We stayed at Hotel Circa 39, in Miami Beach recently while touring around in South Florida. The first thing you notice are the fabulous furnishings, both in the lobby and in your room! The look is funky and fun, with great pieces to sit on and to admire. Plants, vases, lighting: everything is designed to enhance what is already a noticable art deco-ish, modernist look to many of the buildings and interiors nearby in South Beach. Actually, this area has sights to see as well. You are barely 2 blocks from the beach at this hotel, and they have chairs for you, plus towels. There is a wonderful stretch of boardwalk, lit at night and used by runners, strollers, walkers and anyone who enjoys lush beach landscape on one side and beach on the other. Great people- watching and ample photography opportunities! The hotel has a beautiful pool, pretty little cabanas with chairs around for sitting, although for a couple of days in late February and early March, it might be a bit cool. There is a nearby parking lot available for a fee, but very convenient and safe. You are only a short drive by car or bus to all the sights of South Beach and the hotel has helpful staff should you need to book something. There is a small bistro that offers dinner and breakfast but we chose to go elsewhere. It looked very nice. The hotel has a lovely bar, lit up with great colored lights as well. Our room was smallish, but decorated in a very pleasing style. We couldn’t get very many channels on the TV, but any time we asked the staff for something, they were really courteous. This was a great find; the convenience and location combined with the great appearance made this feel like a very special choice.
Circa 39 is located next to the beach and a long walk/short drive from the center of Miami Beach where most of the restaurants/attractions are. The hotel is a low-rise building that nicely fits into the neighborhood. The rooms are nicely decorated. The staff was friendly and helpful. When we requested a crib for a baby, it was quickly brought to our room. The hotel offers beach chairs for guests who go to the beach and some other services. We did not use that because we were only staying for one night but they sounded quite nice. A disadvantage is fees that get charged on top of the room rate. (Everyone is charged $10 to cover the costs of beach chairs, Wi-Fi and other services. And parking a car in the hotel parking lot costs $24.)
On the whole, we felt this was the best hotel experience among the 3 hotels where were stayed in Miami area.
Circa 39 is a clean, modern, well maintained boutique hotel. There is a bistro and bar in the hotel and a convenience/ market next door which is very helpful. The staff was very nice, helpful, no surprises. The room was immaculate, very colorful and had a remote for everything. The pool is small but they have cabanas and is not pretentious. They give you beach towels, 2 chairs and you can rent a umbrella for just $10 for the day. You can park for $24 a day in the lot across the street and its a pleasure. FABULOUS FIND!
Circa 39 is a very nice and clean small hotel at a very convenient location. I stayed there for 3 nights, and would definitely return again. In fact, I probably wouldn’t even consider another hotel, the value is just too good. You will find a small bar, a breakfast-type restaurant, a beautiful lobby, and even a small pool with cabanas. For a non-resort style, boutique hotel, it’s probably impossible to find a better deal. The beach access is perfect, the staff is wonderful, the rooms are clean, and the bathrooms are almost surprisingly nice. But, what really stood out for me, in addition to all the other plusses, is the self-parking Circa 39 offers. The parking lot is across the street, and is extremely convenient to use. If you’re like me, and like to go in and out several times a day, this arrangement really works. It’s so convenient and safe that the around 25 dollar per day parking fee is completely justified. Another nice bonus is the deli/convenience store next door. It’s open from early morning till midnight, and offers a easy way to get beverages, sandwiches, paper towels, or anything you might need.
“Cozy and Chic”
Reviewed January 2014 - TripAdvisor
This boutique hotel has the feel of an elegant full service hotel with the cozy ambiance of a bed and breakfast. The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially George the bartender. The room was modern and very clean with amazing water pressure in the shower. There was a free in room safe which is usually not free. The pool was great for laps and the chaises were really comfy with clean white terry cloth covers. The breakfast had a lot of variety and delicious. We ended up eating dinner at the bar after our free welcome drink (great CA wines btw) served by George who was gracious and very interesting company. Dinner was grilled shrimp and veggies to start, then fresh mahi, wild rice and salad. The gym was under construction so we got passes for The Palms which was great and only 9 blocks away. We look forward to coming back next year!!
