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“"WOW, what an awesome place to stay"” 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 #16 of 202 Hotels in Miami Beach
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“"WOW, what an awesome place to stay"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

My wife and I stayed for 3 days here over Cinco De Mayo and for our first time in Miami Beach, this was the perfect place. Right in the middle of everything. The staff were amazing and polite. I would recommend Room #302. Didn't have any issue with noise. A true gem, where you could see the water, but you had to see it through the palm trees, LOL. The room was comfortable and well maintained. Can't say enough about the food and drinks. Bartenders and waitress were awesome as well. Beach towels were provided everyday or even multiple times a day if needed as long as you returned them. The beach was very cool as well. Everyday chairs with padding were set up for you (that was nice). Over all a GREAT experience here.

Room Tip: Not sure if there was a swimming pool or a fitness room...we never got that far.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PelicanHotelSobe, General Manager at Pelican Hotel, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on trip advisor. We are delighted you had a great stayed with us.
I will make sure to inform the staff about your experience with them. We hope to see you next time on your next visit to south beach.


Best Regards


Lupe Castillo
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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I spent 5 days with a friend in this hotel, and from the moment we arrived, we received a warm and kind welcoming, starting with the guy at the front desk, and following with the people from the restaurant, the bar and the room service.
The room was very nice, and had everything we needed, we also got beach towels, 2 beach chairs, 2 free drinks during happy hour, and breakfast (no drinks included) with the rate we paid.
I highly recommend this hotel, great location, great customer service, great food.

Room Tip: Look first at the web page, cause every room has a special decoration.
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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, May 16, 2014
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us on trip advisor. We are glad you had a great experience at our Hotel. I will make sure to share it with the rest of the pelican team for doing a good job. We hope to see you next time on your next visit to South Beach.


Have a great day.

Best Regards.

Lupe Castillo.
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This place is not sound proof at all as I can hear everything the people next door are saying and the people in the hallway. I have no idea what the walls in between the rooms are made of because I can feel our neighbours walking around and dropping stuff which makes my bedframe vibrate???? And there is a really odd smell to our room.

I was excited about it having theme rooms but ours looks like a grandmothers cottage, not really what I thought I'd get in South Beach. But you do get 2 free drinks for happy hour and you're close to the beach

Room Tip: bring earplugs or a sound machine
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, May 3, 2014
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and shared your experience with us. Please accept our apologies, hoping next time you can give us the opportunity to take care of you.

have a great day.



Lupe Castillo
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

What a gem of a hotel...the Pelican in Miami Beach is funky, fun and affordable! My husband and I were able to enjoy an overnight getaway in Miami in the middle of a family vacation. The Pelican is across the street from the public beach, however with complimentary beach chairs with cushions (who knew??) that are set up for you, it feels more like a resort. An even better surprise were the complimentary drinks during the daily 4-6 pm happy hour at the bar. Every room has a unique decor/theme. You'd never live in zebra prints so why not have some fun on vacation?!? They accommodated my request to sub out the queen bed for 2 twins and made us a king! (Grazie Mentore!) complimentary cold bottled water and yummy bkfst were also great touches! Super accommodating staff, fun music in the lobby/cafe was nonstop but we never heard a peep once we were in the room. The Pelican had the right balance for us and we would definitely come back!!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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, April 26, 2014
Thank you so much for your review. We are looking forward to see you next time on your next visit to south beach

Warm Regards,

Lupe Castillo
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Verona, Italy
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I love this hotel it's so fancy...good food,excellent position,nice people,rooms are all different,the designer is the same of the brand Diesel, they give you towels and as a real boutique hotel you can choose lots of things to buy ,i will be back there as soon as possible,best in Miami

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, April 26, 2014
Good Afternoon,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are delighted that we made a difference during your stay, hoping to see you next time you are in south beach.


Have a great day.

Lupe Castillo.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I booked the Pelican because of the style and individuality of the rooms. We arrived from only to find that we had been moved next door to the Casa Grande Suites, an 'upgrade' according to the Pelican. They even had their own "Pelican key' so it's clearly a regular occurrence. The suite was very big but totally soulless and definitely not what I booked.

To be fair to the Pelican, the staff were very polite and the next day they did move us into the main hotel to the room we had booked - and it was a huge, fantastic room - the 'Fifties Executive' although right over the front terrace so noisy into the night. That isn't a complaint just an observation.

Breakfast wasn't served till 8am so if you're an early riser you'll have to go next door to the 24hr News Cafe for your early morning fix of coffee - but it's only steps away. 'Continental' breakfast is included according to Expedia - but it didn't include any of the things I think of as 'Continental' - juice, yoghurt, cereal, pastries .... It DOES include everything I think of as 'American' - eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes etc - again not a complaint - more of a warning if you're watching your waistline.

Dinner in the restaurant was very good and felt a lot more civilised than many of the other restaurants along that stretch of Ocean Drive.

Happy Hour included 2 free drinks each night - just a shame we arrived too late the first night.

This next bit doesn't refer specifically to the Pelican ......DON"T be tempted by the goldfish bowl cocktails available everywhere along Ocean Drive - we did on the first night and didn't ask the price - $40 a drink!! - way too big and not convinced there was that much alcohol in it. Ask for a regular sized (and regular priced - around $11-12) cocktail instead - buy 3 if you want to spend $40.

Room Tip: If you can't sleep with noise ask for a room away from the front when you book - even higher up...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, May 5, 2014
Thank you for reviewing our hotel. Our goal was to exceed your expectations by upgrading you to our one bedroom fully furnished ocean front apartment located next to our hotel. This beautiful 950 Sq apartment has been completely renovated and features a full living rooms space and modern open kitchen and comes with all of the services extended at the Pelican Hotel.

Thank you for your kind feed back and on behalf of our team, we thank you for allowing us the opportunity to host you during your recent visit and hope to see you soon at the Pelican Hotel.
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Additional Information about Pelican Hotel

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:
#16 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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