Sunday, February 10, 2013

Two Minute Review of the Sheraton Miami Airport

I've stayed at many amazing hotels over the years, but since most of my regular travel is for work, I often end up staying at more "everyday" properties. While these aren't properties you're going to dream of visiting on vacation, I thought I would start to share my experiences, just in case they might be helpful for other trips. Nothing too crazy though - just a "two minute review".


Room

I was in a special allergy-free room on the Club Level, but didn't really notice the "allergy-free-ness" of it (though others might). It was a very standard room otherwise. The king bed was very comfortable, and the desk had an abundance of power outlets (my two key requirements when traveling for business). The bathroom was a little dated, but very serviceable. Despite being an airport location, I had a nice view of a golf course (which I believe was the only greenery in the immediate vicinity).

sheraton miami airport guest room king bed
Guest room with king bed

Food

The hotel restaurant is called The Rickenbacker, and I thought it was very respectable. In the morning, the breakfast buffet was ample and tasty (breakfast meats, eggs, potatoes, fresh fruits, yogurt, cereals, omelette station). I also ate there once for lunch, and enjoyed the club sandwich that I ordered. Service was fast and friendly.

Points

I was on a paid stay, but this hotel is a Starwood Category 2 - meaning rooms are available for 4000 points per night (3000 on weekends).

Miscellaneous

The hotel is directly outside the airport - I believe it is closer than any other hotel in the area. They offer a complimentary shuttle to/from the terminal that runs every ~15 minutes.

The Club Lounge is very modern and spacious. I can't speak to the club breakfast (at check in, the front desk agent encouraged me to dine at the restaurant rather than the club), but it was great to be able to grab a  snack, coffee, and water in the middle of the day.

The fitness room is bright and spacious. and has approximately a dozen assorted cardio machines, maybe half a dozen strength-training machines, and a full rack of free weights.

This hotel participates in Starwood's Green Choice program, so I was able to get 500 bonus points for declining maid service for 1 of the 2 days of my stay (you're not allowed to decline on the day of your departure).



Photos


sheraton miami airport guest room flat screen tv and desk
Guest room, alternate view
sheraton miami airport guest room pure allergen filter
PURE allergen filter
sheraton miami airport golf course view
View of the airport-adjacent golf course
sheraton miami airport breakfast buffet #1
Breakfast buffet #1
sheraton miami airport breakfast buffet #2
Breakfast buffet #2
sheraton miami airport club lounge #1
Club lounge self-serve area
sheraton miami airport club lounge #2
Club lounge, alternate view


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