Across the Ocean. Best Location!. Sleeps 4.
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
The Congress (Formerly The Strand) hotel description
You will better understand the meaning of the words... Location, Location..., Location!!!! Dont walk miles to the beach or the center of activities (specially at night in high heels), or stay in an old ugly place with no view to save a buck. Our unit is centrally located, has world renowned Luminaire furniture,full kitchen with diswasher,microwave,coffee maker,stove and fridge,rainfall shower,home/radio, H2O, mp3 connections and free wi-fi.The top of the roof pool has 360 degree view,, two restaurants in property and beach front rental shops.The unit has, shower tub, dishwasher, stove. Enjoy South Beach from this beautiful condo-hotel, and save significantly. In an ocean front building where all the excitement of world famous South Beach is at your reach.This modern convenient one bedroom suite of 550 feet is right in the middle of it all.
With the beach across the street, restaurants for dining, lunch or breakfast, laundromat with do it yourself as well as pick up and delivery nearby, shopping, cafeteria, mini market, and all kinds of conveniences. Also close to markets, pizzerias,ice cream parlors,designer stores,liquor store,etc,once you are here you will know you could not have chosen a better location!
Cancellation Policy: Owner and management reserves the right cancel reservations and refund deposit, when the reservation becomes too time consuming to an extent much greater that the normal amount of time it should take.
Example of this are to repeatedly having to send requests for payment, reminders, non stop questions, reassurances, etc, which after the reservation has been made, monopolizes the time the management should be using to also tend to other reservations. Understanding the normal concen when renting from private owners, we can easily verify our authenticity, but can not spend all of our time reassuring one customer when others are ready and waiting to rent. Homeaway is mostly listing from private owners,and our reviews speak for themselves. Our ad has been with Homeaway since 2010 and only legitimate listings can remain in existing that long.
Management reserves the right to cancel a reservation and keep deposit, when the required 30 days for the balance to be paid has passed and the balance remains unpaid.This is a privately owned property with a great location at a low price in comparison to the average price for the area and other units in the building.
Refund Policy: If landlord must cancel for unforeseen reasons, deposit will be refunded. If tenant must cancel by unforeseen reasons, the deposit can be used to reserve at a different time, days of similar value, demand, and availability within one year from the cancellation.
- 550 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Low Allergen Environment
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Beautiful bathroom in granite, has all modern and new appliances, rain shower and tub, attached water hose (for freshening up, wash hair, child bathing and any other quick uses when no time for a full shower). With two different entrances, bathroom can be accessed from the living room and from the bedroom....moreless
- Please do not run ac while balcony door open as dust from outside could clog the ac system and repair will be needed after your departure. PayPal payments accepted. A 100 to 150 refundable security deposit is required. 300 -350 dollars is needed to reserve property, 500 for larger amounts. Balance must be fully paid 30 days before arrival (depending on demand for reservations) to avoid cancelation and loss of deposit. No payments will be accepted on arrival. An inventory of contents is taken before arrival and after departure to make sure all items are in place and everything is in working condition before your deposit is refunded. Fax can is located in lobby area...moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Coin Laundry
- Not Necessary
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Near The Ocean
sports and adventure activities
- Surf Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Communication / Internet
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Iron & Board
- Towels Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Paper Towels
- Sofa Bed
- Wireless Internet
- Parking On Street
- Mobile Phone
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Basic Soaps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Broadband Access
- Activities Guide
- Local Activities Guide
- Security System
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Air Conditioning
- Housekeeper Optional
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- 2 Ring Stove
- Gated Community
- Beach Towels
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
ReviewsWrite a review
Perfect South Beach stay.
Perfect South Beach stay.
Had a very enjoyable time at this perfect South Beach location. Directly across from the beach. The unit was clean and very comfortable. In the center of all the action but the unit is very quiet. Had no problems with outside noise. Already looking for availability for my next stay.
- Guest Donald W.
- Date of stay 01/11/12
- Review Submitted 01/26/12
Nice place, great location
Nice place, great location
Nice, clean, functional place and a great location! Good deal too. Thank you Carmen! A tip for future renters: when picking up a key, ask for a code to the outside gate! First night we arrived it was open, so we didn't think much of it, but the next time it was awkward to find ourselves in front of a closed gate we didn't know what to do with! :-)
- Guest Irina K.
- Date of stay 11/01/13
- Review Submitted 11/14/13
Owner response: Thanks Irina for your kind words and your observation. Will start mentioning in contract to ask for the code. Is the first I hear but there is always room for improvement. Come back soon!
