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We Behaved Like Good Little Soldiers At the Cadet

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November 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

On a recent quickie trip through Miami, we checked into the Cadet Hotel in Miami Beach. Though our eyes got big as we walked by iconic buildings like the Delano, The Raleigh and SLS South Beach, we stuck to our original plan of doing Miami on a budget, and tried not to be tempted by anything fancy.

But as soon as we walked into our room, we knew we had made the right choice. The hotel was quiet, clean, and elegant. What's more, its location was unbeatable. Plenty of Miami first-timers will be drawn to all the landmark hotels listed above—not to mention the beach—but that's all super easy to get to from the Cadet, since the Collins Ave hub sits just one block away.

First impression: Walking into the hotel, we were greeted by a small lobby with obvious Art Deco accents like a giant circular mirror, baby grand piano, and an inlaid floor with a compass rose mosaic. A small liquor bar with espresso machine sat at one end of the room, and the Front Desk was at the other.

The staff was friendly, and even let us check into our room early—a huge help since we were running ahead of schedule and needed a place to drop our bags.

Read on to see the rest of the review!

Room reaction: As you can tell from the photos, not a hair was out of place when we walked into room 112, a standard Queen. The bed was neatly made, with a knitted coverlet draped across the foot of the bed, an adorable wooden desk faced the window, and there were even little pockets in the curtains that contained sprigs of lavender. Yes, we felt right at home.

Due to it being a corner room, we got a great amount of natural light coming through the windows, though the rooms are naturally bright because of the hardwood floors and light furniture. The space is certainly small compared to other Miami hotels, but everything is quaint and well-positioned, so the size never really bothered us.

Bathroom: The bathroom was probably the worst part of our experience, since the shower didn't work initially (water only ran from the bathtub faucet), and we had to ask someone to come fix it. Plus, there's no counter space to speak of, just a flimsy metal storage unit on the floor that holds extra towels and toiletries.

One plus, however: free travel size toothpaste tubes!

Public spaces: This is where the hotel really shined. Sure, the lobby is relatively simple, but out back there is a lovely courtyard with a few lounge chairs, a communal dining table, and a small soaking pool. Behind the pool, there is a large wooden gazebo that hangs over a luxurious wooden bench. Ideal for lazing away an afternoon, slowly waking up in the morning, or as a temporary work space (as was the case with us). Even better, the courtyard remained completely empty the whole morning we spent there, so aside from the occasional staff member passing through, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.

Bottom line: Though breakfast is $15 extra, WiFi was included in our rate of $160/night, and, considering the location and the service, we figured that was pretty reasonable. Another $150 might get you a flashy brand or a hip-and-happening cocktail lounge, but the hotel's classic style, and playful Art Deco design, left us plenty satisfied. The party certainly isn't happening at Cadet, but, sometimes, that's kind of a good thing.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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