“ARABIAN DREAMS” room in a Villa, Espanola Way, Heart of South Beach, Miami Beach. The room is located on the second floor of the house.
NO cleaning fee, NO surcharges.
Villa: Marble floors, exotic landscape, décor and plants, Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
Room: A spacious room with a shared bath (shares bath with another room) features many comforts including a queen size bed, hard wood floor, large walk-in closet, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
For our guests we now rent BIKES (Special price $15 per day, see “house rules” for details). We also provide parking permits ($15 per day, subject to availability)
Full access to kitchen, dining room. You may also use washing/drying machine ($15 full washing/drying cycle including the cost of detergent, see house rules for details).
Two blocks away from Lincoln road mall and Ocean Drive.
Close to beach.
Miami Beach Convention Center is in 6 blocks from the house.
Flamingo Park is right across the street. In Flamingo park you can enjoy gym and swimming pools (free for locals, $10 for everybody else, but nobody is asking ID).
Lots of clubs and restaurants in the neighborhood will make your vocation most enjoyable. The most beautiful house in the street!!!!!!!
Espanola Way is the most charming street on South Beach.
We provide parking permits (subject to availability), $15 per day.
Welcome to South Beach, home to a variety of cultures, the arts, and ocean town living!
The house is located on Espanola Way, a charming street modeled after Mediterranean villages found in France and Spain.
This 5 bedroom house is within walking distance to beaches with chair and umbrellas rental for your lounging pleasure; hike along the walking trails, play volleyball or enjoy a variety of water sports.
Just down the road is the lush outdoor Flamingo Park and Pool that offers tennis, racketball, and basketball courts. Two blocks away from Lincoln road mall and Ocean Drive.
There is something for everyone! Premier shops at Lincoln Road pedestrian mall; Ocean Drive’s historic Art Deco District; restaurants with reputations for serving the finest international cuisine and casual dining venues; the Jackie Gleason Theater, operated by Live Nation, known for having the biggest names in the music industry; the state-of-the-art Colony Theater featuring local and national artists from the world of theater, dance, music, comedy and film; dance clubs, and a plethora of bustling nightlife venues.
GETTING AROUND (TRANSPORTATION):
The house is conveniently located in 4 blocks from the Shuttle bus stop that is on the corner of of Washington Ave and Lincoln Road. The ride from Miami Airport (Airport flyer 150) takes 30 min, $2 per ride. There is a shuttle bus to South Beach from Ft. Lauderdale Int. Airport that also stps at Lincoln Road ($21 per ride).
Many companies offer bus, boat or combo tours to Everglades, Biscayne Bay and other wonderful places of interst from South Beach. Tours start from hotels located on Washingtom or Collins Ave (4 blocks from the house).
Miami Beach is operated by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT). Along with neighborhoods such as Downtown and Brickell, public transit is heavily used in Miami Beach, and is a vital part of city life. Although Miami Beach has no direct Metrorail stations, numerous Metrobus lines, connect to Downtown Miami and Metrorail (i.e., the 'S' bus line). The 'South Beach Local' or 'SBL' is one of the most heavily-used lines in Miami, and connects all major points of South Beach to other major bus lines in the city. Metrobus ridership in Miami Beach is high, with some of the routes, such as the L and S alone being the busiest Metrobus routes.
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Gay friendly. Everybody welcome.☺ ☺
The room was fine clean And confortable! Great And quiet location! Ricardo Thanks for your ospitality! Totally suggested! Ciao Ricardo!!!
THANKS! SO MUCH DAVIDE! YOU WERE A GREAT GUEST! I LOVE HOW YOU LEFT THE ROOM LOOKING! I WISH EVERY ONE WILL LEAVE THE ROOM SO CLEAN AS YOU DID THE BED WAS SUPER! ....BY THE WAY ARE YOU IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS! =) PLEASE BE WELCOME BACK WE WILL LOVE TO HOST YOU HERE PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE AMAZING! SO COOL! SORRY I COULDN'T HOST THE REST OF YOUR FRIENDS NEXT TIME BUDDY! PLEASE BOOK WITH US! THANKS AGAIN.
Stayed in the so-called Arabian Nights suite for a few days. Nothing suite-like about it, but decent size, with a double bed, a chair, a bedside table and a little walk-in closet even though there were only 3 hangers in there.
