If you're looking for a full service hotel on the beach then move along. With that out of the way this condo project could be a good bet it just depends on what you're looking for. It is in a good location south of 5th Street and is complete with a pool, hot tub and fitness center (which is a little weak). The star rating would hinge on which unit you end up in.
The property consists of two buildings separated by an alley. The pool and fitness center are located in the front (Ocean Drive) building and the hot tub in the back (Collins Ave) building. The security staff are friendly are no substitution for a hotel staff. All entrances are controlled with a key fob but there is a learning curve for navigating between the buildings and the short cut to the beach. Regardless of which route you take or which building you are in the beach is a very short 5 minute walk.
Keep in mind that there are both owners and short term renters in these buildings. The association rules are fairly strict (not that I blame them). THE POOL AND HOT TUB SHUT DOWN AT DUSK. In my opinion this property isn't a good choice for families with kids on vacation. If the kids want to go to the pool or beach they have to take a key fob (we were issued ONE). It's not hard to imagine a vacation disaster if the fob or room key is lost. It would be difficult and EXPENSIVE to get a replacement.
There are one, two and possibly three bedroom units in each building and are all individually owned, decorated and of course maintained. The views vary with unit. We stayed in a one bedroom unit in the back building with a partial view of the ocean over the public park on Ocean Drive. Our particular unit was a bare bones condo with no effort made to make it anything other than that. The kitchen was nice and well stocked. Some areas needed maintenance and the tile floors were in need of a good cleaning. It served it's purpose but wasn't luxurious by any stretch.
In the end it's a condo project. Again......self service so if you end up with fleas in your unit or lose your key fob you might wish you had booked a hotel. We enjoyed our stay but caveat emptor!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residential condo building. 1,2 and 3 bedroom units. Some are owner occupied year-round so not all condos are available for rent. Some owners rent their condos on their own and other owners choose to use vacation rental companies. Prices and services vary depending on the actual unit. Décor in each condo varies. The building has an attached parking garage with assigned parking, a small pool, small gym and Jacuzzi. The building is secure and requires a FOB to enter. There is a security guard on duty but no concierge desk. The beach is only 1/2 block away and the location is in the heart of SoFi, South of Fifth, in South Beach. Walk to restaurants, clubs, shops, etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Place Hotel Miami Beach