Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
... moment of the day: Seeing random chickens everywhere in Key West. Coolest moment of the day: (Collectively) working through the challenge of an open-water swim with the conditions we were faced with Quote of the day: Owen…Reid. & #160;Oh. My. Good ness. –Bonnie’s reaction to Owen’s name/number showing up on her phone prior to catching up in Key ...
... invoice to our house, it will be 3.5 months before I see it and by then there will be a collections notice among the pile of accumulated mail. That’s how it has been lately – Harvey & I are trying to anticipate all our bills and make arrangements. So I nicely elbow myself off the elevator at the next stop and return to the doctor’s office. I say hello again to the woman who opens ...
... It is basically a street with restaurant seating in the middle and shops on the outside. It is open until late, and I mean late - 10/11 pm.
Dinner was a basic Panini and salad. Nothing exciting. Then I watched game 5 of the NBA finals in the hotel.
So really not an exciting day, but a relaxing and enjoyable day.
Highlight: Beach ...
... like the shots - either the framing wasn't quite right or the photos weren't as clean as I would like - there were just too many people and things on the beach to get a shot only of Yang and I and the water. Anyway, at least I got some shots to remember South Beach by. Tomorrow is our last day but I think we need to spend it doing chores before we get on the boat on Sunday - things such as laundry!
... 10-15 seconds....they lied to me!!! First of all I had to have the sticky things from the ECG pulled off me, it felt like I was being bloody waxed. Then I had to have the tube in my arm connected to the machine, so I could have an iodine injection. As the nurse was fiddling around with the cannula i was looking the other way, only for her to say things like 'oh boy' and 'I'd better clean this up, you don't want a blood bath'. I mean, really?! The scan itself was ...
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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.