Upon arrival bed had been made for us, but floor wasn't really clean. Shared bathroom on the first floor, where there are 3 rooms. Sink tap dripped from day one until we left. Shower is fine, really, but the whole bathroom wasn't clean when we arrived. On day 3 or 4 we came back to find it spotless, which was a nice surprise!
Never used the kitchen since sink and fridge were dirty and full when we arrived and we felt it wasn't our job as new guests to clean up for the previous ones.
Like the bathroom, the whole kitchen was cleaned up after a few days even if the ceiling leak was still there when we left (upon arrival we had found a plastic bowl on the floor and a note apologizing for the leak and saying they were working on it but nothing came of it)...
Only saw Ricardo a couple of times, about 1min when we arrived and on an another occasion, almost by accident. Interaction is kept to a minimum, even if to be fair we never really needed anything in particular. It was clear from the start this was no b&b, just a room in South Beach.
Location is perfect, at the end of Espanola Way, close to Deco Bike stations and to bus lines to downtown Miami (take the S Bus if you want to go downtown, eg for a basketball ball game at the American Airlines Arena...)
Overall it is still worth it given the hotel prices in February / March in Miami. The bed was nice and the location was ideal. However if you're looking for comfort or a social host, look elsewhere.
All in all it's still satisfactory given the city and the time of the year but don't think I will go back or recommend it to friends.
I enjoyed staying at Ricardo's very much. The villa is decorated with taste and the room (Art Deco) was very cosy. I like the way Ricardo communicates with his guests, by written notes and letters. It shows his respect for visitors' privacy and gives the experience a touch of luxury and mystery. The rules are simple and I don't understand how can anyone have problems following them. I travel a lot and stay in hotels a lot, but Ricardo's place was unique and memorable in any way. The host is super friendly and very helpful, He answers all questions with great patience. The place definatelly has a good vibe. Strongly reccomend!
AND I DID ENJOY YOUR STAY AT MY PLACE VERY MUCH!!! I WILL LOVE TO HAVE SWEET STUNNING LOOKING COUPLES LIKE YOU STILL SIMPLE AND DOWN TO EARTH NOT ATTITUDE AT ALL WHICH IT'S REALLY HARD TO FIND NOW DAYS WHEN EVERYBODY BELIEVES THAT THEY ARE SUPER MODELS OR CELEBRITIES IN THEIR OWN MIND =)...STAYING AT MY PLACE ;) BUT YOU PEOPLE WERE AMAZING! I FELT LIKE I KNEW YOU FOR EVER AND I QUITE FELT COMFORTABLE HAVING YOU AROUND.I DO HIGHLY APPRECIATE WHEN PEOPLE NOTICE HOW MUCH LOVE AND DEDICATION I PUT IN MY PLACE,I DO LIKE AS WELL TO CREATE A GOOD POSITIVE VIBE SO I'T MAKES FOR ALL OF US VERY EASY TO COMMUNICATE I DO LEAVE NOTES ALL OVER THE PLACE NOT BY TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO BUT GIVING THEM RESPECT AND DISTANCE SO THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M BOSSING THEM AROUND AND ALSO WHO WANTS AFTER A FULL DAY OF VACATION TOURING AROUND TO HAVE A SECURITY GUY RIGHT AFTER THEM =) ...SO FOR ME TO GIVE THEM PRIVACY I'TS A MUST NOT ONE LIKES TO BE BOTHER OR DISTURB.YES RULES ARE SIMPLE ...AND YES I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW CAN ANYONE HAVE PROBLEMS FOLLOWING THEM.THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT! YOU MADE IT CLEAR IN ALL YOUR COMMENTS I SO HOPE PEOPLE WILL GET THE PICTURE MOST OF THEM THEY DO SOME OF THEM JUST DON'T ...PLEASE LET'S NOT EVEN BOTHER WITH SILLY AND NON SENSE COMMENTS ;) ...PLEASE BE MORE THAN WELCOME AND BOOK WITH ME AGAIN I'LL BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN .THANKS BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK!
Great location: quit residential neighborhood, walking distance from the beach and nightlife. Ricardo is a very nice guy. Clean bed and clean towels provided. No cleaning fee, so guests have to clean for themselves. Therefore, the shared spaces are not always clean.
