I visit Miami every year. This is my first time at Z Ocean. These are my personal observations:
1/. The staff are all very friendly, efficient and professional
2/. The building itself while in a central location looks and feels more like an apartment/office block than a luxury boutique hotel. The design is odd to say the least with two entrances on different streets and a weird layout. The lobby is too dark and lacks a welcoming atmosphere.
3/. The rooms are quite large but again oddly designed - more like small studio apartments than a hotel room. I didnt like entering and being confronted by a kitchenette and then a strange corridor-like double bathroom with sliding door partitions. Two TV's is just wasteful and
if you get a room overlooking a parking lot facing a building (as I did), the balcony is a waste of time and it lacks privacy.
4/. The Front Porch Cafe is greatly overrated with very well-meaning and attentive staff but hit and miss food. For a vegetarian there were only two choices on the menu both of which were unremarkable.
5/. The rain shower is ok but the hot water was tepid. Also, the air conditioner is terribly noisy.
The cooling in the corridors was like being in the North Pole.
Generally, I would categorise this hotel as costly and overrated with superficial attractiveness, much like Miami itself!
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Crowne Plaza
- De Soleil South Beach
- Vincci South Beach
- Regent South Beach