I had an all too brief stay at Sole on the Ocean October 23/24 2012 . The hotel is directly on the beach and tightly situated between hotels on either side (as is the case for most of the stretch of road the hotel is on). The sign out front is a little, shall we say, subtle and the entrance from the road rather narrow so I missed it twice.
Once I figured that out, parked and got inside I found that they were working on the main lobby and having difficulty with one of the elevators. At many places this could spell trouble but the staff was unfailingly pleasant, helpful, and upbeat, so it was never a real issue for me.
Since I arrived early and my room was not ready I was given two drink vouchers for the pool deck bar. I made my way to the ground level on the ocean side to the pool deck to wait for my room. I have to say, that was about the nicest two hours waiting for a room that I have ever spent. I had a nice fruity strong drink, the day was about 80 and breezy, the wifi reasonably quick, there were several very attractive ladies in equally attractive bikinis basking in the sun, several attractive couples, and more helpful staff. So I relaxed in one of the comfortable wicker couches catching up on some emails and being distracted by the views.
My room was on the 12th floor, city side. If I had made the reservation (instead of the travel office at work) I would have picked ocean side, but the views were still very good (a broad 180 degree view of North Miami area and the setting sun). My room was a very good size and more like a suite with a large bathroom, very big bedroom with sliders to a private balcony, spacious living area with a fridge and microwave. All of it, like the rest of the property, done in a stylish modernist decor. Minimalist with some dark wood and fabric - not just steel and glass. All in all the room was quite comfortable and much more room than I needed for myself. The room would be extremely comfortable and fun for a couple. The bath had both a walk in shower with rain shower head and a tub and everything would have easily accommodated two people of average size.
Since I had a few hours before the evening event I was there for I changed to a bathing suit and went down to the beach for a dip in the ocean. The pool deck is essentially directly on the sand and one only needs to walk right through the gate to the beach. As hurricane Sandy was starting to move up the coast the waves were very rough and the wind pretty strong but it had been too long since I had been for a swim (living in chilly CT) so I persevered. There were few people there and none swimming but I imagine on a calmer day it would have a lot of action. The hotel had a good number of chairs set out arranged in rows and staff was walking about checking on the few who were there. The beach is probably a delight on nicer days.
I had only one meal, breakfast the next morning, and it was delicious. The dining area for breakfast was bright and sunny, facing the ocean. I ordered a wonderful omelet from the chef at the station, selected a pastry from another long table of breads, cereals, coffee, juices and water and made myself comfortable at a table near the window to enjoy the waves stirred up by the off shore storm.
Altogether a delightful, brief stay. Given the opportunity I would absolutely stay here again.
One last note: I also appreciated the multi-cultural feel of the place (and Sunny Isles/Miami in general). I heard Spanish, French, and English spoken by guests and, with equal fluency, by the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sole On The Ocean, Sunny Isles Beach is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Our boutique resort soars above some of South Florida's most celebrated shopping destinations, restaurants, nightlife, and the Atlantic Ocean. Sole on the Ocean's 24-stories and 249 rooms offer a fresh perspective on Sunny Isles Beach. Services include access to our gym, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and sundeck, as well beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, including breathtaking views from Fresh American Bistro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sole On The Ocean Hotel Sunny Isles Beach
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