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Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Ranked #89 of 214 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed 29 September 2012

I've done my research and read previous reviews of the Catalina so it came as no surprise to me that our room was small. To be honest though, there really isn't any room to swing a cat in the rooms here!

While the Catalina was clean and compact the room was, um, different given that the ceiling was red and the lampshade red and half way down from the ceiling. I felt like I was staying in a bordello!

The beds (Tempur mattresses, I believe) were comfortable. That said, I don't think that house keeping cleans underneath them that well as my Dad found a spare Panasonic remote control hiding but I guess that is because there is no room for housekeeping to maneouvre. Bizarrely there was a portable AC unit by one of the beds that only worked intermittently so I work up drenched in sweat quite regularly. The room (215) was incredibly small and had a limited view of the pool. This combined with the 'redness' of the room made it all seem very claustrophobic.

The bathroom was clean and had a lovely raincloud shower. The Catalina claims to be an environmentally friendly hotel because of it's sheet/towel changing policy but is happy to waste plenty of water as there isn't a plug in the hand basin in the rooms and toilets in the communal areas.

The hotel does Happy Hour betwen 7pm and 8pm with most drinks being free. The bartender is from London and a real character (black lady with fantastic hair, unsure of her name), you can talk for ages with her. That said, the hotel should take some responsibility for the behaviour of their patrons. 1 girl was comatose in the bar area and 1 man who was clearly on something was allowed to carry on acting in a truly odd manner. The same girl was escorted out by her husband then vomited outside, in front of everybody. The Cockney bar tender gave her a sick bag and sluiced the pavement down. Above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion!

Did I like the Catalina? Yes. It is a quirky, boutique style hotel in a good location. The rooms are a bit odd but again, quirky in a good way. The size is too small but tolerable for 1 night with 3 adults sharing 1 room.

I think this is a lively hotel aimed at the 'clubbing' generation. I would definitely stay here again if it was for a short stay. Anything longer I would choose a different hotel. Miami is a great city with a sexy, European vibe and I would love to visit again.

Tip - Ask for a quiet room as the location of some would be very noisy.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room as some rooms WILL experience A LOT of noise.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2012

Good Morning Esmel,

Thank you for being so kind to post your honest feedback for our future guests to read! I am sorry to read that you did not have an amazing time while staying with us! I am sorry that you found your room to be small. The Catalina offers many different size rooms to accommodate each and every guest. Perhaps the room that you chose was not large enough for you. We only use the best mattresses- Tempur Pedic. All of our guests love them and say that they end up spending more time relaxing in the bed then they would of thought. Did you speak with the front desk or the operator to see if it was possible to change you to another room? If so, who did you speak with? The bartender that you are speaking of is Jade- she is amazing!! All of our guests love the drinks she makes and her eccentric energy! When you decide to come back to The Catalina please let me know! I would love to personally handle your reservation!

Have an amazing day!

Katrine

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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Recently two of my friends and I stayed at The Catalina South Beach (ages 26-27). We were very disappointed when we arrived in our "On a Budget" room to find that it was nothing like the picture with white and red accents, rather, brown tones, with a musty smell, damp sheets, a dirty bathroom, A/C rumbling loud enough to wake you in your sleep and door keys that would not work.
Fortunately, the staff there, specifically Tyrell were more than accommodating, and were ready to make our experience much more enjoyable. We were upgraded to a business suite, and I will say that these rooms are spacious & clean with nice decor and comfortable beds, located in the Dorset Building.
Be aware that there are three seperate buildings to this hotel located beside each other, the Dorset is located to the right and houses the Sushi restaurant as well as the rooftop pool and we felt that this was the best building to be in, the main hotel houses the lobby, the bar where Happy Hour is located, as well as more rooms, and the third building to the left has Maxine's restuarant in it, as well as the Bamboo pool and inside seating to eat/ drink - this was the building that our first room was located in, so stay clear!
Happy Hour is well worth it, the drinks are very strong, and you walk away feeling as though you were really given something for free, the staff seem to enjoy working there, and are very easy to talk to.

The downfall is the area, if you're looking for the South Beach vibe, you wont find it here, the hotels surrounding The Catalina are rundown, and although they look like they were once being renovated they now look abandoned. There is no colour until nightfall when some of the hotels light up but even then we were left wanting more.

The hotel is in walking distance to shopping on Lincoln road, Walgreens, a Liquor Store so this was nice. You can also walk to Ocean Drive which takes about 20 minutes. Once you get to Ocean Drive you feel like you're finally in Miami, this is where you want to party.

Be aware that The Catalina has club promoters working there, and they will try and get you to pay them so they take you to clubs and give you free drinks, Frank is the best promoter but we didn't always get what we were promised, having to move to a different club the first night because the free drinks we were told we'd get was no longer being offered, and clubs dont get busy till after 1, so when you go out around 11 with the promoters you often walk into dead clubs....

