We booked one night at this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews and it wasn't exactly what we had expected although perhaps it should have been. First the good news. The hotel is certainly small and cozy. The rooms surround a small but pretty courtyard with tables, chairs and lounge chairs. There is free wireless internet, although I didn't use it so I don't know how well it worked. There is also a computer in the lobby for guest use. There is free parking which is a big deal in this part of town, where most hotels charge for parking. The continental breakfast was nice, although nothing special. The hotel is located close to the Hollywood boardwalk, which is very cool and reminded me of Venice beach in California without the body builders. The Boardwalk was certainly a highlight and makes this part of Miami an interesting place to stay.
However, the hotel is located directly on AIA, a very busy and very noisy road. There is heavy traffic noise from early morning until late into the night and because the rooms are not well insulated, the noise is very intrusive. Also, cars from this hotel and others are parked very close to the rooms, so you will hear doors slamming, people talking and horns "pipping" as cars are locked at just about any time of the day or night. The rooms are small with low ceilings. The walls are painted concrete block and are painted with dark purple and red paint which makes the rooms seem even smaller. The rooms have small window air conditioners set into the wall and THEY are very noisy also. In April, we didn't need the A/C but in the summer you will need it running all night. Sleep well ! The fixtures are old and worn and although functional, they are certainly in need of replacement. The bathroom is very small with the paint peeling off the walls and in our bathroom there was a crack in the concrete floor. Because the hotel is essentially surrounded by parking lots on three sides and AIA on the other, none of the rooms have any kind of a view.
Having lived on Miami Beach in 1980, this hotel is exactly how I remember the cheaper hotels from that era - in need of renovation but really not worth upgrading. For one night, it was OK, but I wouldn't have stayed for a second night and I wouldn't stay there again. The price was right and the hotel staff were very nice,, but I'm afraid that just can't make up for old, worn out accomodation. and rooms which just don't meet todays expectations for a basic hotel room - or at least not my expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BE OUR GUEST! The Ocean Inn offers a unique boutique lodging experience. Relax, renew and unwind with us in our private tropical courtyard just steps to the sand, surf and Hollywood Broadwalk. We celebrate the diversity and power of people, ideas and cultures and we do our very best to serve each guest according to their individual needs and lifestyles. Make your reservation today because we want to get you in bed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Hollywood