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Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach One Bedroom Suite

Because our recent trip to Aruba and Turks & Caicos were both cancelled due to weather, my wife and I decided to do a makeup trip by heading down to Miami’s South Beach for a weekend. Being a major airport hub, Miami has so many incoming flights that it’s easily accessible from many cities across the United States. The nice beach and vivid cultural scene make it a great honeymoon destination for those seeking an active nightlife rather than a low-key atmosphere.

We stayed at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach, which is known as the hotel where the Kardashians stayed at while filming Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami. I actually consider that a negative aspect of the hotel but Kardashians asides, the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach offers fantastic rooms at a prime location in South Beach.

 

How You Can Do It

We booked two nights using the 2 free weekend nights that comes with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. The card gives you 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months and also gives you free Hilton HHonors gold status, which means you’ll get free breakfast and the resort fee waived if you are on an award stay. Paid stays require the additional resort fee, which includes Internet access, two mojitos, and rentals (umbrella, chairs, and towels) at the beach club. Booking the free nights at this hotel actually requires a small workaround, which I’ll explain in an upcoming post.

During peak winter season, the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach can easily go for $700+ before taxes and resort fees. Like the Conrad New York, the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach is an extremely attractive option for using the Citi free weekend nights. If it was cheaper, I would just pay for the hotel with the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus to get the hotel stay for free.

 

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach prices

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach prices

 

The terms and conditions are not clear as to what is considered a “weekend night.” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are definitely considered weekend nights, but there are reports that Thursday is also considered a weekend night. This recent Hilton Weekend Rewards promotion also defines a weekend as Thursday through Sunday night. If that’s the case, both of you on the honeymoon can open up a Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card to get 4 free nights at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach! This theory is an unconfirmed educated guess by me but at the very least, you’ll get 3 free nights.

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach

The Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach is an all-suites property and has fantastic rooms, which are more like apartments really. To me, however, the location is the main selling point as it’s located near the southern tip of Miami Beach so easily walkable to the Art Deco district but not close enough that the loud noise is bothersome all night long; more importantly, the hotel is right by the beach. The hotel is split into a west tower and an east tower. The east tower is closer to the ocean and more convenient since it doesn’t require an elevator switch from the main lobby, but the west tower also has its own perk – it has a private entrance that does not require you to go through the main lobby.

Overall service was good, and the concierge even brought some free Prosecco and strawberries to our room when he found out we were married not too long ago. I do, however, have two complaints. Firstly, I emailed the general manager ahead of time requesting accommodations for an early check-in since I am a Hilton HHonors diamond member, but they failed to respond back to me even after a second email. Eventually, I got tired of waiting around so I called them directly, and they were helpful over the phone. On the day of arrival, they weren’t able to grant us an early check-in since it’s peak season and that’s fair since they had previously mentioned early check-in before 4pm was not guaranteed. When our room was finally available, however, it was 4:45pm, and we had been in Miami since 1:30pm. If you can’t guarantee early check-in for a Hilton HHonors diamond member, then you should definitely honor the standard check-in time. We didn’t complain since we’re pretty easygoing and spent the time grabbing lunch in the area instead, but I did want to highlight this incident.

 

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach has a prime location on Ocean Drive and 1st St.

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach has a prime location on Ocean Drive and 1st St.

The lobby has several computers with Internet access and a couple of printers, all for free use

The lobby has several computers with Internet access and a couple of printers, all for free use

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach's signature mojito was really good, and all guests receive one for free

Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach’s signature mojito was really good, and all guests receive one for free

We were upgraded to a Partial Ocean View One Bedroom Suite

We were upgraded to a Partial Ocean View One Bedroom Suite

Spacious foyer

Spacious foyer

Complimentary Prosecco and water bottles, because they found out we were just recently married

Complimentary Prosecco and water bottles, because they found out we were just recently married

Living room with TV and plenty of seating

Living room with TV and plenty of seating

Dining table and chairs

Dining table and chairs

A full size kitchen reminds me more of an apartment than a hotel

A full size kitchen reminds me more of an apartment than a hotel

It has a full size fridge

It has a full size fridge

It also has a microwave, a stove, and a sink

It also has a microwave, a stove, and a sink

An enormous "minibar" selection

An enormous “minibar” selection

Even more "minibar" selection

Even more “minibar” selection

The bathroom is very sleek with marble floor

The bathroom is very sleek with marble floor

And a large bath tub

And a large bath tub

The bedroom is also decked out in true Miami fashion, and has a big closet, another TV, and a balcony

The bedroom is also decked out in true Miami fashion, and has a big closet, another TV, and a balcony

Partial ocean view from the bedroom balcony

Partial ocean view from the bedroom balcony

Even though the famous Nikki's Beach House is right outside our window, it wasn't loud at nights

Even though the famous Nikki’s Beach House is right outside our window, it wasn’t loud at nights

City view from the bedroom balcony

City view from the bedroom balcony

 

The Main Point

Miami South Beach is a popular weekend getaway for those in the Northeast, because of the great weather and short flight time. You get the ease of traveling domestically while being transported into a seemingly different country. If you do go to Miami Beach, I do recommend the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach as the rooms are fantastic, and it has an unbeatable location on South Beach. In the next few posts, I’ll review the hotel facilities and the beach club in particular. I’ll also discuss how to actually book free nights at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach and a few activities for a trip.

 

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