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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
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“Excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Outstanding staff. Where to start. Appreciated Paul the valet guy went above and beyond with our bags. The reception / front desk made sure all our questions were addressed in all the detail. Location is awesome. People looking for a quieter neighborhood and complaining about noise should avoid south beach please. The rooms are great. We had second floor ocean view. Will come back again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I only stayed here for the location, and the room. [penthouse] Unfortuantely, the only thing penthouse about this room, is it is on the top floor, and has access to a large veranda overlooking the beach-park-street in front of the hotel. It is a very small King bedroom, which has a semi private balcony overlooking a huge airconditioning equipment next to pool of next door property. With sliding doors open, you cannot have a conversation for the extreme blower noise. Originally, this hotel had a balcony walk way along all those north facing rooms which lead onto the veranda, and could qualify as pent house. No longer. All those rooms are divided by cable dividers, and no passage allowed. Notwithstanding the false advertising, the hotel rooms are quite nice (albiet small (10' x 10' room, with a 10'x 4' bath/shower area)), with nice appointments, nice bedding, large flat screen HD tv, coffee pot, refrigerator, double sinks. No closet space usable for two people. I would not have stayed here without the 1/2 price discount I received, which still cost me over $290 for one night, taxes, and manadatory valet parking, and resort fees included). Staff is very nice. Security is excellent. Restaurant and outdoor cafe menus did not look that interesting, and were especially pricey.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed on a Thursday night. Hotel breakwater is right in the middle of south beach action. If you would like a quiet room, we stayed in 306 and it was very quiet. The staff was pleasant and helpful. We enjoy the bikes and complementary drinks on the roof top lounge.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in twice at the Breakwater. It is definitely in the middle of the buzz and in fact we ask to change the first room we had given because it is impossible to sleep (before 2 in the morning!). Saying this the bedrooms are really good (as the suites) and the bathroom very good. You get that boutique feeling, unfortunately I do think that the entrance lack any kind of attractiveness: more like a train station! But overall we will choose again the hotel. Staff at the reception are really helpful.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

What everyone else says, basically, but here's my version of it: hotel has good location for walking to dinner and beach. Decor is nothing special but clean and "modern" in a basic way. Noise is incredibly loud, like the band was literally playing a floor below my room and it was like I was living through a concert soundcheck until midnight. I moved hotels the next night but this was alright, I guess, as a one night stopover while I got my bearings. This hotel is probably best for people who plan to be out partying all day and just want to catch some sleep after 1 AM (but not after 10 AM which is when the music starts up again).

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The front staff at this hotel will do anything for you, for that they get a 5. The noise and general upkeep of the hotel is a 3. We were looking for a quiet vacation from our busy lives at home but that was not the case here, music blares till 4am and the street gets cleaned every morning at about 7am. The pool and terrace has nothing, no bar, no food, nothing, so you have to find your own food and drinks. Bikes were nice and we used them a lot and the staff were great, the whole hotel needs a bit of a clean up though.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I stayed at The Breakwater hotel on Feb 3rd 2013. I searched high and low for a hotel on south beach. The price was reasonable for the area. The staff was very professional and polite. The room was just like the picture on the website. Love the shower! They have an outdoor restaurant. The beach is directly across the street the hotel provides a chair and towel. I love this hotel and I will stay there again when visiting south beach. When it comes to hotels I am kind of a snob I usually stay at hiltons or double trees this hotel was nice. They have free internet. I cant comment enough on the staff dont remember the girls name who checked me in but she was totally awesome and should get some type of recognition. So if the manager wants to email me I will give u my name so she can receive sum kind of recognition! Everyone was very polite I stayed here after a cruise and trust and believe I will stay again! Great job to everyone at the hotel---

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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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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