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DD Trip Notes:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322 (2011)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692 (2012)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/49206 (2014)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61082 (2015)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/72957 (2015)
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/trip-notes-miami-foodies-delight-finally-cracking-sunpass-tolls (2021)

Trip Reports:
@Yehuda's 1st trip to Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=63986.0
@Yehuda Miami Weekend Getaway at SRBH https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100169.0
@Alexsei Surfside 2018 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1896122#msg1896122
@Alexsei Surfside/Bay Harbor 2019 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg2055841#msg2055841
@jj1000 ideal foodie oriented day in Miami based on what I've had/done so far https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1387809;topicseen#msg1387809
@BOOKY trip report for Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1062268;topicseen#msg1062268
@jack Short trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg745120;topicseen#msg745120
@Chachem Balaileh South Florida mini trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg726747;topicseen#msg726747
@dealfinder85 somewhat of a TR https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1059208#msg1059208
@JayR 3 Days In Florida https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=50450.msg1088383#msg1088383
@AJK Labor Day Hop https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=55342.0
@twentie4hrs Miami Beach for a Relaxing 4 days (Including Shabbos) https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59239.0
@srulky Mini TR for quick 3 day/2 night Jaunt down to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1354473#msg1354473
@Adam101 Chanukka '15 trip MIA & BNA https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59271.0
@mgoldhammer18 A different kind of trip to Miami beach https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=61518.0
@shnoz Quick TR from N Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg790875;topicseen#msg790875
@Amusch low-key low-cost trip https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1413855;topicseen#msg1413855
@joe999 4 Days in Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1201938#msg1201938
@mochjas Saturday Night @Meat Bar (Surfside) Sunday Night at SOHO https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg2184097#msg2184097

Hotels

41st and Collins Area
Four Points (Shabbos friendly)
Lexington
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn
Grand Beach
Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort
Fontainebleau
Eden Roc
Alexander
Confidante (Hyatt)
The Cadillac (Marriott)

Bal Harbour/Surfside/Bay harbor - Walking Distance To Shul
hotels in walking distance to shul:

Surfside:
Residence Inn by Marriott $$ (confirmed shabbos friendly)
Four Seasons $$$ Ocean front hotel
Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel $$
Grand Beach Surfside $$ Ocean front hotel
Grand Beach Surfside West $$

Bal Harbour:
St Regis $$$ Ocean front hotel
Ritz Carlton $$$ Ocean front hotel
Bal Harbour Quarzo $$ inter-coastal front hotel
Sea View $$ Ocean front hotel

Bay Harbour:
Grand beach Bay Harbour $$ inter-coastal front hotel
TRYP by Wyhndam $
The Landon $

Aventura
Turnberry Isle Resort (Marriott)

Hollywood
Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa (Leaving SPG 10/30/14)


Fort Lauderdale
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Spa
W Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Place
Hyatt House

Boca
Waldorf Astoria
Boca Hilton Suites


Rent a villa/apartment
horarentals.com
floridakoshervillas.com
northmiamirental.com
northmiamivilla.com
lxure.com
reservekosher.com
flamingokosher.com
motelchai.com


 
Miami Kosher Restaurants 

map with kosher restaurants under Kosher Miami
http://koshermiami.org/
41st and Collins Area
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotes
Miami Beachís Chocolate Dairy  $$$                                    CLOSED. They opened on Harding
Lennyís Pizza                      Dairy      $      Yes                                             Multipule Locations   
Asiís Grill (CLOSED)                      Meat      ??           ??                                           
Carlos & Gabby's                      Meat      $      Yes                                                     
Grill House                      Meat      ??           ??                                           
MONTEFIORE CAFE              Dairy      ??      Yes                                               
17 Restaurant & Sushi Bar        Dairy      $$$                                                  
Tasti Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ??      Yes                                               
Bagel Time              Dairy      $      Yes                                             off 41st street, on Alton Rd. 
Florida Grill                      Meat      ??           ??                                           
Kikar Tel Aviv                      Meat      ??           ??                                          Shabbos Meals



