We stayed at the Clay for two nights on the beginning of our trip and one night at the end.
The first stay was pleasant, we got a room in the separate Clay Villas building in Espanola way. There were restaurants and bars on the street outside partying loudly all night, but it ways ok with the earplugs we brought with us.
The last night however was almost unbearable (noise-wise). Not even the earplugs helped, and loud music and raucous people from the restaurant downstairs were keeping us awake until 3 am...
The rooms were nothing special, beds and floors were quite worn. rooms with shared bathroom (shared only between two adjacent rooms) will probably do for most travelers and are way cheaper than those with private bath.
Staff tend to be a bit bothered during check-in and check-out (especially when you're expecting the typical over-kindness in most US hotels, but were still helpful.
The nearby restaurant Oh Mexico has great breakfast at very low prices.
The location is however great - right in artsy Espanola way, just a few blocks to Ocean drive and the beach.
The Clay can be recommended if no other place at a comparable price is available, but only if you want to pay for a room that you dont wish to actually sleep in, but just store your luggage and party yourself. Not recommended for pre-departure nights and people who actually want to get some sleep while staying at a hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Clay Hotel Miami Beach
- The Clay Hotel Miami Beach, Florida