From the outset, the hotel doesn't look like much, but once inside, although the decor is nothing revolutionary, the atmosphere is extremely pleasant and relaxed. The hotel feels like it is sealed off from the rest of Miami, which is great if you want to feel like you can get away from it all once you regain your hotel. Originally built to be a condo complex, the hotel is divided in two. The ground floor is where you will find the restaurant, The Front Porch, as well as the chill-out areas where guests like to settle in one of the cosy sofas with a good book or the latest gossip magazine. The ground floor is open on all sides but is covered with a roof, meaning that it is fresh throughout the hot summer months. If you look up to the ceiling after the reception area, you may catch a few slender silhouettes swimming in the pool, which is just above the main hotel area, through the glass.
On the first floor, is the pool and the bulk of the rooms that are situated around the pool. Despite it being a new-build, this area has been designed to look like a cruise ship, which is in-keeping with the South Floridian Art-Deco style. The hotel itself is pleasant, despite not being at the height of hotel fashion. The design is simple and effective and although a great deal of money hasn't been invested like at the neighbouring five star hotels, an effort has been made with regards to decor.
The hotel has a U-shape that wraps around the kitchen, hence the two entrances, one on Collins Avenue and the other closer to Ocean Drive. The hotel opened in 2008 as the Z Ocean. It used to be the De Soleil Hotel. In terms of facilities, the hotel out-sources spa services at guests' request ? the treatments usually take place around the pool. Otherwise there is a small gym on the ground floor.