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The Penguin Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I've stayed here multiple times. Great if you want location without fancy.

We had a mixed experience at this hotel. I'll start with the positive part of the experience. The staff was very friendly and accommodating with our requests. The breakfast was included in the price, copious and diverse. The hotel is quite close to the beach, you have to cross a street and a park to get there though. There are plenty of excellent dining options within walking distance. The wi-fi is good and reliable. The room where we ended up staying was very clean. There is complementary water in the room included in the resort fee, which is very much needed in the area. Now to the not so good part of the experience... First, they charge quite a high fee for valet parking, which is not uncommon in the area though. Fortunately, we found the muni-parking lot within walking distance, which charges only half the price. Despite efforts to enhance the appearance, like the nice blue lights on the hallways, there is a somewhat run-down appearance in the hallways. The elevator is small and it was not even running at all for half of our stay. The conditions were not bad, but we felt that the price was too high for what was offered.

Right in the heart of South beach with all the restaurants and night life.great staff clean rooms breakfast would stay here anytime again..

Perfect location. Fantastic staff. Nice hotel without pretense.

Hotel staff were very accommodating. The room was clean and updated. Good breakfast included with the room and a full restaurant and bar with good food. Great location too!

This is the best location if you are attending the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. It is very close to the Grand Tasting Tent allowing for breaks throughout the event. The hotel is also very close to the North Venue. The rooms are boutique size, simple, but clean. I rate the staff as excellent. The were very friendly and helpful.

I live in Miami and had GF fly in from out of town, stayed the weekend on beach. perfect place to enjoy night, even got bumped up to ocean view room! would stay again

Nice boutique hotel. Free drink and free breakfast.

Regular place, at least cleanses good, but service in restaurant not good, old place need be restart, prefer look for other options next time

The hotel is a little outdated compare to others in the area. The rooms are moderately small and so are the bathrooms. The elevator is tiny and always smells of mildew no matter what time of the day . The front desk staff was very nice and accommodating. However if you are not eating at the location the staff can be very unfriendly. Overall it was a decent stay but I wouldn't stay back at this hotel.

The breakfast "included" was beyond disappointing. Your better off paying $6 down the street and get a REAL breakfast. Valet is $40 so park in the public garage done block away on Collins. The floor in the room was dirty but everything else was clean. Our room was very small but for a short overnight stay it was perfect. Probably wouldn't recommend it for more than two people and def not for a longer stay!

I wont use this property again. The place is old, had bad smell in the hallways and room, bad bed & pillows, dirty floor... bathroom is very small and shower wasn't working very well.

My cousin and I went for a girls trip and the room ended up being a bit more decorated for romance, it made us laugh a lot. The location was great and the trip was wonderful!

The only bad thing was when I arrived, late at night....before I called from Colombia to say that I would arrive aftet midnight....but in the front desk nobody knew about it...my reservation was NO SHOW!!! Affortunatly Gustavo (staff) helped me and no problem....

The stay was ok. You have to make sure you get there at check in time and not earlier. I had to waste a lot of time when I really wanted to rest. The rooms are great.

The only good thing I can say about this hotel is a bartender that helped us out. It was his second shift, young, chill, nice guy! Other then that room service was horrible! I went looking for an ice machine on my floor and I was told to go to other floors too look....... so I did and no ice on any floor then when I went back to the front desk I was told to go to the hotel next door! REALLY GUYS?!?!?! Don't get me started on breakfast! Breakfast ends at 10:30am we got there at 10:15am the server made a HUGE deal about it almost not wanting to serve us. I can not believe this hotel is still in business! I wish I could get my money back. Worst service I have ever had!

Nice hotel best view and location to the ocean.I recomend this hotel for couples

My Girlfriend and I just returned from a week at the Penquin Hotel. We are 40 year old Adults . We found the Staff , treated us like Family, great breakfast service enjoying the porch. All bartenders made GREAT drinks throughout the day and evening. Also , boxed lunches from the menu anytime during the day for us to take to the beach, YUM! We really liked how quiet the hotel was at night for sleeping, No Loud music, Screaming teenagers, and Loud cars. The BAD time was the garbage truck at 630am Every day ! The Beach across the street was so inviting! Went there at least 6-8 hours everyday . We are looking forward to our next time there ! ENJOY !

The hotel did not covered my expectations. There was a problem with the bathroom water. The air conditioner was horrible laugh

1418 Ocean Dr Miami Beach FL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Art Deco Welcome Center and Lummus Park Beach
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in South Beach, The Penguin Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Art Deco Welcome Center and Lummus Park Beach. This 43-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free in-room WiFi. On the beach, it's also near PortMiami and Lincoln Road Mall.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This hotel is home to a café and a bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

All 43 individually decorated rooms feature refrigerators, free local calls, and free bottled water. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch plasma TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include safes and ironing boards.


