by Adventures With Adam
New York, New York
March 4, 2005
I found the Tudor's service level lacking. I tried to check in at 11am. My room wasn't ready, so the sullen desk clerk processed my paperwork and told me I could I leave my bags at the desk and return at 3pm. She then radioed the bell captain to take my luggage. After I waited 15 minutes for the no-show bellhop, she finally took the bags herself, something she could have easily done 15 minutes earlier. I went out to the beach, then to Lincoln Road and returned to the hotel at the prescribed time. Not surprisingly, the room wasn't ready. After a few more radio calls and another 20 minutes, I could finally settle in.
My room was more than adequate. It featured a comfortable queen bed; a tiled floor (feels nice and cool after walking on hot sand); a kitchenette on one wall with sink, microwave and mini-fridge (useful for storing cold beer); a decent tv; and a modern bathroom. The room overlooked a bland courtyard, so don't come here for the view. I later discovered that the rooms are individually owned, condo style, and that not all of them have the same level of quality or upkeep; I felt lucky that I got what I got.
The night clerk later redeemed the service quotient by arranging an early morning taxi to the airport, leaving me with a better feeling than when I checked in. I paid $65 for the night plus the Priceline fee plus taxes plus another two bucks for having a safe in the room. (The hotel collects this money whether you use the safe or not.) All told, it came to around $80, not quite a steal, but not bad either--I think the usual rate was around $140 in high season. While nothing special, the Tudor is an adequate tourist class hotel, and if you're not careful, you could do much worst staying in the same area.
From journal Adventures in Miami