Bal Harbor / Surfside / Bay Harbor
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Cine Cite Cafe Dairy  $$YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKUberEats
Foozo Artisan Pizza Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelKMChowNow
Cafe Vert              Dairy   $$Yes Click HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKEat24
Rustiko Dairy  $$Could Work Click Here   KMChowNow
26 Sushi& Tapas        Dairy   $$$YesClick Here   KMUberEats
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe    Dairy  $YesClick Here    KMUberEats
Yossi's Out Of Home Pizza Dairy  $YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelTheShulCall/WA (786) 352-1913
Rachel's Baked Goods & Dips Parve  $YesClick HereFree Delivery??Call/Text (786) 447-9809
Harbor Grill                      Meat   $$$No                                   KM??
Harbor Bistro                      Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KMEat24 pickup Only
Kosh                  Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KM??
Chai Wok                  Meat   $$YesClick Here    KMUberEats/GrubHub/ChowNow/Eat24
The Backyard BBQ & Brew                      Meat   $$$Yes Click Here   KM??
The Carrot                      Meat   $$??                                  KMUberEats/GrubHub/Eat24
King David Cuisine Meat ??Yes                                 KM
Meat Bar (Bay Harbor) (New 2019) Meat ????                                 KMUberEats
Street Kitchen (New 2019) Meat ????                                 KM??
Surf-n-sides Meat $$                                 MDKComing Soon
pokado Take out & Delivery Only (New 2021) Meat/sushi $Yes                                 KMAll
Rolling Pin Bakery              Parve   $Yes                                  StarK??
Kosherland+Maven baker Grocery bakery and deli??Yes                               Shabbos Packages+Free Hot PlateKMDeli Has online ordering
Newtime Catering Meat   ????                               Takeout/Shabbos MealsKM
Miami Beach Chocolates Surfside Parve/dairy $$??KM
BON Chocolatier Bay Harbor Parve $$??Click HereVegan Chocolate BoutiqueKMPickUp Only

Shabbos Meals in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Kosher Kingdom Takeout (15 drive)
  • KosherLand Takeout (was bought by The Grove and now has a massive shabbos selection as well as prepared foods all week long. no more hot plates as far as I know. jj)
  • Esti Englander - Pickup in NMB (305) 502-4611
  • Fromowitz 347-680-1099
  • Backyard BBQ Friday Night Meal Service
  • Kosh Friday Night Meal Service
  • Meat Bar (Bay harbor) Friday Night Meal Service
  • For Shabbat day people usually eat in the SHUL

Shabbos Friendly Hotels in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Residence Inn Surfside

COVID Testing

Aventura/North Miami Beach/Sunny Isles
Name Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Fresko Dairy     $$$                                                          
China Bistro                      Meat      $$$              No                                             
Dixie BBQ    Meat     $      Yes                                               
Foozo    Dairy     $      Yes                                               
Fuego                      Meat      ??           ??                                           
Grill Time                        Meat      ??      Yes                                                     
Mozart Grill                      Meat      ??           ??                                           
Holy Bagel              Parve/Dairy      ??      Yes                                               
Soho Asian Grill        Meat      ??                                                  
Mozart Cafe              Dairy      $$      Yes                                               
The Frieze              Dairy Not CY      ??      Yes                                               
Vgan    Vegan     $$                                                     
Grand Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ??      Yes                                             Stirling Road- Hollywood, Israeli breakfast joint 

Map of Kosher Restaurants (HT: Yalili) https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=17Cc6Hw5BIY3yGxF8kpr7ETokD25-7RuP&usp=sharing

Boca Raton
Name StylePrice    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Mozart CafeDairy. 4/5$$??     Nice outdoor area tooORB??
Jon's Place (pizza)Dairy$Yes     ---??
Pita N GoDairy 4.5/5????     They currently have a unreliable hechsher according to R Goldberg of BRS/ORB????
BOCA BAGEL FACTORY CAFEDairy 4/5????     ORB??
MenchiesDairy 5/5????Incredible non C'Y frozen yogurt????
AsiaMeat. 4/5$$??     ORB??
Boca GrillMeat????     ORB??
Century GrillMeat 4/5????     ORB??
Orchid's Garden ChineseMeat 4/5????     ????
Butcher Block GrillMeat 4/5$$$??     ORB??
Ditmas Kitchen BocaMeat&Sushi????     ORB??

