Ocean Spray Beach Hotel
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My wonderful husband planned a special Valentine's day trip to Miami Beach for us! We spent Valentine's day strolling the beach hand in hand. It was amazing and romantic. We visited the Fontaine Bleau, and ate a delicious lunch at Vida. And had a romantic dinner at Carrabba's. We were supposed to fly back the next morning, but because of a huge …
... of course) and for Olly to have a stroll around Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch!
The drive to Miami was fairly uneventful. It’s basically just south on Florida’s Turnpike for a mind-numbing 4 hours, broken up only by the toll booths. Of which there are loads!
We arrived at our hostel around 8pm, and moved into our 4 bed dorm. Now, a 4 bed dorm is the smallest possible dorm you can stay in, but after spending the last ...
... so hot that both of us scorch our mouths and spend the next few minutes sucking ice cubes to numb the pain.
On we go, mile after mile, waiting for the scenery to change into the spectacular picture-postcard tropical idyll we're expecting. But bar the odd bridge over turquoise water, all we're seeing is a big stretch of tarmac cutting through run down buildings or ordinary scrubland. Hmmmm.
About 70 miles after Key Largo we pull into Duck Key and our next hotel, ...
... once that 5 hour flight was completed, we needed to jump on another 2.5 hour flight south to Miami.
Our final destination for the next few nights. A little more waiting between flights, and then more waiting for shuttles, and we hit our hotel. We oh-so-made-it!! *sigh with a smile*.
... s going to help the weight loss. We eventually got back to the hostel...dripping from the workout so threw our bathers on and went down to the beach...ahh so refreshing. We went back to the hostel for our free lunch...more pasta...gah. Chilled out in the arvo and then did some more street wandering and looking at the art deco buildings. Dinner was chicken and rice...least it wasn't pasta! We had a few drinks and chatted to other hostelers while we waited to head ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Spray Beach Hotel Miami Beach
Please Do Not Stay Here
hOTEL booked this hotel from me and my family and when I reached at the hotel, they had one single bed from four Adults. They told me that ,thats what was requested. I had requested for a crib for my five months old son but there was no crib. Very horrible service.Please spend little more money and stay in a good hotel chain. Never ever stay there with your family.
My husband and I stayed at the Ocean Spray Hotel 2 nights during spring break, we got a room through priceline for 60 bucks. I was pretty upset when i saw all the bad reviews after i got the priceline result, but we were very pleasantly surprised once we got there. Granted, the ocean spray is no palace. But it is perfect for a budget traveler who wants to go to any part of miami and walk to the beach. Public transportation is 1 buck and stops right in front of the hotel, there is also a bus directly to the hotel from the airport, again 1 buck. you just have to do a little research. there were no aveda products but some other nice aromatherapy/natural bath products provided. Fridge and coffee maker were convenient, and the continental breakfast was sufficient as long as you got there by 9 a.m. the beach is less than a 3 minute walk. we went to south beach each night and got there by a 10 minute bus ride, and came back by bus at 2 a.m. each night, dropped off right in front.
if you're looking for the lap of luxury, by all means, shell out the money and stay on ocean drive. if you're looking for a clean, quiet, affordable hotel very convenient to a nice beach, this place is fine.
Warning do not stay here!!!!!
No rooftop bar, no free cruise, I booked a queen bed got a full bed. Worst of all is no parking. We had to pay $18.00 a day to park. It was that or parking meters at 15 minutes for a quarter. What a rip off. I booked for 3 days on the 2nd day our card key would not work. They messed up our reversation and had us checking out and I had already paid for 3 nights. It was a mess getting it all sorted out. I will never stay at this place again.
Ocean Spray? Stay away
if you like dorm rooms , this hotel is for you..Cheap attempt to be art deco. staff discourteous.. no comforters on beds. though i requested them 3 TIMES. finally received an extra sheet "?" did i just say sheet ?? 2 hours later. Parking is a nightmare. miles from any conveinences Lots OF LUCK with this one....
Liars Resort & Beach Club
Me and my wife arrived at the Ocean Spray at about 12midnight to check-in to our room. We were greeted with Oh, Sorry but we over booked, but you can stay at the BISCAYA. Well the Biscaya Hotel is far from the beach and next to the ARTHUR GODFREY BLVD.(HORNS Blowing Tractor Trailers rumbling by etc.). We did not get our complimentary breakfast our Casino Princesa Cruise our Aveda bath products no minibar or cd/am fm no Philip Starck furnishings etc. instead we got a musty smelling, dirty feeling, loud, inconvienent, nowhere near the beach hotel that we did not even book. If the owners or manager of this so-called three star hotel would like to e-mail me , please feel free. I would love to speak with somebody.
My boyfriend and I decided to stay at the Ocean Spray Hotel for a trip to Miami that would be my first ever. The hotel web site had a description of the property that sold me on this place. Soon I found out that they were lies, all lies! This hotel sent in a description that stated 'Upon your arrival at the Ocean Spray you will be greeted with a special cocktail named after our hotel as well as aromatherapy oils to burn in your room' among many other little extras that sounded very luxurious and relaxing. When I arrived after finding out that parking was located five blocks away (and over a bridge) and that the hotel did not even have a bar I was immediately disappointed. The room that we were guaranteed was supposed to be a deluxe room that was said to described as 'spacious". The room was extremely small (think about putting two walk in closets together). Although the hotel seemed to be newly remodeled the service did not make up for the awful experience from the beginning. Housekeeping did not tidy up our room the whole time that we were there and I had to beg someone to help me at the front desk for a recommendation to a nice restaurant. I will NEVER ever again return to the Ocean Spray hotel and I hope that you never have to experience even half the disappointment that I endured while staying there.
Cute Miami Hotel
This is a cute budget art deco hotel located right across the beach, within easy walking distance. We recommend using public transportation when staying here. There are no restaurants nearby, but South Beach and its many eateries was only a 15 minute bus ride away. The rooms are small, but clean. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was your typical continental, but sufficient. The rooftop bar wasn't completed when we stayed there and I didn't see any Aveda bath products. However, we would recommend this hotel for a budget traveler looking for a nice and clean place to stay.
Ocean Spray Hotel in Miami Beach fell far short of our expectation. The hotel has been recently renovated, so the room was clean and comfortable. That's probably the only good thing I can say about the hotel. The hotel provides complimentary continental breakfast every morning, but it has to so because there is no cafe or diner in the neighborhood if you get hungry in the morning. We chose an "Ocean View" room, but as soon as we entered the room and opened the drapes to see what's outside, we were so disappointed. The hotel wasn't right on the beach, and we could only get a glimpse of the beach between buildings across the street. They are bold enough to charge extra $10 for this scanty ocean view. Amazing!!! On the very first night, the plumbing under the sink broke and we had to walk down the hallway to take a shower in another room!!! The management gave no updating on the hot water status in our room until we asked for the information. They didn't offer an alternate room until we demanded it the following night! There was no mention of the complimentary casino cruise, either (This is all right, though, because we were not interested in gambling). The hotel's location is bad, being far from any shopping, night life or cultural activities. Honestly, you will have a great deal of difficulty in coming up with a single good reason to choose this hotel for your vacation in Miami Beach. That's exactly how we felt on the very first night. Look for a hotel in the Art Deco district; there is a lot of action down there and you can find a much nicer hotel at a reasonable price! People at Ocean Spray Hotel is trying very hard to impress you with fancy language and rhetoric, but they just misrepresent what the hotel really is like. That's a shame...