Would love to stay there again next yearGuest comment entered by owner
Would love to stay there again next year
We definitely enjoyed the place. I have stayed at a few condos here in south beach on ocean drive and I must say this was one of the better ones. It was clean, it had everything we needed and then some. The location was perfect. As always, I definitely enjoyed my time in South Beach and we would love to stay there again next year
- Guest Siera
- Date of stay 10/10/13
- Review Submitted 10/17/13
Great StayGuest comment entered by owner
Carmen, We had GREAT time!! You have a nice, comfortable place. Plus it's in the heart of South Beach. Everything was right there, we didn't need to rent a car or anything. I will defiantly be returning to South Beach soon and your spot is number one! Yes, I've been to South Beach previously and stayed at the W which was way so expensive and not where I wanted it to be located so this time around we wanted to do something different. Rodnika
- Guest Rodnika
- Date of stay 08/08/13
- Review Submitted 08/14/13
Me, my husband and our 7 months old baby stayied in the apartment for five nights and we really enjoyed it. The location is perfect; near the beach, restaurants, shops and grocerystores. And the apartment is beatuiful with everything that you need in the kitchen, towels etc. You get alot for the amount of money you pay for this apartment. Carmen provided us with a babybed for our son which we really appriciated. Our son wasn´t bottered by the noise from Ocean drive, he slept like never before actually. On the other hand, it wasn´t that noisy at all. The apartment is not placed right in front of Ocean drive which we found positive and it didn´t make the apartment that noisy so it bothered us. Another positive thing was the fact that we could use the rooftop pool on the building beside the building this apartment was placed in. That was really convenient when you have children and the pool was lovely with a fantastic wiew. We didn´t miss anything. Maybe one key to mention something, but that was perhaps something we could get if we asked:) We really recomend this apartment!
- Guest Marie W.
- Date of stay 01/14/13
- Review Submitted 01/30/13
Owner response: Thank you Marie: You were such great tenants and easy to work with. You left the unit as clean as if it had been done by a professional cleaning crew. You stayed at the beginning of the year and found the apartment quite. I appreciate you mentioning it as Ocean Drive can be noisy this part of the year. Being on the 3rd floor towards the back and having Versace's Mansion garden accross the street instead of a restaurant or club is quite, peaceful and relaxing. Thanks for being such gracious tenants. Come back again. Carmen
Loved the location of this unit! The beach is right across the street, the clubs/bars/restaurants are at your door step and Lincoln Rd/Espanola Way and even the Holocaust Memorial are all within walking distance of the condo. My friends and I had a great stay mainly due to the location of this condo, it is perfectly situated in the middle of everything in South Beach. We did venture to downtown Miami one night and it was just a $15 taxi ride; the airport is a $33 taxi ride. By the end of our stay we realized that to get great food we had to venture off the SOBE strip plus every place in SOBE charged a 18% gratuity no matter your group size and they even charge this ridiculous gratuity on drinks at the bar! We loved dancing at the Clevelander which is 2 doors down from the condo, we also enjoyed Mangoes for some cheesy dancing/live performances and the South Beach Duck Tour was worth the $32. The pictures of the condo listed on Home Away are accurate; it's clear that the condo has seen its fair share of guests but it is still in good condition. Carmen was easy to work with and helpful as we organized our stay at the condo and she was easily accessible throughout our trip. The staff at the condo were also super nice and very helpful! Would totally stay at this place again if I were to return to SOBE!
- Guest Patience A.
- Date of stay 10/26/12
- Review Submitted 11/03/12
Owner response: Thank you Patience. There are really many excelent restaurants on the beach, but yes, gratuity is usually higher in tourists areas. Is good to read the fine print because in many places it says on the bill to feel free to increase, lower or remove it. Not sure if that is still the case. Glad you had a great time.Just a tip: There are many ways of enjoy things thar are free or low cost, such as cafe or appetizers on Lincoln Road, Hispaniola Way Ocean Drive, etc instead of a full dinner.By the time you eat the bread, an appetizer and water you'll be satisfied. Be aware that a few drinks can get more expensive than the meal so get your drinks with little or no ice, and it will go a longer way. There are also museums, swimming in the ocean,or our pool in the top terrace, bicycling, dancing at The Clevelander,and people watching seating at starbucks cafe on Ocean and 15th, where there are also pizzas and ice cream stores, and it faces Lummus Park Also with our fully equipped kitchen you can get some groceries and cook at home, and also buy liquor in the liquor stores (one on Collins and 11th) and make some of the drinks at home before going out. All along Ocean Drive, you can have a full breakfast , lunch or dinner for less than 10.00 dollars. Just be aware that the catch will be on the beverages. If you want to go all out for great food and catch a glimpse of some celebities, go to SLS hotel on Collins, Mr Chow Restaurant at the W hotel, dine at Casatua or Soho Beach,etc All South of 5th street restaurants (Prime One Twelve, Joe's Stone Crabs, Prime Italian, Smith And Wolenski, etc) are also very good choices of resturants, but of course, pricy. Take these tips with you on any vacation and thank you for your stay. Carmen
We went with our babygirl and have a great time there! the apartment is just like the photo! so no surprises when you arrive! the location is the best and the building is really nice! The place was very clean and well maintained and everybody was very kind with us! We hope come back soon!! ;-) Miss our wonderful stay!
- Guest Silvia R.
- Date of stay 10/13/12
- Review Submitted 11/01/12
Owner response: Hi: It has been such a pleasure to work with you that I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay. While a few tenants sometimes make the booking process stressful, it was a real pleasure to work with you. Glad you, your husband and baby are safely back home, and hope to have you back soon. Carmen
Long over due!!!!
