I booked the Pelican because of the style and individuality of the rooms. We arrived from only to find that we had been moved next door to the Casa Grande Suites, an 'upgrade' according to the Pelican. They even had their own "Pelican key' so it's clearly a regular occurrence. The suite was very big but totally soulless and definitely not what I booked.
To be fair to the Pelican, the staff were very polite and the next day they did move us into the main hotel to the room we had booked - and it was a huge, fantastic room - the 'Fifties Executive' although right over the front terrace so noisy into the night. That isn't a complaint just an observation.
Breakfast wasn't served till 8am so if you're an early riser you'll have to go next door to the 24hr News Cafe for your early morning fix of coffee - but it's only steps away. 'Continental' breakfast is included according to Expedia - but it didn't include any of the things I think of as 'Continental' - juice, yoghurt, cereal, pastries .... It DOES include everything I think of as 'American' - eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes etc - again not a complaint - more of a warning if you're watching your waistline.
Dinner in the restaurant was very good and felt a lot more civilised than many of the other restaurants along that stretch of Ocean Drive.
Happy Hour included 2 free drinks each night - just a shame we arrived too late the first night.
This next bit doesn't refer specifically to the Pelican ......DON"T be tempted by the goldfish bowl cocktails available everywhere along Ocean Drive - we did on the first night and didn't ask the price - $40 a drink!! - way too big and not convinced there was that much alcohol in it. Ask for a regular sized (and regular priced - around $11-12) cocktail instead - buy 3 if you want to spend $40.
- 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, Florida
- Pelican Miami Beach