01/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am a little puzzled as to some of the negative comments about this hotel. The Catalina is amazing. In fact, I have been to Metropole and Whitelaw Hotels. The Catalina, Metropole, Whitelaw, Hotel Chelsea and a few others are all owned by South Beach Group. I have to say that the Catalina impressed me. I loved the lobby and how you can relax and look out to Collins Avenue. The pool area is great. I loved the rooms. I thought the bathrooms were real nice and I am a hotel connoisseur of some sorts when it comes to accommodations and if I saw a flaw, I would mention it. The only drawback is sometimes the water pressure is not strong but it was not that bad. The hotel staff is nice, helpful and courteous. I have to mention ""Jessica"" who was newer to the staff at The Catalina but really knows about customer service and how to treat people. I really enjoyed meeting her and she was one of the many reasons I want to come back. If you are a sushi lover, like I am, make sure you try Kung Fu Sushi. It is soooo good! The restaurant is gorgeous to the eye. Overall amazing stay!