Long over due!!!!
This review is long over due. Carmen's place is very nice and I enjoyed my stay. When we arrived the bellman Daniel greeted us showed us to the condo. There is a secured gate which is very nice. The condo is very nice and spacious. Ive been to Miami a few times and the hotels there are very small. So space is a big plus in Miami. There is also a kitchen which is great for late night snacks. The hotel has the best roof top pool and the bartender was great. The location is perfect right next to the Versace mansion and on Ocean drive. I really enjoyed my stay. I can wait to go back I will be emailing Carmen.
- Guest Anethea S.
- Date of stay 05/10/12
- Review Submitted 07/01/12
I normally dont write reviews but I found the other reviews helpful in making a final decision. I have not one complaint about renting from Carmen. Eveything that was promised, I received. No problems at all. The condo is in close proximety to EVERYTHING, no car needed. Right across from the beach, in the middle of all the action but still quiet when we needed a quick nap. We were not expecting the condo to be as nice as it was so that was very pleasant suprise for the price we paid. Will definitely rent again when I plan to visit Miami. I recommend 100%!
- Guest Karley H. (Washington, DC)
- Date of stay 06/07/12
- Review Submitted 06/13/12
Owner response: Thank you so much for your nice words and most of al I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, specially since we are spending a few weeks in Europe and had to make all arrangements ahead for your arrival and stay to be a smooth experience. I try to convey to new inquirers how nice the place, location, price, etc is, but coming from people who have just been there is much easier to understand that I don't just say is nice because is ours...it actally is vey very nice. Thanks again Karley, and hope you and your family come back soon. Carmen
Conveniences of home, with the luxury of Vacation
Conveniences of home, with the luxury of Vacation
I can't say enough nice things about this property! My 3 sisters and I stayed 4 nights, and have no complaints. This was our 4th year coming to South Beach and this was the best place we've stayed. There was ample space for us to move and sleep comfortably. The room was clean, and the amenities made our lives so much easier. The shower, the bed, and the balcony were my favorite parts. The rooftop pool was beautiful, and a nice escape from the bustle below. I also really appreciated the security of the building. Past the front gate, I never felt like there was anyone around that didn't belong. You can tell that Carmen takes feedback to make the place better for each new guest. This will definitely be our go to property when we come back to SoBe next year.
- Guest Barbara B.
- Date of stay 05/03/12
- Review Submitted 05/12/12
Owner response: Thanks Barbra! You guys are the best! Carmen
Prices do not include holidays or special eventsOwners reserve the right to cancel reservations and refund deposit when the reservation prcess is difficult to conclude due to obstacles, such as reluctance to commit with contract, monopolizing the time for other reservations wtth endless inquiries, etc. We are conscious of the great value of our product, which due to its location has a pretty good demand. We can not dedicate much time to undecided reservations that consume more time with inquiries that it is reasonable. Similar. units in the building and in the area rent at double and triple the price.That is one of the reasons for our great reviews...its value.......It is the best value in South Beach.Rates vary according to amount of people and lenght of stay. We have the best location in South Beach at 1/3 of the price of those in a similar location. Walk to restaurants, shops and entertainment and cross the street to the beach.
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- Nearest Airport: Miami International and Ft Lauderdale Internationa at 15 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: McCarthur Causeway at 5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: a block away at 1 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Miami Beach Golf Club and Fisher Island at 3 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Came to Miami as a foreign student in the 70's. Studied at Miami Dade Community College, and later at Florida International University where graduated with major in Psychology. Owned and managed homes for mentally challenged teenagers and adults for 20 years. Semi retired 3 years ago and now rent our private properties to students and tourists...Loving the tourist industry!
Why the Owner Chose The Congress (Formerly The Strand):
Is in the main South Beach location (Ocean Drive) where the beach is across the street, the restaurants are downstairs, yet when you want to relax and enjoy the unit,it is situated on the 3rd floor, far from the noise an with a view of the tranquil Versace Mansions gardens, as well as Ocean Drive. It has a security gate, plus a building door that can only open with a key, and finally the door to the unit which is digitally programmed by front desk
The Unique Benefits at this Hotel:
Is a one bedroom suite in a condo hotel where all similar units rent for twice and three times the price. We live in the area and enjoy renting ourselves.We have a great relationship with other owners, staff and the board.
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Comfortable spacious living room
Beautiful bathroom with granite counter top and rain shower
The Beach ....right across the street
The beach is right accross the street
Garden view of Versace's Mansion, and Ocean Drive
Privacy on entrance
South Beach....come and join us!!
Beautiful South Beach sand steps away
View of Versace's Mansion from bacony
Cozy bedroom with king size bed
Fully equipped kitchen
Located in Art Deco building on Ocean and 11th street
Home away from home, with the beach accross the street
View from Balcony with beach across the street
Microwave, Fridge w/ Icebox, Coffemaker, Toaster, Diswasher, Stove top
Nights of Ocean Drive. Main street...Steps away from main atractions
Relaxing park with palm trees. Right between you and the beach