When you think of Miami the words ‘family friendly’ don’t necessarily come to mind… ‘we’re in Miami bitch!’ a bit more so. So, when we decided to escape what felt like the 100th hit of the polar vortex, we became worried that we wouldn’t be able to find appropriate accomodations fit for our little one.
Google/TripAdvisor to the recue. I stumbled upon a hotel called Grand Beach Hotel. Recent stay reviews praised the place for it being family friendly and guests’ photos (which are often questionable) were impressive. The fact that it was right on the ocean and offered one bedroom suites at an affordable price made our decision to go with this gem an easy one.
Huddled in the front row of a Super Shuttle (never take one of these!) we SLOOOOWLY made our way north on Collins Ave. To be honest, we past several shady hotels and were getting worried that ours would be nothing like what we expected.
Upon arrival we were beyond happy with what we saw. A beautiful modern hotel that was very bright and clean. Our room was massive (1000sq feet!), had two balconys facing the ocean, two full baths, and two giant TVs (made for good Olympic viewing during breaks from the pool).
What really did it for us was the pool area. Two family friendly pools and a hot tub are located at the back of the hotel surrounded by lush palm trees and less than 100 meters from the ocean.
An adults only pool is located on the 7th floor for those who want it. Bar and food service were prompt and available ANYWHERE in the hotel meaning you never had to leave your cabana on the beach or when by the pool.
You get the gist, we loved our stay at Grand Beach Hotel and are already planning another visit there.
For those without kids, really consider this place when planning a trip to Maimi as well. Granted it’s not right on Ocean Drive, BUT I promise you won’t feel like you’re at a place for families only. This hotel is not at all run down by kids. The families that were there were mostly from France, Germany or Portugal and their kids were VERY well behaved. I’ll tell you this much, there’s something to be said for raising children the French way.