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“A Beautiful New Boutique Hotel”
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Sense Beach House
Ranked #68 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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“A Beautiful New Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed 16 June 2009

The Sense hotel is a nice, new spot located in easy walking distance to some of the best spots in South Beach. The beds and pillows are therapeutic, great for catching up on sleep. The front desk staff are very pleasant. Although the hotel is new and they are still working out a few kinks, I'd recommend this hotel to anyone planning to visit South Beach for what it's really known for...sun, shopping and the nightlife.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

Brand new hotel and received an intro rate of $85 tonight. The rate was unbelievable for South Beach....you will hardly find a hotel of this caliber for under $100. I have lived in Miami Beach for 8 years and know the hotels very well. Rooftop pool, completely trendy music in lobby and pool area. Wifi internet, one of the most comfortable beds ever, balconies with a small glimpse of the ocean. Hotel located on the famous ocean drive, but fortunately on the more quiet part of ocean drive which is south of 5th. The rest of Ocean Drive is noisy and there are mobs of tourists. Concierge is really cool and very helpful. Bathroom completely modern design. However, the hotel like most of the modern construction during the real estate boom was apparently constructed very poor. The ceiling on our floor in the hallway collapsed during a large storm and the hallway and entrance to our room was flooded. No one made an effort to compensate us for our incovenience. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night sloshing through water to get to the bathroom and almost slip and fall. This is why I rated the cleanliness and service low. They apologized several times but provided the excuse that because we received such a low rate...they should not have to compensate. I think that was poor initiative on their part. Once their rates go up to the $200 range, I would reconsider staying there due to this poor effort of treating a hotel guest the way they should be...At least they could have thrown in free internet or something.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Middletown, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

Stayed at Sense for 2 non-consecutive nights May 28 and June 1st, the day before and after our Bahamas cruise. The rooms are simply beautiful, modern, bright and shiny. We actually stayed in 2 different rooms. The first night we had room 301 which had a NY described Ocean View (very partial) but the balcony looked out on Ocean Drive. A couple of minor issues with this room, there was a leak they were investigating that left part of the floor damp and the hot water wasn't all that hot in the shower. Beds were comfortable and there was a mural on the ceiling of what seemed like a winter forest scene, nice, but a little weird for South Beach. Alex at the front desk was especially great but the whole staff were friendly and knowledgeable with restaurant, shopping and club recommendations. The second night after our cruise we had room 202 which was spectacular, its the one they advertised. This was a bit larger, with a wrap around balcony overlooking Ocean Drive and a bit clearer ocean view. The bathrooms are impressive, the same in both rooms, with a huge glass shower and center placed rain shower head and bright white tile floors. We didn't get to check out the pool as it rained a lot both days and when it was sunny we went to the beach conveniently located just a block away, Sense even gave us beach towels, nice touch! Location wise its near everything in South Beach, in fact as we were checking out local channel 10 was filming a news segment highlighting the hotel and the up and coming SoFi (South of Fifth) area. Nice to be right near the hustle and bustle but away from the noise. We hope to return to Sense if we ever make it back to Miami. RUN and book your stay!

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Juno, FL
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 June 2009

As a seasoned traveler, past cruise line empolyee, and industry expert I can say this hotel is one of the best. I am a South Florida resident always looking for good deals and this was by far the best I found. The rooms are lovely, the service extraordinary, and the location prime. The pool is really cool on the roof, and the location related to the beach is 30 seconds walking. Its out of the noise of ocean drive, yet in walking distance to the fun. Its peaceful and clean and the beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Even more than mine at home. They are memory foam and the linens are soft and comfy. I was surprised because most of the hotel on SOBE are crap, old and stinky with rude employees. The front desk guy Alex hooked us up with VIP reservations at Mansion! Good stuff! Im telling everyone, go to this place!

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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2009

Sense has the potential to be a great Ocean Dr boutique hotel, but it has a little ways to go. It just opened a few weeks ago and there are still major leaks in the walls, the elevator is a little scary and there's no restaurant or bar. It is at the quieter end of Ocean but just a few blocks to the bars and restaurants.

On the good side, its very trendy, eco-friendly and has memory foam mattresses. The staff are pretty nice too. The pool kinda sucks though. Its a rooftop lap pool and the hotel isn't really a family kinda hotel so its annoying to see kids splashing around in it.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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browneyes
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

My friends and I stayed here for one night, which I have to say we wish we had known about this earlier on!! The hotel is young in it's days and recently opened but is absolutely fantastic!! The staff are highly commendable. The rooms are an adequate size, is tastfully decorated and trendy, designer amenities are provided and the location which is also key is perfect!!! It isnt in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of ocean but the walk to ocean drive is less tahn 5mins and Nikki beach is not too far. Access to the beach is directly across the road . We had stayed at the shore club prior which I feel is overrated and would highly recommend to stay at senses. Plus as a bonus if you dont fancy the beach you can make your way to the rooftop pool!!

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Property: Sense Beach House
Address: 400 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6614
Region: 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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