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“Great boutique hotel & fantastic service!”
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Sense Beach House
Ranked #66 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Newport
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great boutique hotel & fantastic service!”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I recently stayed at Sense for a bachelorette party and had a wonderful experience.

(1) The location is just a couple of blocks from all of the action on SB and right across the street from the beach. Whether you want to party on Ocean Drive or relax on the beach, the location is prime for any activity.
(2) The rooms were modern, big, clean and the walls weren't thin like a lot of hotels.
(3) Alex, Sydney and Mernie absolutely took this hotel to the next level. While the hotel had great accommodations, Alex, Sydney and Mernie were all very helpful and went out of their way to make sure our group had a good time in SB. Whether it was a restaurant recommendation, getting us into clubs, or offering opinions on great local things to do, Alex, Sydney and Mernie made our stay so enjoyable. 5-star service from this group. Handsdown.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Just got back from a bachelorette trip to Miami and stayed at this quaint and contemporary hotel. We had booked 3 adjoining rooms for a total of 10 girls. This hotel was everything we had hoped for.

Pros:
- Location: Its located on Ocean Drive and just a small walk away from the beach. The hotel itself is pretty quiet but just a few blocks away from restaurants/bars. The hotel provides beach towels and umbrellas (for free) to use at the beach.
- Rooms: The rooms are spacious and very clean. Most of the South Beach hotels I have seen are run down and very limited in space. This one had a very clean and modern looking bathroom as well.
- Service: The service is great at this hotel. There is usually only one person on call who also sits at the front desk. He was very helpful in getting us fresh towels, cabs to the airport, and suggesting us fun places.

Cons:
- The pool is very small with no service
- This hotel is not a resort, so don’t expect a bellman to welcome you and take your luggage to your room.
- There is no spa service at the hotel
- There are no restaurants/bars at the hotel itself

Overall - our experience was great and we look forward to coming back to this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Ani J
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Oslo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Visited with family (4 persons). Great room. New, clean and spacious with a nice bathroom. Parking next to building at a resonable price (H24 service). One block from the beach, and we got to lend towels and beachchair! No restaurant or bar but that didn't matter. Small swimmingpool on the roof (no service). Simple, excellent, clean and value for money!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank BjoernOslo
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Stockholm
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

We were looking for a nice South Beach hotel to crash in for a couple of nights when arriving in Florida before heading further south to Key West.

Using hotels.com we stumbled across this excellent little hotel. So, what is so excellent about it?

Well, first off - location! It sits on a corner on Ocean Drive, and is just one tiny block from the surprisingly nice beach. If you are interested in restaurants, clubs and nightlife - the location is actually perfect too. The hotel itself is in a quiet neighborhood, but really close to where all the action is.

Secondly, the rooms are very nice. Nice design, not wore down (yet), clean, nice beds...

Thirdly - it is really good value for money, and also close to the airport. Only about 20 mins away.

What is bad about it?

You would probably not want to stay in this hotel if you are looking for a "resort" experience. The pool and pool area on the roof is tiny and without service. There is no restaurant or bar.

The staff in the reception were helpful and really did nothing wrong. But they were not the most service minded staff compared to the larger hotels.

This is simply excellent location, room quality and cleanliness for the money.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We had booked/confirmed a king room, staying only one night. We were told at check in "good & bad news" The "good" news was we were getting a "partial ocean view" (which is looking between the buildings across the street and seeing some ocean in the distance...), BUT there were no king beds, so we'd have to settle for two doubles. This was really not ok, I don't want to sleep in a double bed, unless I am by myself. So the fact we were on a mini getaway without kids and this was all we could get, was disappointing. All I got was a "sorry" and turned down lip. Didn't get offered even a bottle of water for the mix up. I just don't get how you can have a confirmed reservation and not get what you asked for. Other than the fact it's a small hotel and clearly someone else got our room for whatever reason. I felt that we should've been offered our money back and to go elsewhere or heck, free parking for the night, but nothing. Didn't get what we paid for.

The in room safe didn't work, they eventually got it open, but then we were a little nervous to use it, seeing that they almost didn't get it open.

Needed an iron. There aren't any in the rooms, went down to the desk and they said they have 1 for the whole hotel. They said they'd get it to us, but someone was using it at the moment...we waited about 45 min, had dinner reservations and just needed to iron a shirt real quick. Called back down to the desk and they then said that they didn't know where the iron was, but they would try to get it to us...

As we were also told at check in "this is a one man operation" so we were to be patient if we needed things, because whoever worked the desk, dealt with the valet, check in, phone and assisting many other guests.

They were nice enough at the desk and the place was clean, bathrooms nice enough and it was nice to get beach chairs. But things started off on the wrong foot at check in and then you are just annoyed by every little thing. We saw other guests talking/complaining as well, "what is with this place??" It was just minor annoyances.

Location is good to walk and still be quiet. I just am used to better customer service and when someone is clearly disappointed that they didn't get what they hoped for, usually SOMETHING can be done. But it was quite obvious that they really didn't care.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

When I searched, I found it difficult to find a reasonably priced room that had 2 beds rather than a king and we were only staying one night so we ended up here. We had a sunny room and the bathroom was nice. It has been recently remodeled, however, the furnishings didn't look like they are high enough quality to stand up to heavy use and there were a lot chips, scratches, broken bits, etc. I prefer a location up near The Betsy but this was OK. I felt like I had to pry the beach towels from the receptionist and we definitely did not get offered beach chairs like others did. We found the service passable but not warm.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2012

We stayed at sense south beach hotel for 4 nights and were very happy with the service we received.

Alex at front desk was very welcoming and was more than happy to suggest places to visit when requested.

The room was immaculate and very well furnished. The beds are amazing.. Memory foam mattress and pillows offering a great night sleep - The only thing the room lacked was a large full view mirror.

The bathrooms were clean, and nicely decorated.The molton brown toiletries were a nice bonus!

The hotel is literally a 2 min walk from the secluded end of south beach - location is perfect. Quiet enough to be able to sleep at night yet, close enough to the action for you to feel apart of the active night life.

Tip: book a good few weeks in advance to get best prices!!

We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Additional Information about Sense Beach House

Property: Sense Beach House
Address: 400 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6614
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#58 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sense Beach House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sense Beach House is just steps from the beach, offering a personalized and casually sophisticated vacation getaway. The hotel offers 18 modern rooms, a rooftop pool and lounge area with ocean and skyline views and indoor/outdoor restaurant, The Local House. Perfectly situated on the southern end of South Beach, in the chic SoFi neighborhood, Sense Beach House provides what South Beach has been missing – a true beach escape. ... more   less 
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