Over the Memorial Day weekend, we headed to Florida for the long weekend. We capped it off with one night in Miami where we chose to stay at the Kimpton Angler's Hotel. Kimpton Hotels were recently purchased by IHG and incorporated into the IHG portfolio. We have long been wanting to stay in a Kimpton Hotel and were glad to see online that we could use our free night from the IHG card at this hotel.
South Beach IHG Hotels
South Beach has no shortage of hotels, let alone IHG hotels. The Holiday Inn Miami Beach Oceanfront ($142-$360 according to Tripadvisor), Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel ($210-$513), Kimpton Angler's Hotel ($208-$564) and the Crowne Plaza Z Oceanfront Hotel ($234-$569).
We arrived on Sunday afternoon, day 3 of Urban Weekend in Miami aka 350,000 people in South Beach!! Traffic was so backed up and it took us over 45 minutes to travel the last half mile. Valet parking at the hotel is $40 (!!!) so we instead parked across the street at Miami Beach Parking garage. This was $20 for the night.
Check in was easy- we were acknowledged for our Platinum Elite status (through our IHG credit card) and told about the complimentary wine hour at 5pm. See you there! We sat outside on their patio and enjoyed the wine hour.
We were in the brand new section of the hotel that had just recently opened (we were told it was only 3 weeks old). Our room overlooked Washington Avenue which is a busy street on South Beach- we could make out where the beach was from our balcony but note that the hotel is not on the water.
The rooms were very clean and neat. If you are a fan of a million pillows on the bed, this is your hotel!!
Kimpton does offer a "Raid the bar" credit for elite IHG Rewards members. This hotel does participate and offers $10 credit per stay (not per night). Enough for a bottle of water and a coke :)
The rooftop swimming pool is very nice. There are ample cushy loungers. We spent about an hour at the pool after we arrived but then headed downstairs... Because wine....
To be honest, the hotel didn't WOW us. Lots of people rave about Kimpton Hotels being a high end boutique style hotel, but the atmosphere was lacking and details that would be expected out of a boutique hotel were missing. It reminded us of a very nice Holiday Inn. The details did nothing to place the hotel above and beyond like we are used to at other high end Intercontinental Hotels. We realise that these are so #firstworldproblems, but out of a high end hotel you would expect more.
The shower, while beautiful, had a very basic shower head with low pressure.
There was a bar close to the check in area but every time we walked by it it was empty and no drinks were on the shelves so we presume it was closed. There were also dining tables set up in this area but we did not see anyone there at dinner or breakfast. No information was provided to us about food and drink options at the hotel (not that Fostering Travel would have partook in these!!). Instead we ate dinner and breakfast the next morning at Las Olas Cafe around the corner. Seriously good Cuban food!!! Cheap and delicious Cuban sandwiches, and $6.25 breakfast!
No mention was made at check in about a resort fee of $15. For what? Not entirely sure... They did two have bikes that were available but because of the rain and busy streets we didn't use them. A check of their FAQ's on their website does not show this fee. A user on this Tripadvisor page asked this question and multiple people said that there was no resort fee. Something new?
Would we stay here again?
Great question! Maybe the older block of the hotel would be a different experience. From all the pictures and reviews of the hotel they mention "beyond spacious rooms" and "private jacuzzi's". Could this be a case of two different experiences in one hotel?