A Miami Mileage Run: The VIP lounge at MIA & positioning flight
A Miami Mileage Run: The run to Phoenix
A Miami Mileage Run: The Sheraton MIA & time in Miami
A Miami Mileage Run: The Delta Skyclub in MIA
A Miami Mileage Run: The totals & the flight home
The Sheraton MIA airport looked like a great choice for a quick visit to Miami after the Phoenix run itself. Since my Dad lives down this way it was a perfect way to combo a DeltaMileageRun with a family visit. Plus, my friend Noah who is a famous radio personality in South Florida and a VERY devoted Delta fan boy, lives here and offered to take me out to dinner for a Miami experience. How could I say no?
But first the hotel. There are two things that make my blood boil when I see them at hotels. The first is a resort fee as I talked about yesterday. The next, that is almost worse, is a parking fee (and don’t even get me started on valet fees)! There is no resort fee at the Sheraton MIA but, you guessed it, a parking fee for my Dad to park his car at the hotel. Oh and same charge for a few hours as overnight for guests. Thanks Sheraton for that. No discount either for a Platinum SPG member.
My room, as you can see above, was nothing special. All the suites were KING only and I was at least offered one but Dad was joining me so we needed two real beds.
The view was nice of airplanes landing at MIA. I guess you could in hotel speak call this an “enhanced” room since it was not a view of a dumpster or something like that (had that at the Sheraton MKE once). The room was fine. Clean. A/C worked. Bathroom was clean. A basic fine room that I would use again. On to other bits for the hotel.
I land in time to get checked in and go sample the evening’s Sheraton Club room goodies. Here is another area that really sets a hotel apart IMO and sad to say the Sheraton MIA fails again.
You see, the drinks, even the house ones, all cost a TON. Many Sheratons and Westins I stay at give house and well drinks free in the club. Paying $7 for a small so-so glass of wine after just being told about the parking fee did not sit well.
The snacks offered were fine. Not exactly dinner but they are not supposed to be either. In a pinch, they will get you by.
There were working computers but I did not test them (I need to do that from now on) but they seemed fine.
After this it was time for a quick beer with Dad. Where to go? The “blue monster” aka Donald Tumps 18th is only a “long iron” away from MIA airport.
And when you tune in to see the tournament next year – this is how they got those new palm trees in place. Amazing!
On to dinner next. Noah picked me & my Dad back at the Sheraton and had his car tricked out with Delta goodies. It was a fun and nice touch. Noah asked where we wanted to go and I indicated, with the long list of ideas he mentioned, that I had never had Cuban food including a Cuban sandwich. Off we go to Versailles! It was a fun experience and good time had by all.
I was told that I HAD to also try a mojito. It was OK but not really my kind of drink. It was fun to try however and I am glad I did.
Lastly, back to the Sheraton, I sampled the breakfast choices. Basic continental fare and nothing like a full hot breakfast. This is one of the only negative sides of a club room – just what you get can vary wildly by hotel and there are, as far as I know, no set standards to expect from SPG. The fruit, however, was very fresh and nice.
Overall I was happy to test the Sheraton MIA before my flight home after positioning down to Miami and the stay was fine overall but if I return I will look for another SPG property over this one (at least if I have a car). – René
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