This past weekend I had a quick overnight at Miami Airport, and was just looking for the most convenient Starwood or Hyatt property to stay at. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always found Miami Airport hotels to be ridiculously expensive, consistently over $200 per night. That includes the Sheraton, Element, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House. Not sure why that is. They’re airport hotels so surely these aren’t being filled with people spending $200+ per night… right?
I arrived at Miami Airport late in the afternoon, and headed to the arrivals area, where the shuttle picked me up within 10 minutes. The driver was courteous and the drive to the hotel was really short, a few minutes at most. I believe this is the closest hotel to the airport.
The lobby is pretty typical of a Sheraton. I quickly found the reception desk on the left upon entering, and got in the dedicated SPG line.
The agent that checked me in was friendly and familiarized me with the hotel and reminded me of SPG Platinum benefits, including that I’d receive free internet and club lounge access. She asked if I would need 4PM late check-out (I didn’t), and also offered me my choice of Platinum amenities (I chose the 500 Starpoints over the local gift).
I was assigned a Club King room on the ninth floor, room 924.
I headed towards the elevators, and it sure seemed like the hotel doesn’t have enough. The hotel has over 400 rooms and only three elevators, so wait times were consistently long.
Once I made it to the ninth floor I turned right and headed towards my room, which was about halfway down the hall.
This was a US Sheraton, so truthfully there’s not all that much to report in terms of the room. It was a good size and featured all the standard Sheraton appointments.
There was a king size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed.
A flat screen TV facing the bed, which swiveled.
A desk with office chair near the window.
And a random chair on the side of the bed closest to the bathroom.
The room boasted nice views of a nearby golf course, which was under the approach course for Miami Airport.
The bathroom featured a sink with
low environmentally friendly water pressure, a toilet, and a shower.
The club lounge was located on the 10th floor. It was fairly large for an airport hotel, and featured tables, bar seating, and couches. I appreciated that the club lounge could be accessed using a key 24 hours per day, so you could up something to drink any hour of the day or night.
There was an evening snack spread in the club lounge from 6PM till 8:30PM. I mean, US club lounge spreads usually leave a lot to be desired, and this was no exception. Though it was actually better than some evening spreads I’ve seen at Sheratons. There were cheese cubes, pasta salad, veggies, cookies, and two hot options.
The two hot options were pot-stickers and “fancy lasagna” (which is how the guy sitting next to me in the club lounge described it to his girlfriend on the phone).
Breakfast was served in the club lounge from 6:30AM till 9:30AM, and was exclusively continental. It consisted of fruit (both whole and cut), bagels, toast, muffins, danishes, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, and juice.
Quick tip: the lattes from the coffee machine were actually quite good, while the cappuccino was more or less undrinkable.
The hotel also had a gym on the first floor, which had a good selection of equipment.
In terms of other random observations, I appreciated that the wifi speed was fairly good.
I didn’t, however, appreciate the lack of sound insulation and paper thin walls in the room. While the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper is among my favorite hotel beds and usually ensures a great night of sleep, unfortunately I couldn’t fall asleep. And from the sounds of it, neither could the people in the room next to mine.
To quote Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory:
Sheldon: I am aware of the way humans usually reproduce which is messy, unsanitary and based on living next to you for three years, involves loud and unnecessary appeals to a deity.
Penny: Oh, God.
Sheldon: Yes, exactly.
Sums it up, I think…
Anyway, all things considered I had a fairly nice stay. The room was nice enough, I appreciated that the club lounge was 24/7, and the shuttle was prompt in both directions. I do wish Miami Airport hotels would be more reasonably priced, but it’s not like the Sheraton is priced higher than the competition, really.