THANKS FOR YOUR KIND REVIEW ,WE ARE GLAD THAT YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY! ALL OUR GUESTS QUITE ENJOY TO STAY AT VILLA SANTA BARBARA AND WE HAVE LOTS OF REGULAR GUESTS COMING BACK AT LEAST ONCE OR MORE EVERY YEAR .WE DO PROVIDE A CLEAN DECENT PLACE HERE AND WE DO PUT OUR EFFORTS TO KEEP IT CLEAN AT LEAST ONCE A DAY THAT'S WHY WE KEEP SIGNS ALL OVER TO REMIND ALL OUR GUESTS TO PLEASE CLEAN AFTER THEMSELVES AND TO MAINTAIN THE PLACE ORGANIZED THANKS FOR STAYING WITH US AND HAVE A GOOD TIME!
ArtDecol was a great host. Apartment was very clean,Great allocation, everything is next by. Thank you so much for everything Ricardo! You have been a gracious host . I felt so much at home at your place and I have very in Miami!
THANK YOU SOO MUCH FOR SUCH A KIND REVIEW! YOU WERE LOVELY AS WELL.WE DO HIGHLY APPRECIATE THAT YOU NOTICED THE PLACE WAS CLEAN AND ALL THE EFFORTS THAT I PUT INTO IT. WE WILL MISS YOU HERE AND HAVING YOU STAYING AT MY PLACE WAS LIKE HAVING AN OLD FRIEND STAYING WITH ME YOU QUITE ADJUST SO EASY HERE AND IT'LL BE WONDERFUL TO KEEP ON HOSTING PEOPLE LIKE YOU ! THANKS AGAIN ZHENGSHI.
We arrived at Ricardo's house arround 10am or 10:30 am. I rang the bell and unfortunately, we woke him up... He was not very pleased about the situation and showed that the keys were in his mailbox.
The room (2nd floor) is huge with an extra walk-in closet. As we arrived in the evening after sightseeing, there was no light in the room... The light-bulb was missing and we had to call Ricardo. He helped us to fix it.
The bathroom was a mess. As already some of the other guests noted, there need to be a maintenance very soon. No toilet paper in the toilet... The faucet dropped steadily and the shower is very tricky ;)
It was the first time for us to change bed-stuff, towels etc on our own and to bring the litter to the basement.. And not forget to clean up the room... It is not very convenient...
We also noticed that there was a leak in the kitchen and water came out of the light... He should probably be aware that it could cause an smouldering fire.
Altogether, you get what you paid. For one night, it is a pleasent location.
Thanks Ricardo for your hospitality.
FIRST OF ALL, ALL OUR GUESTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO RING THE DOOR BELL BECAUSE ALL OTHER GUESTS MIGHT BE SLEEPING.ALSO THEY ALL KNOW THAT THEIR KEYS AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN A PLASTIC BOX WITH THEIR NAME ON IT AND INSTRUCTIONS.YES THE ROOM ITS PRETTY BIG AND WELL CLEAN AND DECORATED AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE IN A PRIME LOCATION.ABOUT THE LIGHT BULB I CAME RIGHT AWAY I HAD TO LEAVE THE MOVIE THEATER AND IT WAS VERY SIMPLE JUST TO PULL DOWN THE CORD SO THEY LIGHT WILL TURN ON.THE BATHROOM ITS DAILY CLEAN AND ALL GUESTS SHOULD MAINTAIN IT AND KEEP IT CLEAN AS WELL NO ONE OF ALL THE OTHER GUESTS STAYING LONGER ABSOLUTELY HAD NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT IT AND LEFT GREAT REVIEWS.WE DO HAVE HOUSE RULES AND A MANUAL AS WELL TOO BAD YOU DIDN'T READ IT NOT BODY COMPLAINS OF CHANGING BLANKETS ETC... BUT YOU. WE DO NOT HAVE A BASEMENT BUT A LAUNDRY ROOM WHERE ALL GUESTS LEAVE THEIR BLANKETS AND GARBAGE FOR ME TO TAKE CARE OF.SOME ONE LEFT THE WINDOW OPEN AND BECAUSE HUMIDITY THAT WAS WHY WAS A LEAKING JUST FOR A FEW HOURS AND WE DID TAKE CARE OF THAT.IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE A GOOD REVIEW AND CONSIDER PRICE LOCATION AND HOSPITALITY OF THE HOST THEN WHY ? LEAVING SUCH A REVIEW EITHER YOU ARE HAPPY OR YOU ARE NOT WITH YOUR STAY? THIS MAKES NON SENSE TO ME ...AFTER ALL YOU WROTE "IT IS A PLEASANT LOCATION AND THANKS FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY" THANK YOU BUT NOT THANK YOU :)
We only stayed with Ricardo for one night. The house is clean but it seems like the sanitary facilities are quite old and could use some work. For example, the toilet won´t flush toilet paper and it takes a lot of patience to get the shower to work. Ricardo is nice and helpful. I would have preferred not to change our own sheets, which is made clear in the ad but still rather inconvenient. Apart from that, no complaints.
