Super friendly and easy check-in experience. Upon arrival we magically had complimentary drinks in our hands. They were sticky sweet blended something, but I appreciate the gesture and it did kind of get us in that "I'm in Miami, let's get the party started" kinda mood. We were allowed to check in early which was great because we could soak up as much sun as possible at the hotel's rooftop and pool areas.
On a tip from other reviews, we did not fall for the special pricing on Pool View rooms and it was well worth our money to upgrade to Ocean View. The Pool View would put you so close to the pounding club music (open til 5am mind you) that you would be forced to stay up and party until that time because there would be no sleep to be had. We came here knowing it was a party spot, but I'm on more of a passing out by 2am schedule. That's just me...
That said, we could still hear the music in our Ocean View room! So I can only imagine what the people in rooms closer to the pool side were hearing. It was a managable volume though. Our view was pretty nice, however across the street from the hotel is a park, then the beach. So the water is actually a bit farther away than I expected. I don't know why I was put in a room with 2 double beds instead of one queen/king. My boyfriend is 6'3" and the bed was just way too small for us, but other than that the room was bright and clean and well put together. Totally beach appropriate with white linens and blue and sand colored accents.
The C-Level rooftop deck was my favorite area. It was a little smaller than I hoped, but there were plenty of cabanas and lounge chairs, a nice water feature, and a fabulous view. Maybe this was because we were there on a Thursday, but there was no bar open up there! We ended up walking down to the main pool bar area to get drinks and then taking them back up with us. Most likely a blessing in disguise since 2 mojitos set us back $24 so having limited bar access limited the money going down the drain.
The second rooftop area, SPF4, was a total letdown. It was tiny and there was just nothing to really keep you there. Looks much nicer in pictures.
The main pool area was kind of dirty and didn't attract me (other than to grab drinks). The pool is pretty much a waste of space since they just cover it up with a stage for spring break style activities (when we headed out for dinner it was set up with beer pong tables, when we returned late at night it was the dance floor). All the lounge chairs you'd expect around a pool are only found in the rooftop areas, the pool area is really just the bar and restaurant.
The restaurant didn't really suck us in either, we ventured out to find something more interesting and were happy we did.
I think overall for the price and location it's a good stop on a Miami trip as long as you're aware of the spring break vibe. The other places that we liked more we couldn't have afforded, so it worked out just fine.
- 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:
- Clevelander Miami Beach
- Clevelander South Beach Hotel Miami Beach, Florida