I’m blown away by some reviews of this hotel, what the hell did you expect? If you want luxury, pay for it. This is an old building in the middle of OLD Downtown Miami, are you surprised it has an OLD elevator with a HUMAN operator? Having to pay for parking is a shock? DUH! There is no need for a car here, public transit is everywhere. The free metromover rushes by the hotel every few minutes, and stops a block away. The free trolley stops at Bayfront Park a block away, takes you all the way north to Midtown and the Design District. The free trolley system takes you several miles, this is a generous city.
Back to the Leamington, where I stayed five nights. Had reserved and paid through Hotels.com months earlier, no problem checking in. The large lobby has three tables with chairs plus three sofas where guests can enjoy the complementary breakfast ( coffee, toast with butter and jelly, and chunks of banana nut bread or similar) and watch the large TV screen. A beautiful Christmas tree plus wall Christmas decorations was a welcoming sight.
Shops and restaurants everywhere here, plus a 24 hour Hispanic cafe across the street and 7-11 at the corner. Get up early for the sunrise at Bayfront Park, then stroll north to Miamarina and the Bayside Shops. Tourists and locals walking around all night, yes there are a few sketchy characters.
Had a large room to myself at the fourth floor corner, with street views up to two blocks. Everything worked fine, carpet looked fresh. Yes there is chipped and blistered paint plus misaligned tiles in spots, which don’t affect your livability. Great hot shower in tub. The stairway is the fire escape, and be patient waiting for the elevator if staying on upper floors.
The staff was quite pleasant, and housekeeping did my room even on Christmas day, quite impressed. She leaves an envelope on your room’s desk with her name, thanking you and letting you leave her a tip if you wish. When checking out, the kind Hispanic lady tells me ‘Thank you for staying with us, it was a pleasure to serve you’ We need more like her.