A nice room, and Ricardo is really helpful, the location of this room is perfect, easy to get the best food and so close to the beach!
GREAT! YUSHUAN WE DO LOVE HERE THE GUESTS THAT APPRECIATE OUR ROOMS AND OUR VILLA SANTA BARBARA IN GENERAL,YES! I DO TRY TO BE AS HELPFUL AS I CAN BE.YES! WE DO HAVE AN EXCELLENT CONVENIENT LOCATION! AND YES! WE DO LOVE TO HEAR GOOD REVIEWS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE ENJOY THEIR STAY AT MY PLACE AND SOUTH BEACH CHEERS THANKS!
My room was fine...spacious...the bed was fine as well. I wish the bathroom sink had hot water, but I washed my hair in the kitchen sink...that was fine...
Ricardo is an interesting host....I love the decor. If I return I may request the first floor bedroom, though...I was not fond of taking my suitcase up the circular stairs, as beautiful as it was!!! The other guests were friendly and courteous. I felt safe in this home, and that for me is HUGE...!
WE LOVED HOSTING ANNETTE VERY FRIENDLY AND FULL OF LIFE! THE BATHROOM SINK HAS HOT WATER ONLY HAS TO BE OPEN FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SINK WE CLOSE IT BECAUSE THE STEAM NOISE.WE DO APPRECIATE THAT YOU ADMIRED OUR DECOR SO MANY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD,ALL THE OTHERS GUESTS QUITE ENJOYED YOUR COMPANY AS WELL AND YES IT IS A VERY SAFE AND VERY FRIENDLY AREA OUR LOCATION ITS ONE OF THE NICEST IN SOUTH BEACH PLEASE BE WELCOME BACK WE WILL MISS YOU!
I arrived in Ricardo's house at 9.00 p.m. and I found a paper in the mailbox with the key and the number of my room.
The room and the bathroom were not really clean, since the cleaning it is up to the guest before you, and to you when you let the appartment. So, all depend on how much deep Ricardo check the cleaning. But worst of all, the bathroom has a really old hydraulic system and the shower at the second floor didn t work at all! I tried to send to Ricardo an email the day after my first night, to explane my problem and he never answered me. The last night I spent there I met him JUST FOR A CASE (He did not introduce hisself to me and I had to ask him who he was since the house can have other guests). When I understood he was the owner and not a guest, I asked personally why the shower was not working and he saied me it was my fault that I was not able to use it and to move more the tap. It was late in the night and I was really tired and all I wanted was to go to bed so I belived him and I wanted to do it the day after. I tried again the day after and really, I moved more all the taps in that bathroom and as usually, just some drops came down from the shower!! It was a nightmare to have a shower in that bathroom! Even if (and I don t think) it was my foult that I was not able to open a simple shower, it means he has to show to all the guests that use that bathroom in what way it works, since it doesn t work like all the other showers! Ricardo if you want to give a real service you have to take care more to your guests! If you just want to have no troubles and get money, of course you can do, but you will receive this kind of feedback. Your guests are paying for a enjoy their vacation there in Miami!!!
SO SORRY YOU WERE NOT EVEN ABLE TO MANAGE HOW TO USE THE SHOWER WHEN EVERYONE ELSE DID. WE DO HAVE CLEANING PRODUCTS IN ALL OUR BATHROOMS AND ROOMS WE DO CLEAN HERE AND IF YOU ARE SO DELICATE ABOUT IT YOU COULD ALWAYS CLEAN IT YOURSELF OR REQUEST FOR AS TO DO SO OR EVEN LEAVE A NOTE ALL THE GUESTS HAD NOT PROBLEMS AND THEY ALL ENJOYED BUT YOU SORRY BUT I GUESS YOU ARE NOT AN AIRBNB GUEST THIS REVIEW MAKES NON SENSE TO ME THANKS ANY WAY FOR STAYING WITH US.