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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 #112 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
Berlin
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Good value for the money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The location is fantastic directly at Espanola Way!!! Plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and supermarkets. The room was rather small but clean, for a reasonable price. Very friendly staff - all in all good value for the money!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The Clay Hotel has embarked on a refurbishment of its rooms. The rooms had been simple but comfortable. The new rooms are more up-to-date in design but they remain reasonably priced and fully comfortable. The location is two blocks from Ocean Avenue and the beach and two blocks south of Lincoln Road. The staff is very friendly and willing to provide the extra measure of help. I am a return guest. And will return to the hotel in the future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We recently visited Miami pre- and post-cruise. After staying at a similarly priced hotel on Biscayne, we had low expectations for a budget hotel in South Beach. The Clay Hotel was a marvelous surprise! Located off of Hispaniola Way (run the gauntlet of restauranteurs when returning home in the evening) and a brief walk away from Lincoln Road and 3 blocks from the North end of Lummus Park. The rooms were basic but clean and recently updated (no dingy grout here). The hotel staff were the best part - they were very helpful and stored our luggage both before and after. The common areas are non-existent but they are presently renovating the outdoor courts in beautiful tile. Indoor halls are dingy. The hotel is within walking distance to a range of restaurants and 4 doors down from a location where you can buy bus passes.

Room Tip: Some rooms may be a bit noisier if they face Hispaniola Way or Washington.
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here on a Saturday and Sunday night with spouse and two teens. Room was simple and comfortable and clean. Location cannot be beat. Hundreds of restaurants within a couple of blocks, many right outside the hotel. For the price and location, the Clay Hotel is a great value. The hotel also has a lot of charm and character. It has some small balconies in common areas where you can sit and watch all the action on Espanola way or just sit back and relax with your favorite beverage and the tropical breeze.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This hotel is in an amazing location - 2 blocks from the beach (walking distance). And it's on Espanola Way, which is an awesome street with outdoor dining and a great vibe. The rooms are basic, but clean. For the price it works great for a short stay in South Beach.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Ok it's not on the beach but look at the price. It is next to a street that comes alive at night and next to a great Cuban restaurant. There is free wi fi throughout the hotel. My biggest beef is the early check out time but with jet lag from Europe I was up anyway. The valet parking can get busy so allow 20 mins yo get your car

  • Stayed October 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

4 of us stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Hotel has nice decor and it's right above the restaurant. We booked rooms without bathroom to save some pennies and we were expecting a common bathroom shared with other guests. We were pleasantly suprised when given adjustment rooms with one bathroom to share which was perfect. Hotel doesn't have any lift so prepare to have someone stronger to carry the luggage!
Plus side;
Hotel is located 2 min walk away from the beach, opposite supermarket and on one of the most famous streets in Miami. Place is surrounded by best nightlife, bars, restaurants and boutiques (10 min walk to famous Dash shop of kardashians). Oceans Drive is 5 min away and most popular club Mansion is on the same street also few minutes walking distance. All together- locating is the best you could ask for!
Negative site;
Rats. There are non in the hotel however we saw a dead one outside. There is an A/C and the fan in the room. We were using A/C until at some point it started to smell of urine (and it wasn't human one). I complained to reception and they put some detergent there however it was still smelly so we were using the fan (If they would of offered us some free drinks at the bar or free car park for the day I wouldn't write this so something to think about Clay Hotel?). Also because it was raining heavilly around 3 a.m. fire alarm went off like 5 times and it was really loud!
If you are looking for a holiday when you want to sit at the hotel stay away from this place however if like me you are looking for something pleasant (it was when we were using the fan!) and with amazing location this is the place to be. I'm personally not very fussy and use hotel only to sleep and shower. Taking the location into consideration and lowest price on Miami Beach which is very expensive I would definitelly return again but use only the fan and hoping it won't rain during the night!

Room Tip: If you are a group of friends save money by sharing a bathroom between 2 rooms!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Ranked #112 of 206 Hotels 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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