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The Clay Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1438 Washington Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #105 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Adelaide, Australia
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41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“3 & a Half Stars!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Clay was the most affordable option for our week long stay in south beach. The room was very very basic. A bed in a room with a tv. Bathroom basic also. No lifts & many different apartment looking blocks that are all part of this hotel. We had to walk right to the back of the street to find our hotel block. There are no fancy frills here and at first I was maybe a little worried! Having said all that, this was probably my most memorable stay (in a good way) of our 7 weeks of exploring USA. The side street the hotel in located on is just gorgeous! Cute restaurants, frozen yoghurt stores, art gallery & dress shop. The location is very Close to the beach. The guys at the front desk were helpful with bus timetables & let us check in early which was a bonus! Our friends staying in a 'nicer' hotel down the other end of town were so jealous of our location. If you're looking for a chain style fancy hotel, this isn't for you. But we would book again for the right price!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hotel was perfect for a 3-day stay in South Beach for my college daughter and me. Two blocks to the beach, walking distance to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. Charming boutique hotel with common sitting areas, small balconys overlooking Espinosa Way and extremely accommodating staff. The hotel totally exceeded my expectations. Some of the on-line reviews were quite negative so I didn't know what to expect. Granted, the rooms are basic and you won't find a Heavenly bed here. The rooms are clean and fresh. Our room was equipped with a dorm-size refrig, microwave, coffee maker and hair dryer. We had a family room which was almost like a suite since the double beds were separated by the bathroom. South Beach is no bargain (think Manhattan). A comparable hotel in the suburbs would be half the price. However, for South Beach, you can't go wrong.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This hotel is located in the hart of the action, espaniola way its a nice street with charming restaurants, rooms are basic but clean and confortable bed. The loby is on wasintong avenue, but rooms are over the restaurants located on first fllor behind the lobby. There are no elevators, so dont bring lots of luggage or you will regreat. If you are use to have bellboys and some more " occidental" book the courtyard wich is only 50 mts to the north and with all the amenities that brand offers. For me the hotel was better than expected, some times it smells food on the hall but not in the room ( at leats the one i go) . A bit of noise from the street , but YOU ARE IN THE MIDDEL OF THE ACTION, that is to be expected. Be aware that hotels in this area are not cheap.If you have mobility or back problems DONT BOOK HERE

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Perhaps it was our fault for booking our stay to the last minute. I often and always give companies, organizations, businesses a benefit of doubt when it comes to using marketing ploys and tactics. I work in marketing and I know the tricks of the trade quite well. But I must admit I was shocked at how basic, messy and "un-glam" it claimed to be when we checked in. We paid close to $350 for a basic room. Albeit booked last minute, I was still expecting a fairly reasonable accomodation for that price. If we knew it would look like that, we would have splurged to stay at hostel for more than half of the price. The hallways were under renovation and dusty. At least give a discount rather than charging full price! Lesson here - never wait to the last minute.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

This "hotel", parts of which aren't even connected to the main building, has NO HEAT and NO ELEVATORS. The temperature in our room, which we had to walk up 5 floors with our luggage, was in the 50s at night. No space heaters were available. Their solution was bringing extra blankets to us. The water in the shower never got past lukewarm.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Babylon, New York
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I stayed at The Clay Hotel for two nights during Cinco de Mayo. Couldn't have picked a better hotel for the festivities. We received coupons for free drinks and a discount on dinner for any restaurant on Espanola Way. The rooms were clean and had the basics. The location was great, a short walk from the beach and popular bars. There is no bellhop and some of the rooms are up a very steep flight of steps. Also, the hotels over Espanola Way could be noisy if you're not a night person. Overall, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London UK
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86 reviews 86 reviews
74 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

First of all, this hotel probably has the BEST location of budget hotels in Miami. Of course, not on Ocean Drive, where you pay rates starting at 299 per night, but on the very nice pedestrian Esplanada Way, just a few yards from Ocean Drive

Of course this is budget style, but it was clean and folks were friendly. Is you don't want to spend too much but still want to be cloise to all the hotspots of south beach - this is the place

Of course it is a busy neighborhood - so take a few drinks if you want a good night sleep, for the rest - enjoy the vibe

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1438 Washington Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
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Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Clay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 130
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