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An Evening Meal at the Front Porch Cafe

frontPorchCafeMiami Beach is typically full of beachgoers enjoying an al fresco meal during the day at one of the city’s numerous cafes and restaurants, but the city really comes alive when night falls. From the eateries of Ocean Drive to the classics like Joe’s Stone Crab, Smith & Wollensky, Prime 112, and more, Z Ocean Hotel South Beach is centrally located near all of these places that offer a great dining experience near or on the beach.

If you’re staying at our South Beach hotel and would rather not deal with the Miami Beach traffic, you can always walk over the Front Porch Cafe located next door. The recently updated dinner menu features a delectables selection that includes a little something for everyone. Try some good old fashioned Grilled Chicken or the Chicken Parmesan. The Burrata is made of sliced ripe tomatoes with basil and balsamic vinegar or you can try our Filet Mignon, which comes with steak fries, grilled asparagus, and the choice of either red wine demi glace or Gorgonzola cheese. Shrimp Scampi and Pork Chops are also delicious options or you can opt for one of the classics like the Steak Kabob, Cheese Tortellini, or New York Strip Certified Angus.

The perfect way to complement your evening meal is with a relaxing stay in one of our 79 welcoming all-suites at our Miami Beach hotel.  Call 1-877-688-4232 to make your reservation at the Z Ocean Hotel South Beach and experience why the area is among best places to enjoy dinner on the beach with your friends, loved ones, or that special someone. Bon appétit!

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A Brief History of Miami Beach

miamiBeach-1Miami Beach wasn’t always the swanky, tourism friendly city that it is today. Much like the rest of South Florida, it has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s when it was a piece of empty land purchased by Henry and Charles Lum for the absurdly low price of 75 cents an acre. Considering how valuable the barrier island is now, that price is fascinating.

It wasn’t until 1876 that Miami Beach saw its first development called the Biscayne House of Refuge, which served as a haven for shipwrecked individuals. After a failed attempt at turning the island into a coconut plantation, agriculturist John Stiles Collins formed the Miami Beach Improvement Company in the early 1900s, which coincidentally marked the first time the island was ever referred to as “Miami Beach”. With the help of American entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher—also known as the father of upscale Fisher Island—Collins would create the Collins Bridge, which was at the time the longest wooden bridge in the world. Today that bridge has since been replaced and now goes by the familiar name of the Venetian Causeway.

Through the Miami Beach Improvement Company, the city began to make strides towards becoming the metropolis it is today after Collins oversaw the development of residential projects, a casino, and an oceanfront hotel. John Collins passed away in 1928 but his legacy is permanently remembered: frequently traveled Collins Avenue is named after him.

Miami Beach officially became a city in 1917 and after Carl Fisher took over development, it quickly began to attract wealthy industrialists that sought to build winter homes. As the city’s tourism grew, many hotels began to emerge signaling the beginning of a huge building boom that have helped turn the city into what it is today: a culturally rich, valuable, and incredibly diverse barrier island.

Z Ocean Hotel South Beach is one of the top hotels on the island and a perfect way to get a feel for the city lifestyle and ambiance. Our all-suite Miami Beach hotel is just a couple of feet from the sunny beaches. Get to know the city and soak in its many sights by calling 1-877-688-4232 to book a stay at our South Beach hotel this Memorial Day weekend.

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Summer Vacation at Our Beach Club

beachClubThere’s still about a month left before we officially welcome the summer season, and there is perhaps no better place to spend it than on the beautiful sands of Miami Beach. Considering South Florida’s penchant for summer tourism, chances are hotels will be booking up fast with snowbirds and locals, and Z Ocean Hotel South Beach will surely be among the most popular choices.

What makes our Miami Beach hotel so appealing? Our selection of amenities like the glass bottom pool, the ZSpa, and our signature Breezeway Bar are certainly good reasons. Since we’re focusing on summer, the major highlight is probably our beach club, which is all about maximizing your experience. Slap on the sunscreen, grab a lounge chair, sit back, and you’ll be feeling relaxed, refreshed, and re-energized in no time.

If your plans are to take advantage of the sultry weather by staying active, our beach club provides various watercraft rentals for a small fee. If you’re feeling hungry, there is no need to worry. Have a meal at one of the food trucks near the beach or take a break and try the Front Porch Cafe. On the other hand, if you’d really like to soak in the sunshine in supreme comfort, rent one of the daybeds and get ready for a truly magical experience.

Are you planning on spending your summer vacation in South Florida? Our South Beach hotel is comprised entirely of elegant suites which means the only difference is where they’re located and not what’s inside.  Call 1.877.688.4232 or visit our website for more information on reservations and our amenities.

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“Come & Get It” with Selena Gomez

selenaGomezOver the years, Disney has managed to launch a number of young names into superstardom, turning them from kid favorites into bona fide pop stars. Miley Cyrus is now a household name, while Hilary Duff had a string of hits before transitioning into a successful acting career.

Another star that emerged from Disney, Selena Gomez, has arguably had the most success lately. The former Wizards of Waverly Place star has transpired from her Disney beginnings into a genuine pop star, with several songs that have made the Billboard charts. Gomez’s latest album Revival released last year is shaping up to be her most successful album yet thanks to catchy hits like “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself”.

Earlier this month, Gomez kicked off her Revival Tour in support of her album and she’ll be making a stop here in South Florida on June 11th at the American Airlines Arena. American pop rock band DNCE and singer-songwriter Bea Miller are the opening acts. Previous concertgoers have complimented Gomez’s confidence on stage and the all-ages appropriate atmosphere of the show.

If you’re planning on not keeping your hands to yourself and dancing to tunes like “Come and Get It”, a stay at Z Ocean Hotel South Beach is the perfect way to get ready for Selena Gomez. With 79 suites at our Miami Beach hotel, a glass bottom pool, and a beach club, you’ll be ready and relaxed to enjoy a great performance by a young woman whose star continues to rise.  Call 1.877.688.4232 to book your stay at our South Beach hotel today!

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Sunday Brunch and More at the Front Porch Cafe

brunchPart of South Beach’s widespread appeal is its dining experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a salad, seafood, or steak, you’re bound to find a great, highly rated place to eat. At Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, we’re pleased to call the Front Porch Cafe our neighbor, a full-service restaurant serving some of the finest meals in the city prepared by trained chefs and served by a staff that’s courteous and professional.

Whether you’re in the mood for an al fresco or indoor dining experience, the Front Porch Cafe has flexible seating options. Enjoy your brunch on one of our plush couches or kick back with a nice coffee and snack at the roofed outdoor breezeway passage. If you’re in the mood for a cooler drink, the Front Porch lounge has great cocktails that are complemented by wonderful music and delectable appetizers; the ceviche, sweet potato fries, fried calamari, and coconut shrimp being popular choices. Does poolside brunch sound good? The poolside bar has many drinks to choose from plus full restaurant service. Relax, toast with your mimosa, and get ready for a uniquely inviting dining experience.

The Front Porch Cafe is open every day from 7am to midnight, and has a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. You’re free to make a reservation but it is not required, walk-ins guests are welcome to partake in the experience if you’re in the mood for a Sunday brunch.

Complement your meal with a relaxing stay in one of our 79 welcoming suites at our Miami Beach hotel.  Call 1-877-688-4232 to make your South Beach hotel reservation and enjoy the beach backdrop along with a great selection of amenities.

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