“Quiet Gem of Miami”
Reviewed November 11, 2013 - TripAdvisor
My fiance and I needed a hotel to stay in before we left on our cruise. Since there are so many hotels in Miami, we wanted something relaxing, by the beach, and close to the port. Circa 39 caught my eye on Groupon and Tripadvisor. The price was right, and the reviews turned me towards Circa over all the other hotels. Circa doesn’t jack up the prices to use their towels or pool. They even have lounge chairs available on the beach.
“If You Love the Beach, This Is Your Hotel”
Reviewed October 21, 2013
My husband and I have stayed here several times pre-cruise. We love the fact that the beach is almost directly across the street from the beach. There is a nice bakery/deli right next door for a quick, reasonably-priced breakfast or lunch. The rates are fair and the rooms are clean and comfortable. I won’t stay anywhere else in Miami but Circa 39.
“Best Hotel in South beach.!!!”
Reviewed October 18, 2013
Great environment, staff is really good rooms are excellent and my favor part of this hotel is the Bar Jorge bartender and FB always make my stay pleasant food is really good And Jorge always make sure we have the best service. Thanks Circa 39 and Jorge for a great stay!
Nice place, friendly staff”
Reviewed October 1, 2013 - TripAdvisor
We stayed there for 2 nights, the rooms was very nice and clean, it is a very nice place and the staff is so friendly, the young guy at the front desk was so nice and helped us a lot!!! Definitely coming back
“Stylish boutique hotel in quiet area of SoBe”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 – TripAdvisor
Stayed for a week over labour day wknd. Comparatively cheaper than hotels with similar facilities & design style in the area. Hotel staff were sweet & helpful enough. The beach is right across the road & there’s a handful of decent restaurants within walking distance: indomania, cecconi’s & hakkasan. There is free on street parking available in the evenings & a dedicated 24hr carpark charged at $24 per 24 hrs. This is high up on Collins avenue, approx $8 cab ride from the hustle & bustle of Lincoln road/ocean drive so if you want to be in the thick of it with more nightlife on your door step you will need to stretch your budget by an extra £200 per week upwards. ‘Overall good value for money.
“Excellence in service!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 – TripAdvisor
Staff was awesome, place was immaculate! Wonderful location away from The hustle and bustle of south beach but close enough that you can walk to the noise when you want to party. Pool was clean, breakfast price was reasonable. Def will come back.
Reviewed August 21, 2013 – TripAdvisor
Good hotel. Bar area was nice arty feel. Room was a good size, clean and in a good Art Deco building. Parking was a bit dear at $24 for the night, but it didn’t detract from a very pleasant stay. Good little convenience store next door with a good salad which hit the spot after travelling all day.
Just got back from a 3 night stay at Circa 39. My company had a conference at Fountainebleau (a quick 4 block walk away) which was twice the price of Circa 39. The place had everything we needed – great cafe for lunch, pool, free chairs on the beach (a short block away) and a small bar. Housekeeping was a little sketchy the first night, but was fine the rest of the trip. Also, check out the Florida resident discount!
Couldn’t find a hotel within our budget on the beach so decided to try Circa 39, which was just a few steps away. Great little boutique hotel – tastefully decorated, spotlessly clean with a great little cocktail bar. The pool was private with great loungers although we spent most of our time on the beach. The staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, one morning we had just missed the breakfast service & they arranged a huge breakfast of fruit, pastries, cereals plus bacon, patties and eggs cooked just for us and served on the patio. The staff are a credit to the hotel and we will definitely stay here again.
My wife and I spent a week in Miami Beach. First time in Miami for both of us. We were not sure what to expect from the area hotels. Circa 39 was a blessing. We were so happy about our choice. The staff was excellent. If you needed them they were available, if you didn’t they blended in with the hotel. It was perfect service. We felt like we were at home. Very comfortable. One block from the beach and close to nightlife. We will stay at Circa 39 next time, and suggest it to all our family, and friends. I would specifically like to say that Jemay was awesome! He made us feel like we were special. I cant say enough good things about him and all the other staff!
