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Z Ocean Hotel South Beach
Ranked #10 of 207 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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“Great Stay in South Beach”
Reviewed 30 October 2009

Z Ocean Hotel is a luxurious hotel in the perfect location. This Crowne Plaza is situated between Collins and Ocean in South Beach. The famed clubs, restaurants, and bars of South Beach are all within short walking distance. The beach is right out the back door and across the street.

The hotel has the type of top-notch service one would expect from a Crowne Plaza. Housekeeping comes in twice a day to make sure all of your needs are met. The rooms are quite nice with marble floors, two televisions, a cappuccino maker, and dishes (including martini and wine glasses). Also, each room contains a comfortable king-sized bed and a pull-out sofa. The hotel also offers beach service with chairs, towels, and umbrellas (if you want them). If you tire of the beach, Z Ocean Hotel also has a unique glass-bottom swimming pool.

For the average person, this hotel is only recommended as a splurge for a birthday, anniversary, or some other special event. (I could only afford to stay because I cashed in my Priority Club points.) However, if you have the money or want to splurge, the service and quality matches the price.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

Check in was excellent. Alex on reception was very welcoming and friendly indeed, In fact was best friendliest check in experience I have ever encountered. Booked and stayed in one of the rooftop suites which exceeded my expectations. The suite was amazing with everything you could want. Then comes the best bitl: the walk up the spiral stairs to the rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and furniture. Was awesome! One night we just chilled on the outdoor rooftop beds looking at the stars. Only problem we had was that the outdoor sound system hook ups didnt work so couldnt play our music outside. But we fixed that by taking a little player up there.

The pool and hot tub was amazing with free complimentary chilled water was great. The glass bottom squares were fun as we could go down to reception and take underwater pictures of each other which came out very good.

Very good location right on South beach. Only a little walk to their beach club which has nice loungers and towels.

Only thing which was a shame is that they dont have their bar or restaurant open. That would have been nice but with all the restaurants and bars nearby it didnt really effect us.

Overall one of the best hotel Ive stayed in Miami. Will be back for sure.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, Manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 21 October 2009
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments; we will share them with Alex and the rest of the team. We are delighted you were able to enjoy all the amenities of the Rooftop suites; they are quite magnificent! We hope your next trip to South Beach will stop at the Z; we will make sure your stay is most pleasant once again!
Thank you and come again soon!
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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 19 October 2009

My husband & I stayed at Z Ocean Hotel one night before a cruise out of Miami. Exterior is nice but the rooms are beautiful. Our only regret is we didn't have more time to enjoy the hotel. The beach is just a short walk across the street ($15 resort fee covers use of loungers and shade). Starbucks across the street as are other restaurants nearby. Taxi ride to cruiseport was around $15 or so. Would love to go back and stay longer!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, Manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 21 October 2009
Thank you for sharing your comments with us; we hope that in your next trip you can plan your cruise and enjoy your stay with us during your pre and post days. We would be delighted to have you again!
Come back soon!!
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

Just returned from a 3-day weekend (Columbus Day) at the Z Ocean Hotel for a romantic, No Kids weekend with my wife. Clearly, there are numerous options for a stay in Miami/South Beach but only few compare with the Z. The hotel is centrally located at 14th and Collins and is : 2 blocks from Lincoln Road, at the north end of Ocean Drive and directly across the street from South Beach.

Upon arrival, you are quickly transported away from the hustle and bustle of Miami to a state of relaxation. The lobby warmly welcomes you in and makes you feel as if you are "home". We arrived before the 3pm check-in time so the Front Desk staff took my cell number and told us that he would call us when our room was ready. The wait was worth it.

At the Z, entering your guest suite is an experience that captivates all of your senses. The warm color tones of the room, the scent of lavender (?) in the air, soft music playing in the background and expertly set lighting welcome you. Gentlemen...this is when your girlfriend/wife takes a deep breath and smiles....and you know that you have just won the "Husband/Boyfriend of the Year" award.

I booked a standard spa suite with jacuzzi on the balcony with a mediocre view of the building next to us. Somewhat regret not going for the Rooftop Suite which may have afforded a better view. The suite was absolutely perfect - wet bar, Nespresso machine, fridge and wine cooler, best hotel shower ever (waterfall head, 4 wall sprays and a jet spray). I can say that the room was only missing two things: 1) an Ipod connection for the Bose system - I had to move the flat-screen TV and disconnect the 1/8" jack from the cable box and 2) free wi-fi - charge is $12 per day. When wi-fi is free at many fast food restaurants and coffee shops, a hotel of this caliber should include this.

