The location of the Z Ocean Hotel is great. It is right on Collins Ave. and Ocean Drive. This is not a large property, which is one of the charms of it. The front desk staff were amazing and offered us drink tickets to use at the Breezeway Bar in the hotel. We decided to check out our suite and then grab some drinks at their bar before explore Ocean Drive.
We had requested a suite with a rooftop terrace in a part of the building where we could look down and do some people watching from our balcony. Our room was perfect. The bathroom was amazing with a shower with numerous jets that spray out all at once. There was a nice in-room bar, but make sure you check the prices. Only grab things from here if your really need them. There are stores all around here where you can grab the same things for a lot less. The bed was very comfortable. The balcony was perfect. We were able to watch the night life for a bit, but we could not hear noise from outside once our balcony doors were shut. Directly off the balcony was a set of spiral steps that lead up to our private rooftop terrace area with a hot tub and amazing night views.
The Breezeway Bar had an amazing bartender who was doing a little "cocktail" action with bottle flipping, etc.; was fast with drinks; and was super friendly. We were there for happy hour so drinks were very very reasonable. They also have appetizer specials from the Front Porch Cafe. We had some hot wings that were great and very inexpensive. I would definitely recommend stopping here for this special and enjoying some good deals on drinks and munchies.
The one and only reason that I could not use five stars (wish I could do 4-1/2) was solely based on the cost we paid for this hotel room. In all fairness, we only stayed one night on a weekend before a cruise, so the cost of all hotels, motels, and BB's all over South Beach was just crazy. I would stay again but only if I was able to get a great sale or stay during the week rather than a weekend night. I would say it would be worth 5++++ stars if it was even a little more reasonable in cost.
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