We were looking for a less expensive option than the Fontainebleau for a business/pleasure weekend and chose Circa due to its close proximity. Nice hotel. Room was small and lacking a chest of drawers but it was clean, comfortable and quiet. Beach is right across the street and the pool was empty whenever we went. Located in a less hectic part of South Beach. It was the staff however that made this a five point property, our bartender Jorge in particular. All of his dining recommendations were spot on, he had a welcome smile when you came in at the end of the day, knew all that was important to know about Miami and consistently went above and beyond just being a good bartender to make us feel welcome. Can’t wait to go again!
“near south beach, no south beach price!”
Reviewed May 10, 2013- TripAdvisor
The hotel is excellent! The location is superb! Right across the street is the beach with free-of-charge loungechairs (parasol is $10) and only a 10 minute bus/taxidrive ($2 for the bus/around $10 for taxi). The rooms are big, all provided with a ceiling fan, air conditioning, comfortable bed and a really nice bathroom with a walk inn shower. The rooms are (I guess) recently renovated. The only thing is that the room looks a bit empty and boring (a painting on the wall would be nice, this doesn’t affect the comfort, just the appearance). The pool has a reasonable size and there are some loungechairs and cabana’s. The breakfast is simple but it did the job. Toast, eggs, sausages, coffee and so on is unlimited and the quality is good! Service at the front desk is ok, not super helpfull (besides of the concierge!) but friendly. Compared to other hotels in this area, Circa 39 offers (without a doubt!!!) the best price/quality! If you don’t want a bus/taxidrive and stay directly on Ocean drive .. be stupid and pay the money! Otherwise, just stay at Circa 39.
“Very clean and well presented”
Reviewed April 30, 2013- TripAdvisor
This is a very nice hotel with cool pool and shaded areas. This is just across the street from the beach but next to Collins ave which is a busy road. The rooms were of a good size and the bathrooms were very nice. The hotel breakfast was well worth the 10 dollars and the staff were extremely pleasant.
“A little touch of Europe in Miami Beach”
Reviewed March 18, 2013- TripAdvisor
Since I travel a lot for business, I like to feel at home in a place where I am staying. This is the perfect hotel for that. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms are clean and comfortable.Every time I travel to Miami, it is my hotel of choice. They even accommodate me with my favorite room. Thank you Jorge and staff.
“A hidden gem in the heart of South Beach”
Reviewed March 3, 2013- TripAdvisor
This charming hotel is a throwback to the days of Miami and Cuba during the art deco era of 30s and 40′s. Remodeled well, the rooms are nice, cool and quiet. The location couldn’t be better, and the building itself is a modest size where you can keep track of everything around you. The staff here is professional, courteous, knowledgeable, helpful and charming. I would even venture to say that they made my stay absolutely a pleasure. if you like the idea of discovering places just off the beaten path and getting to know the people along the way. Then this place is the ticket. I would not only recommend this hotel to all my friends but I will definitely be returning here my next time in Miami. 5 STARS!
“Really Good. Cannot find a genuine fault with this hotel”
Reviewed February 4, 2013- TripAdvisor
This hotel is privately owned. You do not have to take on a huge corporate infrastructure to deal with your booking. You deal directly with a person at the hotel. I requested early check in. My room was ready on arrival. Rooms are immaculate. Bright, tastefully decorated in soothing colours, with shuttered windows. The air conditioning is easy to operate and effective, as is the coffee maker, the television. The free internet service was glitch free. The bedding was high quality, and the mattress was exceptionally good and exceptionally comfortable. The room was bright and airey, spacious and comfortable with adequate closet space and a safe. The bathroom was delightful. Clean. Freshly fitted out with a good shower and the bonus of a hand shower also. Hot water supply was never an issue, and toiletries, towells etc were refreshed each day, and all of good quality. Staff were friendly. This is a fairly small hotel, so service was fast and personal. The pool area was beautiful and a pleasant haven. The hotel is about 150 yards walk from the beach. The lobby is interesting with an intimate bar and a breakfast room. A cafe and mini market is next door to the hotel, and this also has an ATM machine for convenience. The hotel is on 39th street, so little more than a 5 minute drive from the centre of the South Beach action and roadside cafes and bars. Traffic was never an issue. Drop off and collection at the hotel is easy with a loading bay right out front, and a taxi rank opposite the hotel had a ready supply of cabs 24/7. The hotel has parking available. It is pricey at $20 per day, but less pricey than most other hotels in the same area. On check in, the staff at the hotel were decent enough to explain that street parking was available from 8am until 6pm daily for $1 an hour, and was free from 6pm until 8am. The very fact that they offered me a cheaper alternative made me choose to use their service for some of my stay. It is rare to experience such a level of fair play from front-desk staff, and it is certainly something in the hotel’s favour. Street parking did not prove to be difficult. Whenever a space was not available, a beachside lot was 4 short blocks walk from the hotel with adequate space. I travel a lot and would consider this hotel to be one of the most pleasant hotels I have ever stayed in.
