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The Standard

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • free bike and kayak rentals
  • swank pool scene
  • great spa
  • inexpensive

    Cons

  • slight trek to South Beach
  • small rooms with no views

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The Standard Review

An extension of André Balazs's trendy and hip yet budget-conscious hotel chain, the shabby-chic Standard is a mile from South Beach on an island just over the Venetian Causeway and boasts one of South Florida's most renowned spas and hottest pool scenes. The message: we'll do what we please, and the cool kids will follow. The scene attracts trendy 30- and 40-year-olds interested in the hotel's many "do-it-yourself" spa activities, including mud bathing, scrubbing with sea salts, soaking in hot or arctic-cold waters, and yoga. An 8-foot, 103-degree cascade into a Roman hot tub is typical of the handful of adult pleasures spread around the pool deck. The informal Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grille overlooks the bay's Mediterranean-style mansions and the cigarette boats that float past. You can also go kayaking around the island. On the hotel facade you'll see the monumental signage of a bygone occupant, the Lido Spa Hotel, and the much smaller sign of its current occupant, hung, with a wink, upside down. The rooms are small and simple, though they have thoughtful touches like a picnic basket and embroidered fabric covers for the small flat-screen TVs. First-floor rooms have outdoor soaking tubs but very limited privacy, so few take that plunge.

    Hotel Details

  • 104 rooms, 1 suite.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 03-08-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    The Standard Review

    The Standard in Miami was definitely Sub-Standard. I was very disappointed.

    I liked:
    * Great pool & patio area
    * Nice landscaping/gardens
    * Great view of downtown area from restaurant/patio/pool
    * Fabulous massage at Spa
    * Food, when it arrived, was very good.
    * Funky and fun decor.

    I did not like:
    * Abysmal service from staff. Had to ask multiple times to order drinks, order food, ask for a dessert menu, ask for check. They could have made a lot more money from me if anyone had bothered to see if I needed anything else. This happened with every meal.
    * Rooms were a little rough around the edges, especially the bathrooms. They needed a good scrub down, new mirrors, and fresh paint. The clock didn't work.
    * Indifferent Spa reception staff.
    * Spa bathroom needed a good scrub down as well. Repaint the spa's ladies room bathroom door stalls. They look like they belong in a high school bathroom.
    * Mini-bar was not re-stocked.

    It is unfortunate that my bad experiences outweighed the good. It COULD be a great hotel. The bad service is inexcusable.

    Train the staff in basic customer service and make sure the bathrooms are spotless. Then you'll have a GREAT hotel & spa.

    by Cris_Pay, 2/10/11
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    DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL

    I never wrote a review in my life, but was compelled to do so...This is absolutely the worse hotel in Miami...but actually more like a motel. When I checked in I was given the key to their best "Wet room suite" which means it comes with an outdoor soaking tub. The only problem is the tub barely fits one person...not ideal when you expect to -at least fit two people (isn't that the point)...next walk inside and the places stinks of mildew the floor creeaks and the walls look like painted cardboard...
    I immediately asked for another room and was given one on the other side of the hotel by the pool. This room was smaller than the first with stronger mildew odor and hideous decor. I then asked the front desk for another room, he said " they are all the same" I then told him I was checking out and going to their sister hotel "the Raleigh" (SEE MY RALEIGH REVIEW - ITS NOT MUCH BETTER)

    Any way they charged my card for one night stay even though I didnt stay there and I was extremely inconvenienced as expressed to their managers Juan and Fernando they would not credit my card. Not the best way to treat customers...

    by cuda347, 6/19/08

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