Sanctuary South Beach
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- 98%Local Culture
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (3)
- Sanctuary South BeachMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4First to ReviewOct 29, 2013
This is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s on a quiet street surrounded by apartment buildings, not other hotels, but it’s just two blocks from the beach and a five-minute walk to all the shopping and show-offy restaurants on Lincoln Road. The hotel’s own restaurant, Ola, serves a Latin American menu and has a great reputation amongst locals. The water features, bamboo and Buddha statues in the courtyard made me view the entire hotel as a kind of spa, and there is in fact an on-site spa in the hotel. But guests can also get massages in their rooms, or up on the grassy rooftop, surrounding the small pool. The guest rooms are all one-bedroom suites with a separate living room, and have a simple, minimalist feel. Some rooms have soaking tubs, others just rainfall showers. Sanctuary would be great for anyone coming to Miami for work or looking for a retreat from the overindulgence of the beach.
- Sanctuary South BeachJul 05, 2012
This small boutique hotel (38 rooms) has great potential, but they need to step up their maintenance. The location is great, and if rooms are sold out elsewhere, the bed is comfortable, and the shower has good water pressure. There is a large flat screen TV in the sitting area and a small one in the bedroom. Be sure you pull your hotel door shut when you leave. Mine stuck a bit, so I had to slam it to be sure it was shut. I wanted to like the hotel, and I love its exterior. Plus, the restaurant in the lobby (not part of the hotel) is fantastic! (See my separate review of Ola.)
- Sanctuary South BeachMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
The Sanctuary is such a secluded refuge that I almost couldn't find it. After parking, I walked around the block in a complete circle, only to realize my car was directly out front of the hotel! The interior does indeed feel like a Sanctuary, a southeast Asian one with Buddhist influences. But I had mixed feelings about this place. What I liked was the quiet sense of refuge, the large suites with private lounge areas and kitchenettes, the abundance of bamboo and the quality of the in-house restaurant - Ola. What I did not like was that you must check in to the hotel in the front entrance of the restaurant. For a sanctuary, this feels very exposed. I don't need a bunch of chic diners judging my luggage... Also, the atrium set up of this place feels almost too enclosed, like the sanctuary is an aquarium and you are trapped in a cage. Finally, the pool deck was also a mixed bag. Its a nice area and lovely little splash pool, if you get lucky enough to have it all to yourself. However, whenever I went up, there were already guests occupying the best seats and I felt I was intruding on their private party. Great, where do I go to chill out by the pool? Overall, I like the idea of a sanctuary, I've come to realize it's what I desire in a place like South Beach, but I think this hotel is trying to make too much out of too small a space.
Poor243 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- Location96% appreciated the closeness to the beach.
- BeachWonderful beach. 92% of guests enjoyed it.
- Ambiance89% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Service79% found the staff to be very friendly.
- HotelHotel is nice enough. 71% of guests gave positive feedback.
- Food54% found the breakfast to be acceptable.
Dining options at the Sanctuary include a restaurant. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This four-star property offers limo/town car service, audio-visual equipment, and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
All guestrooms at the Sanctuary are one bedroom suites, including one special penthouse suite, the Sky Loft. Bathrooms feature sunken bath tubs with rainforest showerheads, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guestrooms offer voicemail and in-room safes. 42 wall mounted flat screen televisons have pay movies. Air-conditioned rooms also include blackout drapes/curtains, irons/ironing boards, and clock radios. Each suite includes a full kitchen. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request.