Butcher Block Grill, Asia, and Mozart are adjacent to each other at the Fountains Center at Camino Real.
Update Jan 2021: all 3 establishments above closed. They are being replaced by a new set. Carmelaís (dairy) rave pizza (not open yet) roadshow (meat) Eden wok (Chinese, not open yet) oak & ember (steakhouse, not open yet)

Great website for all things kosher in Boca - https://www.kosherbocaraton.org/

Hollywood
Name                              Style   Price   Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Cafe Noir (open till 2 AM) Dairy  $$YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBhttps://www.kosher24.net/
Cafe 56 Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBNo
Toast Avenue Cafe Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBDoorDash
Yum Berry Cafe & Sushi Bar Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBNo
Sara's Pizza Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORB?
Lenny's Pizza Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBSliceLife
Mizrachi's Pizza Kitchen Dairy  $YesCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBChowNow
Grand Cafe Espresso Bar Dairy  $Yes NOT Cholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelORBChowNow
HBK Burger Meat $$?? Glatt Kosher, Pas Yisroel? ORBOn Website
China Bistro & Sushi Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel ORBMany
Hummus Factory Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel ORBMany
Nava's Kosher Kitchen & Restaurant Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel? ORB?
Pita Star Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel ORB?
Pita Express Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel? ORB?
L'chaim Asian Cuisine & Steakhouse TakeOut only Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel? ??
Pita Plus Meat $$?? Pas Yisroel? ??


Lauderhill/Coral Springs
Milky Cafe - 4579 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill 33351 (At 44th St)
(954) 533-5325

Sunrise Pita - 2680 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322
(954) 748-0090


Fort Lauderdale
Cafe Emunah (next door to chabad)



Supermarkets

41st and Collins Area
Kastner's Market
Kosher Price Market - 460 West 41st St. (305) 763-8524
YES Market

Bal Harbour/Surfside
Kosher land
Publix (regular big supermarket - Some Kosher items are available)


Aventura
Sara's Tent -Aventura
Kosher Kingdom - Aventura
Winn Dixie - 20417 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura

Hollywood
Kosher Central
Aroma Market
Grove - Hollywood
Sylvia's


Fort Lauderdale


Boca
Grove - Boca
Kosher Marketplace , with full take out
22191 North Powerline Road, (561) 391-3318
Winn-Dixie (Kosher take-out, bakery,meat,fish,pizza, large kosher section)
7024 Beracasa Way, (561) 368-5442
Aroma Boca
Glicks

Delray Beach
Glick's Kosher Market, with full take out - now under ORB
7351 W. Atlantic Avenue, (561) 637-5771


Things to do
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami Zoo
Seaquarium
Jungle Island
Lincoln Road Mall
Bal Harbour Shops
Aventura Mall
Sawgrass Mills outlets - Ft. Lauderdale
Lion Country Safari
rent bikes
watersports
Gulfstream
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Segway
Kayak or canoe
Hanglidng
Scuba diving by the keys

Jay Why's List of things to do with kids:

Airboat or swamp buggy in the Everglades.
MODS museum in FLL.
Drive Loop Rd in the Everglades.
Jungle Island.
Fruit and Spice park.
Glass bottom boat in key largo.
Fairchild Gardens. (Itís mango season currently)
Kayaking in Oleta river SP.
Sugar sand park in boca.
Frost Museum.
Lion country safari
If all else fails, beach and pool

JJ1000's list of top restaurants and dishes in Miami:

1. Backyard BBQ (New chef in mid 2017 totally new menu): Burnt ends, 2nd cut brisket, Dinosaur Rib, BBQ Sundae, BBQ Burger.

2. 26: Sushi pizza is  a must I prefer it with baked salmon, then the Passion Mojito, Sushi Teriyaki tempuraed, Cilantro Aioli dip and truffle fires, all of their soups are good. Miso Bass is incredible as well.

3. Harbour Bistro, new menus in early 2018: Chicken and waffles just perfect, duck a l'orange pot stickers, millionaire ramen, lamb shank, charcuterie platter if that's your thing... Also serving brunch, Chicken and waffles again, eggs Benedict with bacon on top,

4. Fuego: Flatbreads are a must, then the back ribs, pastrami egg rolls, smores dessert, perfect date drink are good. (Update March 2017, the app chef and bbq chef isn't there anymore and the quality has been spotty from recent reviews.)

5. Zak The Baker. Menu changes too often to recommend stuff. Not Cholov Yisroel.

6. Kosh: Chocolate souffle and korean beef with extra sauce are good.

7. Rustiko: Spinach and Artichoke Dip, (Quinoa Salad is very good), (Pappardelle Mushroom if lunch), Mushrooms Panzerotti is an absolute must order only down side is it's a dinner only item. Oreo cheescake dessert but make sure it's fresh.

8. Harbour Grill: The Harbour Grill Filet or TheKing Reserve steaks are great. Supreme Burger is very good as well.

9. Pizza type options:

Foozo: Foozolis, the caprese foozoli with extra balsamic sauce and garlic aoili, their pastas are good as well.

