Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach

Stay at Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach in Miami Beach

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4.5-Star Art-Deco Hotel Steps from the Beach

If the façade of Esplendor Hotel Breakwater South Beach looks familiar, it might be because it frequently appears in movies and commercials filmed on this historic strip of South Beach's Ocean Drive. The famous ads for Calvin Klein’s Obsession perfume starring Kate Moss were shot on the rooftop terrace here—a campaign that helped cement South Beach’s popularity in the 1980s.

Built in 1936, the 4.5-star boutique hotel recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to preserve its art-deco exterior as well as the lobby’s colorful marble floors. Everything else received a 21st-century upgrade, including the installation of a plunge pool with an infinity edge. Brand-new guest rooms come furnished with white patent-leather benches and elaborately patterned headboards, as well as 47-inch flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with rainforest showers.

Just steps away, you’ll find Lummus Park and its popular beach—a hangout for the likes of Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and other celebrities. Hotel Breakwater provides beach chairs and towels for free. The palm-studded pathways lining Lummus Park are perfect for cruising on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles. After working up an appetite playing beach volleyball or touring the surrounding art-deco district, you can grab dinner at one of the hotel’s two restaurants. Il Paparazzi specializes in Italian cuisine prepared with pastas and cheeses made in-house, and Ocean’s 10 serves an eclectic mix of American food at indoor and outdoor dining areas, with nightly live entertainment ranging from musical performances to fire shows.

South Beach: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons

Just east of downtown Miami, on the southern tip of the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, South Beach is one of the world's epicenters for nightlife. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it feels a bit like you've stepped into an endless party. Perhaps that's why the area pops up so often in film and TV, including Burn Notice and ¬_The Birdcage_.

South Beach's actual coast is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer's calls Miami's "best beach for people-watching." While the bleached sand and curving palms are gorgeous, they're almost overshadowed by the chiseled beach-goers dotting the sand. From here, a wood-slat boardwalk runs all the way up to North Beach, attracting joggers and roller bladers. You can also head about a mile south to South Pointe Park or to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park across the bay for quieter, more secluded shores.

It’s easy enough to spend the entirety of a trip to South Beach face-down on a beach towel, but that would mean missing out on the city's other trademarks. The historical art-deco district boasts iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades. Every morning at 10:30, local experts from the Miami Design Preservation League lead a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the neighborhood's signature architecture.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a superior room, superior oceanfront room, or junior suite
  • Dates into October

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Taxes: 13% tax added at purchase.
  • Additional fees: $22 daily resort fee paid at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.


  • Outdoor plunge pool
  • Access to private beach
  • Two restaurants
  • 24-hour gym
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Date cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $22 daily resort fee paid at check-in
  • 13% tax added at purchase.

Other Details

Room Details

Superior Room, Superior Oceanfront Room, or Junior Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: local and international calls, WiFi, beach access with chairs and towels, 24-hour gym access, and use of infinity pool and bikes
  • Parking: valet available for an additional $33 per day
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $49 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Miami International Airport (MIA; about 11 miles), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL; about 29 miles)
  • Transit stop: Washington Avenue and 9th Street, via Metrobus #150
  • Cab fare: about $30 from MIA

Customer Reviews

Location was right across the street from the beach.
Heather K. · July 20, 2017
great location , room is large good time
Simply B. · November 30, 2016
The service and close access to the beach
Angelique D. · June 28, 2016
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