Hotel Astor

, Miami, United States
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Hotel Astor

, Miami
3 star

Rooms: 40

956 Washington Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33139 - United States Hotel Website | | 3055318081
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What a Nightmare

from A TripAdvisor Member
From the very start our stay at the Astor was unpleasant. We were informed upon arrival that our room had been given away because we did not inform them of our late arrival ( I imformed them by e-mail). When we entered our room we found holes in the walls as well as a strong smell of mildew. At every turn we encountered broken items in the room, the bathroom light, t.v., mini-bar, hair dryer just to name a few. The awnser for our inconvience was the management was going to be doing renovations soon and did not want to put any money into fixing or replacing the items. Even the valet service was slow and short tempered. The Hotel Astor is not the place to stay in South Beach!

Pleasantly surprised by the Astor

from nycTravelGuy
I must start off by saying that while I frequent Miami - the high price and small art-deco hotels of South Beach has always kept me away! But I was celebrating a birthday of a friend that loves the atmosphere of South Beach and figured it was worth staying close by.

I am an airline employee and travel AT LEAST THREE TIMES a month so I've been too a few hotels and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and would stay at the Astor over and over when I plan on visiting South Beach again (I usually stay in Coconut Grove as it is more laid back).

Karina at the front desk was very helpful with concierge type questions and answers and offered us tickets to a local club without be asked. The rooms are very well decorated and adequate for 3 people (I had a Superior room #304) one queen bed... very nice bathrooms. I was a little hesistant when I read previous reviews but any savvy traveler can pick through the other reviews and see that some people are just picky and need to do more research to ensure that they are staying at a hotel that meets their needs - don't complain about noise when you are staying in South Beach!

Location is ideal! Two blocks to the beach, close to shopping, clubs, cafes, etc. I want to go back and I thought that I would hate every minute of staying on South Beach. Thanks Hotel Astor!

Great experience at Hotel Astor!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I really liked this hotel. It was right in the middle of everything without being too busy. It had a nice, modern room that was clean. The lighting also was fine and the bathroom was nice with nice water pressure. The staff was also very friendly and accomodating, helping us if we needed anything. They also had a cool lounge/bar party on Tuesday nights that was pretty rocking! I think you should stay here if you find a good deal!

Not what it appears

from ImogenHeap
My wife and I stayed at the Astor during the Winter Muisc Conference. The price was pretty high which is par for the miami course. I booked through expedia pre-paided and confirmed with the hotel before arriving. Upon arrival I was told the hotel was sold out and the room I paid for would not be available until the next evening. The room we got for the first night was ok but the bed was a standard size instead of the king I paid for. The armchair in the room was dusty and had a few burns in the slip cover. I don't think it cost much to change these.
The next day we changed rooms and changed problems. Got the king bed, but the room had water damage all over the walls. The furniture covers where in really bad shape and the carpet had burns and spots all over it. In the shower the hot water handle broke when I tried to take a shower. Called the front desk and they sent someone to fix it but the fix was a temp fix that caused problems for the rest of the stay.
This is a two and a half star hotel at the moment. They were advertising the renovations and the fact that it would soon be a condo hotel. i would wait to stay here until that takes place. Miami is a crap shoot on the whole, from year to year hotels get better and then get worse. The Hotel Astor has seen better days.

The truth about the Astor...

from ciaopescao
We just got back from Miami and stayed in the Hotel Astor. We had earlier stayed at the Bentley, but last minute had to make reservations at a hotel for the weekend. We stayed for Saturday and Sunday night for about $630 in total. For South Beach on a weekend in the winter that is pretty reasonable. We knew we wouldn't be ON the beach, and we knew we would be downsizing from the Bentley (which was going for $500 per night on the weekend).

When we arrived at the hotel we were very nervous because of the reviews. Pleasantly surprised at the interior lobby - it is quite nice with a lovely courtyard in the back and from what we heard from some locals it has a really good restaurant)it definitely looked nice). They took our bags with no problem as check in was later, and told us we were upgraded to a suite (still with a queen bed).

The hotel room was a little outdated, and a little rusty in spots - but certainly not as bad as some reviews on here have stated. We found it very clean out side of some minor issues (there were a few cigarette burns on the desk but it is non smoking now so no big deal). The bathroom had such hard water pressure that we couldn't keep it on high because of our sunburn. That, in my opinion, is a good thing. The bathtub was huge- the bathroom had plenty of room, products to use, etc etc. No compaints there.

The hotel is centrally located- on a main street about 2 blocks from the ocean. Anyone on a "budget" knows that this is pretty standard in South Beach. You pay more to be closer, but two blocks isn't exactly bad. They also offer you towels to use. I will say that the towels are a little too hard (i.e. older)but they did come by each night to see if we needed mroe towels or had dirty ones to pick up.

Newspaper was complimentary and there in the morning. The room "bar" was on the small side and very pricey ($6 for a liter of water). It took them a while to get the room cleaned, but it got done in the end - although not to the best standards - garbage in the bathroom not touched, etc.

The bed was small for us (hubbie is 6'5", but we knew we were getting a queen), but it was comfortable enough. They have carpeting in the rooms which does give the room less of an airy feel and did feel a little outdated (I also find carpeting to be gross in general so this didn't help my opinion).

The TV was very small (I though they had plasmas for some reason?) - but worked just fine.