“Circa 39 is very quait and nice”
Reviewed January 6, 2013- TripAdvisor
This place is a nice little gem in the Miami Beach area. Although not very close to the action, this hotel was clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet wasn’t the best but served its purpose. This hotel looks to have just been remodeled and had the smell of new paint in the air. Rooms are small as is the bathroom but had new fixtures and the hardwood flooring was a nice touch. Front desk staff couldn’t have been more friendly to us. Would I come back to this place? Yes.
Reviewed November 26, 2012- TripAdvisor
We could not find accomodations on south beach. And for the first time discovered north beach and circa 39. What a cool find, Small pool, but active. A couple of really good restaurants. Two blocks walk to the beach. A little calmer than the south beach area. Which is really nice. And a short drive away to the action – which is also nice. Parking is easy. The rooms are modern and updated, very cool and chic. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Thanks
“Great little hotel”
Reviewed November 20, 2012- TripAdvisor
Small hotel in South Beach. Clean and comfortable. Under renovation but still a great place to stay. No carpeting in the rooms can get noisy if your upstairs neighbor is not considerate. The Bar tender Jorge makes you feel like family.
“Friendly and welcoming”
Reviewed November 16, 2012- TripAdvisor
We couldn’t fault our stay. The staff were all very friendly and couldn’t be more helpful. Our room didn’t have a view but this didnt distract from the stay. I would suggest they change the handles on the drawers as I caught my clothes on them when passing. The breakfast was a bonus and set us up for the day. Beach only 2 mins walk away with free sunchair and hotel beach towels. The main shops and South Beach life is quite a walk away but very pleasant along the boardwalk. Frequent buses for the trip back with a standard $2 fare, bus drivers do not change money so make sure you have the correct fare. The bus takes you all the way to Aventura Mall which has all the main shops. The bar and restaurant in the hotel are small but very accommodating, the Spinach soup is grand. Overall a great place to stay.
“Great location for a great price.”
Reviewed October 29, 2012- TripAdvisor
This is a lovely small hotel across the street from the ocean beach. We got a great rate for the night we stayed here. The staff is very helpful. There is a great place next door for inexpensive massive breakfast and lunch sandwiches , pancakes and awesome pastries.
“Value for Money”
Reviewed September 13, 2012
We stayed for 3 nights over here in Miami . The best part of the hotel is definitely the location . Just in less than one minute, you can reach the beach and there in you have your beach chairs provided by the hotel . The hotel staff was nice. The rooms were regularly cleaned. We did not face any problem over here . The only thing was the room was small , however considering the charges , i would say it was what we were paying for . One of the striking features of the hotel is the interior decor ,It is really cool .
“Best Hotel of our Road Trip!!”
Reviewed September 16, 2012
Find it hard to believe that anyone could not give this hotel an “excellent” rating. We thought it was AMAZING! Our room was immaculate, looked like it had just been refurbished, with all the extras you would expect from a more expensive hotel. Staff were super efficient and friendly, and the decor was simply “WOW” we loved all the quirky contemporary touches. Pool area was elegant and quiet, lovely for a late night swim. Breakfast, which was included in our low rate, was relaxed and delicious. I would highly recommend this stunning, fresh, boutique hotel, and wouldn’t hesitate to book again if I was returning to Miami. A big THANK YOU to the Circa 39, best hotel on our Florida road trip!
Reviewed August 1, 2012 – TripAdvisor
I read many mixed reviews….let me start by saying that we are staying in one of the newlying renovated rooms on the third floor. They are currently renovating the second floor now. There is a lot of banging and construction sounds starting about 9 am….that being said. I am not sure how you can make something better without construction sounds….so, I don’t fault the hotel for that. The rooms are very nice. Hard wood floors and of course art deco style. Small but efficient. Clean….nothing to complain about. The pool area is small but very cozy. The bartender Jorge is very pleasant and makes a great mojito….not too sweet. Location is good. About a 20 min walk to the main drag. $10 cab ride. The beach is right across the street and a lovely place to spend the afternoon. I would stay here again no doubt!
