Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach Rating: 4.5 Pearls
South Beach, Miami, Florida

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Pros

  • Great location in South Beach, across the street from the beach
  • Glassed-in pool with poolside services such as frozen towels, eye masks, and water spritzes
  • Rooms are spacious and modern with sleek bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and stocked minibars
  • 2 restaurants and a rooftop lounge with ocean views
  • Hotel beach attendants will set up your umbrella and lounge chair, and provide sunscreen
  • Italian restaurant with outdoor seating, plus the lively Ocean's 10, featuring live music
  • Free Wi-Fi (included in the daily resort fee)

Cons

  • Daily resort fee
  • Street noise can be a problem at night
  • Fitness center is cramped and in a dark basement area

Bottom Line

The 100-room Hotel Breakwater's highlight is its location -- on Ocean Drive, across the street from the most popular area of the beach (however, proximity to Ocean Drive's restaurants and bars can mean noisy nights). The hotel takes up two adjacent towers, one of which is in the former Edison Hotel building. Rooms all feature handsome, modern yet minimal decor -- crisp white bedding with avocado-green throws, sepia-toned photographs, dark patterned carpets, and streamlined furniture. The rooftop lounge (where a Calvin Klein underwear ad was shot) is a popular nighttime spot, and the pool (though small) is sleek, and has views of the ocean.

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 Location

On Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach

Hotel Breakwater is located on Ocean Drive, across the street from Lummus Park, the liveliest area on the beach. Bikini babes and muscle-bound dudes play beach volleyball, and merchants sell T-shirts, coconuts, and cheap jewelry near the boardwalk. An additional contingent of seniors and families also take in the Art Deco architectural sights.

Quaint, neon-lit South Beach (or "SoBe") might be the sexiest beach town in America, with modeling agencies flanking a broad topless beach. People watching is the draw, especially in Ocean Drive's historic Art Deco District, which is packed with outdoor bars, cafes, flashy cars, Rollerbladers, rainbow flags, and plenty of skimpy-bikini-clad bodies. Chic clubs with discerning bouncers draw the fashion-industry elite, the occasional celebrity, and plenty of 20-somethings ready to party.

  • 15-minute drive to Miami International Airport
  • 1-minute walk to the beach
  • 15-minute walk to Espanola Way, an area of shops and restaurants steeped in history
  • 4-minute drive to Lincoln Road's shops and art galleries
  • 5-minute drive to Miami Beach marina
  • 12-minute drive to the American Airlines Arena, home to Miami Heat
  • 12-minute drive to downtown Miami

 Bottom Line

The 100-room Hotel Breakwater's highlight is its location -- on Ocean Drive, across the street from the most popular area of the beach (however, proximity to Ocean Drive's restaurants and bars can mean noisy nights). The hotel takes up two adjacent towers, one of which is in the former Edison Hotel building. Rooms all feature handsome, modern yet minimal decor -- crisp white bedding with avocado-green throws, sepia-toned photographs, dark patterned carpets, and streamlined furniture. The rooftop lounge (where a Calvin Klein underwear ad was shot) is a popular nighttime spot, and the pool (though small) is sleek, and has views of the ocean.

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Address

  • 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Room Types

  • City View Room
  • Courtyard View Room
  • Oceanfront Room
  • Partial Ocean View Room
  • Penthouse
  • VIP Penthouse

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 114
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: South Beach, Miami
Address: 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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