At times with people many of us avoid, beautiful Williams Park gets a bad rap at times. It’s enjoyable to walk through it under the big hanging branches. There’s a fountain in the middle, near a monument commemorating those who perished in a world war. There is an underused stage along the north side, usually available for community events.
This was previously the PSTA downtown bus depot, so bus parking spaces on three sides have been replaced with parking meters for everyone. The kiosk that sold bus passes is vacant. Panhandlers are now rare in Williams Park, likewise people who lingered here all day on the many benches. The all-day homeless camp of yesteryear is gone.
Surprised by some reviews of the Leamington 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, recently the old human-powered elevator with a state-of-the-art elevator. 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, which 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 Hotel, where I have stayed more than once. I have reserved through Hotels.com sometimes months earlier, no problem checking in. The large lobby has three tables with chairs plus three sofas where guests can enjoy the complementary breakfast. It’s usually coffee, toast with butter and jelly, and chunks of banana nut bread or similar. Guests can watch the large TV screen and relax.. A beautiful Christmas tree plus wall Christmas decorations is a welcoming sight during holiday season.
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 at the Leamington Hotel, with street views up to two blocks. Everything has worked fine, carpet looks 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. The maid 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.
Stepped in last week for lunch, decided on the Sub of The Day $5 special. This is a great deal no matter what sub they feature any day. That black forest ham on oatmeal bread with lettuce tomato pickles mayo and olives topped with vinegar is heaven.
Having a TV to watch during your meal a big plus. Two pleasant friendly ladies out front put it all together fast. Airport workers are lucky to have this place right across the street. It’s right on the corner on hyper-busy NW 36 St. No curb parking, not sure if parking in rear.