Grand Beach Hotel
What We Love
- The adults-only pool on the seventh floor
- Oceanfront suites have fabulous views through the floor-to-ceiling windows
- Most suites have an extra bathroom—ideal for post-beach showers
- The well-equipped gym is open 24/7
What To Know
- There’s a daily resort charge that includes WiFi access, beach chairs, and umbrellas
- The beach closes at 5 p.m. in the winter and 7 p.m. in the summer
- On-site parking is available but pricey
- The hotel rents out bikes for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Families will feel particularly at home at the Grand Beach, thanks to its prized location on a relaxed part of the beach, miles from the South Beach scene, and its sizable suites, most of which easily sleep four guests. There are some suites with connecting rooms as well, and most have two full bathrooms. The hotel doesn’t distinguish itself much with its décor—the look is more beachy than edgy—but it works perfectly for anyone in need of serious relaxation without the feeling of being cramped in a single small hotel room. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of the ocean, bay, or city add to the expansive feeling. Several pools and hot tubs might tempt guests away from the beach, but the hotel is right on the ocean and this particular stretch of sand is less crowded than most in Miami. Snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and windsurfing are just a taste of the activities on offer for guests, though the hotel-provided beach umbrellas and chairs encourage serious lounging.
In the Area
If your goal is a relaxing beach holiday, it’s possible to avoid the chaos of South Beach altogether, though high-end restaurant and bar choices near the Grand Beach are mostly limited to offerings in the other hotels along the strip. If you want to check out the glitz and glam, South Beach is just a few miles away and easily reached by taxi, but a slew of more casual (and cheaper) restaurants can be found within walking distance on 41st Street: Café Avanti does Italian-style seafood and wine while the Latin Café offers good-value breakfasts as well as fresh juices and smoothies. For a special night out, try the more upscale The Forge, which serves farm-to-table American dishes like local snapper and dry-aged porterhouse, along with an extensive wine list and an excellent selection of beers.
How to Get There
Our room was upgraded upon check-in so we had a partial bay and partial ocean view. Our room was clean and the furnishings were great, my exact idea of Miami. So many mirrors and natural light, it was a great contrast to the bright blue ocean. We loved everything about this hotel, both pools, the coffee/gelato stand, the restaurant, the beach front pools, and the BEACH which was only a 5 minute walk from out room, out the hotel doors and to our beach chairs. I didn't want to leave!
So I came to the grand beach hotel for a day pass , and was a little worried due to the reviews I saw on here, BUT DO NOT LET THOSE NEGATIVE REVIEWS TURN YOU AWAY! The service was great and the employees were genuine and went above and beyond! They have 2 pools on the bottom floors and jacuzzis, with ping pong tables and really nice restaurant overlooking the pools. I spent most of my days in the beach since it was my reason for the day pass, and I can’t tell you how great my experience was. We let the beach attendants know it was a friends birthday and the gentleman went right away to accommodate us with the best service, they helped get us great seats and gave us great food and beverage service they worked extremely hard, even with the harsh conditions they face, they always kept a smile on there face. I am writing this review for them because we were more then grateful for there service. Over all I was happy with the turn out of our day, oh and also they have a 7th floor pool overlooking the ocean (as we were told ) sadly we couldn’t check it out but we will definitely be back for another day pass! GREAT HOTEL GREAT EMPLOYEES! Recommend this hotel for anyone trying to to go to a hotel for a day pass!
Hotel is really nice, has everything that you need for perfect and relaxing holiday. Staff is nice and friendly, cleaning staff is amazing and it’s doing really good job. View from our suite was stunning...
I was at this hotel for 4 nights in February. First the good points, of which there are many: The room was very spacious and always clean. The hotel was in a good location, less than 10 minutes via Uber to all the restaurants on Ocean Drive, and it was a nice, modern building inside and out. I thought the food in the restaurant was better than the usual hotel fare, and the service in both the restaurant and at the express breakfast area was excellent. I would like to single out a few on the staff who provided high-level service, but no one wears a name tag so I can't. The concierge was always very professional and very helpful.
Areas they need to improve: If you're on the beach order food or drinks way before you actually want them, because it takes forever to receive your order. I heard WAY too many times "sorry it took so long, we're really understaffed today." And I heard this every single day. The Womens bathroom at the pool had a toilet that was constantly backed up and it was disgusting. When I asked the bartender at the pool bar for an iced tea he made a face and barked "what do you want?" at me like I had just insulted his mother. I repeated that I'd like an iced tea. He said "we don't have that" and then asked the person next to me what she wanted. I was honestly kind of stunned at the rudeness. I really wish I could say who it was, but, again, they wear no name tags. The next day I went back to the same bar to order a glass of wine. The same guy was working there and he completely ignored me, to the point where he waited on someone who clearly walked up to the bar well after I did, at which point I asked if I could get service because I had been waiting there for a while. The guy just smirked at me (seriously, he SMIRKED!) and told another bartender to wait on me.
While I was signing the tab someone else asked for an iced tea, and my bartender (a nice one) said sure, he'd just have to go inside to get it because the don't have any right there at the bar.
So, hit and miss on the service, and I think they may be chronically understaffed. But also a very nice hotel at a good room rate in a nice location.
- Great hotel but as it’s new things we’re not oiled perfically. The staff did try very hard.
- They charge for nearly everything.
- they also have a $100 per night deposit
- food was excellent
- pool and lobby bathrooms needed more cleaning
- there isn’t a lot of indoor space to hang out.
- the pool, beach and 7th floor are incredible.
- they need to have better music in the pool. They kept on having the same songs in a loop which drove us nuts