Don't expect luxury (or much of anything else, for that matter) in this colorful art deco lodge. But if you want a super-cheap stay near the beach and don't mind humid rooms, dated TVs, patchy A/C, and squishy old beds, this tiny hotel could be a fit. The hotel is on a cute one-block stretch called Ocean Terrace that's directly across the street from the beach. There's also a small no-frills Days Inn here, but the Ocean Surf has more art deco charm. The location off 74th
Street puts this quiet place well out of the reach of Mid-Beach and South Beach.
Jul 13, 2006
When my wife and I arrived to check in the only elevator was broken meaning we had to walk up two flights to our room, the machine that made the plastic room keys wouldn't work, and there was only one person at the desk trying to check people in and handle the mess. The clerk was helpful when we left and refunded our money.
Oct 29, 2002
Great website,(www.oceansurf.com) mediocre hotel. Renovated in 97 but it seems like they haven't done much since then. Rooms were marginally clean but TINY (as in walk sideways around the bed tiny!)And don't pay extra for the "Deluxe Balcony" room unless you like company. They neglect to mention that it's shared with another room, which also raises some security/privacy questions as the blinds on the glass door to the balcony were definitely from
the 97 renovation. Ocean is beautiful but public beach was very poorly maintained. Could probably get better deals with better beach a bit further north.
May 16, 2001
We love the Ocean Surf. It's private, with a beach at your feet. We stay in the penthouse when we go. It's a huge room. The decorating isn't the greatest, but who cares. It was spotless and the air conditioning was cold. We had our own rooftop terrace overlooking the beach and Atlantic.