the stay and was able to use only 3,000 points for 1 night instead of a $200 standard rate (a great deal!)

When we checked in we were told because I was a Starwood ‘Plus’ member (simply because I have a Starwood AMEX card) we would get a ‘premium’ room facing the golf course and complimentary late checkout until 4pm (bonus!)  We headed into South Beach, Miami and splurged on one the best restaurants in Miami called ‘OLA’ which serves food with a Latin American theme.  Dinner & drinks total with tip came to a pricey $200 including valet parking ($20) but hey we’re worth it!  We made the most of the valet parking by walking around Collins Ave for a few hours and people watching.

The hotel is ok (not great).  There is a decent swimming pool and bar.  The walls are a little thin and the rooms have those connecting room doors so you hear more of your neighbours than you would like to.  We had major problems with our key cards not working and the morning staff not wanting to honour the late checkout but after a little persuasive complaining by the missus, the hotel waived the $15 parking fee and threw in 1500 points so our 1 night stay only cost us 1500 net points with free parking.  That my friends was a bargain and starts the theme of the next few blog posts called ‘Travel Hacking!’

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