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We left the hotel at 7:15 - another family were on the hoppa bus and they made us look like we packed minimally !! We had already checked in so just drop the bags and time for breakfast and shopping! Tabitha enjoyed a treat of a Krispy Kreme donut ! All excited to see the plane and especially when we saw it was Tinkerbell! Great seats upstairs - Zac asked why we didn't have the bed seats!! One day .....! And 11:35 off we ...
Wniosek dnia : można nauczyc sie angielskiego patrzac w niebo. Nowe słówko: BASH czyli giant party. Bash dziś w Bamboo. Samolot nad plażą nam to napisał na niebie. Kilka innych ogłoszeń duszpasterskich równiez przeleciało nad głową. Jutro wigilia. Ubralismy wiec choinke. Najpierw ją usypaliśmy. Potem wyłowiliśmy łańcuchy z morza i wygrzebaliśmy bombki. Voila. Choinka jak się ...
... to get to a Cheesecake Shop in Aventura where we had a lot of food - but no cheesecake!! The on to Best Buy and secure a few essentials and also to the local wine shop to secure another essential - nice Napa Valley Cab Sav.
V light dinner, some nice red wine and a great night's sleep
Today was a tough day - sleep in til 8am, light brekky and then a couple ...
... and when I got up, as that would fix any adverse effects of alcohol. I was laughing as I said good-bye to him. I was marveling at how different my Custom's experiences were now that I had changed so much.
I caught a taxi to the Runway Inn. The man at the front desk saw my luggage and was so very nice and thoughtful. He gave me a room on the main floor and let me go there right away, even though it was still several hours to official check-in. It was such a different room ...
Packing my suitcase that last time, something hit me, it was a surreal feeling. For three months the one thing that was with me every day was that suitcase. I never unpacked my cloths for three months and it's the size of a carry on. I had thirteen shirts, three pairs of jeans, three pairs of shorts, two pairs of shoes, one jacket and eight pairs of socks. That suitcase has been to every country with me. I stood over top of it and smiled. ...
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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.