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“Miami, South Beach Boutique Hotel with Best food & Best Pool!” 5 of 5 stars
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Z Ocean Hotel South Beach
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1437 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #8 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Miami, South Beach Boutique Hotel with Best food & Best Pool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Ok, Yes, There are plenty of Hotels with pools with Ocean views and Boutique Hotels at South Beach, Miami with great ambiance, and such... but, I find most of them lack the 'good' food or are too (ahem) snobby or seem 'private', like you have to be one of the 'cool' kids to feel cool in them. So, here's the skinny folks: The Z has always hired and trained a wonderful staff, which gives off the warm and vacationeeee atmosphere first of all. They are noted for having the best notable James Beard award winning chefs preparing your foods, and it is in a great location on South Beach. What I liked also was the unusual sky light in the lobby that is actually the bottom of the pool which is on the top floor. You can watch people swimming while standing in the lobby! Holy cow! When you go up the elevator to the small but relaxing pool area it is surrounded in the best Travertine flooring and fountains that scream...PEACE and style! give this place a visit for sure when walking South Beach!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Dear DebraS

Awesome! We are all smile reading your review and your nice comments about our hotel and your recent stay at the Z Ocean Hotel. It sounds like you had an absolutely perfect stay and really got to enjoy South Beach and all our hotels special touches including the yummy Front Porch Cafe. Guests love the Glass Bottom Pool and if we had a dollar for every picture taken of someone from the lobby side we would be very rich here at the Z.... Thank you so much for choosing to stay at the Z, and all of us here look forward to welcoming you back very soon. See you next time!

All the best,


Frank Fuentes
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The z ocean Hotel exceeded my expectations, Everyone there was cordial and professional. from the bellhop to the lady's @ the front desk and the concierge service . I stayed in The south Beach suite ,the room was very spacious clean and the bed was amazingly comfortable with all the amenities anyone could ask for. I can't say enough good things about this place .thanks Vanessa ,Jessica christopher and of course Mickey for making my stay @z ocean just wonderful .Mickey for always getting me the best dinner reservations in south beach.from Vanessa always making sure that my room was well equipped with everything that I needed ,Christopher for always being a step ahead , if i needed a taxi or my luggage he was there with out delay . thank you z ocean see you soon . Will .R

  • Stayed March 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Dear Willramirez,

Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your experience here with us was memorable. We call your review one big "Shot Out" to our staff who does a great job of providing a fantastic experience and we would certainly love to have you back. Your description of our suites was perfect over-sized, comfortable and our beds are perhaps the best on South Beach (I'm going to start selling them on Amazon). We are always happy to hear our guests loved the hotel and that we were able to provide the best service possible. We look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best


Frank Fuentes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We booked a rooftop suite and have to admit we were a little disappointed when our taxi deposited us outside. However our suite was great - spacious and the rooftop terrace meant that we were never tempted down to the pool. The service was excellent - the hot tub filled at our request whenever we asked - and quickly too. The bathroom was super, lots of space and a very big shower - Aveda products were generously supplied and topped up every day. Any small problems were dealt with swiftly and efficiently. The staff really were excellent and Mickey the concierge always helpful.
On the negative side, the bar was particularly disappointing. Sited in something akin to a wind tunnel and never in the slightest bit buzzy - and we could see why! Drinks were ok but one visit was enough. The restaurant too was poor. However due to the excellent location of the hotel, great bars and lots of fabulous restaurants were on our doorstep. Would we go again? If the price was competitive enough, then maybe but we could probably do better. And a word of caution, avoid booking at a time when there are conventions in town if possible as price almost doubled on these days.

Room Tip: Wouldn't consider anything other than a rooftop suite and preferably those sited on the corners...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Christine S,

Thank you for your authentic and gracious feedback on your recent visit to the Z Ocean.

It was nice to read of your arrival impression and experience, but saddened to read on your restaurant experience. My apologies for lack of attentive and friendly restaurant service, during your visit I've forwarded your comments to our Food and Beverage Manager to take action immediately.

As far as your overall hotel experience I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit and found our suites spacious and our Aveda products to your liking. Also that our staff were there to help with any request.

I would like to invite you back on your next visit to South Beach and personally handle your reservation. Please reach out to me at frank.fuentes@ihg.com and I will be happy to make any special arrangements.

Look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Thanks for the feedback.


Frank Fuentes
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Once again, this hotel exceeds my expectations! The staff go out of their way every time I have stayed here which is 3 times. They are so friendly and helpful. They worked hard to get me checked into my room early because I had a swollen ankle and I needed to elevate for a while before my next appointment. The rooms are incredible. I just wish I had more time to enjoy the hotel. When I visit, it is for the Seatrade convention and I don't have much time to stay at this beautiful hotel. Thank you for another awesome visit!!

Room Tip: I love the penthouse suite!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Tammy,

It is very nice to have you return to the Z Ocean now for the THIRD time, and wonderful to hear about the engaging service you received during each of your visits. So sorry that you had a swollen ankle during your visit and hope your up and around now that your back home.

