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“R.I.P. Ocean Palm Motel 1949-2012” 4 of 5 stars
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Ocean Palm Motel
15795 Collins Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33160   |  
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“R.I.P. Ocean Palm Motel 1949-2012”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

After 60+ years in business, the last remaining motel on Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles is closed. I just finished a stay there 4/26 to 4/31 and was informed that as of 5/1/2012 the motel has new owners who plan to demolish the building and put yet another skyscraper condo complex in its place. Now the best place to stay when visiting Haulover Beach is no longer an option. I felt quite sad to know that I would be the last guest staying in Room 202. This motel was a holdout from a different era and was a godsend (while it lasted) in its proximity to Haulover and at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Little Falls,NY
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We had reservations there for well over a month in advance, but got a call tonight informing us that the place had been sold to developers and would be closed forever in five short days... (FIVE DAYS, people, and we were flying in from New York!!! )

The new owner (since June '11) appears to possess zero integrity... Not only did he screw whomever had reservations after April 30, but he also had the gall to have his desk-staff recommend another dive he (conveniently) runs a few miles south of there on Harding, the Beach Place Hotel.

According to several reviews this site, the Beach Place might well be called The Bed-Bug Inn, but I wouldn't give that AH a penny, even if the place was the Taj Mahal at Motel 6 prices. I can't imagine how a multi-million deal could go down in such short order.... Is there any way he couldn't have known about it before he took my reservation?

Enough about me... It's a sad day for Haulover-goers in general. The OP was a really fun dump in a great location, and now I suppose some fool is going to single-handedly attempt to resusitate the moribund real estate market in South Florida by building another vacant high-rise next to the Trump disasters.

It's an absurd world.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

If you are looking for a decent/cheap place to stay with a friendly staff, this is the place. Nothing fancy about it. Walk to the beach and a nearby liquor/convenient store for small items. Einstein Bagels is about a 20min. walk north. Front counter staff offered us chairs for the beach and even a couple of trays of ice for the cooler!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed here mid-February 2012, a second visit. Inexpensive campy mid-century relic with a pool that's right on the beach, it's great. Friendly staff, good housekeeping. Happy to report the new owner keeps the pool warm (former owner kept the pool heater turned off or way down). Nearby: the beachfront restaurant behind Trump Tower II next door is very good; there's a small market just north across Collins Ave; Aroma Espresso Bar‎ (good food too), walk north to south corner of Collins and Sunny Isles Boulevard. Rent a tiny car, the parking is tight, but not the nightmare that others claim. If you want Hampton Inn — go there — and please leave Ocean Palm to those who appreciate it.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

You get what you pay for. Right on the beach. Staff is nice and helpful. Room was clean. The 4 rooms at the end of the building are the best. Everything is old school, the check in is all hand written. No ice machine but they will give you ice trays from the office. I will stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salernes, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Good experience overall. Room is clean, has recently been repainted. It s an old building but when in Miami how much time to you spend in the room ??
I arrived very early. Eventhough check-in was 4pm I was given the 1st room available at 12pm.
Pool is heated (nice in january) The motel is right on the beach and a 5mn walk to Haulover beach (access thru the nude and gay area).
Parking is free.
Check out is 11am. I have asked to stay by the pool until later in the afternoon, the manager gave is ok right away. There is a shower right by the pool so can shower before leaving.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012 via mobile

Excellent location but difficult access from the road. Parking is a nightmare. Motel is old and needs cosmetic work. Rooms are simple and clean. Very economical and popular. Serve measly continental breakfast. If you are accustomed to a 21st century technologically sophisticated check in and check out system....forget it. Everything done by hand. $20 key deposit required. For one night it was perfect.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ocean Palm Motel

Address: 15795 Collins Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Location: United States > Florida > North Miami Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in North Miami Beach
Also Known As:
Ocean Palm Hotel North Miami Beach

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