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Tempo Miami Is In Soft Opening Mode Until Fall

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March 26, 2010 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we've been waiting for the Hotel Indigo Miami Beach to open on April 6, another newbie in downtown Miami has quietly been in soft-opening mode. So, how is Tempo Miami doing in these early days?

As you might expect for a hotel in the non-beach part of town, one that hasn't had its big coming-out party yet, there hasn't been a lot of reviews yet. There are just three over at TripAdvisor, although two of them are positively glowing.

It seems that the key to enjoying this hotel is knowing what to expect—this reviewer chose the hotel for its proximity to the Arscht Performing Arts Center, and as a SoFla native, knows that it's a good choice for folks wanting to be near the American Airlines arena, the Miami port, and even the airport.

The good included direct bay views, a clean, modern design, a walk-in closet, work desk with outlets, and a large balcony. Not so popular was the noise from the expressway, the whistling effect from the balcony door, the "70s-era vinyl shade" in the bathroom window, and the $20-a-night valet parking.

Another reviewer simply ranted about the hotel, but their complaints seem unfair given that the hotel warns you on its website that they are only offering limited amenities until their full opening.

We spied a banner ad online promoting $179 a night rates for the Tempo, although at the hotel's reservation system you have to select the "Take a Sneak Peek at Tempo Miami" option to get this rate. (It doesn't show up if you click "Best Available Rate.")

Interestingly, the rezzie system also told us that the hotel may not have its official opening in May—as it says elsewhere on the site—after all:

"Take a Sneak Peak at Tempo Miami before it's Grand Opening in the Fall of 2010. Full Spa and Pool services will be available after April 1st. Restaurant will not be available until Hotel's Grand Opening. Full Continental Breakfast included in the rate.

If you can do without the restaurant, this might not be a bad choice for business travelers needing to be in downtown Miami, or folks going to the port and arenas. If you miss the opening special, the regular rates start at $223.74 a night.

[Photo via TripAdvisor ]

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