Quick Getaway to Sunny South Florida
by, 05-29-2013 at 07:17 AM (638 Views)
We did a quick getaway trip recently visiting two Luxury Link Florida properties, first spending a couple days at the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach and then visiting The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, both Preferred Properties. I've enjoyed staying at Preferred Properties in the past, so I looked forward to visiting a couple more, since they often are quite unique and varied.
The Palms was an auction I won quite awhile ago and in fact it was purchased at a "high season" price for the time period ending April 30th. But due to some scheduling constraints, I wasn't able to use it before the end of the high season/higher priced period. So I ended up going in early May, still during the overall availability period, just during a lower priced timeframe. I'm glad I was able to go, thanks to some scheduling assistance from the Luxury Link concierges.
Upon our arrival we received a bit of a chilly reception from the front desk clerk, as shown by one of his comments……that he didn't know where we made our reservation or what ind of deal we got, but his computer showed we paid a only penny a night. He didn't seem to know about Luxury Link. I assured him I paid more than a penny a night, explaining that it was a prepaid reservation. That's OK…….. up to the room.
Thank goodness for a great bellman who took us & our bags up to the room. The room was not ideal as it was small, not such a big problem, but the bathroom layout was tiny and awkward. In fact, one could not sit on the toilet without knees hitting the wall, unless sitting sideways! What do you expect for only a penny a night?
Bellman know what the typical rooms are like, and I asked if this bathroom layout was typical for this class of room. They'll know if you're getting a decent room or not. Wow, within seconds, he was on the phone, found three other rooms for us and insisted on taking us to all three rooms to see them in order that we could pick one. What great service we got from him!
So we settled into our new room with a much better bathroom layout. The bedroom and the bathroom were still on the small side but the shower was large with both a rain shower and a hand held shower, furnished with Aveda bath products. Other than the check-in at the front desk, we had good service from the rest of the staff our entire stay.
The rest of the property and the grounds were lovely and well designed, with a wedding gazebo, a large heated pool, an outdoor tiki bar, lots of lounge chairs, hammocks, a locked gate that opens on the boardwalk, and right on the beach, with beach chairs and umbrellas in the sand. The hotel was not busy with guests during our stay but I understand they had two weddings the previous day, so the place was packed then. While there, we commented on the feeling that we were in another country; it seemed we were the only English speaking guests........ heard languages from several different countries.
We were mainly there to chill but on the spur of the moment, we ended up doing a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. The hotel location was quiet at night with a nice boardwalk to take a stroll. However with a large building under construction next door, there was some construction noise heard during the day in our city view corner room but not noticeable by the pool. There was not much in the immediate neighborhood as far as dining or entertainment so it was good we had a car. South Beach was nearby. One night we headed over to the Design District for dinner at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, a recommendation from a LL'er - really good! One other good tip - Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza for lunch right after landing at FLL. Thanks O!
Part two of our quick sunny Florida getaway.......