“1st visit to Miami”
Reviewed July 17, 2012
We absolutely LOVED this small hotel. It is charming, very clean, with a pool and close to everything. The Beach is just across the road. There is a small cafe – mini market in the next building. To go to South Beach or Ocean Drive you just need to take a bus on Indian Creek, which is just one block from Circa. Buses pass every 10 mins and cost 2$. The rooms are beautifully renovated with a big walk-in closet. Beds comfortable. Wi-Fi is free. Aveda toiletries. Beach towels and beach chaira included. Wonderful Experience!
“One Amazing Hotel in the Center of Miami”
Reviewed July 10, 2012 – TripAdvisor
The location of this Hotel is in the Middle of the Madness , but far enough away to make you feel at Home. The Hotel is relaxation within the storm , the service is amazing, the rooms are immaculate. 6 minutes via Taxi to South Beach-12 $. Located between 39th street and 41 st street you cannot go wrong. As soon as you arrive, you are greeted with the upmost of sincerity. This is a recommended Hotel ! Wifi is Free throughout the complete Hotel, making it easy for the relaxed Business person to enjoy the Sun and work when needed. There are Three people that I would like to thank by name: David N-Manager, there is nothing that he would not do to make your stay more pleasant !!! Jemay T-The concierge ! He is always smiling and has the best recommendations, believe me, he knows the best places to go for value ! Jorge F, Food and Beverage Manager, there is not enough that we can say about this man, He loves his Job !!!! He went out of his way in every possible manner to make our stay as comfortable as possible !!! Circa 39 with these people, plus thier Team, is a must stay for anyone who wants to relax and have a good time. These People are Family ! The Rooms are Clean and the Air conditioning is always at the correct Temperature, making your stay fantastic !!! A recommend place in Miami !
“Circa 39 June 2012”
Reviewed June 16, 2012
Stayed here for 6 nights. This was a mix of business and pleasure. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room was clean and serviced every day. Breakfast was included and was a buffet, hot and cold affair. The beach is very handy and beach beds are free for hotel guests. Thre is a happy hour 5 – 7 and bar staff are very friendly.
“a great getaway”
Reviewed June 6, 2012 – TripAdvisor
Circa 39 is a perfect getaway for a girls weekend!! Great location- it is a few blocks away from the Lincoln Rd but situated near a quiet beach. Circa 39 was a 5 out of 5! Adorable, friendly staff, clean, modern, perfect location. I will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone. I cant wait to return!
“Loved the courtyard!!!”
Reviewed May 19, 2012 – TripAdvisor
Nice location, reasonable price, friendly staff. We stayed here in April: 2 adults and 2 teens. Room was a little cramped, but we were right off of the shaded, spacious courtyard complete with canopied beds and cushy chairs. The hotel is across the street from the beach. Beach was great – wide and not too crowded. Only complaint is we only got 2 complimentary chairs with the room and the wanted $10 a day extra for each of the kids! Parking, too, was extra. We could have driven around and found metered parking for less but it was too much of a hassle. Hotel had a lovely lobby and a pleasant small pool. We had coffee every morning in the lobby and it was very nice. There’s also a small market a block away where you could stock up on waters, sodas, snacks, etc. All in all, a really pleasant place. We’d wrestled with whether to stay in South Beach or Miami Beach and opted for the later – I’m glad we did. We did go down to South Beach to eat and that was fun but it was nice to be in a quieter locale come the end of the day. I would definitely stay here again.
