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Sense Beach House 3.5

South Beach, Miami, Florida

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Pros

  • In a quieter spot of SoBe, but just a short walk from the beach and the center of the action
  • Modern rooms were renovated in 2012 with modern, striped palette
  • Sexy bathrooms have teak accents and high-end toiletries
  • All rooms have balconies, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks
  • Almost all rooms have partial ocean views (but no full ocean views available)
  • Free Wi-Fi (covered under a resort fee)

Cons

  • Resort fee (covers in-room Wi-Fi and towel and beach rentals)
  • Few amenities -- no fitness center or spa
  • Rooftop pool is tiny and doesn't have the sexy vibe that some other South Beach pools have

Bottom Line

The 18-room Sense Hotel has a modern, minimalist look throughout, starting with the stark white lobby and continuing with the neon orange-lit hallways and the sleek, sexy rooms (which feature photographic murals covering the walls behind the comfy beds). The spacious rooms are definitely the highlight, with updated amenities such as iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, and nice bathrooms with walk-in showers and teak accents. But those looking for extra amenities (or really any amenities) will be disappointed -- there is no fitness center, spa, or restaurant (although there's talk of one being planned), and the rooftop pool is small and doesn't have the hip vibe (or the drink service) that many other SoBe hotel pools have. Therefore, it's surprising that the hotel charges a resort fee (it covers in-room Wi-Fi and beach and towel rentals). That aside, the hotel is in a nice location on a quieter spot of Ocean Drive -- still just a block from the beach and a short walk from the center of the SoBe action.

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Location

In a quieter spot on famous Ocean Drive, a couple of blocks from the action

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Though located on famous Ocean Drive, the Sense Hotel is in a quieter spot, a couple of blocks from the action of South Beach. The area surrounding the hotel doesn't have the typical Ocean Drive look and vibe -- there are no restaurants clustered side by side with hostesses hawking menus at passersby, rowdy tourists are few and far between, most buildings are not in the Art Deco style that the area is known for, and though most rooms at the hotel offer partial ocean views, the water is merely glimpsed between apartment buildings.

However, the Sense is only a short walk from the noisy center of South Beach, across the street from Lumus 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.

  • 15-minute drive to Miami International Airport
  • 3-minute walk to the beach
  • 5-minute walk to the heart of South Beach
  • 11-minute drive to American Airlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat
  • 12-minute drive to Rubell Family Collection, one of the world's greatest private contemporary art collections
  • 13-minute drive to the Design District's shops and galleries

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Address

400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, United States

Also Known As

  • Sense South Beach Hotel

Room Types

  • Deluxe City View King
  • Deluxe Ocean View Double
  • Deluxe Ocean View King

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