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A VRBO Review

Since the VRBO web site kinda sucks and doesn’t allow property reviews, I’ll post my review here. Maybe some enterprising vacationer with some Google-brains will find it.

Property reviewed:
Beachfront 2-Bedroom/2-Bath Ocean Drive, South Beach, The Strand, Miami Beach
We visited South Beach, apparently, during the coldest January on record, so we ended up spending a LOT more time in the condo than we originally intended.
It was cozy, but larger than I imagined. Two bedrooms, two baths. We wished we had brought friends along to share.
Wifi was not working, but the owner worked hard to get it fixed as soon as possible. Fortunately, AT&T 3G coverage was excellent.
This unit is literally a few feet above two restaurant, so music and table noise is audible from both sides pretty much whenever their doors are open. If that bugs you and you turn in early, I recommend ear plugs. Television was nothing to write home about — hotel basic cable, complete with the slow channel changes.
The pool is on the roof of the building next door (a hotel runs both buildings, but aside from getting the key from their lobby, you deal with the owner, not the hotel). We didn’t get to use the pool due to the weather, but it looked nice!
Rental car is totally NOT needed here, just a cab occasionally. Very centrally located. Beach access was perfect. Restaurants are expensive ($4-6 breakfast “deal” + $10 for two teas + 20% mandatory tip is the norm), so the condo kitchen was a big plus.
Overall, worth every penny. We would happily rent this unit again, or any other in the building.


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