Jerusalem Pizza: Best plain pie, get it fresh in store, coated fries good as well.

Lenny's pizza: Gan Eden Pie.

Also notable unique places are The Freeze which makes ices, serendipity makes ice cream (there is one next door to ZTB now), and Miami Beach Chocolates turtles and bark now also in Surfside!


#2020 Restaurants with outdoor seating

Soho - large semi enclosed patio, perfect for a rainy day

Fuego - large semi sheltered area outside the restaurant, indoors area has a new $20k air filtration system

Mozart Sunny isles -  large semi sheltered area outside the restaurant

Foozo - streetside tables

Zak The Baker -  streetside tables

Cine Cita, Backyard BBQ, Street Kitchen, 26, Kosh - streetside tables on Harding Ave 

Karne


Dan's Steakhouse Recommendations
Food: Street>Mendel's>Kosh>Fuego>Harbour Bistro>Meat Bar
Ambiance: Kosh>Meat Bar>Fuego>Harbour Bistro>Mendel's>Street
Service:  Kosh>Fuego>Mendel's>Street>Meat Bar>Harbour Bistro

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Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #80 on: January 26, 2010, 09:18:01 PM »
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #81 on: January 27, 2010, 01:57:22 AM »
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

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It is an okay hotel, and I imagine that if you are only in Miami for 3 days, you won't be in your room that much. It's an expensive time in Miami the next 2 weeks, so everything will be expensive, and given the fact that The Four Points is available for 10k points those 3 nights, I would go for it, since they are asking $257.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2010, 09:37:43 AM »
Why not stay in the Westin Diplomat? It is a gorgous hotel for 12,000 points a night and it is definitly worth the extra 2000 points over staying at the 4P. It is in Hollywood which is North Miami beach. I just booked some rooms for a friend and the rates were in the $400 range, so a pretty good points value. It is also near the waterways and all the nice restaurants in that area.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #83 on: January 27, 2010, 10:00:05 AM »
Actually, I apologize, I just checked availability for the Westin Dip and there isnt any showing up online for your dates. It is still worth a shot to try calling up the SPG concierge to see if they can get you availability over the phone. I have had times in the past that there was no avail showing online but over the phone i was able to get a room.
Keep in mind that 1/31 is Pro Bowl Sunday in Miami followed by the Super Bowl on Sunday 2/7, so there are alot of tourist in town that are filling up the hotels.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #84 on: January 27, 2010, 07:58:57 PM »
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #85 on: January 27, 2010, 08:07:54 PM »
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....

What is MATCHING through BETTERBIDDING on Hotwire?

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #86 on: January 27, 2010, 08:08:11 PM »
Grill Time was our favorite but make sure to make a reservation. Very pricey but we thought it was well worth it.  Another favorite is China Bistro, really good food, great menu and atmosphere....

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #87 on: January 27, 2010, 08:17:00 PM »
REAR STEAKHOUSE

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2010, 12:01:04 PM »
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #89 on: January 28, 2010, 07:04:02 PM »
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.
order the volcano for dessert

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #90 on: January 29, 2010, 12:02:10 AM »
We loved Gourmet Carrot in South Beach.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #91 on: January 29, 2010, 09:16:53 AM »
We loved Gourmet Carrot in South Beach.
Definitely number 1 in south Florida. 100 percent

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #92 on: January 29, 2010, 11:24:59 AM »
What is MATCHING through BETTERBIDDING on Hotwire?
betterbidding has pinned most of the hotels so you match up the amenities, location, and star rating with their list to figure out which hotel it is.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #93 on: January 29, 2010, 11:53:03 AM »
betterbidding has pinned most of the hotels so you match up the amenities, location, and star rating with their list to figure out which hotel it is.

Works pretty well too! Ive done it successfully many times with priceline. It helps you figure out what you'll get if you bid X dollars on a specific star rating in a specific area.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #94 on: January 29, 2010, 02:31:37 PM »
Works pretty well too! Ive done it successfully many times with priceline. It helps you figure out what you'll get if you bid X dollars on a specific star rating in a specific area.

But how can you know, that x dollars gets you x hotel? Prices at hotels change from day to day, or week to week.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #95 on: January 29, 2010, 02:42:54 PM »
But how can you know, that x dollars gets you x hotel? Prices at hotels change from day to day, or week to week.

