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... view was incredible! It overlooks the pool and beach! After our workout, we walked to the beach to check it out. Our hotel has lots of beach beds, chairs and mattresses on the sand that you can use which reminded me of Bali. If the weather was a little better I could have spent the day down there for sure. I mean, the weather was nothing to complain about, just not very sunny as it was cloudy. Still 27 degrees though, which is ...
... Oh the joys of hostels haha! The hostel we are in turns out to be quite a crazy party hostel and tonight's activity was going to 'LIV' which is apparently a world famous club that usually costs over $60 to get in but as we're going with the hostel it only costs $20 and we get transport there and free drinks inside, woop ...
... there was something (alligator, alligator nest, birds, etc.) located next to the second row behind the driver. We were sitting in middle of the second car of the tram and every time the tram stopped for people to see something, whatever we were supposed to be seeing had flown, crawled or swam away before we got there. But, Dan still got some incredible pictures of the birds and alligators. The baby alligators were really neat. And the big ones ...
... It was in 4d and awesome. Ben loved it and kept going back for more. Finally we were done with Universal and the following day we headed to Disneyworld which was done up for Christmas (Amazing). Cat got to see Ariel and Ben got to finally go on Space Mountain. We had an amazing time which was capped off with the most amazing fireworks you could ever hope to see.
We said our goodbyes to Orlando and drove to Key West via a ...
... of Houston with Zhanna. Seeing sides of Houston I have never seen!! Makes me realise I could live there. Then back to Zhanna's for lunch of Russian dumplings with her and Vitaly
Monday we headed off early and off to Miami. Thankfully the last of our early morning flights
The week at Miami has been great to catch up with Alex and Val plus get some lovely warm sun. Most days we spent a few days ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ocean Miami Beach
A super place.
Our room had a wonderful balcony overlooking Ocean Drive and the sea. I enjoyed a late-night Corona and a fat cigar as the cool, light sea breeze blew in. I wish I was there now!
My best friend and I decided on this hotel because of all the good reviews and amenities mentioned on the hotel website. Unfortunately, I don't know what type of hotels others have stayed in, but for $255 a night, you expect a little more than what we got, or rather, didn't get. To start, when we got there, my friend was trying to pay for the room, and his credit card wouldn't go through. The girl was nice and called the company that manufactures the machine but could not get the problem resolved. That was fine, but then she got the manager who was a little less than helpful. Instead of trying to resolve the problem, he implied that we didn't have the money to stay there, when in fact it turned out that is was the machine that was broken, which led to an even bigger mess with extra amounts of money being taken out of my friends account. In the end, it was cleared up, but obviously unless you are around the age of 30 or above, you're not worthy of staying in the hotel. It was very unwelcoming, so if you are in your mid-twenties (which I am) or younger, beware.
GREAT LOCATION, NOT SO GREAT ROOM !
Hotel Ocean is a two star hotel. The room was shabby and I had to kill two roaches!! I would not stay there again, nor will I recommend this hotel. Enough said.
So wonderful i cried
hotel ocean is undeniably the jem of south beach. an adorable, delightfully decorated building with the air of european travel. the sweetest, most helpful staff, prime location and the sound of the band in the courtyard wafting into our room in the evening made me never want to leave. i will recommend the hotel ocean to anyone staying in south beach and will most certainly be back myself.
This very cute hotel is hidden behind a restaurant, so it was hard to find, but definitely worth the search. The privacy, service, decor, and proximity to attractions made my 2 night stay stress-free. There was no need to drive around to find entertainment. Parking in South Beach is horrendous anyway. If you don't want to pay $14 a day for the hotel's valet parking, you can park in a municipal garage a street over for $10/24 hrs. You can hear the live jazz from the adjacent restaurant nightly in the "on-season," but mainly on weekends during the "off-season." The beach is across the street, and the hotel offers towels, umbrellas, and beach chairs for free, which is very thoughtful and impressive. The beach and bars on Ocean Drive are not a great place for a family vacation. There are topless bathers and affectionate homosexuals.
This is the best SoBe hotel I've stayed at out of 4 hotels. While its rates are higher than others I stayed at, I've decided it's worth paying extra $50-75 per night to get a truly great experience. Most SoBe hotel rooms south of the Lowes (16th St.) are noisy, tiny, bathrooms in need of some renovations, mediocre customer service, no parking assistance, and of course, overpriced. I paid $175 for a basic room at Hotel Ocean, which is more than I've ever paid outside of NYC & SF, but the location is perfect (right on beach, halfway between Lincoln Road strip and S. end of South Beach nightlife and shops); the fact that it sits back allows you to sleep during day or night; the staff was friendly and accomodated all my requests (e.g., holding bags after checkout, cab calling, room location); the bed was big (they prepare the bed at night, with chocolate mint bonus), bathroom large, modern & clean; and room comes with large CD player, safe and plenty of storage space. They may not always do this, but even after just a 2-night stay, they mailed me a Thank You card and certificate for a free night next time I say 2 nights.
Wonderful!!!!!!!!! If you like to stay at boutique hotels and in the midst of it all, this is it. I wa very satisfied with my stay at Hotel Ocean and would stay here again and again!!!!
What a great place in SoBe!!
We stayed in a room on the top floor with an incredble view of ocean drive, palms & the atlantic ocean. After the sunset we would take our cat nap & awaken to the wonderful sound of live jazz funneled through the beautiful courtyard & enjoy the SoBe nights. We woke up & swam in the ocean (it is very safe-no shark attacks in decades!) every day-it was wonderful to be in warm water in March coming from the cold SoCal waters! The restraunt was excellent-great service, food & setting & the staff was great. One warning: the noise from the A/C was annoying at times, although SoBe is noisy so you just have to deal with it!
The perfect escape
Fantastic small boutique hotel on Ocean Drive, as in the middle of everything as can be...a bit of almost necessary old world european charm within the South Beach chaos. Both relaxed and refined.
Comparitively, the rates are almost ridiculously cheap when you see what people pay for the Delano, etc....
HIGHLY recommended. Oh, and go for the 3 nights for two special on their website.
The seemingly unlimited choices in South Beach are overwhelming but I am thrilled with our choice of Hotel Ocean. Stayed in a room on the 5th floor with a large, fabulous terrace which included seating, table, and an unobstructed view of the beach. Great place to enjoy room service.