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Hotel Z Ocean (previously the De Soleil) Hotel 4 star
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1458 Ocean Drive Miami, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Z-Ocean hotel is a simple and pleasant hotel that makes for an ideal base to explore the city from. It doesn't have all the services one might expect from one of the swankier five star hotels0, but it is comfortable and the service is very friendly and efficient. Found in the heart of South Beach, just opposite the renowned Art-Deco Jerry's Deli on Collins Avenue, the hotel is well-situated for those of you who want to have it all. Miami Beach is a five minute walk away and all major sights in South Beach are within walking distance. We enjoyed this no-fuss hotel very much and would be one of our first choices for holidaymakers on a budget wanting a little intimacy in a small hotel not far from the beach.

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    • Hotel Z Ocean (previously the De Soleil)

      Z Ocean previously the De Soleil   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Z Ocean (previously the De Soleil)

      Z Ocean previously the De Soleil   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.1 /10

    The Z Ocean Hotel is located in the heart of South Beach. Its main entrance is found on Collins Avenue and its second entrance is opposite the beach to the end of Ocean Drive (the north side) through its restaurant, The Front Porch. This area of South Beach is a lot quieter than right in the middle of ocean Drive and it is still within walking distance of most attractions in South Beach.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    In total the hotel has 79 rooms all situated from the first floor up. The main differences in the rooms are size and views. The penthouses and suites on the top floors have the added bonus of having their own private terraces with roof-top Jacuzzi. However, a low point here is that there is no intimacy here as all neighbouring balconies are open. The views of the sea, on the other hand, are beautiful; otherwise, the rooms are all on the small side in comparison to the large newly-built five star hotels; however around the Art Deco district (including Ocean Drive) have smaller rooms as the buildings are usually registered and their structure cannot be altered. The rooms here are extremely well-appointed. Despite their size, good use of space has been made. The standard rooms are divided in two by a square pillar in the middle of the room. On one side is the bedroom area and on the other, is a small living room area with kitchenette. All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette/kitchen, large flat screen television, DVD player and naughty bed-time products (at an extra charge). The most pleasant rooms are those right at the top of the building with a private roof-top terrace as they are also a little roomier, but the standard rooms lining the pool are also ideal as they have a small patio, making the room feel a little larger. These rooms are also great if you have children as supervising them in the pool is easier.

    As most of the walls in the rooms are glass giving out onto the pool, the rooms are very bright and light. The bathrooms, with their strategically-placed sliding doors, are small but very pleasant and stocked with Aveda products.

    The rooms are located around the hotel pool. There is a real cruise ship sensation; it feels like the hotel is higher than most in the area, while staying private, which is what makes this hotel so relaxing.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The hotel has one restaurant, The Front Porch, which is actually a chain of American diners. Suitably set on the Z Ocean's front porch, the atmosphere here is extremely relaxed and friendly, building a loyal clientele even among locals. There is indoor and outdoor seating. In the evenings, the bar (with pool table) opens and the atmosphere becomes a little more animated, but remains relaxed. There is 24 hour room service from The Front Porch kitchen. The decor is a bit of a mish-mash of styles; there are booths close to the kitchen, or high stools around the bar area or outdoor tables. The restaurant serves good old American food such as burgers and steaks.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    Although the hotel is not directly on the beach, it is only across the road. Miami Beach is pretty much the same all the way along: a long and wide stretch of sand with reasonably clear water. You won't see any locals in the sea until at least April though, but the 'snowbirds', as the Miami crowds call the New Yorkers, who come to Miami for a spot of sunshine during their big freeze period are happily splashing around; this does mean that the beach is rarely crowded at the beginning of the year. The hotel has a designated area on the beach, where guests can rent sun loungers and parasols. The fee for beach service is included in the room rate meaning guests don't have anything to pay for this.

    To know

    The bulk of your holiday budget in Miami is spent on parking, which can amount to as much as $40 (£25) per day. However, here at the Z Ocean, parking is wonderfully FREE. Yes, that's right - completely free for guests.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The lovely beach views right at the top of the suite terraces.
    • The casual café, The Front Porch.
    • Friendly and relaxed service and atmosphere.
    • Central location between sights and the beach.
    • FREE PARKING, which is very rare in Miami.

    disadvantages

    • Small rooms (although well-appointed).
    • Not many facilities.

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