Catalina Hotel & Beach Club


  • Free drinks
  • Free bikes
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Good people-watching


  • Service not a high priority
  • Loud
  • Rooms not well maintained

Published 09/18/2015

Fodor's Review

The Catalina is the budget party spot in the heart of South Beach's hottest block and attracts plenty of twentysomethings with its free nightly drink hour, airport shuttles, bike rentals, two fun pools, and beach chairs. It's across the street from the beach, but nobody seems to mind the short walk. Each of the Catalina's three buildings has a distinct feel: The original Catalina (with the smallest, most inexpensive rooms) is an exercise in camp, with red-shag carpets, two-story glass windows, and monumental sheer drapes. The midrange rooms are in the old Maxine Hotel, decorated in rock baroque and featuring a karaoke machine in the lobby. Room 400 here is one of the beach's best values, with a private sundeck overlooking the strip. The most luxurious part of the Catalina is the Dorset Hotel, which now houses the hotel's biggest rooms as well as its Asian restaurant, FKU. Another outdoor restaurant, Maxine's Bisto, overlooks the passersby on this very sexy strip of Collins Avenue, making the Catalina an entertainment complex in its own right.

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1720–1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States

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Hotel Details:

  • 190 rooms
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 09/18/2015


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Sep 14, 2016

Extensive Menu, Open 24/7

THIS IS A REVIEW OF MAXINE'S BISTRO AT THE CATALINA My spouse and I dined at Maxine’s Bistro and Bar in the very early morning hours (approximately 4:00 am) on a Saturday in early July 2016. Maxine’s is open 24 hours daily. The restaurant is located on the street-level of the Catalina Hotel on bustling Collins Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets), next to the Redbury and across the street block from the Raleigh/Richmond/South Seas/Surfcomber/Marseilles/SLS

hotels. Maxine’s offers both outdoor dining on a flagstone patio as well as indoor dining. Although most patrons choose to dine at the outdoor tables, a few lounge groupings allow for more casual seating. Umbrellas and large fans keep the customers cool. Although Maxine’s has an extensive menu of international cuisine, the late-night menu is abbreviated. We actually wanted to order breakfast, but that portion of the menu is not available at 4:00 am. Instead, we ordered two sandwiches: the bacon grilled cheese and the Cuban-style ham sandwich. The grilled cheese was non-traditional: the whole-grain bread was untoasted/ungrilled; however, the cheese, bacon, and tomato inside were heated to a delicious melted consistency. The tasty Cuban panini included ham, cheese, pickles, and mustard pressed between two slices of grilled bread. Maxine’s offers a choice of French fries or a small green salad to accompany your sandwich; we ate one of each, and both were good. As with most South Beach bars and restaurants, Maxine’s adds an automatic 15% gratuity to your bill. If you want a casual meal where you can people-watch on Collins Avenue at any time of the day, choose Maxine’s Bistro.

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