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“Great time, hard beds!!” 4 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 #16 of 202 Hotels in Miami Beach
Salem, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great time, hard beds!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The two of us friends shared a twin room. It was small but adequate for space. The bathroom was big but sink, mirror, everything was in the room which made getting ready tricky. Also, bathroom not ventilated so made getting ready much more sticky! The AC in the room was nice and cold. The fridge and water was a nice touch. There is also a safe. Although, everything felt safe enough. We really enjoyed the decor, and the flatscreen TV. The beds however, so hard. So hard. They really need to add some sort of memory foam topper. DIdn't sleep well because of that. Would have been a 5 star review otherwise.
We ended up eating 2 extra meals in the lobby restaurant in addition to breakfast and happy hour. We appreciated both quite a bit! We stayed for July 4th and were right across from the fireworks, awesome! Would maybe stay here again, not sure with the beds.....

Room Tip: stay toward the back, our room was nice and quiet!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mount Vernon, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We stayed in the Viva Las Vegas room, and really enjoyed our stay. The hotel was clean, the rooms were fun but small, and the lobby was not air conditioned. We love the character and charm of this art deco district hotel! The staff were very friendly, helpful, and went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Enjoy the flavor of the room you get--each one is different and festively themed!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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London
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Stayed here for three nights at the end of our annual vacation in Florida. There were so many hotels to choose from in the same location and I was really attracted to the Pelica by its website and the TA star rating that it had. It certainly lived up to expectation from the minute we walked through the door. The staff couldn't have been more helpful or more friendly throughout the stay. A two-minute walk and we were right on the beach, too. The hotel provides beach towels and sun loungers. Great breakfasts, too, each morning on the terrace, part of Pelican Cafe. I couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough ! Will definitely return when next in Miami Beach !

Room Tip: My understanding is that all the rooms are quiet although one can always aske for a room further in...
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

What a perfect spot! Restaurant has amazing food, tasty mojitos from the bar.... All the staff are friendly and personable. My room was kinda creepy - half way to hollywood - it reminded me of sleeping at my grandma's house in the 80's. However, it was unique, and the bathroom was large and spotless. I would absolutely stay again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review. We have a great room called "flower Power" that is a softer theme. We are confident you will love the decor.

Best regards from the Pelican team!
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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed at the Pelican for three nights during May 2013. We had an amazing experience. The check in staff was very friendly and helpful, and we also got upgraded, which gave us a beautiful room with a great ocean view.

The rooms are very clean and nicely furnished. It has all the necessary amenities, as well as complimentary wifi. Breakfast was included in our rate, as well as beach towels and the use of sunbeds on the beach.

The hotel is on Ocean drive in walking distance of all the attractions and beaches. The road can get noisy, but we expected that on the beach. I will definitely stay here again, and recommend it to my friends.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 303, beautiful view, and nice and big as well!
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The staff at Pelican Hotel was absolutely, hands down THE BEST!!! From the time I checked-in to the last minute of my departure. I was completely exhausted upon arrival. I was greeted with champagne and a room key. No worries...Just Relax. Later on before going to dinner there was a knock on my door...a staff member offered a printed forecast for the next day + LIP GLOSS!!! I knew then I was at the PERFECT place. Pelican guest receives COMPLIMENTARY chair w/cushion and towel rentals on South Beach...(Umberella $15) COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST and HAPPY HOUR DAILY!!! As I prepared to check-out I left behind a pair of (Just Purchased) shoes...Well, as I waited out front of the hotel I received a call from Miguel!!! He had the shoes!!! He then rushed them out to me at the curb/valet!!! Mai was absolutely amazing. Anything I needed she was more than happy to assist, WITH A SMILE!!! The accommodations were clean and quite comfortable. I love the feel of a "BOUTIQUE HOTEL"...where every room is "DIFFERENT"..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, June 24, 2013
Dear Ms. Dee,

It was a true pleasure having you here with us and hope that you will give us the opportunity to pamper you again in the near future.

On behalf of the team,

Cheers!!!

Lupe Castillo
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

we stayed at the pelican hotel for 5 nights. The staff are very good and were helpful.
We were given the "Aka 70" room. The furniture, walls, table and lamp in the room look very old as if they were never maintained rather than a retro look. Overall the hotel has a musty smell but not bad. We had a good sleep without any disturbance as compared to what we had heard from other reviews.
The hotel is on ocean drive and right across the beach and in the middle of all activities.
Almost forgot to mention, you get free alcoholic drinks between 5 & 7 pm if you are staying at the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#19 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#27 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pelican Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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