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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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“We liked it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2006

I stayed at the Clay last year for a few nights before we went on a cruise out of Miami. Altho it is very basic, our room was clean, cool and comfortable. I really liked the chill out area at the top of the stairs and the little balony looking out over the street. They had a super little street market and a great art gallery across the road. I spent many a happy minute looking out over the comings and goings. It was just a short walk to the beach and the shops and a great tattooist! There are lots of nice places to eat nearby and the breakfast at the clay is fabulous.
The staff were really helpful (i was on board ship when i discovered i had left my favourite shoes in the room, i emailed them and they kept them safe for me until we got back).
I enjoyed the time i spent there.

Stayed September 2005
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

I don't know what people are complaining about in regards to The Clay. Maybe some of the private rooms are nicer than others. I didn't see any of the hostel dorm rooms because I stayed in one of the private rooms with my boyfriend for five nights last week (March 13-18), but I can say with complete honesty that our room was just fine. The bathroom was clean and the shower had great water pressure. The bedroom was small but certainly adequate for our needs, had a digital air conditioner (which worked very well), a comfortable, clean bed, there was no odor to the room at all, and we had a variety of cable channels on the TV (although occasionally the sound seemed to go a little crazy on the set). Our sheets and towels were changed out every day by a cleaning person, and at night it was definitely quiet enough to sleep. Our possessions were safe in our room, and we felt safe in the hotel in general and even walking to it late at night. The Clay's young, international staff was also very friendly. The commons area was clean with several large tables and chairs to eat meals at, and there were three computers with Internet access for $0.07/minute, which isn't bad for hotel rates!

My boyfriend and I agreed we would stay at The Clay again if we returned to South Beach. You can't beat it for less than $100 night! Sure it isn't a five star hotel with a coffee maker in the room or free breakfasts (and face it, most hotel breakfasts are awful anyway), but it was definitely a clean, safe place to stay and that was all we needed. An elevator would've been nice, but three flights of stairs is not bad unless you have a physical disability or one really enormous suitcase. The Clay has a lot of character too: lots of international students and different languages to hear, and unique, pretty paintings on the hotel hallway walls. It was right next door to a popular Mexican restaurant that looked delicious, but we never got a chance to actually eat there. Maybe next time!

Oh, and whoever said it wasn't close enough to the beach is a little confused. It was quite close, I assure you, as we walked quickly to the beach from the hotel each day. In fact, The Clay was an IDEAL South Beach location--we walked to a variety of awesome restaurants, shops and clubs from the hotel. We only needed a cab to go to the Miami Seaquarium and to and from the airport!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

The room was very basic but clean with good location and that's all we needed. Espanola Way is a nice and also safe street with restaurants, shops and bars and you only have to walk 5 minutes to get to the beach.
I preferred to stay a bit further away from the buzz of the Ocean Drive and I don't think we would have ever even ended up to this part of the town if our hotel would have been right next to the beach.

Our friends had a room in a hotel in Collins Ave. which cost twice as much as our room and had rotten ceilings, no fridge and no towels provided.

76$ per night saves you a lot of money to other activities, you don't go to a vacation to spend all your time in a comfortable hotel room?

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2006

If you are looking to save money this is your place if you want to share your room with mosquitos. The carpets are worn & nasty. In one of the three rooms we rented the bathroom floor was caving in & covered with a rug. We didn't feel safe returning to our rooms via the dark alley with abandoned bldgs. The hotel isn't in walking distance of the beach. For all the money the hotels are making with tourists, they should put it back into the hotels with renovations. The staff was very friendly. Only provided towels, no washclothes.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2006

We stayed for 5 days at the Clay hotel in a semi-private room (shared the bathroom). We called ahead and asked for a quiet room and were completely satisfied. Our room was clean and quiet, the maid came every day. We never had a problems with the shared bathroom. We did have bad TV reception, but when we complained to the manager he gave us an upgrade to a completely private room. It's certainly not luxury, but its a good price, and very close to the beach and Lincoln Road. As a New Yorker, I know how it feels to pay a lot and be in a small and or icky place. Clay surpassed our expectations.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2006

After spending a couple of nights in a dorm room the hotel room seemed like luxury! Where the dorm was cramped,even by dorm standards, the room was spacious and very clean and above all quiet! Dont expect any real luxury but for the price its excellent. The staff at reception were extremely friendly and helpful, much more so than i have experienced in many higher classed hotels, and as for its location? Its perfect! In conclusion its well worth paying a little extra for a room rather than a dorm and if theres 2 of you then the difference is minimal, but as i found the rooms get booked up, particually at weekends so book early!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2006

The clay hotel was a lovely place to stay... We stayed 8 nights in a double room and really enjoyed....
It s very close to the beach and to the supermarket if u need anything. The staff was nice and espanola way is gorgeous...especially durieng the week end with the market. it is the perfect place for somebody who wants to enjoy south beach and a latino atmosphere !

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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Ranked #109 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Clay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 130
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