My wife and I stayed one Saturday night at the Pelican Hotel when we were in town for a concert; we really wish we could have stayed longer. This boutique hotel in South Beach has built-in attractions of the beach, the busy Ocean Avenue location, and a bar/restaurant nightlife as well as nicely furnished rooms with a distinct atmosphere. On arriving, be prepared that if it's a weekend or otherwise a time when the traffic is heavy, it can take 15 minutes to travel 5 blocks. Since parking almost requires the valet, it is easier to arrive while traveling southbound on Ocean as opposed to northbound-southbound there is a yellow curb where cars can park for the valet service-it is efficient and allows in and out use of the car for a $25 daily charge. There are steps up through the bar/cafe/restaurant to the check-in desk but the valet will carry your luggage if you wish. Check-in was friendly and also efficient (single desk clerk), the online reservation was in place, and any questions answered at that time. The room charge includes 2 drinks per person at the Pelican's happy hour (4-6 PM) as well as a nice breakfast choice. We stayed on the third floor in the "Executive Thirties" queen bed, ocean-view suite, which is on the top floor in the southeast corner of the hotel with corner windows (which also open) which displays a fantastic view of Ocean Avenue as well as the park and beach across the avenue-really nice. The windows are double-pane so the traffic noise was not any concern. The late night DJ bass could still be heard through 1:00 AM or so, which did not bother me but might bother lighter sleepers-a room toward the back may be the tradeoff (no view, less noise). The rooms have nice oak floors and designs which go with each rooms motif (check the website for examples). Our room had 30's style cabinets, doors, bathroom fixtures, shower, and lounge chairs and table-but the bed was really comfortable and the room had a swinging/moveable large screen TV and iPod speaker to crank music. There's also a room safe and refrigerator; everything very clean and well-maintained. The suite was actually a fairly large rectangle, with the bed on one end and a table with four chairs, and three lounge chairs on the other toward the east windows. Waking up to the sunrise shining through the palm trees across Ocean Avenue was a real treat (we left the shades open but all can be closed for total darkness). We were only there about 18 hours but wish we could have stayed longer and will not hesitate to return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hotel Miami Beach
- Pelican Miami Beach