You dont know for sure...it is a forums where people report back what they bid and what they got...you sort of watch the trends...if 7 people bid on a 3 star hotel in Manhattan for X price within 1 week and they all get the same hotel...your chances of getting it as well are pretty good. Check it out. Betterbidding.com, it works.

They have other shtick as well. Such as they provide a list of which hotels priceline uses in some areas and what star rating they fall into. So you know that if you bid on a 3 star hotel in X area, chances are you will get one of those hotels.

Additionally, you can know that the adjoining area (where you dont want to stay) does not have ANY "4 star or higher hotels". So if you just bid $65 on a 4 star or higher and got denied and now you need to raise your bid AND add an area. So add THAT area nearby which we now know does not have any "4 star or higher hotels" (based on the list) and you know you wont get stuck there...and raise your bid a few dollars. check out that site for more info

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #96 on: January 30, 2010, 09:35:22 PM »
you can figure out the hotel only with hotwire.
you can only narrow it down to a couple on priceline as it doesn't show you ammenities so you know 4* in x area will get you a,b, or c etc.

Priceline will give you the hotel that costs them the least for those nights - nothing to do with how much you spend  - they will profit a couple of $ more or less.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #97 on: March 02, 2010, 12:19:38 AM »
I know how horrible the Four Points is, and I read all the horrible comments on this site and on tripadvisor.  Le'mmaseh, they told me that my gold status would get me upgraded to a relatively newly renovated oceanfront suite on a high floor.

Apparently the renovations on 9th and 10th floors are really nice (plasma TVs, new bathrooms, new furniture).  And the balconies are nice.  4,000 points + $60 (almost 4 CPM) is a really good deal this time of year.

1. Has anyone seen the renovated rooms who can confirm the degree of upgrade?
2. Would anyone wanna trade my starpoints/BA miles/AA miles/Jetblue/$$ for 3-4 nights in the Holiday Inn (priority club points) next door (especially if they'll make reservation and have high status for a room upgrade)

I'm really not in the mood to stay at the Western Dip all the way up in the 200s...(unless theres a lot of kosher food/minyanim that I dont know about - either way I doubt it'll match 41st street, and all minyanim and the kosher food and the restaturant.com GC at Rare Steakhouse, etc.)

Hotel victor in South Beach is also a little bit of a shlep (and too pricey, unless i get a really good deal on a trade- to all you sellers ;)) Plus parking is prob more expensive there.
Anyone have any new creative thoughts about the options? Or a good review of the renovations?

We all would really benefit from a good star* option there.  Miami beach can't be beat.  If only this place has enough rooms up to par, it would change the whole picture.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #98 on: March 02, 2010, 02:57:02 AM »
I know how horrible the Four Points is, and I read all the horrible comments on this site and on tripadvisor.  Le'mmaseh, they told me that my gold status would get me upgraded to a relatively newly renovated oceanfront suite on a high floor.

Apparently the renovations on 9th and 10th floors are really nice (plasma TVs, new bathrooms, new furniture).  And the balconies are nice.  4,000 points + $60 (almost 4 CPM) is a really good deal this time of year.

1. Has anyone seen the renovated rooms who can confirm the degree of upgrade?
2. Would anyone wanna trade my starpoints/BA miles/AA miles/Jetblue/$$ for 3-4 nights in the Holiday Inn (priority club points) next door (especially if they'll make reservation and have high status for a room upgrade)

I'm really not in the mood to stay at the Western Dip all the way up in the 200s...(unless theres a lot of kosher food/minyanim that I dont know about - either way I doubt it'll match 41st street, and all minyanim and the kosher food and the restaturant.com GC at Rare Steakhouse, etc.)

Hotel victor in South Beach is also a little bit of a shlep (and too pricey, unless i get a really good deal on a trade- to all you sellers ;)) Plus parking is prob more expensive there.
Anyone have any new creative thoughts about the options? Or a good review of the renovations?

We all would really benefit from a good star* option there.  Miami beach can't be beat.  If only this place has enough rooms up to par, it would change the whole picture.

Where are you getting this idea about cash and points at the Four Points Miami? On spg.com, there is no availability on c&p for the next few months!

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #99 on: March 02, 2010, 11:23:51 AM »
Generally Speaking, if the hotel has a lot of availability, like it does on the dates I wanna go, they'll honor C+P just to get another room booked. Of course YMMV,  but calling the hotel directly almost always works if you have a nice conversation with a manager or reservation office. (especially if you're Starpoints Elite gold/plat)