Saturday, September 23, 2017

Great News - Miami Spice Extended

During August 1 – September 30, restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices: Lunch/Brunch $23 and Dinner $39. The great news is that Miami Spice has been extended thru October 31st at select restaurants throughout Miami Beach - check out the website to see which venues are participating:

Be sure to take advantage of this promotion during your Miami Beach vacation, while staying at one of our great Miami Beach Hotels!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Post Hurricane Irma Hotel Update

As you know, it has been a challenging time for many in Irma's path and for our hotels - preparing our buildings for Hurricane Irma, ensuring our guests and staff were relocated to safe areas and enduring Irma herself. Thank you for bearing with us during these important efforts.

Immediately following the storm, we were working with limited systems, through intermittent power issues, and assessing the buildings and property for damage. The majority of our staff was only permitted to return to the hotel on September 12th.

We are thankful and relieved to report that the hotels sustained only minor damage. We have been busy making repairs and working to restore all facilities, systems, and services.

On the morning of Wednesday, Sept 13th, the hotels officially reopened to guests and all reservations scheduled to check in on 9/13 and beyond will be honored. We are doing our best to restore all services as quickly as possible and will have more information available soon.

If you were scheduled to arrive prior to Sept 13th and were delayed due to the storm or your travel plans have changed, please contact our reservations department at 305-538-5711 or

If you have other questions, please direct them to the number or email above. We are happy to assist you. For several days more, we will have a limited ability to respond to Facebook posts.

If you plan to travel to Miami or Miami Beach, please be aware that many impacts of the storm are yet unresolved - some businesses were more heavily affected than ours, airports are not fully open, and travel may be challenging for the next few days. 

Please check with your airlines, car rental companies, etc for their recommendations and more information on your reservations.

Again, thank you for your patience with and concern for us and the hotel. We are grateful and excited to welcome you back to the Marseilles Hotel, standing strong.

Warmest Regards,


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Four Fun Events in Miami Beach

If you happen to be staying at our  Miami beachfront hotel in the next few months, perhaps you would be interested in attending one of many fun and interesting events and attractions located in the area. Some of the lesser known and most popular include:

Elevated Culinary Walking Tour of South Beach

This gourmet tour of South Beach's culinary scene takes you on a mile-long journey through the epicurean delights of Miami. Restaurants vary from fine dining to hole-in-the-walls and include ethnic favorites such as ceviche, picadillo, empanadas, and tres leches, as well as cocktails. This 2.5 hour tour takes place multiple times a day between noon and 9PM and has an all-inclusive price of $85.

Hot Couture! Florida Jews in the Fashion Industry

The Jewish Museum of Florida, located at
301 Washington Ave, has several interesting exhibits pertaining to the history of the Jewish diaspora in Florida and the Caribbean, such as synagogues in Cuba and late local icon Irene Williams. "Hot Couture!" details the impressive footprint Floridian Jews left on the fashion industry over the past century, including the Maas brothers of Tampa. The museum, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 5PM and costs $6 per adult, also offers walking tours, including a Jewish food tour that costs 46$.

MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour

The Art Deco Museum is home to the Miami Design Preservation League, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the unique architecture and and culture of Miami Beach. This walking tour showcases the distinctive look of Miami Beach's public and private buildings known as "Miami Modern." The tour is 90 minutes long and costs $25 a person, which can be paid via cash or check.

Art Basel Miami Beach

One of the most famous modern and contemporary art fairs in the world takes place in Miami Beach every December. Artists, celebrities, and normal people alike flock to Miami Beach to celebrate the hundreds of galleries from around the world that come to showcase themselves. Indoor and outdoor art exhibits are studded throughout a wild schedule of parties at Miami's flashiest nightclubs. A single day ticket will cost $55 onsite while a ticket for all four days of the festivities will cost $115 onsite, with savings available for those who purchase their tickets early or apply for senior, student, and group discounts.

All items are located in Miami Beach, and are only a short walk away from our Miami beachfront hotel.  Don't forget to stop by our Concierge and discover many more great Miami Beach Tours and Attractions!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Miami Beach Convention Center

A prominent fixture in the city of Miami Beach since its opening in 1958, the Miami Beach Convention Center is rolling out an exciting renovation project guaranteed to enhance the exhibition hall's already strong reputation as the premiere location for hosting all manner of commercial and recreational events. Set to complete in 2018, the massive and well-planned overhaul of the site will further enhance the celebrated convention hall's capacity and potential, further cementing its reputation as the heart of Miami Beach's historical, cultural, and artistic roots.

