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Sense Beach House
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #25 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Just fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed here for only 2 nights mid October. We had an all round great time! The staff were exceptional - very friendly and approachable! They offered many recommendations and advice, all which were great! The room was nice, clean and modern, big and comfy bed! The rooftop pool is nice and there is a little lounge area up there too which is great to relax an as the sun goes down. We would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends and family and we would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Stayed Saturday night in room 8. Clean, quiet, well appointed. Comfy bed and pillows. Easy valet park and check in. Great location as right near the bars and restaurants but just far enough away to not be disturbed by noise. No complaints at all. Excellent value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I just returned from The Sense Hotel and really enjoyed it. Right now this is a good place to stay and in my opinion, they are just a few minor steps away from being a great place to stay.

Pros: The staff here is extremely friendly. Everyone we spoke to was really nice and very accommodating. They took care of our every request with a smile. The location is also great. The hotel is one block south of where the Art Deco district officially starts, at 5th Street. This means you are very close to all of the action, but don't have to deal with the crazy traffic and congestion that is the standard between 5th Street and 15th Street, on Ocean Drive. The hotel is a short, 1 block, walk to the beach. The $7.50 per day resort fee covers your use of beach chairs, beach towels, pool towels, wireless internet and phone. The roof top pool and deck area is very nice. The pool is only 3' deep, so expect to sit and soak. The rooms we nicely decorated and the bed was really comfortable. The room was very clean, with new carpet and a flat screen TV.

Cons: When we arrived, there were three bath towels provided, but only one hand towel and wash cloth. We had to call to have an additional washcloth sent up and it was only on the 2nd call that we actually received what we needed. I thought this was a fluke until the same thing happend the next day, with only one washcloth being provided. Not sure why two complete sets of towels is a big deal. The hotel is also undergoing some construction that we were not told about when making the reservation, through Travelocity. Their bar area was totally shut down, so there were not any options for getting drinks or snacks at the hotel, other than the in-room mini bar. The bar construction also meant that no ice machine was available. Since this was the case, they did credit our account for one days resort fee, which was a nice gesture. They also managed to keep the noise level down, so the construction could not be heard in our room.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this property. Once the construction is done, it will be beautiful and the staff is so nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ferndale, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

After reviewing several hotels in South Beach, my sisters and I decided to book our room at The Sense for a birthday weekend getaway. It was absolutely the right choice! Just one block from the beach, a great room, and AMAZING customer service from all members of the staff. A special shout out to Sydney and Anthony who were very helpful with suggestions for planning our activities and recommending great local hot spots. The location of the hotel was very convenient... close to everything without being in the middle of it all. The pool and rooftop area were a nice oasis from the busy beach. We have recommended The Sense to friends and family already and will definitely stay there next time we're in town.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband and I spent a long weekend in Miami and chose this hotel after reading other reviews and getting a fantastic deal and we weren't disappointed.

This hotel is located perfectly at the top of Ocean Drive and only a short walk to all the bars, shops and restaurants. The rooms are spacious and clean and contain all the amenities you need. You get a partial ocean view from your room as stated and the beach is just across the road, the hotel will provide you with towels and beach chairs. The bed, WOW, it has to be the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. So much so we took the sheet off the mattress so we could get the name of it to buy one. The free WiFi is also a nice touch.

There is great place for breakfast a 5 to 10 minute walk from the hotel where you can get bacon, eggs, toast or a bagel, coffee or tea and freshly squeezed orange juice for $8. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name, but it's on Collins Avenue opposite MAC and the Sunglasses Hut. In South Beach that is a real find. Expect dinner to cost close to $100 pretty much anywhere you go.

My only criticism's during my stay were the pool, it is way to shallow to swim in and the shower door didn't close properly and leaked slightly. Sydney and Anthony were great and a pleasure to deal with this. If I come back to Miami I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Just returned from spending 4 nights at The Sense Hotel on Ocean Drive, Miami South Beach.
I always have that nervous feeling before turning up at a hotel that you have not had personally recommended.
All I can say is, I needn't of been worried at all, this hotel is immaculate, the rooms are spacious and spotless. You could see the ocean from our balcony and the hotel is perfectly located on Ocean Drive by away from the noise of the bars etc.
I couldn't highly recommend this hotel enough. LOVED IT!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Almost afraid to review it - want to keep it for myself! Stayed 5 nights in August - the best bed I ever slept in, quiet, spotlessly clean + attractive rooms & great location - south of 5th street & so away from the craziness & noise of Ocean Drive. Loved being able to walk across the road & down to the beach. I can't be in the sun for long periods so was able to go swim & then come back - hotel will lend you beach chairs + umbrellas + towels if you want to spend time on the beach. Small swimming pool on roof - more for a 'dip' not a swim - has attractive seating areas. Staff are profession, helpful & the best - eager to assist in whatever way. For now there is no Fitness Center, no restaurant & no bar. If you have a car it's worth paying the valet fee but actually don't need a car to stay here - use the local 25cents tourist bus that loops around South Beach. Would not think of staying anywhere else in South Beach now I've found the Sense.

Room Tip: stayed in 2 rooms - both great, Room 202 one of the largest room with a king bed overlooking Ocean D...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#33 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sense Beach House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sense Beach House is just steps from the beach, offering a personalized and casually sophisticated vacation getaway. The hotel offers 18 modern rooms, a rooftop pool and lounge area with ocean and skyline views and indoor/outdoor restaurant, The Local House. Perfectly situated on the southern end of South Beach, in the chic SoFi neighborhood, Sense Beach House provides what South Beach has been missing – a true beach escape. ... more   less 
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