The lauded firm of Arquitectonica designed the rooms and suites at this glossy and bold hideaway, including 27 rooftop suites endowed with terraces, each complete with Jacuzzi, plush chaise lounges, and a view of the South Beach skyline. Rooms are at least 500 square feet and have big balconies. The furnishings are ultracontemporary and sleek but comfortable, with two flat-screen TVs and oversize, marble-floored bathrooms. Spa services are offered in-room. You can't beat the location on Ocean Drive—the beach is literally across the street.
The Z strives to be a green hotel, utilizing LED lighting, recycling, and earth-friendly cleaning products.
This all-suite hotel boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are soundproof -- important given its proximity to Ocean Drive. Other amenities include two LCD TVs in each room with DVD player. Bose entertainment system, a fully furnished balcony, free Wi-Fi, and a European wet bar that featured a mini fridge, espresso machine, and mini-bar.
Bathrooms feature all-body showers with multiple shower heads, dual vanity sinks, and larger-sized bath products.
A glass-bottom pool features teak loungers and bar service. The Z also offers a beach club with lounge chairs and umbrellas for guest usage.
Beach-themed spa treatments include algae oil massage and a seaweed facial. Couples can opt for a Champagne oil dual massage with a soak in a Roman tub after.
The Front Porch Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Basic fare includes salads and sandwiches.
Ocean Drive is difficult to park and maneuver. Most South Beach spots are easy to walk to and a Miami Beach trolley operates seven days a week for free.
LT Steak and Seafood (5-minutes away) offers fresh fare from famed chef Laurent Tourondel. Taquiza (5-minute walk) serves after-beach tacos and beer by chef Steve Santana.
Fat Tuesday (5-minute walk) serves up refreshing frozen drinks to take to the beach in go-cups. The Betsy bar (5-minute walk) has a good list of wines by the glass, along with classic cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Gorgeous and expansive rooms are the highlight of the Z Hotel, along with its close proximity to all of South Beach's attractions.