Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Ocean
The boutique Hotel Ocean is set along the shores of South Beach. Out front, palm trees shade cream stucco walls, and inside, luxury awaits. Marble hallways and arching doorways lead to a trickling fountain in the courtyard, and large windows let in natural light all over the property.
- Steps from the beach: Walk out the doors and into the Atlantic Ocean's surf.
- No need for a car: Hotel Ocean is within short walking distance of South Beach attractions, including upscale shopping, nightlife, and art-deco walking tours.
- Chic rooms look out over the glittering city lights or the ocean.
- Oysters and sea bass star on the menu at the onsite Mia Bella Roma restaurant, which specializes in seafood and imported cheeses.
- Wake up to a daily newspaper at your door and a complimentary American breakfast buffet featuring eggs, sausage or bacon, pastries, coffee, juices, and cereal.
South Beach, Florida: Sultry Clubs and Pristine Beaches amid Historical Art-Deco Architecture
Miami Beach draws an international crowd with its boisterous nightlife and 9 miles of sandy beaches. The city, which is separated from Miami by Biscayne Bay, centers on the 25-block South Beach neighborhood (also known as SoBe), a trendy spot sprinkled with fusion restaurants and nightclubs open until 5 a.m. Nearby, Lummus Park beach—named Miami’s Best Beach for People-Watching by _Frommer’s_—is famous for its naturally white sands, celebrity sightings, and scarecrow lifeguards.
Hundreds of confection-colored buildings built between 1923 and 1943 populate South Beach’s art-deco historical district, the first 20th-century neighborhood recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. For a quick tour, stroll down Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive, where you’ll find the 1930s Versace Mansion, modeled after Christopher Columbus’s home. The Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Welcome Center offers walking tours that are more comprehensive, exploring the area's Miami Modern and Mediterranean Revival architecture.