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“Needs restoration/Good location”
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Hotel Ocean
Ranked #173 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed January 2, 2013

During our stay we observed cracked walls, peeling paint, dirty grout, rooms lacking furnishings and decor, poor cleaning standards, cockroaches, and a terrible chemical and garbage waste odor that penetrated the hotel throughout especially at night. Not even remotely as elegant/luxurious as advertised - it was a very dull basic room lacking any kind of luxury that even a holiday inn would provide such as a coffee maker or microwave. The "Suite" that we had was a joke overall. If you can tolerate standards that are below one of the worse chain hotels, it is worth it for the deco drive location/night life and immediate south beach access.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We didnt choose to stay here but we "won" a stay on Hotwire! We read the reviews here and we were expecting something bad.. however we were pleasantly suprised. Hotwire say this is a 3.5* hotel and clearly it isnt, it is about 2.5 real stars to this overstatement may lead to immediate disappointment.

We booked 2 rooms and we were given a front sea view 1 bedroom and a sideview room for the kids. Valet parking is $33 bucks a night and as we found out when we checked out there is a "resort" charge even though no way this is a resort.

The rooms were large and with full size king beds which were super roomy and comfortable. However, there was no sign of any proper bedding in the rooms.

The hotel has recently been refurbished and the bathroom was good with other parts of the room old and needy. Our suite had 2 flat panel TV's but flat pack furniture that was in danger of falling apart. Very curious!

There is a very European vibe and the front of the hotel is an Italian restaurant. When we arrived they were playing live music.

Some have moaned about the noise and music and yet this is just what South Beach is about and so shy retiring types should perhaps choose something a little quieter. Our suite was on the front corner by the music but it was not really intrusive and it stopped about 12.

We tried the Jacuzzi bath which was pleasant but with the hot water on only it never really delivered hot, more swimming pool luke warm. The toilet cistern had problems switching off and the WIFI was highly hit and miss.

We had the free continental breakfast in the morning which was lovely to eat in the open by the sea. Coffee was great... Bagels and Croissant were not first class, cereal choice limited but not a bad experience.

Overall would we book at Hotel Ocean ourselves, well maybe and maybe not? We would certainly stay again in South Beach and we are looking forward to that next visit.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Service was excellent. Front desk was very helpful. Furniture in the room could have been better. The bathroom could have been a little more modern. Had to ask for an iron and it was old. The location if the hotel you can't beat. Right across the street from the beach. The view from the ocean front was suburb. I just felt for a suite it could have been better.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank jakwonallah
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Ocean. It is the PERFECT location in South Beach. I was in walking distance to shops, restaurants, literally everything. My hotel room was really nice. It overlooked the beach. My only issue is the live music deal every single night until about midnight. Other than that, I enjoyed my stay and will book there again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank ShontelT
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

I ve booked stay for 2 weeks but sleep there only one night,
The photos on internet aren't real.!!!! its just an visualization of rooms..
The rooms are very old and smells bad.
Tv wasnt working,after our two calls to reception to help us with tv( reception is too big word for this, its just one desk) nobody came...
Doors which we couldnt closed.
In breakfest I ve found cockroach..
There is only one good thing about this hotel...its on the noisy street Ocean Drive, which is good for party not for sleeping.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

The web page is nice and professional but the reality bites. The hotel is neglected and not clean. It is also very noisy. It is marked with a rainbow flag, if you know, what I mean. The location if perfect. The hotel staff is friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sylwia J
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We knew from reviews the hotel was going to be older when we reserved. What we liked was that each room was unique -- we had a top floor room with a very large bathroom, including jetted tub and a strangely small shower. The king size bed was firm and comfortable. The balcony looking out of South Beach offered us and our friends -- who stayed on the 2nd floor in the front with a great room for entertaining -- a lovely place to drink wine and enjoy the evening.

Room Tip: Top room has wonderful balcony for entertaining.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank ValiM
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Address: 1230 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4610
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#110 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $128 - $391 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ocean 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel with chic modern rooms. ... more   less 
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