Finally, try and plan your trip for a time other than Hurricane Season, we learned the hard way that September does get a lot of rain, and although it didn't ruin the trip entirely, we didn't quite get the hot sunny beach weather everyday that we had planned for!

Room Tip: Rooms located in the Main Building will be the loudest... Rooms in the Dorset Building seem the ni...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank ctaylo_23
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for providing us with your honest feedback! I am sorry to read that you did not have an amazing time while staying with us! I apologize that you were not able to get the room that you originally booked. I am extremely glad that Tyrell was able to assist you in changing your room and got you an upgrade! Each restaurant and bar on property provides complimentary cocktail hour to all guests from 7-8PM. The hotel to our right is an upcoming hotel that is going to be amazing! They are currently working on it and it it not abandoned. We have the Claremont to our left and they just finished renovating the interior of that hotel. They really improved it and made it really cute. The outside is not landscaped which makes it look not as cute. A lot of our guests that stay here love our location. We are in the middle of everything! Unfortunately, September is rainy season here in South Florida. We hope that you would give The Catalina another chance! IF you ever come to South Beach again please let me know, I would love to handle your reservation!

Have a great evening!

Katrine

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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We spent a few nights at the Catalina last week. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the happy hour and the restaurant. The location is very good. Room was very clean. The only one disadvantage was - if you want to go to the pool, you have to go to another building.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Good Afternoon Lijana,

Thank you so much for taking your time to post your wonderful feedback for all of our future guests to read! I am extremely happy that you had a great time while staying with us! Glad that you enjoyed happy hour and the restaurant. Which bar did you sip sip at?
We hope to have you back to stay with us again sometime soon!

Have a great night!

Katrine

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed at the Catalina a Wednesday night prior to a cruise. It's in a great location - near the beach, nightlife, etc. We didn't know what to expect after seeing their Reality Show. It ended up being better than we expected, especially for the price we paid. Our El Grande room was in the building to the left of the main one. It was a large and comfortable room. The room and the hotel have a funky vibe to the decorating which didn't bother us. The lobby and hallways could use a little sprucing up. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Good place for a pre or post cruise stay or for a partying crowd.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for posting your feedback! I am glad that you were able to stay with us prior to your cruise! Where did you cruise too? I am glad that you liked the decor! Our staff tries there best to make each and every guest feel as if they were at home! I hope that you come to stay with us again, for longer time! :D Hope you had an amazing time on your cruise! If you ever decide to come back to The Catalina, please let me know and I will make it extra special! :)

Have a great evening!

Katrine

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

On 8/31/12 I had the pleasure of spending the night at The Catalina. This was my 3rd or 4th saty there. I love this place! It is reasonably priced, centrally located, has a great vibe and friendly staff. The Catalina is always my 1st choice of where to stay in South Beach. I live in Delray Beach, so I am somewhat local. I love coming to The Catalina for a mini vacation! The rooms are clean, tatstefully decorated and it is just so fun there! I always bring a friend to stay with me and they are always so impressed with the Catalina. The Catalina is a gem amongst the over-priced South Beach hotels! Already planning my next trip!
Rachael G Delray Beach, FL

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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catalinareviews, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Good Afternoon Rachael,

Thank you for taking your time to post your wonderful feedback on Trip Advisor for all of our future guests to read! I am so glad to read that you are a returning guest! :D We are located in the middle of almost everything- if not a 5 minute cab ride. A lot of our guests that book here love our location. We hope that you come again for your 5th time! Please let me know when you do and I will make it extra special! :)

Have a great day!

Katrine

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Additional Information about Catalina Hotel & Beach Club

Address: 1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-2007
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#58 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $191 - $481 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Catalina Hotel & Beach Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Catalina Hotel + Beach Club is all of this and more. With a decidedly European jet-set vibe and a splashy beach club where you can get poolside manicures and pedicures, the Catalina Hotel + Beach Club also offers two restaurants, two pools, four bars, a media library, a rooftop terrace, a Japanese Koi fish pond and a Zen garden. In addition, the hotel boasts a dedicated library, which can serve as a meeting space for small groups. IMPORTANT -- Credit card used for booking must be the same credit card presented for payment at check-in. The name on the credit card must match the name on the reservation and the card holder must be present along with a government-issued photo ID. Holiday and Special Events require a non-refundable prepayment 30 days prior to arrival. No early departures are allowed. Reservations are completely non-refundable within 30 days of arrival. Events include but are not limited to: New Years (12/26 to 1/3), Boat Show (2/12 to 2/16), Winter Music Conference & Ultra (3/15 to 3/31), Memorial Day (5/21 to 5/25) & Art Basel (12/3 to 12/9). A mandatory daily resort fee of $20.00 plus tax ... more   less 
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