Hi, I have three nights to spend in South East Florida (not too far from MIA) and wondering what properties people have loved? I don't want to spend much more than $500 per night so the RCs are out. Looking at the Stanton in South Beach, the BeachPlace Towers in Fort Lauderdale, and the Harbor Beach Resort & Spa also in Lauderdale. Any one of these better than the other? Or does anyone have other suggestions? Would love a concierge lounge if available to gold level members. Beach front is better than not, but for a great deal/unforgettable experience I would stay elsewhere--even in Miami proper. Many thanks for your thoughts!
BeachPlace Towers is nice if you want a villa with a kitchen or a guest room with a kitchenette. Right on the beach except that you have to cross A1A which is typical of hotels along the Ft. Lauderdale Strip. Great views. No CL since it's a MCVI, but lots of restaurants, shopping, bars, and entertainment in the BeachPlace Towers complex. Parking is $12 or so per day. I was upgraded to an ocean view. I've also stayed at the RC right next door, and if you time it right, you can get a room there for under $500, so maybe worth checking that out just in case. The Ft. Lauderdale RC is a beautiful property and very luxurious. BeachPlace Towers is more moderate, but still a great location and I enjoyed it. If you are a MVCI member, you can sometimes get a discount at the BeachPlace Towers. When I stayed, I paid $84 for a guest room (not a villa) at BeachPlace Towers in July (off season and with a MVCI owner's discount) and $250 - $299 for the RC Ft. Lauderdale in October during the boat show - got a great rate through a professional organization I belong to. Have also stayed at the Four Seasons in downtown Miami for only $259/night (in Dec.) which is very reasonable, but that one is not on or near the beach.
I also highly recommend the properties on Singer Island near West Palm Beach. The Marriott Singer Island Resort is an all suite hotel, and the Marriott Vacation Club has two locations: Ocean Pointe and Oceana Palms. All are on the beach. I like Singer Island a lot because the area is less congested but still has good restaurants available within a 15 minute drive. Parking is free at the two MVC properties.
Although I live outside of Ft Lauderdale, my wife and I check into the South Beach Marriott every so often for a little getaway and I highly recommend it. As a Platinum, I've been treated to oceanfront rooms when available. The property is on a wide expanse of beach and has a great CL.