One thing I will mention is that it is a noisier hotel. We always bring ear plugs- and we had to turn the air conditioning on in order to stifle the noise of the neighbors/outside strip. Can't really blame them except for the thin walls.

Our overall impression: SoBe is expensive no matter what. Yes, the value was not great, but it served its purpose. I probably would have splurged on the Bentley for an extra $150 a night for the pool and other perks. I don't think it warrants the excessive negativity though.


from A TripAdvisor Member

We had a one bedroom suite that cost us $550/night. The room was dark, dingy and smelly. The service was HORRIBLE!!The staff were so unaccomidating.The room wasn't worth the price. The sofas were stained in our room, and a staff member "christine" who is believed to be the hotel manager was repulsively rude and completely useless.WE HAD STAFF MEMBERS BARGE INTO OUR ROOM NOT RESPECTING THE PRIVACY TAG ON THE DOOR. The hotel security is not great at all. There were people hanging out in the hallways and just walking around that weren't registered guests.


Loved it!

from Slyclone
We stayed the night of Sept 17th before we went on our honeymoon cruise and loved it!

The bedroom was small. But the high quality bedding and "deco" lighting easily offset the square footage. The bathroom was deco styled, marble, and very nice. A nice breakfast was served. The dining patio with tropical gardens and waterfall wall was excellent! Because our arrival was flight delayed, we had dinner at the hotel. Service was excellent as was the food. Being two small blocks off of Ocean drive was great to escape late night party and traffic noise.

We are looking forward to a return visit when we do not have a cruise ship waiting on us.

Great Art Deco Hotel

from bn2001uk
We stayed in the Hotel Astor at the end of September for 3 nights and really enjoyed ourselves.
Let's be honest, if you go to Miami, you aren't going to spend much time in the hotel but the hotel was really fantastic.
If you love Art Deco, the main hotel reception has been done up (it has received an Art Deco award) and looks really great.
The staff are very friendly, the rooms are clean, the hotel has a lovely outdoor section where we had breakfast every morning and it's only 2 short blocks away from the beach.

The only thing is that the food and the drinks are expensive but then again so is everywhere in South Beach!!!

If you get the chance, do the walking tour of the Art Deco District - you sign up at the Art Deco Welcome Center - it is really interesting, you get to look in some cool buildings and all proceeds go towards restoring Art Deco buildings in the district.

What I saw online is what I got.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at the Astor with my fiancé and we enjoyed the exprience tremendously. The staff was attentive and the room was quiet, clean and yes, dark. The drapes were down and the room was cool and welcoming. Amzaingly, all I had to do was open the drapes and I had the airy, modern, room I saw online - imagine that. Yes the photos are slightly better looking that reality - it's called lighting and composition and I think their web site is well deigned and it was a key factor in my choice of the Astor. The photos are accurate to what you get. The Metro is an excellent restaurant and the prices are reasonable as well. Our room was quiet and I slep like a baby. Miami is a city that parties constantly so I didn't expect to sleep as well as I did. Thank Hotel Astor staff for a pleasant experience. I hope many more vacationers consider your excellent establishement. I have visited many cities and found the Astor to be exceptional in terms of customer service and accomodations. I know we will be back.

Excellent! Awesome! Fantastic!

from nmanning
My fiancee and I just returned from a glorious 4th of July long weekend in Miami Beach and we stayed at the Astor. I've read the other reviews and I honestly do not know what all of the complaints are about. I travel to South Beach every year and the Hotel Astor is fabulous! We arrived to the hotel and were immediately greeted by a gentleman who assisted us with our luggage. We were then welcomed by smiling faces at the front desk and were promptly checked into our room. We arrived to our room, opened the door and discovered that not only were the rooms impeccably clean, stylish and spacious, but also that housekeeping took the time to have the room comfortably lit and jazz softly playing on the stereo. I have never stayed in a hotel where I was greeted by ambiance and music. The little touches are key for me. Yes, most of the rooms do have a view of the various side streets off of Washington. But, if you want an ocean view, then I would suggest that you stay on Ocean Drive, as hotels on Washington and Collins are not suited for you. The Metro Restaurant and Bar are awesome, the service is top notch and the food is delicious. I'd recommend the "Two Egg" breakfast that includes the best Canadian bacon and home fries you'll ever have, as well as the "Ginger Filet Mignon" (you'll never have another steak THAT good anywhere). After a night of partying in SoBe, the Astor's rooms offer a peaceful night's sleep. My fiancee and I heard no noise from the streets, nor from the guests in the room adjoined to us. I've been in other SoBe hotels where the walls are like rice paper and you hear everything going on in the room next to you. Overall, the Hotel Astor has been one of the best places I've stayed in South Beach.

Top Local Tips for Miami

news cafe the news cafe on Ocean drive is a great place to eat. You may have o queue, even for breakfast but its the best people watching area of Ocean drive and the fod is great

Sushi Go out of the hotel, cros the road, turn left and four hundred yards up on the right, slightly set back from the pavement there is an excellent sushi restaurant, great food, great value and massive portions!!!

Tip included! Every establishment we visited included the tip in the check (there were just two of us each time). They NEVER pointed this out, and we didn't notice it until the second meal.


Other names for Hotel Astor

  • astor miami beach
  • astor hotel miami beach
  • Address: 956 Washington Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33139 - United States
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