Reviewed April 10, 2012 – TripAdvisorI loved this hotel and it was a great value. My friend in Miami said there at lots of old boutique hotels in Miami Beach / South Beach but a lot are dirty and broken down. Circa 39 is old but they’ve renovated it so it’s very clean and modern looking. I imagine if W bought a hotel from the 30s and repainted everything but kept the original furnishings, this is what it would look like. The room was well appointed with a comfy bed, a huge walk-in closet with a safe and you get nice Aveda toiletries. My room was on the second floor in the back and it was very quiet. The lobby does look like a W Hotel (but white instead of black) and the pool area is nice. Of course, you’re there for the beach and you just walk across the street and you’re at the beach. The hotel provides you with beach towels and they also have a deal with the beach attendant so there’s an area for hotel guests and you get free beach loungers. The parking is outrageously expensive ($26 after tax) but street parking free from 6pm-8am and $1/hr during the day. Of course, it can be hard to find street parking, especially during the day when everyone’s hitting the beach. About location, mid-beach is great if you want things a little quieter and want to enjoy the beach. South Beach is definitely much more happening. The one thing is if you don’t have a car, taking a bus to Miami is really a chore and taxis aren’t cheap either.
“Best hotel for the price”
Reviewed April 9, 2012 – TripAdvisor
Small hotel with rooms within a few feet of the outside. Cross street to beach. 2.35 for a quick bus ride to and from airport. Breakfast no deal but perfectly fine. Plenty of other choices within a block. European style which has put off a few reviewers. Everyone helpful. Been in the area many times. Best to date. Took a prepaid price so about $150 per night in high season. Stayed for 4 days. If you like quiet ask for an inside room.
“Nice for the Price”
Reviewed February 19, 2012 – TripAdvisor
We stayed at Circa 39 for a couple nights just prior to President’s Day weekend. We had no idea the Miami boat show was going on, so hotels were hard to find. We were very happy with the small boutique hotel with 3 floors. The staff was very helpful and friendly from check-in to check-out. There is a small restaurant on-site and a small bar. The rooms are small but very adequate and the design elements are fresh, clean and modern. This is a renovated property, as many in this area are, and is very charming. Across the street, Carraba’s has a “Tiki Deck” from which you can dine or drink and see the ocean. It is reasonably priced, especially at happy hour and the beach is right out front. This is not one of those mega-properties, but if you are looking for small and charming, this is a good place to find it.
“Nice hotel for the price”
Reviewed February 17, 2012 – TripAdvisor
My husband and I stayed a night at Circa 39 Hotel last weekend. Attractive lobby, very convenient location, friendly staff. Our room wasn’t fancy but it was very clean and the bed comfortable. Don’t be put off by the dark old-fashioned elevator. My only suggestions would be the lighting – while attractive, there wasn’t enough light! The halls had blue light which seemed sort of spooky, and there was no where in the room for good make-up application. Our weather was cool so we didn’t use the pool but it looked nice. Enjoyed the beach towels and complimentary beach chairs and short walk to the beach. Convenience store next door had great lattes and sweets for breakfast. I would recommend Circa 39.
Reviewed February 16, 2012 – TripAdvisor
Hotel is nice and clean. Its a great location. If your fly into MIA you can take the airport flyer 150 in concourse E and arrive at the hotel for only $2.35. The courtyard is beautiful.
Room Tip: take airport flyer not a cab much cheaper and it drops you off across the street from the hotel.
Reviewed February 15, 2012- TripAdvisor
My husband and I stayed here Jan. 24 & 25, 2012. Our room was on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool. The room was a good size, had lots of storage and an extremely comfortable bed. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. The breakfast was excellent value ($9.95), the hot foods were hot not just warm as you sometimes get in a buffet breakfast and there was a good selection of pastries, cereal and breads. The beach was a short few minutes walk. We didn’t have dinner in the hotel but went to a fantastic italian restaurant in the hotel across the street. We found the decor of this hotel very unique and had to smile whenever we got into the ugly red elevator. We would definitly stay at this hotel again.
“Lovely little hotel, recommend”
Reviewed February 8, 2012- TripAdvisor
Just back from the Circa 39 hotel and have to say that it was a very nice stay. The memorable points are that this is a lovely 30s art-deco style property, good location near South Beach, reasonable price in comparison with others. The staff also make a big difference – it’s a family run hotel and everyone was very helpful and friendly – makes a big difference to a stay. The street can be very busy and noisy, not helped by the fact that the property seems to have the original aluminium single-glazed windows…so let a lot of noise in. The Gym is small, however it did the job perfectly well. There is a cross-trainer, treadmill, bike, weights, TV and air-con. In summary, a nice hotel and well done to the owners and staff – your smiles and service make a difference!