Miami >Fitness > David Barton Gym
1685 Collins Ave Ste 64, Miami, FL | Directions 3313925.792059 -80.129721
Neighborhoods: City Center
Coming or Going? – This place is a disaster. The builders had a good idea but very bad execution. The staff and trainers rotate like a mary go round and its pretty hard to take a serious work out with tourists zinging in and out. The materials have not weathered well in here and this place does not motivate me. Valet parking stinks.
worst service !!!!! – was a member for more than 3 years. the service got worse and the gym goes downhill big time. frontdesk stuff has attitude !!!
locker rooms are dirty, sometimes no towels.
management is a nightmare. especially when they call themselves "managers ... or even worse " operation-manager"... and have no clue what they are doing nor talking about..
what a shame.. that gym used to be good but that was LONG TIME AGO !!!!
Bad attitudes - avoid! – We received gift cards for a one month free trial. When we got there, we were told that we weren't eligible because we had looked at the gym once before (we didn't train, though). We complained and the "membership counselor" went to get the general manager, who arrived in his workout gear. He explained to us that they had to restrict the inflow of people so that the high quality of members would be insured and that they wouldn't have a problem with people stealing from the locker rooms. When I pointed out that this didn't really have anything to do with our issue and asked if he was referring to us as the kind of people who would steal from the lockers, he responded rudely and left abruptly.
When we wanted to get the gift cards back to give them to (eligible) friends, they refused. We really felt like they were throwing us out of the place at the end.
David Barton Gym and the people who work there are too "cool" for their own good. The nice design can't make up for rude attitudes and lack of class. The place is way overpriced for what it has to offer.
Best gym in Miami! – DavidBartonGym is the only gym I go to. Not only is the staff super friendly and extremely encouraging- I always have clean equipment to workout on (with its own TV to boot!) Not only does DavidBartonGym offer spectacular classes- the trainers are extremely qualified and help push me so that I too can "look better naked" ;)
Not only is the equipment superior, the amenities luxurious, and the music (think- 6 ft disco ball w/live DJs spinning while you workout!) but the people at David Barton and happy to help.
Don't waste your money – What a joke. The managers change regularly and they never follow through with promises made.
I tried to cancel the membership and 3 months later they are still billing me. This place is a rip off. Don't bother. It will only be more of a hassle than it's worth.
Avoid this gym – This gym has terrible service, unreliable instructors and defective equipment. I went to one class where the teacher was late, one where the stereo system was broken and one that never occurred at all with no reason given. Save your money and go elsewhere.
Terrible customer service. Refund problems. – I have been trying to get refund from this gym for four months! The contract says I am due a refund (tried the gym and cancelled within the 10-day trial period); the membership advisor promised a refund in writing; I have been reassured repeatedly that I am due a refund by the Miami staff, who tell me it is a problem with the New York corporate office. Well the NY people have never once returned a phone call. 12 calls to date. The head of accounting is never there or -- as one receptionist told me -- "overwhelmed." Worse, whoever answers the phone (some snippy, rude, attitude guy) in New York told me to stop calling -- "we'll get to your refund when we can. Nothing I can do." So, if you are considering joining, just keep in mind thee people are not to be trusted with your money or credit card money. Great gym if you are a masochistic bill collector, but not so good for everyone else. Avoid.
Not worth the hype – This gym opening was delayed almost a year. Well, even after all that time, they still didn't get it right. The gym is so dark and loud. Wasn't sure if I was supposed to exercise or dance. The classrooms are way too small to be useful. Very poor planning went into this space. It's too bad, as I was really looking forward to it. Instead, i canncelled my membership after one week, as did many others.
Great design, hot members, good deal on membership! – Great design! The architect did a great job. Very modern, club-like. Especially like the dark areas toward the back of the first floor work area. Provides a lot of privacy. It's like working out a a seriously cool club with pool access! Also, good equipment (brushed steel is nice touch) and hot members They all look like they workout 5X a week!.
Good deal on membership. No initiation and only $980 a year which is way cheaper than Equinox. Not sure about private trainers (not part of membership package and I'm a little reluctant to try w/o a free trial since I've been burned before in Miami w/incompetent trainers).
Bad news is that parking is pricey. $5 for 2 hrs plus tip. Valet only.
NEW GANSEVOORT SOUTH GYM - Too dark – Just wanted to comment about the other review on the Gansevoort gym (on 23rd and Collins). The other review was written on 10/26/07 and the gym didn't actually open until 10/20/08. So whoever wrote that review is obviously an insider talking about what the gym was supposed to be like. Now that it's actually open, most of what they promised it true. Except the spa isn't open yet. And the pool isn't open either.
Overall, the Gansevoort gym is very spacious, modern and nicely decorated. The equipment is brand new and top-of-the-line. The studios for the classes are rather small and cramped. The biggest disappointment was that the gym is so darn dark and depressing. There is no natural light. I guess they're going for that "nightclub" look, so if you like working out during the middle of the day in a place that looks like a nightclub, then this is your gym. The bathrooms are the worst - it is almost comical how dark it is in there. You can barely see the toilet! Also, beware that parking is not free. Even with validation, it costs $5 for 3 hours or $30 for a monthly pass. That definitely adds up, especially when you're already paying a rather costly monthly membership.
Overall, I think some people will love this gym and others won't. It just depends what you're looking for.
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