The South Beach Marriott is a great hotel. It is at lands end (almost) on South Beach and has a great beach front location. The pool was just renovated and it is within walking distance to an incredible night life. The Concierge lounge is open on the weekends! Why can't more Marriott's follow suit on this one? It is pricey, but worth the cost if you are on business. I did not try spa services, but have stayed with them three times. The staff will work with you if you need anything. Family Alert: This part of south beach is often topless. There is a great Sushi bar just 2 blocks west and the cruise ships go in and out of the port (can be seen from concierge lounge). I recommend this place.
We are planning a girlfriend getaway weekend in Nov 2008 and plan on staying at the SoBe Marriott. What is the area like? Is the hotel far enough away from the crazy crowds, but close enough to walk to places with live music and dancing? Any places you can recommend? We are all over 40 so we would like to find places with a little older crowd. When you stayed there, did you receive a Plat upgrade? Thanks!