Here we go. What can I say about the Clevelander? Let’s preface this with the notions that I have been visiting SOBE since 98 and had lived there for a short time as well.
I went with a bunch of friends to the Clevelander for a Bachelor party. This is my 2nd bachelor party hotel review on trip advisor. The first of which was a review of the hotel mine was at in New Orleans (much better Location for a bachelor party).
Let’s start with the review of the hotel itself. This place is a SOBE Landmark. One of the hotels that appear lit up in night time shots on the fronts of postcards. They closed the hotel for a while to do some much needed renovating. Many improvements were made. Still the overall look and feel of the hotel is the same. Additions include 2 rooftop lounges, improved rooms, and a huge stage over the pool. The lobby is cleaner and larger. There is a sports bar now on premise and I am sure there are other improvements that I am missing here. The most important improvement is the cleanliness of the rooms and hotel overall. Although a landmark, the Cleve was a real dump. Dirty and sticky with the feel of an old hotel in an aging beach town. The staff at the Clevelander was accommodating and helpful. We had reserved tables on Sat and Sun, days poolside and were treated with kindness and like honored guests. The management was accommodating and unlike some experiences I have had in similar situations. There did not seem to be any surprise charges or extras on the bill. I was however completely hung over when we checked out. The rooms were cleaned nicely every day regardless of how much of a hell hole we left them. The rooms themselves were tiny. Probably one of the smallest double rooms I have ever stayed in. That being said they are modern and decently appointed. They are clean and new as well. The bathrooms are also tiny but they are new and clean and have modern fixtures that give off the feeling of being in a boutique hotel.
The food at the hotel is kind of like at a Hard Rock Café or Planet Hollywood. It is decent quality bar type food at very high prices. With so many great places to eat in this town don’t waste your money unless you are like my friends and I and are way too drunk to organize and move out. We ordered room service one very late night or early morning, to put it better and it came on time and without mistake. Same type of food, Chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, ECT.
The reason why people stay here is the location. The Clevelander is located right smack in the middle of ocean drive. If you DON'T know anything about SOBE you would think this is the place to be and be seen. It actually kind of has a Cancun Spring Break feel. If that is what you are looking for than this is your Hotel. They played Loud Hip Hop until 4 AM and tourists from all over getting drunk at the pool. It’s like a rap video minus the gunshots. Ocean drive itself has become an extension of that culture. Morons in rental Ferraris with oversized T-shirts and matching hats cat calling women walking on the sidewalk ruining people’s dinner. The real south beach exists off ocean in hidden spots where the DJ’s don’t have to speak over the music to get the crowd going and celebrities and models can mingle with regular people without being bombarded and annoyed. Miami doesn’t even get good until after 3 AM and the weekends best parties are daytime poolside at places that make the Clevelander look like a hotel at the Jersey Shore. But if you need to be told that then you are probably not looking for that kind of fun and you don’t need this review.
Overall my stay at the Clevelander was a good one. I had a great time with my friends and the weekend went off without a hitch. No one got locked on the roof for 2 days and we didn’t steal a tiger. We did have a good time though. Would I go back to the Clevelander? No. Would I suggest it to Friends? No. would I Suggest it to someone who has never been to SOBE and is looking for a place that is always a party? Yes. Do I Still Love that town? Absolutely!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clevelander brings an adult playground experience to Miami Beach being the only legendary party hotel. A 70-year tradition of fun is enhanced more than ever thanks to a complete renovation of its boutique hotel featuring 60 cozy rooms, Rock Star Suites, ground floor poolside bars, Game On Sports Bar, C-Level Rooftop Terrace and SPF4 Sundeck. Clevelander is known for being at the center of it all on South Beach in the middle of the famous Ocean Drive. Clevelander is a full-service nightlife venue featuring live entertainment 7 days a week. Clevelander is famous for epic bachelor, bachelorette, holiday and birthday parties. Clevelander is a large and versatile venue hosting groups for corporate meetings up to 1000 guests. Clevelander Hotel accepts Bitcoin currency for all products and services on property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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