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Hotel Breakwater South Beach
Ranked #108 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Great ! Best architecture in South Beach !”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The staff truly is the best ! Serge, Ana and Lisena went out of the way to make my stay awesome. The rooms and views are excellent, the location (all of south beach is a party attitude) is in the middle of all the action. Complimentry breakfast buffet is a nice bonus. Im a bit spoiled and I would rank this hotel an " A " if you want the South Beach experience. Michael R. Los Angeles

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
It was wonderful having you here visiting with us! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about Serge, Ana, Lisena and the team members and our active, fun and non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

First off, this is a beautiful boutique hotel in a fantastic location. Rooms superb, staff friendly and helpful buffet breakfast a great start to the day. But what the hotels website doesn't tell you is that on the north side of the hotel is an open air nightclub with music thumping out till 5am everyday. South Beach is a party town, I get that, but a warning before you splurge big money on this hotel should be made. Unless you like Shakira and rubbish hip hop keeping you awake until the small hours, avoid. A street back on Collins would be far more advisable. A lovely hotel, but v v annoyed nothing on their website advises of the club playing until the small hours. The bass actually thumps throughout your room. Not worth the money staying here because of that reason alone.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
It was wonderful having you here visiting with us! Thank you for your comments and observations about our active, entertaining and non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. I am disappointed you were inconvenienced while with us. Our location here in the middle of all the action and activity of Ocean Drive can be noisy. We will be modifying the windows in our historic Art Deco hotel this year to help minimize the noise for the comfort of our guests. Please contact me directly on your next visit to South Beach so I can organize a wonderful experience.

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Chauncey
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

I am a former resident of South Beach and know my way around the area, hotels, and all the great things Miami Beach has to offer. After having sold my condo in South Beach only a few months ago, staying in a is hotel is very difficult transition. I strongly recommend the Breakwater. I am rarely impressed by staff at a hotel, but the Breakwater has the best I have experienced in a long time. I spend 60-70 night in Hilton Hotels, and have never had as good of a "staff" experience as at the Breakwater. My congratulations to Chauncey (the GM) and all of the staff members. You are top shelf!

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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
It was wonderful having you here visiting with us again! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about our team members and our active, fun and non-sop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

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Chauncey
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Wantagh, New York
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I booked a last minute trip to South Beach. Knowing absolutely nothing, I researched the best areas to stay to be near the heart of the action. Without a doubt, Ocean Drive is THE place to be if you want a livelier Miami experience. Esplendor appeared to have the "chicest" hotel for the most affordable price. Needless to say, I LOVED this hotel. The staff was friendly and attentive, the location was great and, most importantly, the hotel was clean. As others complained, yes the hotel is noisy strictly due to the location. However, if you're going to stay on Ocean, expect this anywhere. Our room overlooked the Clevelander and the constant music was never bothersome to our sleep. In fact, in the halls we could hear other rooms playing music like we did every evening, and you could never hear the music or noises from neighboring rooms. All in all, if a little noise from Ocean doesn't bother you, it's not half as bad as people are making it seem.

Yes, they do surprisingly add on a fee, but the fact that it includes breakfast alone made it worth it. We expected a basic continental breakfast. No, this was far from it. Eggs, pancakes, bagels, waffles, bacon, cereal, etc. Well worth the money.

My only two suggestions to the hotel would be this. First, explain the elevator situation! Yes, I understand and appreciate the safety aspect (although it is very easy to get upstairs without having a key), but my friend and I thought we were stuck in the elevator. This could have easily been avoided had someone explained this to us at check in.

Secondly, the portion of the hotel we stayed in had what we called the, "Titanic room". What looks like it was once intentionally used as a bar/lounge, now looked like a rundown old room out of Disney's Haunted Mansion ride. My friend and I both felt that this was a easy and inexpensive fix the hotel could make to make its overall appearance more aesthetically pleasing.

Overall, I would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to friends. Hope to visit again soon!

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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
It was great having you here visiting with us! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about our fun, non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

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Chauncey
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This review is way overdue...I actually stayed there a year ago. The Breakwater is a nice cozy newly remodeled art deco hotel in the middle of SouthBeach on Ocean Drive. The front desk/staff was very friendly and helpful. The roof top pool was small; but sexy and inviting. As far as the noise, request a room on the inside. I was in room 214. Not much of a view; but completely quiet :) I did not eat in the hotel because there are many choices outside. The News Cafe and Big Pink are perfect breakfast spots. Will return again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thank you for remembering us! It was wonderful having you here with us! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about our busy, fun non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you visit with us again soon!

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Chauncey
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Stayed in hotel for 3 days....from start to finish we received exceptional customer service. Staff members Pablo, Mario, and Natalie went above and beyond to ensure that we were taken care of. All staff, especially those mentioned above, were courteous and hard working. Breakwater has a great location and environment but the people really separated it from the other hotels. Staff had guests' best interests in mind at all times. Would definitely stay there again.

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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 28 April 2014
It was wonderful having you here visiting with us! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about our team members and our fun, active and non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

Best regards,

Chauncey
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

This is a nice hotel on ocean drive. I will definitely come back and stay again. The location is perfect, within walking distance of a lot of shopping. Anyone complaining about the noise should not stay on ocean drive, as it is always loud regardless of where you stay. Pablo was great and helped us with whatever we asked of him. I gave this hotel five stars not because it is a five star hotel but for these three reasons location is great, service was up to par, and the rooms were very nice for the price.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chauncey C, General Manager at Hotel Breakwater South Beach, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
It was wonderful having you here visiting with us! Thank you for your kind comments and observations about our bustling, fun, non-stop hotel here in the heart of South Beach's Ocean Drive. We look forward to having you here with us again soon!

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Chauncey
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Property: Hotel Breakwater South Beach
Address: 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5013
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#78 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Breakwater South Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 99
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The Hotel Breakwater, is a fun, bustling and entertaining historic Art Deco hotel located in the heart of South Beach's famous Ocean Drive. The hotel is a non-stop, active delight right in the center of everything that is South Beach. You'll find yourself within walking distance of a wide variety of outdoor cafes serving every style of cuisine imaginable, art galleries, night clubs, the famous Beach, the Versace Mansion, beach front walking, biking and jogging paths, world class events like the Wine and Food Festival, as well as the fabulous shops of Lincoln Road Mall. ... more   less 
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