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“Right on Ocean Drive” 5 of 5 stars
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Pelican Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   826 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #20 of 200 hotels in Miami Beach
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Right on Ocean Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is located right on Ocean Drive so right when you walk outside you have the beach right in front of you. The restaurant serves great food and the bar is great as well. I did not meet a staff member that was unfriendly. I would definitely recommend this place to other people.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you FtLaudyFred for your review. If you get a chance follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and specials. www.facebook.com/pelicanhotel.

Cheers,

The Pelican Team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just 2 blocks down from, and much quieter than, the legendary Clevlander Hotel, this was a perfect getaway pick. The Art deco rooms were very stylishly designed and comfortable. Staff was friendly and the free happy hour was refreshingly intoxicating!
Free beach towels and giant beach loungers were complimentary and comfortable which made our "people watching people watching people" on south beach all that more enjoyable - Did I mention that many sunseekers on south beach are topless? ;-)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Happy to learn you enjoyed your time with us. Looks like you travel often to South Beach, please contact us directly on your return visit. We often have loyalty rates for our repeat clients. Remember to follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and specials. www.facebook.com/pelicanhotel.

Cheers
Lupe Castillo
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Lawton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Every room has a different theme! Pretty cool hotel considering I booked on Hotwire! Was a bit leary to book with them, but pleasantly surprised with the hotel selection!

Pros: front desk staff super friendly and great customer service, crazy unique room designs, heart of SoBe/Ocean Drive - so in the middle of the action, open bar for Happy Hour - not cheap free drinks they are the ultra-premium drink...but free, beach is across the street with complimentary beach chairs for guests, our waitress was awesome - wish I could remember her name!!

Cons: Beds were the HARDEST as HARD we've ever slept on, AC unit was noisy and weak but we had a nice fan in the room, retro bathrooms - but clean, no view - at least our room did not have a view and we had twin beds!

My husband and I stayed for our anniversary, as we were heading back north from the Keys. To our surprise, we were there in this midst of the BCS Championship game action. Super fun and tons of stuff in SoBe and fun to be amongst the crwds - if you like that kind of thing! Close to fabulous restaurants, although the hotel restaurant has fabulous food...and drinks!

Love this location, wonderful staff and crazy room designs but wish the beds were more comfortable!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
We are truly grateful for your review. During the month of February (21 - 24) we have the The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival -another great time to visit the Pelican Hotel.

On behalf of the team, congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for the recommendation.

Regards,
Lupe Castillo
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The Pelican is a great hotel with very nice service and good food in the restaurant. The rooms are nice, clean and fairly big, and the bathrooms are very nice. Stayed here three nights in January, and have no complaints whatsoever.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
On behalf of the entire team, thank you for your kind review. We truly hope that should your travels bring you back to south beach you will consider staying with us again.

Regards,
Lupe Castillo
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Peekskill, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Hands down, in terms of decor and design, the most original and fun hotel I've been to. Every room has a different theme! Pros: front desk staff great, complimentary bottle of wine, unique design, heart of SoBe/Ocean Drive, open bar, not noisy at all, beach is across the street!!! Cons: restaurant staff not that nice, being on Ocean Drive means dealing with crowds and restaurant people trying to reel you in constantly right out the door, our bed was HARD as a rock, AC unit was noisy and weak, shower had mold (but it was a cool shower otherwise!). My guy and I appreciated staying there, but we won't choose this place again (not just because of the hotel, though, mostly because of location...Ocean Drive/SoBe is not for us we discovered).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear Xtina,

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we not only meet your expectations but exceed it. Know that your feed back is very important to us. If you could send me an email with the details of the room that you stayed in I would truly appreciate it.

My email address is : Lupe@pelicanhotel.com

Thank you again,

Lupe
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San Diego, CA
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My bf and I stayed here for 2 nights right before new year's eve. Not only is the hotel in a good spot (on ocean drive - RIGHT across the street from the beach!), they have a very eclectic style. They gave a choice between the executive king room with view of the ocean or the king deluxe room (located one door over). Both rooms we toured had DIFFERENT styles! We obviously chose the room with the view because the view won us over. The front desk staff/restaurant staff are very friendly. Their open bar HH for guests is such an amazing deal.

One con - we were in the executive king room on the SECOND floor...and the music and street noise was VERY loud. So if you're looking for something quieter, try to get the higher floor.

Room Tip: 2nd floor executive king room with view is loud from the music from restaurant below and street nois...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear Tkietika,

Thanks for the great review. It's a pleasure to have serve you and we look forward to your return. We will be sure to assign a higher floor for your next visit.

Best regards,

Lupe Castillo & The Pelican Team
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Pelican. The staff is friendly, the rooms are nicely and originally decorated and the free cocktails for guests between 4 and 6pm are a major plus!
The only downside was the very restricted view from our room and some noise from a waste removal van quite early in the morning, but overall we would highly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hello Stephan,

Thank you so much for your kind review and for your referral. Should your travels bring you back to south beach please be sure to contact us directly. It would be our pleasure to extend a special loyalty rate.

Best regards,

The Pelican Team
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Address: 826 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#25 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#27 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pelican Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A toy-hotel decorated with taste and no compromises, playing around different styles, recycled furniture and objects in an exquisite design and contemporary flair. At the Pelican, you see dining rooms from the 40's, refrigerator's from the 30's, sideboards stolen from a whorehouse, schools and churches for a paramount visual result, emphasizing the trends of the underground culture, movies (John Waters, Pedro Almodovar) and Disney cartoons. ... more   less 
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