Good SoBe Option
We stayed at Ocean Five for a week+ in late January/early February 2013.
The condo is as advertised and our overall experience was positive.
The location is good, just five minutes to the beach and with easy access to a wide variety of retail and dining. There is a Walgreen's across the street and a Publix grocery store about five blocks away. We used the Deco Bike sharing program throughout our stay and there were two stations nearby. The condo is on the third floor so it is not immune from traffic noise (as drivers wait on 5th to turn onto Ocean Drive), but it depends on the day/time. There is a lounge that has opened directly below the condo, but given that it was nearly always empty it's bound to close soon. Still, guests should be prepared to hear club music from approximately 4-11PM daily. It is bearable if the balcony doors are closed, but I'd recommend earplugs if you wish to retire early (as I did a couple of nights as I was in town partly on business). The owner is aware and can provide updates as to the status of the lounge (which was the biggest negative with this rental - at least for us).
The interior of the condo is exactly as shown in the photos. The kitchen and bath are modern and the bed and living room furniture is comfortable. We used the washer/dryer and oven/microwave during our stay and everything worked fine. The unit has an iron/ironing board too. There were a few light bulbs out and the condo had some minor wear and tear, but we were very comfortable.
The two balconies are nice, but as noted earlier the traffic and lounge noise has an impact. In addition, the balcony furniture could be improved with perhaps a bistro table/chairs and more traditional outside furniture. We used the rooftop pool deck mainly for lounging - the water was too cold for swimming. Access to the condo was easy via the hotel next door and when a friend joined us for one night the hotel parking was easy to arrange.
All of our interaction with the owner was very professional and Dorsa answered all emails in a very timely manner. Payment arrangements were easy and my deposit was efficiently returned after our stay was complete. Thank you Dorsa for everything!
We'll definitely consider staying at this condo again on future visits to Miami.
Tourists without a Car,
People with Disabilities,
Helpful votes: 4/4
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