Hotels On South Beach’s Famed Ocean Drive

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By: Lori Kahn

Ocean Drive is lined with original boutique hotels that preserve Art Deco’s free spirit and prove irresistible for visitors vacationing in Miami Beach.

Known for its iconic Art Deco architecture and proximity to world famous South Beach’s sandy shores, Ocean Drive is one of Miami’s most notable streets. Walk along the beachfront and you’ll come across dozens of outdoor eateries and some impressive hotel properties. What better place to stay in Miami than a historic hotel right in the heart of SoBe?

The Leslie Hotel

The Leslie Hotel is a true Art Deco classic that was built in 1937 and fully renovated in 2014 to its current shine. This beautiful boutique hotel hits the perfect balance between Art Deco architecture and contemporary style, where bright and modern rooms offer peaceful rest and comfort after your daily – and nightly – Miami adventures. The multilingual staff will have you and your family feeling right at home, making sure you have everything you need for the perfect vacation in Miami Beach.

With a TV lounge big enough for your whole party, 24-hour concierge, beach towels and chairs, beach toys, Wi-Fi, fitness center, ocean view terraces and one of the few rooftop swimming pools on Ocean Drive; you will feel like you have come home, but with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean just steps away. There is also Cala Cafe just outside the Leslie Hotel's doors, offering a tasty Mediterranean-style menu for your dining enjoyment.

1244 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    The Clevelander Hotel and Essex House by Clevelander

    The Clevelander South Beach is by far one of the most well-known among the Ocean Drive hotels and one of the most party ready of the bunch. The Clevelander is an adults-only property with an abundance of unique entertainment at the POOL+PATIO, Sports Bar, SPF4 Sun Deck and C-LEVEL Rooftop Terrace with DJs and dancers to keep you going all night long. If sports are your thing, then you will never want to leave their ESPN Sports Bar with over 40 TVs and a jumbo LED media screen. Your South Beach experience begins as soon as you walk in the door and are greeted with a complimentary Clevelander "FAMOUS FROZEN" letting you know it's time to let go and relax - you made it.

    If you are looking to relax more and party a little less, you may just want to stay at the Essex House by Clevelander, located on 10th Street and Collins Avenue right next to Clevelander South Beach. This specialty boutique hotel was awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is the perfect place that’s far enough away from the scene to relax, yet close enough to party if you choose to. There is always something happening at the Clevelander properties, so no matter if you go to play or go to stay, you won't be disappointed.

    1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, 33139

      Ocean Five Hotel, Miami Beach

      The Ocean Five Hotel is located in the tranquil area of Ocean Drive, known as SoFi or "South of Fifth" - a Miami Beach neighborhood you won't ever want to leave. This hotel is made for those travelers who are seeking an unpretentious, boutique hotel with great service in a great location. Here you will find upgraded rooms, as well as studio suites with kitchens, Italian Travertine marble floors and clean modern styling. Don't miss their on-site dining at Pappa & Ciccia Wine Bar and Restaurant, serving up authentic Italian cuisine in a casual chic ambiance or al fresco dining in the garden lounge. The Ocean Five Hotel will show you the other side of Ocean Drive, and you will love it.

      436 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139

        Hotel Victor

        Hotel Victor offers gorgeous ocean and city views. Redesigned by award-winning designer Yabu Pushelberg, this historic Art Deco property features 91 stylishly decorated guest rooms including ten top floor suites and a mosaic-tiled pool with direct beach views. Spend some time relaxing at the spa or the pool, or if you are looking for a little pick-me-up, you’ll also want to stop by the hotel’s candy shop-restaurant, Sugar Factory American Brasserie, to have one of their frozen candy-inspired cocktails or tasty treats.

        1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.779.8700.

          Breakwater

          The Breakwater is a classic Ocean Drive hotel seen in many movies and TV shows. There is no way you can miss the Hotel Breakwater’s iconic neon sign that lights up the Art Deco facade. Centrally located, the property features amazing ocean views with renovated spacious guest rooms, four rooftop suites and a rooftop terrace with even more beautiful views of South Beach. The hotel also features an Italian restaurant, Il Paparazzi, and Ocean’s Ten, a casual sports bar that will give you dining choices that won’t disappoint.

          940 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.532.2362.