Past and Present

Originally known as the Miami Beach Exhibition Hall, the Convention Center has grown dramatically over its almost three decades in operation. The Center was built as a necessary response to the rapidly expanding tourist industry, and has continued to support curious visitors from around the globe. Surrounded by many other points of historic and cultural significance, the Miami Beach Convention Center has truly become a cultural nexus for the local community. Prominent sites that have sprung up and grown significantly within the Center's ample borders include the bustling Lincoln Road shopping and commerce hub, a vibrant and popular botanical garden, the solemn and respectful Holocaust Memorial, and the Frank Gehry designed building for the renowned New World Symphony.

With its reputation as a top-tier host for all manner of events, the Miami Beach Convention Center has facilitated an eclectic collection of conventions, athletic events, and public gatherings. The Center was host to the legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, and was a frequent venue for a number of professional wrestling events. More recently, the Convention Center hosts a number of popular conventions, including Art Basel, the South Florida Auto Show, Forgiato Fest, Florida Supercon, and other events.

The Future

Scheduled to be completed in 2018, the Miami Beach Convention Center is currently undergoing a massive upgrade designed to enhance the site's role as a key center for the community's cultural and historic interests. The revamp will enable the LEED-certified facility to remain competitive with expectations of the domestic and international convention community. It includes plans for a revolutionary public park which will draw crowds with its open and shaded spaces. This dovetails well with the Art in Public Places project, which will allow new and upcoming artists to share their works with the local community. Tourists looking for hotel near Miami Beach Convention Center will definitely increase now the the project is nearing its completion.

The canal edge, a host to a rich a vibrant ecosystem, is receiving much needed improvements that will ensure long-term sustainability of these local habitats. The all new enclosed loading dock will allow for future event holders to more easily access the venue, further enhancing their ability to set up and perform their unique events. Furthermore, updated floor plans, which include a gorgeous 60,000 square foot ballroom located on the second floor, will allow even larger crowds to safely experience events hosted at the enhanced center from cultural
luminaries both local and abroad.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tips on Getting Around Miami Beach

Going on vacation can be a lot of fun, but sometimes travelers overlook important considerations, such as getting around when one arrives in a strange city. Vacationers planning to stay at our  Miami beachfront hotel typically find the area fun and fascinating, but working out transportation in a new city can be a bit challenging. However, by following some simple tips, this part of the trip can be as seamless and hassle free as traveling around one's hometown.

Taxis to Bayside

For a fun day of sightseeing, shopping and dining out, visitors should consider using the local water taxi service to Bayside. Water taxis are a terrific alternative to their traditional counterparts and not only are they cost effective, water taxi rides across the bay are also fun and interesting, particularly for those who have never before experienced such an excursion. In fact, taking the water taxi is almost a tourist attraction in and of itself, but one that also serves a practical purpose.

Local Free Trolley Service

Fortunately, Miami Beach also has a wonderful free trolley service for those who want to travel quickly from one local area to the next. Most of the trolleys run continuously from 8 AM to 7 PM on a daily basis and include popular stops, such as the following:

It is always wise to check schedules in advance because certain stops may be made less frequently on specific days. In addition, the trolley service has very limited availability on the six major holidays.

Bus Tours to Sawgrass Mills

Sawgrass Mills shopping district is a major attraction in the Miami area, and many people choose to take a bus tour to this exciting mall. Not only is it a fun and interesting way to meet other people, joining a bus tour takes away all the stress of driving in this busy shopping district, making the excursion far more enjoyable than if one had to rent a car and navigate the road alone.

Traveling on Foot

There are also some very simple ways to avoid public transportation altogether if this is what one prefers. For example, booking a Miami beachfront hotel within walking distance to most attractions, such as the
Marseilles Hotel, is a wise course of action if one would rather sightsee and visit restaurants on foot. The Boardwalk and Lincoln Road are two great places to spend time and are in easy walking distance from most hotels. One can also get additional ideas from the hotel concierge about where the most interesting places are at the time of year he or she is visiting the area. Ultimately, those who choose Miami as their vacation destination are sure to have an unforgettable experience that will be remembered for many years to come.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Find a Slice of Heaven on Ocean Drive, South Beach
Ocean Drive, South Beach is in the center of the Miami Art Architectural District, more popularly known at the Miami Art Deco District. On May 14, 1979, the Miami Art Deco District was designated a U. S. historical district. Ocean Drive is teaming with music, food and fun in the sun.

