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Thanks for all the birthday wishes and for guessing where we were last weekend. You guys and gals are sure good at putting 2 and 2 together!
The second comment correctly identified us in Miami, and a remarkable number of readers identified the second picture as the view from the rooftop terrace suite of the Z Ocean Hotel, which is Priority Club hotel.
And one reader even identified the camera which we used to take the pictures!
If you had showed me a picture of a couple standing by the sea and a picture view from a hotel room, I wouldn’t have had a clue!
We had lots of Big Travel with Small Money over the weekend at South Beach Miami.
Our flights on Southwest airlines cost us ~$10 in taxes, and we redeemed 50,000 Priority Club points for 2 nights at the Z Ocean Hotel where we got upgraded to a city-view rooftop terrace suite with a jacuzzi. The rental car cost $51 for 2 days and parking was $36 for 2 days. Oh, and I used a Hyatt gift card from the Capital One Venture Rewards sign-up bonus to treat Emily to a massage.
I think I got a good deal for less than $100.
We went on an Art Deco tour of South Beach, since South Beach has one of the largest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. We saw some great examples of the Miami Art Deco style with nautical elements (amongst others) during out 1.5 hour walk.
The winner of the “Where are we” contest, as picked by the random number generator, is janet, who gets a framed print from the Official Art Deco Gift Shop of The Carlyle by artist Mark Rutkowski!
Z Ocean Hotel Winners
The Z Ocean Hotel found my blog post and was impressed by the number of folks who correctly guessed where we were staying. Here’s what they wrote in the comments:
Daraius, we’re excited how many people knew it was Z Ocean Hotel! It was fun to stumble upon your post & will be sure to follow your insightful blog. We hope you & Emily had a terrific weekend with us…Happy Birthday Emily! We’d love to send you Z Ocean Hotel water bottles & Lipstick Love Notes to add to your souvenir for the winner (& to all those who guessed us correctly). All the best!
The Z Ocean Hotel reached out to me via email and graciously offered to send EVERYONE who participated in the “Where are we” contest Z Ocean Hotel water bottles and Lipstick Love Notes!
How cool is that?
As I was researching hotels in Miami, I was very impressed with the high ranking which the hotel received in TripAdvisor. Our stay (and I’m not being influenced by their unexpected giveaway) was terrific and I can see why they are ranked 7 out of 202 hotels in Miami. I’ll write a full trip report soon.
I will be in touch with everyone who guessed where we were on how to get your Z Ocean Hotel gifts.
BOShappyflyer and myb821 – could you please send me your email address for the prize?
Once again, thanks for participating and a BIG thank you to the Z Ocean Hotel for such a generous gesture (not to mention being a hotel that gets how to use social media!)
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