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The Clay Hotel
Ranked #105 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is an inexpensive tourist hotel. You get what you pay for. I have no complaints. The hotel was pleasant, as was our room. It was small with minimal amenities, but that was what we expected, so it was fine. The hotel evidently has a problem with clients walking off with whatever can be lifted, so there wasn't much to lift, e.g. there's no coffee maker in the room, when that has become almost universal in hotels. (Cuban coffee to go is available just a few doors down at the Flamingo Cafe, where the staff will happily allow you to practice your Spanish. The staff at Ciao Bello, just next door, will likewise help you brush up on your Italian, but the coffee is twice as expensive.) The staff at the Clay was friendly and helpful. Valet parking was $20, which is reasonable depending on what you're used to. Espanola Way was a bit noisy, but it's a fun street full of good food and drink. The reviewer who complained about his $23 pizza didn't look very hard for alternatives. (See my review of Havana 1957, which is directly across the street from the Clay.)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed at The Clay in November 2011. The location of this hotel is very central, in a charming little alley, surrounded by nice bars, restaurants and palm trees, and only 5 minutes away from the beach. It is very easy to walk to all the main attractions of Miami Beach from there, and public transport links to other parts of Miami are also good. The Clay is also relatively cheap for the area.

However, we were disappointed by the rooms, which were not of the standard we were expecting after checking the hotel's website. Our room was in need of renovation, and not as clean as we might have hoped. A bar was located on the floor below us, and we had to swap rooms in the middle of the night due to the noise. This being said, it remains a decent budget option for Miami Beach (if you can avoid the rooms on the first floor, just above the bar).

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

I really liked this hotel. I have stayed in luxury resorts and this is not. I have stayed in hostels abroad and this is not but maybe closer to budget hotel. No elevator. Very comfortable feel. It was very clean. We stayed in a suite in the back. Room 15. It was perfect. Two double beds, AC and ceiling fans, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen TVs. Walking distance to everywhere. Near to the beach and all the cool restaurants and Lincoln Mall Road. We loved it! Price was perfect. Left the car in parking garage. No need for it. Will be back again.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Stayed at the clay in November 2012
rooms looked run down, in need of renovation.....MAJOR RENOVATION
ACs were off when we arrived to our room. .....which is a good green initiative if no one is staying in the room, but makes a very stale/stuffy/humid welcome to the guest
the walls looked like they were broken apart,patched up, repeat. Not in an antique old spain kind of way
bed was comfy and plenty of extra covers/pillows available. that was a plus
bathroom was stuffy/humid smelled like water damage had occurred. which makes sense when you factor in the lack of ac being turned on and a closed window and closed bathroom door.
no ac in the hallways either, but that was no issue to me
the floors throughout the hotel and room creaked and felt uneven.
lots of closet space was a plus
view of a building, not so good
TV had a LOT of channels that did not work
location on hispanola way is great. yes, you do have to carry your luggage up the stairs, but thats not so bad when you consider an old hotel built long ago that may not have the ability to alter the structure to create an elevator. so if you cant handle a few minutes of manual labor, suck it up and stay somewhere else. otherwise, petition for a bellman to carry your bags if you MUST stay here

Overall, the space and necessary items were available and suited the price. The location made the price a steal. The ambiance, and appearance was not good enough for the price however.

i would only come back here if i needed a place to crash after drinking. no other reason at all. Staff didnt even make an impression on me.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I booked this hotel because it was inexpensive, so I didn't expect anything fancy. But I was in Miami Beach for a wedding, and my room was directly over the alley way of Espanola, where restaurants and bars line both sides of the tiny street. There were no alternate rooms at the hotel, no fan to give me some white noise, and at 2 a.m., I finally had to leave and go to another hotel. In addition, as I was up and down so many times, I noticed that the plastic that had wrapped the box springs was torn to shreds, and no one had ever bothered to remove it, making it look really awful. The staff was kind and understanding, and credited my bill, so it didn't cost me anything, but if you need to sleep, you might want to find another place, or at least a room farther from the party!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed one night at the Clay. It was very comfortable and conveniently located. We had requested a renovated room with balcony and we were located on the second floor overlooking Espanola Way. This might be a bit noisy location for some, but we enjoyed the soft sounds and music of a late-night party. There are several nice restaurants on the block. We particularly enjoyed the Kone restaurant, great seafood though some may find it a bit overpriced. Given the room had a refrigerator and microwave, we were surprised it did not have a coffee maker. Unfortunately, the coffee shop just downstairs does not open until 11 AM. However, the grocery store across Washington Avenue has great coffee and danish. The room might be a bit small for a prolonged stay of more than two people, but for our overnight on the way to the keys, the three of us were quite comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Before booking our stay, I read many mixed reviews. Some were good and some were definitely not.
I took the chance and booked one night. My wife and I ended up staying for 5 nights! I have no complaints.
Their cheapest room with private bath was clean and totally satisfactory. TV, safe, fridge, stove-top, hot water.
The Clay is not your typical hotel with all the rooms in a main building. Rather, it is several buildings which have been made into a long sprawling hotel. That means, you may have a room in the main building or a room a quarter of a block away or a room a block away. This is not really a problem unless it is raining. But hey, if you don't want adventure stay at home!
The location of The Clay could not be better! Right on Washington and Espaniola Way! Espaniola Way is a great little one-way street that is closed to vehicle traffic most of the time. This allows people to stroll at ease, shop and enjoy great dining on the walkways which a strewn with dining tables... Awesome for people watching, having good food and drink!
On Washington Ave you'll have no trouble catching a cab if you need to go far. And if you are walking, enjoy an easy stroll to the beach, Ocean Blvd, night clubs, shopping, and even more dining!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 1438 Washington Ave, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4110
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
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Hotel Style:
#20 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $107 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Clay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located two short blocks from the beach and steps from the charming shops, outdoor bars, restaurants and intimate cafes that line lush and romantic Española Way, The Clay mixes Mediterranean Spanish flair with contemporary comfort, transporting guests to a relaxing home away from home where architectural details and artwork by the noted Cuban landscape painter Pedro Amador resonate with those who appreciate culture and community. ... more   less 
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