During my first visit to Miami Beach in 2004 I walked by this place many times, and even from the outside I knew it was somewhere I would want to stay in the future. Well that future finally came this weekend and I'm pleased to say the hotel completely lived up to my expectations.
The room we stayed in was admittedly tiny, but made up for it with great style and decor. I also love the wooden floors, would definitely take that over hotel carpet any day. The staff, most of whom I believe were Italian (judging from the accents and the fact that the hotel is owned by Diesel Jeans, an Italian company), attended to our every request without hesitation. The bartender kept the bar open late when we came back for a nightcap, made us amazing drinks and charged us less than the price on the menu (maybe because we were actually staying in the hotel, I'm not sure).
Bonus points: free wi-fi, complimentary beach chairs/umbrellas, and the "no-hassle" policy when it comes to patrons walking past their restaurant. If you've ever taken a walk down Ocean Drive at any time of the day you know exactly what I'm talking about; the barrage of haggling hosts/hostesses is one of the unfortunate drawbacks to an otherwise very cool area.
Overall I would recommend this place to anyone who doesn't want to settle for a boring, traditional hotel room. This hotel is what Miami Beach is all about - effortless style, exciting nightlife, European flair. Next time I come back (and who knows when that will be) I will definitely stay here again, no questions asked!
- 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