            The Savoy Hotel

            Located directly on the sand between Fourth and Fifth Street on Ocean Drive, The Savoy Hotel is a true oasis with tree lined streets and the tranquility of Miami Beach’s desirable “South of Fifth” neighborhood. This all-suite Art Deco masterpiece surrounds two free-form swimming pools and a lush tropical courtyard on the beach with large rooms in excess of 600 square feet, all within a two-minute walk of the heart of Ocean Drive.

            The Savoy is one of those rare hotels that doesn’t believe in ‘extra charges.’ Every guest gets the very best service with free airport transfers, room upgrades (when available), continental breakfast, a bottle of bubbly and fruit basket upon arrival. They even offer two complimentary spa treatments and a daily sunset cocktail at the oceanfront cafe or at the Savoy Lounge. This is a true luxury guest experience where your concierge will schedule your personal airport pick-up and make any and all arrangements for your upcoming vacation – from sunrise yoga to exotic car rentals, museum tours, and more. They are even pet friendly so you don’t need to leave Skippy out of the fun! This is truly a dream experience that you will never forget.

            425 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139

              Bentley South Beach

              Situated on famed Ocean Drive, among the shops, eateries and nightlife of South Beach's Art Deco district, this pretty corner boutique hotel is just steps from the beach. Quite different from its 1939 beginnings, The Bentley South Beach’s newly renovated rooms are bright and modern studios. Its penthouse suites feature marble bathrooms, comfy Egyptian cotton bedding, marble bathrooms, mini-bars, Wi-Fi, plush terry bathrobes and rooftop terraces that overlook this iconic SoBe neighborhood.

              Awarded Best Rooftop Pool by Frommers Travel, Bentley South Beach overlooks the beautiful Miami Beach skyline and includes a lap pool, Jacuzzi, and adjacent roof deck for you to soak up the sun. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the rooftop bar or try the private beach club at Boucher, just a short stroll away located on 4th Street and Ocean Drive.

              510 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.538.1700.

                The Villa, Casa Casuarina, formerly Versace Mansion

                The Villa, Casa Casuarina is a three-story, 10-suite, luxury boutique hotel that used to be the home of Gianni Versace. Originally built in 1930 by Alden Freeman who was the heir to the Standard Oil fortune, Casa Casuarina is the epitome of opulent perfection with ultra-lux suites filled with classic decor and hotel amenities that you can’t find anywhere else. From the mosaic pool with its 24-kt gold tiles to the Villa Spa offering transcendent body treatments and a rooftop lounge where you can gaze at the stars, this boutique hotel merits all the memorable stories you’ll take back home.

                This beautiful 19,000-square-foot Villa also features Gianni’s Italian restaurant, named after the legendary Versace designer and former owner. Gianni’s offers a delicious blend of Italian and Mediterranean food and wine selections, served in a one-of-a kind historic setting. Whether savoring the delicate flavors of the diver’s scallops and black truffle risotto in the gorgeous dining room or the richness of the blinis with Tsar Imperial Kaluga caviar poolside under the stars, this is the one restaurant you must try during your stay in Miami.

                1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786.485.2200

                  The Avalon Hotel

                  The Avalon Hotel's classic Art Deco facade is currently being revitalized to continue its tradition as an icon on Ocean Drive, with its bright neon lights and vintage 1955 car parked out front. But don't expect a classic interior as this hotel has a bright, open feel with all the modern comforts. Beds are buried under plush spreads and crisp linens, while bathrooms have soft waffle-weave robes. Once you are all settled in, make sure to head down to the lobby and try the tasty seafood dishes at A Fish Called Avalon, with its contemporary tropical cuisine. You should also try the Craft Café a perfect morning-to-afternoon choice for locally roasted organic coffee, fresh-baked pastries, and handcrafted sandwiches and quiches.

                  A rare find on Ocean Drive, this family-friendly hotel promotes a pro-children atmosphere with many kid-friendly perks like beach toys, meals, and age-appropriate activities. The Avalon Hotel takes this quite seriously and even allow kids 15-and-under to stay free with an adult guest. If you book directly with the hotel you will even receive pool privileges at their sister property, South Seas Hotel that includes towels, beach chairs and a very welcome drink for your day.

                  700 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL, 33139

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