The Raleigh South Beach Hotel

, Miami, United States
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The Raleigh South Beach Hotel

, Miami

Rooms: 104

1775 Collins Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33139 - United States Hotel Website | | 305 534 6300
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from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at The Raleigh Hotel in south beach, first the hotel is old ugly styled and with a bad smell. The room was very small the mattress was stained and smell. The front office manager a french man was so rude and unprofessional, the GM Mr Moreno was very arrogant and rude, the restaurant if you can call it that was in the worst taste the food was cold when needed to be hot and hot when needed to be cold, the staff hardly can speak english. The hotel is very poorly managed and it shows. PLEASE STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE THIS PLACE ----- !!!! I WILL NEVER STAY THERE AGAIN AND I WILL TELL ANYONE AND EVERYONE I KNOW ABOUT IT.

Just dont leave your laptop in the will get stolen!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I almost had a great stay at the Raleigh...until my ride home when I realized my laptop was no longer where I left it in my car! You would think with the money that it costs for the room, they can at least keep a decent eye on your car, or maybe they could keep a decent eye on their employees, since after all there was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle and nothing else was missing. The best part is they are telling me they are not responsible for anything missing from my car which is total BS and gives them the total authority to just take anything out of the car and then say its not their problem. So be very careful and never leave anything in your car if you are going to stay there!

Not worth the price bad service please read

from A TripAdvisor Member
Keep in mind i NEVER write reviews im just to busy and i feel that most people DONT read these anyways. Ill get right to the piont. This hotel on the first day of arival charged me $1900 with OUT telling me. i only found out when my debit card wouldnt work at local resturant.. leading to very embarasing situation. I talked to front desk they said only temporary charge. i told them its all the money i had with me they said nothing they can do. I periodicaly checked my acount while i was down there and noticed every day they kept trying to charge me avearage 200$ a day in ADITION to the 1900 they already chargedme.. i flipped out. they said nothing they could do.. i checked out came home. called my cc company they helped but i still needed to talk with hotel accounting.. after 5 calls NO return calls.. money is only now starting to slowly be returned back into account.. basically i was charged $4500 for only 4 night stay..when i should have only ben charge $1800. PLEASE be cautiuos when giving thes people your CC number for authorisation or ANYTHING. also. Over priced Howard Johnsons. The hotel is old.. (understnadable) but the bathroom is not as clean as i would have hoped for a 4 star hotel. chips on the toilet seat.. hair in the shower. Room is old.. windows are old.. definatly 40's era.. cool to see. pool set up great. resturant over priced. $40 per person avearage lunch. $90 per person dinner. drinks WAY over pirced. $7 beer $10 mixed drink. the staff.. over all VERY freindly BUT the bar tending staff has definatly got to get with it. they just completly ignore you sometimes. in fact i left wiht out paying bill becasue for 10 minutes the bartender was to busy in conversation with co worker to even acknoledge me.. so i walked away. all in all i wont be going back.. over priced...rude bartenders.. and terrible bililng service.. as i write this my acount is still not properly squared away.. and they never return my calls and hang up on me

Not sure the rooms are worth the price

from sddalg
We stayed here several years ago, and while we didn't stay here on our most recent trip, I wanted to give some insight on the hotel. We did spend some time at the pool and the martini bar this time, and the pool especially, is better than ever. I think they are in the process of renovating the rooms, and I would wait to stay there until the renovation is finished. They were, and I understand still are, spartan, and I don't think worth the money. Conde Nast just named the Raleigh one of its top hotels in the world, and it may be that good someday, but for now stay somewhere else and just go to the Sunday afternoon pool party.

Be prepared for the room, pool great

from A TripAdvisor Member
My stay at the Raleigh was very nice but you must be prepared for your first view of the room. Don't let the room ruin your vacation. People have described it as bare and dorm room-like. It was. One man I met in the elevator asked if our room was similar to his--yes it was. He said his wife almost blew a gasket when she first stepped into the room. It was nothing like she saw in a magazine. The cracked bare stone floor, the plain walls, were a shock. Minimalism-art deco is one thing but this is just plain. Eventhough the initial ambiance of the room was awful, there were some nice details that should not be overlooked. The bed, sheets, pillows, toiletry, cedar closet, sound system, minibar (includes condems), numerous cable channels, ironing board, iron, and hair dryer were all a plus. The thick drapes (with a few holes) kept out the light but not the noise. Noise is a problem. The A/C worked but was very noisy. The windows need to be double or triple paned to block the outside noise. The floors need something on them just to dampen the noise effect. Sound does transmit very well through stone. You can hear your upstairs neighbor taking off his shoes, etc. The maid service for the room was outstanding. I never saw them and the room was always done (twice per day) when I returned. The bathroom was small.
The rest of the hotel is wonderful (especially the pool). If it were not for the pool area, our vacation would have been severly wounded. Therefore my advice is this, be prepared for the room. Tell yourself, that you are really only going to sleep in it. Spend the rest of the time by the pool or around the town (the hotel is in a great location). Bring some ear plugs and relax.