Casa Casuarina, the former home of Gianni Versace is nestled along this breathtaking piece of Miami Beach Florida. Buildings along this street have been featured in hundreds of movies and TV shows including Dexter and Scarface.

Try your luck on a gaming cruise aboard the Casino Princesa. This state-of-the-art yacht is a gamblers paradise. If nightlife is more your style, enjoy a Rum Runner at the Clevelander where you can see spectacular fireworks every holiday of the year.
The waters around Ocean Drive South Beach are teaming with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean. Book a fishing charter with Kelley Fishing Fleet for all day fishing fun. Once a year enjoy the annual SwimShow. This grand event hosts over 2,500 buyers from 60 different countries to set the tone for swimming suit designs for the coming year.

At the end of a long day of beach activities, shopping and world class food from the many restaurants, you can escape to the beautiful Marseilles Hotel. Stepping into the hotel will fill your need for historic art deco. Located just a few blocks away from the Convention Center. Other Ocean Drive attractions are right out the front door. A half mile away forget about your troubles at the Botanical Gardens. Less than a mile away visit the Holocaust Memorial. Walk a few blocks and see the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater. Or just walk out back enjoy a restricted beach and an oasis paradise. Begin your visit by booking your room from Miami Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

Many hotels and other buildings on Ocean Drive were built in the 1920’2 and 1930’s. Walking toward 15th street, enjoy a stunning piece of history as you are transported back in time. Miami Design Preservation League offers an official walking tour that will show you the most notable buildings along the drive. You will even be able to see the interior of some buildings.

In January, Ocean Drive is closed for a 3-day block party with classic cars, live music, food and fun. It is the perfect way to celebrate a new year with friends and family.

Ocean Drive, South Beach has everything you need for the get-a-way of a lifetime. Art and culture are found around every turn. Music, dancing and nightlife activities will fill your evening hours. Sun, sand, shopping and the beach will fill your daytime hours. The sunrise along the Atlantic sets the buildings on fire with spectacular color and views seen nowhere else in the world. Activities can be found for every budget and need.

Offering a slice of heaven in this crazy world since the 1920’s, Ocean Drive, South Beach is a treasure to cross off your bucket list this year.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Lincoln Road 
Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Florida is a road restricted to just pedestrian traffic. It lies parallel from east to west between 16th Street and 17th Street. Where cars once traveled, shoppers can now enjoy a multitude of stores, galleries, restaurants, and businesses that stretch form the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay.
The History of Lincoln Road

The area where Lincoln Road is found was once a forest of mangroves. Carl Fisher cleared a strip of these in 1912 that eventually became the social center of the town. Over time it became a prime location for businesses including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bonwit Teller, and Packard and Cadillac dealerships.

Morris Lapidus was asked to redesign Lincoln Road in the 1950s. His design featured fountains, gardens, an amphitheater, and shelters with Miami Modern Architecture predominate. The road was then closed to all traffic except pedestrians making it the first pedestrian mall in the country.

Lincoln Road remained the same until a renovation in 1997 by Martha Schwartz. Fountains and landscaping that had deteriorated during the 1980s were restored. Today’s Lincoln Road is the home of a multiplex cinema, several local merchants, more than 200 boutiques, many national retailers, and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. It has become one of the top destinations for South Beach visitors.
Things to Do At Lincoln Road

The shopping is what draws visitors in. Lincoln Road takes on the atmosphere of an open air market with wares like hand crafted jewelry, homemade items, and origami displayed on card tables set along the road side or on textiles spread across the ground. On the weekends you can find a variety of food market stands selling everything from local produce to baked treats.

Lincoln Road isn’t just a flea market type of experience. This area is home to name brand stores too. Spend your afternoon browsing through trendy spots like Forever 21 and H & M. Top brands are found here such as J. Crew, Madewell, Lacoste, and John Varvatos. Unique shops like Books and Books, The Apple Store, and the Romero Britto Gallery are also scattered among the businesses.

There is no shortage of eateries on Lincoln Road. Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or a fancy dinner, they have it covered. It is also the place to be for a cup of coffee or a casual drink. Nespresso offers all the latest tastes in coffee. Grab a cup and enjoy the seating that comes with the perfect view for people watching. Later you can enjoy a cocktail at Haven. This place has an electric vibe and stunning views of the surrounding area.

Be sure to take the time to explore Lincoln Road on your next visit to Miami Beach. Along with plenty of shopping and dining, this pedestrian mall features street performers for your entertainment. There are several places to stay nearby like the
Marseilles Hotel with accommodations along the shore.