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Shalimar Motel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We were here for one night staying in a second floor room on the side. The room backed onto a side street and there was very little street noise. The Shalimar, according to a sign in the room was built in 1950. Our room was large, clean, and comfortable. The A/C was noisy so we turned it off for the night. The room did not become too hot. The included breakfast is muffins, bagels, and juice/coffee - not much but sufficient until lunch. The bathroom was tiny, the towel rack was missing, the towels were kept in the closet so you had to notice that before your shower. There are several restaurants nearby for supper. I would stay again. The office staff were very helpful as we learned the neighbourhood during our short stay.

Room was ok. Clean. Breakfast OK but limited. No fridge or microwave in the room but was able to use a microwave in the breakfast area. No coffee making facility in the room. Was charged an extra $50 on arrival which they called a service charge! This I found repugnant!

Hotel is clean, and parking available. Breakfast is quite fun as you have use the toaster in the reception and then sit outside. Room was clean and ok for the price. Only concerns I have are the locals who rent the rooms for an hour at a time........ Which I witnessed twice whilst staying. This concerns me as you don’t what’s been going on in the rooms etc....

The place was disappointing.... $130.00 is OK for Miami... but it said FREE breakfast and parking... though the motel charged $10.00 for breakfast & Parking & services.... so FREE is NOT FREE.... the room is a very basic square room, no table, no coffee pot, no microwave, ... we went to a different hotel/motel after the cruise, with all the amenities for $30.00 less, bigger room, with dinning area...

My check in was at 2pm u arrived at 1:30pm the owner told me my room wouldnt be ready till 3pm so i waited around for an extra hour when i got to the room it was terrible stains on the bed moldy tub no tissue on the roll sink filty continental breakfast was dried up fruit and great value honey buns the customer service was worst than the room no iron the blanket was thin like the sheet just a bad experience

Very dissatisfied. We had a fully paid reservation for one night at the Shalimar on Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Upon arrival we learned of an unidentified and unexplained additional fee. After an argument over the fee, they simply cancelled our reservation. Terrible front desk service. Take this one off your list.

This was a great place to stay. The location of the motel is perfect. It is in the middle of everything that you need. Easy drive to the beaches. The customer service was excellent. The room was clean and well maintained. It was great to stay in a historical motel. The motel has a perfect blend of maintaining the historical nature of the neighborhood and modern conveniences. I certainly recommend staying at this motel.

I like to be positive so I will tell you what is good about the hotel. The room was fairly clean. That's it. The rear parking area smelled of marijuana, the office personnel greet you through bullet proof glass (very comforting). They were pleasant and efficient. The parking lots are both awkward, only one way in and out. The bathroom is "Europe tiny" and the shower curtain makes very close friends during the shower. Shampoo and soap are provided - but you may want to bring your own. Breakfast was orange juice, a banana, bagels and coffee served outside the bullet proof glass window. We chose this hotel because it was the least expensive option for the particular weekend we needed to be in town, but on a regular basis, you could find better quality for your money elsewhere.

If you believe this motel will be furnished like the staged rooms in the pictures on travel sites, you will be very disappointed! If you are looking for a Biscayne Boulevard dive motel that is fairly clean but cheaply furnished and with nothing in working order, this is your place! (I can't believe people are calling it ”nice”. Were you given a free night by the owners?) I can't comment on whether the neighborhood around the motel is safe or not. I would say that you're probably not going to get mugged on busy Biscayne although the side streets may be questionable after dark. Upon arrival, I remember thinking the neighborhood must be on the safe side...because the owners keep a microwave oven for guests outside. That's just a taste of the tackiness that is this place. No issues with check in. Got a second floor room near the owners' residence; however, the room is at the landing of the steps leading to the second level of the motel. I had to listen to people going up and down the steps all night long and the loud conversations of people congregating at the landing in the middle of the night. Biscayne Boulevard is also quite loud, even at 4 AM, with drag racers and the like, so keep that in mind when requesting a room. No rooms in this motel have a view and rooms facing the back of the property are probably quieter. The landscaping of the property is nice but the room was rather disappointing. It was sparsely furnished with the cheapest stuff the owners could find. Ikea wire office trash basket in the bathroom. Four crappy white Ikea Lack coffee tables strewn about the room - two as nightstands and two for whatever else you wanted to do with them, I guess. A cheap, tiny Ikea desk and two chairs with old upholstery that looked like they were purchased at a garage sale. The room did have a fridge, safe, and TV that got (very) basic cable channels. It took forever to switch channels - pressed the button on the remote and waited 30 seconds for the channel to change. No hangers were provided, so I couldn't hang up any of my stuff. Light bulbs were blown out all over the room, so no night light and otherwise there was half lighting. There was an ironing board but no iron in the room - perhaps available upon request? The internet speed appeared to be decent at times and barely functional at others. Climate control was barely adequate. Heat worked well but the A/C was meh. The display panel was burnt out, so it was difficult to determine to what temperature the unit was set or what mode was selected. The bathroom was reasonably clean. There was a sign stating that the Shalimar was built in 1950 and has narrow pipes. The water did not drain while I showered. No blow dryer was provided. The toiletries provided were very basic. There is free parking. I did not have trouble finding a spot...during busy Art Basel week. Housekeeping was not provided during my stay. The non-family staff who run the office overnight are very nice. If you stay here, there is a Starbucks nearly next door and another coffee shop across the street from it. It is not far from Wynwood in one direction and North Miami in the other.

This is a "budget" Miami option and should be reviewed as such. On the plus side, the location is decent and strategic if you have a car. We were able to find a parking spot every day although it did seem to fill up later at night. When we arrived, nobody was at the reception, so I had to walk around to find a staff. We had one electronic key card for the room, which had to be reset every day when we came back to the hotel, as it stopped working every day. This was a nuisance. The double-bed was on the small end and the airconditioning in the room was pretty bad. Overall, I would probably not stay here again, but I would not advise against staying here - it is a decent choice as a budget option if you can live with the mentioned downsides.

6200 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Concierge services

Located in MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District within a short walk of Miami Design Shopping District, Shalimar Motel is within a mile (2 km) of Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center. This 49-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


A 32-inch LCD TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with wired Internet and free WiFi. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a furnished patio, a private yard, and a refrigerator. Housekeeping is available once per stay.

Property features

Guests of Shalimar Motel enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and microwave in a common area. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with tours/tickets and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-out, free newspapers, and a terrace.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Basic Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 339 reviews