- Decor looks dated and bland
- Location is a bit far from the South Beach party scene
- Some balconies aren't very private and face other guest rooms
- Resort fee
A quiet budget resort on the Atlantic Ocean
The Casablanca first opened its doors in the 1950s, and the lobby still has vestiges of its grander days, including big square pillars and marble tile floors. The leather seating, bamboo displays, and candle chandeliers are attractive, but the effect is slightly marred by the dated ceiling panels found in much of the lobby, which look like they could belong in a '90s office building. Hard-to-miss pillars shaped like shirtless men wearing white turbans hold up the porte cochere at the entrance.
In residential North Beach, about a 10-minute drive from the South Beach action
Casablanca on the Ocean is on a quieter strip of Collins Avenue. It's about a 10-minute drive to the action in South Beach, and the posh Bal Harbour shops are a 20-minute drive away. The white sandy beach and Atlantic Ocean are directly behind the hotel and there is easy access from the main building. Nearby restaurants cater to Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisines. This quiet, somewhat residential neighborhood is a bit more family-friendly than South Beach.
Clean and functional, with fully equipped kitchens and (in some) balconies
Rooms at Casablanca on the Ocean resemble bland studio or one-bedroom apartments. All have fully equipped but dated kitchens, and the refrigerator is right next to the bed in some cases. The white bedding and blue bed skirts looks fresh and beachy, but there are still some signs of wear evident (such as carpet stains) despite 2014 renovations. Rooms with tile floors are preferable to those with carpets. Some rooms have small balconies, which face either the ocean or another guest's room. In the bathtub, dispensers of shampoo and conditioner are mounted to the wall.
Restaurant, swimming pool, and a quiet beach
The Casablanca on the Ocean hotel has a small fitness center without windows. A gift shop stocks a wide variety of snacks and beach equipment. Bogart's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails near the large outdoor swimming pool. There is a gate and a sandy path from the pool area offering direct access to a beautiful stretch of North Beach, which is quieter and more serene than South Beach.
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