My compliments to the hotel housekeeping staff. There was not one inch of the hotel ( public or private areas) that was out of order. The pool area was immaculate and the pool attendant was excellent - she often brought over bottles of water and fresh towels. While you may spend most of your time at the beach, it is nice to know that you can retreat from the crowds at the beach to the comfort and relaxation of the pool.

Gentlemen, you only get one opportunity to plan the perfect romantic getaway. You can take her to the Z Ocean Hotel and take her breath away...or take her someplace cheaper and watch her smile fade away.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, Manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 21 October 2009
Your comments were wonderful and very much appreciated! We are so delighted you enjoyed your stay with your wife! Hopefully you will return once again to enjoy a romantic getaway and get that Rooftop suite which can be very promising!!
Your photos are great, thanks for sharing them with us; we will do the same with our staff and ensure they hear your accolades!
Thank you again!
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for a long weekend. I had read on Expedia that there was no restaurant on the premises so this was not a problem when we arrived. There are so many restaurants close to the hotel so not having a hotel restaurant is not a problem at all. My husband and I were glad to be able to walk on Ocean Dr or Collins and check out all the neat restaurants. The ocean is a short walk away. Lincoln Dr is very close for strolling to day or night. The room was beautiful. We had a room overlooking Ocean Dr., so it was perfect. We had no use for a car we could walk to restaurants, shopping and night life.We will definitely come back.

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 21 October 2009
Thank you so very much for your feedback! We are so pleased you found our hotel to be the best in South Beach! We hope you will return again and enjoy the amenities that our new restaurant will provide; you and your husband will love it! Thank you again!!
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

I stayed there with my wife in August and we had a blast. We had a corner rooftop suite, which was stunning. The interior was top-notch, from the marble floors, to the wet bar, to the fully upgraded bathroom and super cool shower. The rooftop was, needless to say, incredible. We got very lucky and had a corner unit which provides remarkable views of the city as well as the ocean (even though our room was a city-view room). Best of all, the staff was great. From the super nice reservations agent with whom I setup the reservation to the desk staff, everyone was very very accommodating. You literally can not ask for a better location. The only downside is the price as it's a bit pricey. However, I can not complain at all as the alternatives were more expensive and provided much much less (no balcony, no upgrades, etc). Great time, Definitely recommend to all.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, Manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 1 October 2009
Wonderful feedback; thank you for sharing your experience with us; we will make sure we do the same with our team and we hope you return once again to our property when you visit South Beach...at least every August! We hope to see you again!!
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Reviewed 21 September 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Z Ocean during a 5 day vacation. We found the room of sufficient size with a fantastic bathroom area and great decor in the room. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly which seems to be an oddity, unfortunately, for Miami Beach.

Our room was one of the top-level rooms with the rooftop terrace and while we enjoyed the whirlpool tub and the view from up there, things could have been better. First, the digital display on the whirlpool, which shows the temperature setting, was broken so we had no idea what it was set for. Also, the whirlpool seemed to be temperamental in it's operation; sometimes the jets would work, sometimes they wouldn't. There was, apparently, an audio system on the terrace with an iPod input but there was absolutely no information on where to hook it up or operate it.

Other issues include the guest information book in the room indicated the Wifi was free (it wasn't) and that there would be magazines and aloe lotion provided at the beach along with the chairs and umbrellas (they weren't). To be fair, the staff provided me with a code for free internet access but the misinformation was annoying. Lastly, the restaurant and lounge are non-existent while that portion of the hotel undergoes renovation. It would have been nice to know, as the previous reviewer stated, about the lack of facilities before we booked the room.

Overall, our stay was great and I would consider patronizing the Z Ocean again on my next trip to Miami. With room prices of over $300 a night (in mid-September), I would seriously consider the Ritz-Carlton are the Betsy as, perhaps, better alternatives.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Claudia0468, Manager at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, responded to this review, 1 October 2009
Thank you for your comments and the great description of our suites; they are quiet fabulous. We do apologize for the information in our guestrooms; these are being reprinted and should be replaced shortly to avoid future issues. Although our competition is great; as you stated, we do enjoy being different and a bit more relaxed to ensure our guests feel at ease when staying on property. We would love to extend an invitation to you in the hopes you return and experience all our new amenities including our new restaurant, opening in November as stated in our web.
Thank you again and we hope to be the host of your next vacation!!
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Property: Z Ocean Hotel South Beach
Address: 1437 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4103
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Z Ocean Hotel South Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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