Despite everyone's negative reviews, my husband and I found Ocean Surf to be an adequate hotel. We found the front desk people to be very helpful and friendly no matter who was at the desk. Yes, a few of them spoke limited English, but they were still polite and pleasant. When it came to our room, it was an average hotel room with two double beds. Nothing fancy, but we did not pay for anything fancy. The room was clean and re-cleaned daily by a very friendly and polite housekeeper. Yes, the carpet has some stains, but so does mine at home. Stains happen, that's just a fact of life. The bathroom was clean and usable. Yes, there were some stains on the walls, from previous water problems, but other than that, the bathroom was very clean. As for the continental breakfast, it is very basic, so don't plan on anything fancy. Breakfast consisted of Orange Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, choice of two cold breakfast cereals, muffins, breads, and rolls. Good enough for us as we are not big breakfast eaters. The only negative thing about breakfast is that there aren't enough table and chairs to sit on on the porch, however, they don't mind if you eat inside the foyer or on the front steps. Overall, I can say we had a pleasant experience. We had a nice place to sleep, that was clean and did not have any bugs, a huge plus. The location is excellent. Right across the street from a guarded public beach. Lovely neighborhood surrounds the hotel giving one lots of choices for a variety of dining options all at reasonable prices (2 for $20/25 per meal). We were able to enjoy Cuban, Argentinian, Venezuelan, Chinese, and Italian. All great food with great service. CVS and Walgreens are right around the corner for your sunscreen and beach supplies. Local souvenir shops also within walking distance. The elevator was not working, however we were on the first floor, which required us to walk up only six steps. I would recommend this hotel to others and I would return if the opportunity arose again for us to visit to Miami North Beach. If you are looking for a hotel where you will be pampered, this place is not for you. If you are looking for a inexpensive clean getaway hotel, this is definitely the place you are looking for.
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