We love our repeat guests and look forward to welcoming you back year after year. Perhaps on your next visit you'll give yourself some time to relax and enjoy the amenities.... All the best and see you soon...

All the best


Frank Fuentes
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The best hotel room we've ever stayed so far, We weren't expecting the suite style room we got. I thought. The prices around South Beach were almost all the same since it was Spring Break week(which we didnt know). so we Picked this hotel from tripvisors good reviews vs price. Turned out to be a great decision. from what we read about the other hotels in the area, we think this was the best one. Our room had 2 flat screen TVs, living room, nice bar, 2 sinks, nice shower and had a balcony that opened up to the pool area.

The reception clerks and concierge too were great, all smiles and very accommodating and offered us glass of champagne when we arrived.

Hotel have two entrances which I thought is great since one puts you righto towards the beach and the other onCollins which leads to the the trendier area of Lincoln Street.

The only neg comment I have were the room service knocking a little too early. South Beach is a party place so guests stays up late. the room service maids knocked on our door around 9 or 930 am.

Overall it was a great hotel!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Mike T,

Thank you for your authentic and gracious feedback regarding your recent stay at the Z Ocean Hotel South Beach.

It was nice to read of your arrival impression and experience, also from your description your suite was a Pool Lanai Suite which like you mentioned is directly on our pool deck.... My apologies for the housekeeping departments enthusiasm for getting into your room so early on your next visit we added to your profile that you would like to receive housekeeping later to mid morning so you can sleep in.

Very nice to hear about the engaging service, especially, for mentioning the front desk team and your arrival experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon here on South Beach.

All the best


Frank Fuentes
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Telluride, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My wife booked this hotel room last minute for our anniversary. Not my first choice. They have no double beds so the first impression was not very good. (we have a 13 and 16yr old) The check-in woman was friendly, but aloof, she seemed lost and not sure what to do or where to place us. Finally she gave us the 4th floor with a private roof-top jacuzzi, it was a nice upgrade. The room was amazing, spacious with great views, even at night. We called for the sofa to be made and Ricki came to make our sofabed and turn on the jacuzzi. I casually mentioned to him that it was our anniversary if there was anywhere to get some dinner. He recommended the hotel's restaurant and some other local cuisine. (we tried the hotel restaurant "front place" and it was very, very good.) But my biggest surprise came once ricki left the room. He had left a red rose, a dish full of chocolates and a card that said "happy anniversary" by the jacuzzi. What an amazing gesture!! It made my wife's night, it made her cry. She thought i had planned it all (until now!). Not only am I giving this hotel 5 stars but also this employee who went out of his way to make our anniversary special. The experience at this hotel could have been uneventful but because of this staff member who went the xtra mile, it was a memorable 20yr anniversary. I dont usually write reviews but my wife is still talking about that night. I highly recommend this place. We are coming back for our 21st anniversary! and hope to see ricki again.

Room Tip: get a jacuzzi suite, vey private
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  • Stayed February 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Taylor F,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of your recent stay. I'm glad we were able to change your perception of our suite size once you checked into our room. Our suites are perfect for triple and quads sharing rooms due to the size of the living area and double vanities and two televisions compared to regular hotels which only have two double (full size) beds. I'm so glad that Ricardo (real name) was so helpful and was able to score you some "major" brownie points with the wife during your visit. Ricardo is new to the team and we are so proud of him for going that extra mile during your visit. I will make sure to post this review on our employee lounge. We look forward to seeing you back real soon and earning you more points!!!

All the best,


Frank Fuentes
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Arlington, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was our second visit to South Beach, respectively, and our first trip together. We found this hotel to be a very good value for the money and the proximity to the beach and pool access was key. The staff was also fantastic, recommending a good Cuban American restaurant (YUCA) our first night, and securing a reservation for us. They also sent us a complimentary drink at the restaurant, which was quite nice!

The concierge Mickey was also extremely helpful, guiding us towards some nightlife "musts" and getting us on the list for drinks at a nearby nightclub. He also directed us towards a great place to get some authentic Cuban coffee, Puerto Sagua, at Ocean and 7th. Our two baretnders at the hotel pool were very sweet, both from Brazil, and they gave us a great local recommendation for dinner at Juvia with amazing views of the city.

Overall a great stay and we recommend the location highly!

  • Stayed March 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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Zoceansales, Director of Sales at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Meredith P,

First congratulations on your visit to South Beach as a married couple and thank you for choosing the Z Ocean for your visit. The entire team works everyday to make our hotel feel like a home. I am so glad that you were able to enjoy your self while in Miami Beach and that you were able to experience all the great services and amenities. Please feel free to reach out to me if you ever need assistance with a future stay. Again, thank you for taking the time to post such a nice note! I will definitely post this one in the associate cafeteria.

All the best,

Frank Fuentes
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Address: 1437 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Z Ocean Hotel South Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 79
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