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Hotel Breakwater South Beach (formerly Esplendor) - Miami Beach, FL

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

Originally built in 1936, the boutique hotel recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to preserve its art-deco exterior as well as features such 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. Guest rooms are furnished with white patent-leather benches and elaborately patterned headboards.

Just steps away, you’ll find Lummus Park, one of the area’s most popular beaches and a hangout for the likes of Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez. 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 taking a self-guided tour of the surrounding art-deco district, you can grab dinner at one of the hotel’s two restaurants. Nine specializes in Italian cuisine prepared with pastas and cheeses made in-house. Ocean’s 10 serves an eclectic mix of American food at indoor and outdoor dining areas. A giant projector shows sports games, and nightly live entertainment ranges from music performances to fire shows.

Miami's 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.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get


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

The Fine Print

  • Valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 13% tax added at purchase and $15 resort fee per day paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

City-View Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Oceanfront Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $49 per night for an additional guest 17 or older; no charge for guests 16 or younger

Penthouse Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $49 per night for an additional guest 17 or older; no charge for guests 16 or younger

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: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 11 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA); 29 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • By transit: Metrobus No. 150, Washington Avenue and 9th Street stop
  • By cab: about $30 from MIA

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Customer Reviews

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Angela F. ·
Reviewed October 26, 2013
The beach across the street. The room was decent


Samantha W. · 3 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed January 22, 2018
Friendly, accommodating staff and great location. Room was nicely sized, pretty and had a lovely bathroom. Tasty hot breakfast included as well. Only complaint was that the hotel shows it's age and needs updating. For example, the hand wash in the shower completely disconnected from the wall. Also, right in the heart of South Beach, so quite noisy/partying all night long. Otherwise, great stay!


Tim M. · 3 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed December 16, 2017
Bed was nice and comfortable,however we were put over an ally and heard lots of noise late at night (signs were posted " no deliveries after 7pm). Nothing was mentioned about a $45.00 per night for valet parking. Upon check out... one person taking care of several customers. I would not be staying there again! I love Groupon, however they should provide " full disclosure "
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