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“Most Epic Spot for a 30th Birthday, EVER.” 5 of 5 stars
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Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   940 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #80 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Orlando, FL
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“Most Epic Spot for a 30th Birthday, EVER.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

My fiance caught a great deal at Hotel Breakwater the weekend after Ultrafest for my 30th birthday, and holy crap was it EPIC. I mean, seriously the best spot on South Beach.

We got a VIP Penthouse Suite which had a private hottub and lounge area on the rooftop. It also has a private connecting door to the rooftop lounge that overlooks Ocean Dr and the actual 'beach' on South Beach.

There's a club nestled in between this hotel and the one next door, just underneath the pool a DJ is spinning dance music from 2pm to 6am.

Having the VIP Penthouse with the private rooftop lounge and hottub was absolutely essential to staying in South Beach. When we were tired of the club, (and spending an absurd amount of money on drinks) we were all able to go upstairs and party in our room, with our liquor, and the music at a perfect level to talk over yet still enjoy.

The room itself was fantastically appointed. We had a pullout couch in addition to the regular bed, plus a seating area, and everyone was able to comfortably move around when everything was the most chaotic.

I've seen complaints about this hotel from families with children, and I can understand why. This location was meant to be used for PARTYING and enjoying all the delicious nightlife that Miami, specifically South Beach, has to offer.

We had an amazing time at Hotel Breakwater. It was the most epic 30th birthday I could have ever imagined.

Room Tip: Get the VIP Penthouse Suite overlooking the pool. You will NOT be sorry!
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Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This hotel is right in the mix of things, there is a outside nightclub next door, unfortunately our room was on that side. If you are young, I am sure you would enjoy it. we were told to call down at least 15-20 minutes to get our car from the valet, they took 30 minutes, one time the front desk forgot to call, so that was another 20 minute wait. The rooms were okay, nothing special.

Room Tip: Don't get on the side by the Cleavander hotel. Rooms on the south side are quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

Food in restaurant was good but service was appalling. Once pulled into restaurant by staff, had to wait 20 minutes for drinks Order to be taken. Should have walked at this point.. Food was good but took 30minutes to produce the bill when requested at the end Then the offered discount was missing, our most expensive meal in Miami beach, soured by flagrant dishonesty and poor service

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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MiamiSunManagement, Guest Relations Manager at Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear ElliotJaci,

Thank you for the review posted about the restaurant. The Hotel takes these matters seriously and we have contacted the restaurant owners to address these issues. Please be aware that the Hotel is not associated with the restaurant and we will do everything in our power to correct the opportunities presented.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

Booked through hotel tonight APP, and got a great standard room for less than half price! Directly across from the beach, towel and lounge chair included in the daily hotel fee, and service and restaurant were phenomenal. Do keep on mind you are ON Ocean drive, and a baris iinthe middle of the two towers so no matter which room you get, it will likely be VERY loud until around 2 am.

But, for the beach and nightlife, I can't see getting any better. Decor and rooms ate modern, easy to use air con, good shower and bathroom, EVERYTHING was top notch!

My wife loved it as did I. Front desk Natalie is phenomenal!

Great time!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a great hotel located in the heart of south beach. The hotel staff was exceptional and helpful. My room was large clean and very comfortable. The extra fee that was charged every day was worth it because of the amenities that came along with it. Food on the strip was very expensive but the quality was there. South beach is party central and when the sun goes down the noise levels are incredible. My room faced the hotel Clevlander which felt it was their obligation to entertain and be loud enough to entertain everyone east of the mississippi. Unfortunately this went on until four o'clock in the morning. While I appreciate a good time I also like to sleep. The next day I was given a different room which was deep in the bowels of the hotel. It was quieter but I now had a view of rooftops and solid building walls. However it was a welcome change and the noise was not the fault of the Breakwater. I loved this hotel and they went out of their way to be helpful but there are many hotels on the strip that are exceptional and not located in the midst of a 24 hour air raid

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My family and I had the pleasure of staying at the Breakwater Hotel the weekend of January 19th for three days. The hotel was beautiful and the staff was excellent, especially Natalie, she was there to assist us in everything we needed, she was very professional and personable, she made my family and I feel very special, which made the 50th birthday bash of my baby sister a great experience for us all. She went well above and beyond her responsibilities as desk clerk, she made us all feel very welcome and our stay a great one. We are looking forward to visiting again in the near future. The location, the night life, and the food was fantastic. South Beach is one of the the best places to visit in Florida, and the Breakwater Hotel for me is the best place to stay. "Kudos to the Breakwater Hotel and it's staff ', when you decide to visit, ask for Natalie, and it will be a trip to remember.
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Room Tip: We had more than one room, all the rooms were great, noise or not. We were on the third floor the ro...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

After leaving the port of Miami, we dropped into this hotel expecting to melt down somewhere before we flew home. I found instead a gorgeous mini version of a luxury ship. I loved the kaleidoscope of gorgeous colors, early 10 am happy hour (would you believe that!?), the world of happy people whirling about; the huge huge room after a small boat cabin, and just drifting up and down the street for the best fresh drinks, food and glorious beach steps away. It seemed surreal, especially after cruising the carribbean to find that this hotel is an on shore extension of this vacation. The bathroom was especially sensual, as the shower had all the gizmos,and I could throw everything out on an endless marble counter top, and forget about organization as a cruise cabin requires. It's a dreamy melt in your puddle happily ever after boutique hotel with a perfect location. No need to walk 1,000 feet on a boat, everything is right there...and it's South Beach, a special slice of America that you have to see up close and personal. This one does just that, with all the blitz and bling of a glamorous cruise.

Room Tip: Call ahead, and specify if you want the front ocean view or a quieter partial view on the side. Ame...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Additional Information about Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach

Address: 940 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Esplendor Breakwater, is a fun, bustling and entertaining historic Art Deco hotel located in the heart of South Beach's famous Ocean Drive. The hotel is a non-stop, active delight right in the center of everything that is South Beach. You'll find yourself within walking distance of a wide variety of outdoor cafes serving every style of cuisine imaginable, art galleries, night clubs, the famous Beach, the Versace Mansion, beach front walking, biking and jogging paths, world class events like the Wine and Food Festival, as well as the fabulous shops of Lincoln Road Mall. ... more   less 
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