Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami
What We Love
- Biscayne Bay views from private balconies, available in most room types
- Homey, condo-like feel, with kitchens in most guestrooms and suites
- The hotel’s museum-quality modern art collection
- Rooftop gym with stunning city views
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What To Know
- This isn’t a sceney hotel; it’s laid back and stylish, much like the Coconut Grove neighborhood
- While it has outstanding water views, the nearest beach is a 15-minute drive away
- Downtown Miami and South Beach are a 20 minute drive, depending on traffic
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
South of South Beach and Brickell, Coconut Grove is original Miami, the city’s oldest neighborhood that today is an artsy, laid-back enclave bordering the waters of Biscayne Bay. Checking in at Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove puts you in the heart of this village within the city, steps from the water and homespun shops, restaurants and galleries. You’ll feel like a local in these airy guestrooms and suites done up in contemporary décor, many with balconies looking out over the bay.
Bed & Bath
There are 205 airy guestrooms and suites in this 21-story hotel, all wisely perched atop the structure’s seven-story parking garage to afford most rooms enough altitude for excellent city or bay views. Design forward these digs are not. They are, however, supremely livable with a beige palette paired with dark wood furniture and punched up by a colorful collection of modern art and Biscayne Bay or city views out floor-to-ceiling windows. Most Deluxe rooms and all Suites have a kitchen and private furnished balcony.
For all its homey charms, there are, of course, the perks of a hotel. The light-filled lobby is loaded with museum-quality modern art by the likes of Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg and Jan Dibbets. The eighth floor’s sun-drenched pool deck looks out over the bay, as does the Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge serving delish Peruvian-inspired cuisine from Chef Christopher Cramer, who uses local ingredients to put a Florida-inspired spin on traditional Peruvian dishes. The hotel’s top floor fitness center takes the cake for best views of Miami had from a treadmill, and there are even two squash courts that are popular with the hotel’s business travelers.
How to Get There
We stumbled onto this hotel and were thrilled with the excellent location.... we enjoyed walking to dinner and then to breakfast the next morning in Coconut Grove.... the pool area was amazing....Front desk area was just slightly confusing....
This place just has everything you need, ok it does not have the newest fittings/furniture but if you can get over that you will be content... a nice smart TV, a fully functional kitchen makes it feel a bit more like home + the gorgeous view from the pool.
We stayed there for over a week on a recent vacation and we were totally over it by the time we left. The pool was like a dirty warm bath... only one time did I see it clean over a 9-10 day stay. The elevators were often out of service. The wifi went down and as of the day we left was still down on day 4. Access in and out of the hotel was often a traffic jam. It was very noisy outside... the noise from the traffic and the daily gardeners in the parks wafted up to the high rise rooms making the balcony undesirable after awhile. Fortunately the sliding doors are very heavy and keep the noise out of the rooms when closed.
On the upside the view is great. The water pressure is outstanding. The free parking is fantastic as parking is very limited in the area. The staff was kind and attentive. Easy stroll to many restaurants.
I don't know what to make of this hotel.
The lobby feels like a boutique hotel, and the staff at the front desk were great. The pool area is beautiful, with very friendly towel service and infused water.
The food in the restaurant is expensive (and average in terms of quality)
Everything else feels like a budget hotel!
- The rooms feel outdated and basic. No full-length mirror, which is pretty unbelievable, plus the lighting in the bathroom was horrible so good luck putting on makeup.
- For ice, you have to go to the single ice machine on another floor
- Very limited room service menu
- As others have mentioned, multiple steps up to front entry of hotel, and no-one to help with bags
Also some service issues:
- bedside alarm went off at 5 am my first night. Maid clearly had not been instructed to check for this.
- I ordered room service for breakfast using the door hanger. I got a call that morning asking to confirm something about my order, which was fair enough, but the woman's tone was really aggressive. She then delivered breakfast, but missed something from my order, which she then argued I hadn't put on my form. (I know I had). She also missed something I'd specifically asked about when we spoke on the phone that morning. Throughout her tone was very unpleasant.
Finally, as a tea drinker, I felt very discriminated against!
- no teabags in the rooms
- no option to select tea with breakfast on the room service door hanger
- I asked for English Breakfast tea with breakfast, and got told "we only have black or green". (As it turned out, the black was English Breakfast, but again not the response I would have expected from a hotel that makes a big fuss about its restaurant)
The whole experience was very confusing.
Stayed here for 3 days on business. Nice location near good restaurants and waterfront. Pool is located on 8th floor, which is nice as there is a beautiful view of the ocean from the deck. Restaurant is small and nothing special, but food was good.