Review by Frequent Traveler (US and International)
Trips to the Miami area can be dreadful and/or expensive. I have been to the Miami area 5 times within the last year for medical reasons. The Mission is comparable to a suite at a 5 star hotel at 1 star prices. Hosts, Paul and Alan, are extremely helpful and want to make your stay a memorable one.
The Mission is a short walk from Ocho Street (8th Street), the heart of Little Havana. Merchants are friendly and walking around and making new friends can be an adventure. Some merchants only speak Spanish, but will find a person who does speak English if they can't. There is a wonderful bakery and a grocery store at the end of the block. Before making purchases at the grocery store, check expiration dates on items. I had to throw some items away because I neglected to check expiration dates when I was at the store. I recommend a trip to a larger grocery store (there are some good ones in near-by Coconut Grove) to stock up on food items if you plan to do a lot of cooking.
The property is well-maintained, appliances are new, and you will find anything you can possibly need in the kitchen and elsewhere in the house. There is a computer and printer in the master bedroom. You can bring your laptop, should you want Internet access in other areas of the house or in the lovely backyard. There is a gas grill in the backyard. There are wonderful surprises everywhere-- books, magazines, videos, and artwork.
If there is anything you need or can't find, your hosts live next door and are very responsive to your needs.
Unless you plan to stay in the neighborhood, I recommend having a car. Public transportation can be tricky and buses do not always arrive when scheduled. Taxis are another option if your travels are to nearby places. Another option is to go to the airport and take the SuperShuttle to a hotel near the location you want to visit if a long distance away (like the Everglades).
The house may be okay for families with small children. The house is not child-proofed for wandering toddlers and there are breakable items within easy reach which would be difficult if not impossible to replace.
Families with Teenagers,
People with Disabilities,
Helpful votes: 7/7
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