Property features

Guests of The Penguin Hotel enjoy an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. Valet parking is available for USD 35.00 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a terrace, a garden, and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Oceanview 1 Queen

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Oceancorner 2 Queens

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Traditional Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Ocean Corner Suite 1 King bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for The Penguin Hotel

Everyone (11) Couples (42) Business (9) Students (1) Family (7) Friends (21) Other (15)
4

great location. great staff. rooms need reno.

Everyone

I've stayed here multiple times. Great if you want location without fancy.

By , from ny on Nov 15, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 18, 2017

Dear Daniel, Thank you for your continuous loyalty. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and truly hope to get more chances serve you and your family on future visits. Kind regards

4

a little too expensive for what was offered...

Everyone

We had a mixed experience at this hotel. I'll start with the positive part of the experience. The staff was very friendly and accommodating with our requests. The breakfast was included in the price, copious and diverse. The hotel is quite close to the beach, you have to cross a street and a park to get there though. There are plenty of excellent dining options within walking distance. The wi-fi is good and reliable. The room where we ended up staying was very clean. There is complementary water in the room included in the resort fee, which is very much needed in the area. Now to the not so good part of the experience... First, they charge quite a high fee for valet parking, which is not uncommon in the area though. Fortunately, we found the muni-parking lot within walking distance, which charges only half the price. Despite efforts to enhance the appearance, like the nice blue lights on the hallways, there is a somewhat run-down appearance in the hallways. The elevator is small and it was not even running at all for half of our stay. The conditions were not bad, but we felt that the price was too high for what was offered.

By , from Bellevue, WA on Oct 14, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 16, 2017

Dear Mihai, Thank you for choosing the Penguin Hotel and leaving a review. We are glad to hear that you had an overall good experience. You have also provided us with a pertinent comments, and we will review it with the team to help improve future stays. Thank you again for your time and the opportunity to serve, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards

5

great location and hotel

Everyone

Right in the heart of South beach with all the restaurants and night life.great staff clean rooms breakfast would stay here anytime again..

By , from me on Apr 21, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 23, 2017

Dear Erika, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at the Penguin Hotel and attaching some pictures. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the central location, liked your room and the service culture. It was a true pleasure to host you, and we look forward to your return. Kind regards

4
Everyone

Perfect location. Fantastic staff. Nice hotel without pretense.

By on Mar 22, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 24, 2017

Dear Valued Hotel Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay! We are happy to hear that you had a good experience with us. It was a true pleasure to host you, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Volha

5

great hotel and location especially for the price!

Everyone

Hotel staff were very accommodating. The room was clean and updated. Good breakfast included with the room and a full restaurant and bar with good food. Great location too!

By on Mar 3, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 6, 2017

Dear Jeneane, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the central location of the Penguin Hotel, your room accommodation, the breakfast and the service culture. It was a true pleasure to host you, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards

4

great location and awesome staff

Students

This is the best location if you are attending the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. It is very close to the Grand Tasting Tent allowing for breaks throughout the event. The hotel is also very close to the North Venue. The rooms are boutique size, simple, but clean. I rate the staff as excellent. The were very friendly and helpful.

By , from Detroit, MI on Feb 28, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 2, 2017

Dear Deb, Thank you for choosing and recommending the Penguin Hotel. We are very delighted to hear you enjoyed the central location, found rooms clean, and our team made your stay pleasant. It was a true pleasure to host you and we look forward to your return. Kind regards

5

fun place to stay! great location and clean

Everyone

I live in Miami and had GF fly in from out of town, stayed the weekend on beach. perfect place to enjoy night, even got bumped up to ocean view room! would stay again

By , from Miami on Jan 20, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 25, 2017

Dear Tommy, Thank you for taking the time to post the review. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us.

4
Everyone

Nice boutique hotel. Free drink and free breakfast.

By , from Chicago on Dec 30, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 2, 2017

Dear Debbie, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay. It was a true pleasure to host you and we truly look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind regards

2

look for better options

Everyone

Regular place, at least cleanses good, but service in restaurant not good, old place need be restart, prefer look for other options next time

By on Dec 10, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 12, 2016

Dear Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear that you did not have the best experience with the hotel. We will be renovating our rooms and lobby area in the coming weeks. This should fix old place issue. We are working to improve all aspects of our property including our restaurant. Our aim is to give the best experience to all our guest. I will inform the food and beverage manager of the issues as well.

4

best bang for your buck on ocean dr!

Everyone

By , from L on Oct 22, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 24, 2016

Dear Kia, Thank you for taking the time to post the review. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us. We will be renovating our rooms and lobby area in the coming weeks. This should fix the thin walls issue. Hotel Management