Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
... left pretty late and the only reason we left was because Andy was so tired and sat down, the bouncers thought it was time for him to leave! We got back to the apartment at around 5 am! The next day hasten to add was pretty much a right off! The only real exercise was to go get a takeout pizza! On my last day in Miami I actually had time to walk around and see South Beach as well as chill out on the beach for a while! I do like Miami, especially South Beach and will hopefully be back some ...
... best looking shoes I could find, that was at least a little warm. I didn't expect to find too much winter boots in the sunshine state. When I was done shopping, I went down to the beach for an hour. Just to sit on the beach and get some photos and relax. Then I went back to get food and another beer. I thought I knew where the bus was going from and at what time. Took me some time before I found it, had to ask around and I had also checked ...
Another close call with the bus today! We thought we'd left plenty of time however on the bus to the bus, a lady decided to have an argument with the bus driver for about 10 minutes and because we'd got confused over the Walmart stop that we needed we ended up having 2 minutes to find the bus and the 'bus stop' was just in the middle of the car park! But it was fine we got ...
... announced we were going to be in a holding pattern. The airport had been closed due to the severe storms. He also broke the news that we would only be in the holding pattern for about 20 minutes because that was all the fuel we had. As if that were not enough "interesting" news, he floated the idea that we might have to divert to Ft. Meyers.
Shortly before we were going to have to head to Ft. Meyers due to low fuel, ...
As a sequel to my last update, 3 Disneys and a Space Centre seems an appropriate comparison to 3 states! Disney World is massive and a little overwhelming. We managed to get to three parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom - in our two days before a lingering thunder storm effectively shut down the Animal Kingdom. But oh what fun we had until then. The attention to detail at Disney was astounding to me. The animatronics are way cool ...
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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!
Not Worth The Money!!!
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.
Another side note, don't believe some of the amenities that are mentioned on the website. The "French Toilletries" are not that great, and the monogrammed robes were non-existent. If you get the Superior Deluxe room with an ocean front balcony, you will also be getting a view of the roof of the restaurant, which is inconveniently in front of the hotel, somewhat ruining the view of the ocean. The website mentions a "complimentary" pass to the fitness center Crunch, but it's actually a pass you can buy for $10.00. The European massage and other activities that are mentioned aren't actually done at the hotel. What they mean is that they can suggest places for you to do certain things. Also, if you plan on using the phone, plan on paying a hefty price for all calls, even local. The so-called gift shop is literally just a room with a plastic case that contains some toilletries, and a couple of shirts to buy. They do provide chairs and towels for the beach free of charge in the "gift shop". I don't even want to get into the horrible food and service at the hotel's restaurant Les 2Fontaines. We didn't even bother with the "complimentary" breakfast that you are expected to pay gratuity for although the service for the restaraunt is beyond bad.
I plan on leaving another lengthy review for South Beach itself, so if you've never been, it's good to know the experience we had especially if you're expecting and awe inspiring experience.
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.
Cute & Quiet Hideaway, but not ideal for families
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.
Nice quality, real comfort, best location, friendly
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.
Room was furnished nicely and was very clean. Food is WONDERFUL and very reasonably priced. The hotel is situated on Ocean Drive but is setback a bit so sleeping is never a problem. There is a lovely courtyard with lush plants and a fountain. Indoor/outdoor seating for the restaurant. Wait staff is charming. Live music each evening. Bar is great! Vanilla Mojitos are super. Staff is warm and friendly. South Beach was great fun but Hotel Ocean made the experience even better! I would stay here again and again.