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Pride Month and the Impact of the LGBT Community

prideMonthFor decades, the month of June has been unofficially recognized as Pride Month for the LGBT community around the world. It is as much a celebration of the community as it is a reminder of the importance of protecting the community rights. Traditionally, Miami Beach has been very LGBT friendly, welcoming visitors and denizens from around the world. With Pride Month in full swing, it’s a perfect time to take a look at how the community has positively affected the economy.

Not many people know that the LGBT community is responsible for contributing over $1 billion to Miami-Dade County’s economy per the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the county continues to strongly advertise to LGBT travelers. Z Ocean Hotel South Beach is one of the many Miami Beach hotels that strongly supports and welcomes its LGBT guests.

Moreover, during the past three years same sex marriages have contributed just over $180 million to Florida’s economy according to a report released by the Williams Institute at the University of California – Los Angeles School of Law. Expenses on weddings and tourism are among the major contributing factors.

The above figures show that each year, the LGBT community continues to become an important part of South Florida’s tourism. If you’re planning on touring Miami Beach during Pride Month, we would love to have you as our guest. Book a stay at our all-suite South Beach hotel by calling 1.877.688.4232 and celebrate with us!

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Stay for Less with IHG Rewards

FB_IHG-1Are you a member of IHG Rewards? The hotel loyalty program is intended to give you the freedom to do the things you love most and earn points while doing it anytime you stay at one of the 4,500+ IHG hotels worldwide, including Z Ocean Hotel South Beach. The points you earn can be redeemed for flights, merchandise, hotel nights, and much more!

The IHG Rewards program just got even better thanks to the launch of the new Your Rate program where IHG Rewards members can stay at our Miami Beach hotel at a lower rate. This rate is discounted from the best flexible rate and may vary depending on the dates you plan to stay. To receive the discounted rates, guests should book directly. Enjoy luxurious kind bed accommodations, oversized baths, and many more exciting amenities.

Some of the amenities you’ll enjoy at our South Beach hotel include a beach club with personalized service, the Z Spa and its various services like massages and facials, and a unique glass bottom pool. Our hotel is only a couple of feet from the beach and close to numerous Miami Beach hotspots like Lincoln Road, The Fillmore, and Lummus Park. You can also enjoy a great meal at the Front Porch Cafe located next door to the hotel.

Enjoy your IHG Rewards stay in one of the inviting suites at our Miami Beach hotel and stay at one of the best hotels in the barrier island. Please note that taxes and gratuities are not included in your discounted rate. Call 1.877.688.4232 or visit https://is.gd/CurDdy to make a reservation today!

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Happy Hour Drinks and Bites at Front Porch Cafe

FPhappyHourHow have you been spending these last couple of days of spring before the summer officially arrives? Whether it’s shopping on Lincoln Road, a good time clubbing with friends, dining or waking up to the sounds of the ocean with a stay a South Beach hotel, in Miami Beach there is absolutely no shortage of activities to make the most of the fantastic weather.

At the Front Porch Cafe, next door to Z Ocean Hotel South Beach on Ocean Drive, you can enjoy happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm in our breezeway bar with a cool drink to stave off the sultry summer heat.  Drop by after your workday or this weekend and take advantage of drink specials at half price plus a delicious selection of appetizers for less than their regular price. A blackened shrimp taco, fried calamari, or the always-dependable basket of fries and chicken wings represent a few of the appetizers you can munch on during happy hour. Watch the NBA Finals with your friends or fellow Front Porch Cafe patrons, or play a friendly round of pool during our happy hour and take a load off of responsibilities in an ambiance that’s perennially relaxed thanks to the nearness of the Atlantic Ocean and the beaches.

If you’d prefer a more fulfilling meal than an appetizer, the Front Porch Cafe provides a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu serving items such as French toast, The Porch Burger, and filet mignon, respectively.  Make your dining experience even better with a stay at one of the 79 inviting suites at our Miami Beach hotel and enhance your weekend with plenty of great amenities including spa treatments, a glass bottom pool, and much more.  Call 1.877.688.4232 to make a reservation today!

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Relax and Save Big During Miami Spa Month

miami-spa-monthWhen you’re looking to get pampered and refreshed, a visit to the spa can do your mind, body, and soul a tremendous amount of wonders. From easing tense muscles with a soothing massage to a mani or pedi that’ll leave you feeling like a movie star, Miami is acclaimed for its many spa retreats. Spas are so popular that the period of July 1st to August 31st has officially been dubbed Miami Spa Month.

The spas of greater Miami and the beaches are among the finest in the country. To celebrate Miami Spa Month, many of the best spas will be offering incredible savings on some of their best treatments.

At Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, we provide plenty of spa services for our guests at our Z Spa. Solo or couple massages in the comfort and privacy of your own elegant suite using champagne oil, a mud and sea salt body treatment, a revitalizing facial, or a champagne scrub mani or pedi are just a sample of the services we offer. These services are performed by our friendly and professional staff that are ready to help you make the most of your Miami Beach hotel experience and enjoy all of the perfect perks during Miami Spa Month.

Reservations for our Z Spa will be filling up quickly as we get closer to July, so make sure to call to set up your appointment early! Book a stay at our all-suite South Beach hotel by calling 1.877.688.4232 and you’ll be ready to enjoy Miami Spa Month and one of the best hotel experiences in the barrier island. We can’t wait to see you!

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Celebrate a Historic Day in Wilton Manors

stonewallPrideDid you miss out on the Miami Beach Pride festivities last month? No need to worry, several pride events are happening all throughout the month of June and one of the largest is the annual Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival & Parade. The festival earns its name from the riots that took place on June 18, 1969 when members of the LGBT community violently demonstrated against a police raid. The day has since become historic for being an important event that contributed significantly to the gay liberation movement and LGBT rights. You can still visit the site of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village to this day.

The Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival & Parade is among the largest community driven events of its kind in South Florida. Usually, it is attended by 20,000 to 30,000 individuals and families each year. Besides the parade, the event also features numerous street vendors, live performances, food trucks, and more. Wilton Manors is considered one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in South Florida, with a large community and several gay-owned businesses.

You won’t need to pay to attend the festival and parade, though donations are accepted. If you’re planning on attending, it will be held at Wilton Drive on June 18th, the same day as the Stonewall riots. Should you need a place to stay, our Miami Beach hotel is LGBT friendly and we would love to have you as our guest on this historic day. Call 1.877.688.4232 to book your stay at our South Beach hotel today and support a great cause!

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