Centrally located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the Marenas Beach Resort provides stylish beachfront accommodations within a short drive of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and a quieter, family friendly alternative to the hubbub of Miami Beach.
Marenas Beach Resort Rooms
The Marenas Beach Resort stands in a man-made forest of high-rise beach condos in Sunny Isles Beach, just north of North Beach, which in turn is north of famous South Beach. In terms of room size, you’ll get way more for your travel dollar here than in any of those cute Art Deco hotels or fashion-forward resorts further down the beach. Marenas boasts spacious, condominium-style two-bedroom suites with 1,100-plus square feet of elbow room — plenty of space if mom and dad want to have a little privacy on their family vacation and for couples who are looking for an extended Miami-area beach getaway.
Newly renovated, each room features roomy kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, ample countertop space, and an impressive array of dishes, cookware, and kitchen tools. You can use the marble kitchen countertop for serving or for bistro-style meals, or just sit down at the dining-room table for a family dinner. If you’re planning to keep your travel budget under control with a couple of home-cooked meals, Marenas is a great choice. The in-room washer and dryer are another bonus for extended stays.
All rooms have large balconies with at least a partial ocean view and plenty of room for loungers, table, and chairs. The oceanfront rooms are obviously the most impressive, although they also come with an occasionally daunting onshore breeze than can make sitting outside a bit of an adventure. Glass-walled railings allow unobstructed views from inside or out, but probably won’t be a favorite of acrophobics.
The beds are large and plush, and bedrooms have panoramic vistas when you leave the pocket doors to the living area open. The living room has a queen-sized sofa bed for extra guests (or kids), and both the bedroom and living room have TVs (flat-panels in the bedroom, which are soon to be added in the living rooms as well, according to hotel staff).
The master bathroom has ample room for couples to spread out their toiletries on the sink; the tiled stall shower was preferred over the smallish, non-jetted bathtub. A second bathroom is a functional alternative for the kids.
Marenas Beach Resort Restaurants and Dining
The hotel’s main Caracol restaurant is not one that non-guests are going to seek out in this foodie-friendly city, but it serves three meals daily featuring Mediterranean-inspired dishes focusing on fresh seafood, and if you’re staying at the hotel your kids eat free. ITO’s Pool and Beach Bar also serves food from the same kitchen, as well as providing cocktail service on the beach.
The hotel’s Sunny Isles Beach neighborhood offers a decent variety of restaurants, including kosher and Russian eateries that reflect the area’s demographic diversity. Within easy walking distance of the resort you’ll find everything from bagels to borscht, pizza, Mexican, and Asian. More upscale dining will require a car or taxi.
Marenas Beach Resort Activities and Amenities
The beach is clearly the biggest draw here, a reasonably wide swath of sand that — while you’re unlikely to have it all to yourself — is far less busy and noisy than South Beach. Families with kids will find plenty of space to swim, sun, and build sandcastles. A compact pool deck has additional lounge chairs and a small bar. The resort isn’t overflowing with ambiance: getting out to the sand and surf requires you to walk out the side of the building through a parking garage, for example.
Guests also have access to a small fitness center and spa, the latter of which is in the process of being upgraded. When you’re not on the beach, however, you’re likely to be heading elsewhere to check out the attractions of the Miami area (you can take a city bus down Collins Avenue to South Beach, or drive about a half-hour). If you’re looking to get some exercise, jogging on the beach is popular, or you can canoe or kayak through the nearby Oleta River State Park.
Marenas Beach Resort Information
Rates for rooms and suites at Marenas Beach Resort are determined by season and room type and begin at:
- Classic Rooms from $179/$269
- Sunny Isles from $259/$329
- One Bedroom Suite from $354/$579
- Two Bedroom Suite from $529/$629
18683 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160