Easy Style in South Beach

from forgetdomani
Just arrived home from a fantastic week at the Raleigh. We were there 6 years ago and what a difference the new owner, Andre Balaz, has made in a short time. The service has gone for non-existent to fantastic and the changes in the common areas show a great attention to detail. The restaurant menu shows a restraint not found anywhere on the beach with truly well executed simple dishes. The 24 hour cafe and pool bar made it hard to leave the hotel for any reason at all. I truly don't understand the complaints on this site. Of course the rooms are a bit expensive - BUT YOU ARE IN SOUTH BEACH WITH THE OCEAN AT YOUR DOOR STEP (not across a noisy boulevard) AND WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL POOL IN NORTH AMERICA TO LOUNGE AT FOR 24 HOURS A DAY. Once Mr. Balaz is finished re-doing the rooms you will probably not see prices under $300 again. This hotel beats the Delano hands down. For those out there unable to recognize the charm of this hotel - stay at the Loews with its 800plus rooms and kids programs. Meanwhile, the rest of us can relax in style at the Raleigh.

VERY overrated

from hache
I booked my stay at The Raleigh for last November 2003 after doing a lot of research. A week before I was to arrive I received a call letting me know that the pool, yes, THE pool that the hotel brags up so much on their site as being their big draw to the hotel... was going to be undergoing renovation during my stay, but that it wouldn't be an annoyance and that we could use a pool at a neighboring hotel. So, even though I booked an oceanfront room right above THE pool, I decided to give it a shot and stay with my choice. BIG mistake... from the second we walked into the hotel, ducking under all of the scaffolding and stepping over paint buckets to opening up the door to our "dorm room" to being awoken at 7am by the jackhammering, to the rude person at the front desk who was having problems with their new computer system and wasn't at all understanding how we were angry after being basically lied to, I regretted ever believing all of the reserach I had done. I know that hotels must do renovation, but the way that The Raleigh handled the work being done and the way they treated it's customers during the changes will make me avoid this place forever and feel that I am not missing out on anything. Obviously a hotel knows that if they only give you 1 week notice that you feel stuck and end up staying with them because any decent hotel is already booked during high season.

Noisy, but not $500

from A TripAdvisor Member
I agree with the previous review. I stayed at the Raleigh in mid-March.
The pool and pool area was great. The room, however, was quite noisy.
You could hear every foot step from the room above and the stereo blasting from the next room. I was happy that the a/c was a bit noisey, since it drowned out some of the noise. They really could use carpeting on those cold terracotta floors, but perhaps they don't want to have to vacuum them. The bed linens were plush and the room kept clean by the staff. The bathrooms, however, are very small. I paid $295 for a cityview room, which isn't that bad for South Beach these days, especially given the location of the Raleigh. I'll try to stay elsewhere next time, but rooms at hotels like the Shore Club, for instance, are usually in the mid $500, if available, so it's a trade-off.

no drawers

from A TripAdvisor Member
Like everyone else, I love the pool and the area around it. It really is beautiful. Our problem was with the bare bones room. I've never been in one with NO drawers....none The rooms don't have rugs or anything to deaden the sound of the high tech sound system, it's alright if its yours but not so good when someone else comes in at two in the morning.
With no rugs or carpet to suck up the sound, its sorta like sleeping in the hall way of a hospital. The bed was confortable but when someone droped the change out of his pants pocket , it sounds like thay are in the room with you. The hotel and grounds are lovely, but I don't think I would go back unless I got a large discount.

great pool/beach area

from MCZAR1
We stayed at the Raleigh in January 2004. I like the location since it was not in the middle of the south beach scene but easily within walking distance. The staff were all very helpful and courteous and the lobby area gives you a very relaxed feel. The pool and beach area are fabulous - like your own little paradise! I would definitely recommend a meal outside in the pool area. The only negative was the room. The room is small, the walls are essentially barren, the TV is a small TV suspended from the ceiling and there is only a chair in the room to sit in outside of the bed. In our room the air conditioning system was very nosiy so then when it was running it was very difficult to hear the TV.
Luckily the weather was beautiful so we spent very little time in the room. I would stay there again but ask for a different room. It is expensive for what you get.

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Other names for The Raleigh South Beach Hotel

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  • raleigh hotel miami
  • raleigh hotel
  • Address: 1775 Collins Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33139 - United States
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