The Clevelander, like its (unlikely) sister hotel, Essex House, is a landmark in South Florida for its original Art Deco architecture. The main attraction at the hotel is its three outdoor bars in front of the hotel. People come here to sample good old American food and Caïpirinhas whilst listening to loud dance music. Once inside the lobby however, the atmosphere is a lot calmer and more soothing than that of its bars/restaurant. Having undergone a million dollar renovation, the lobby now looks contemporary, dressed in a palette of bright colours and modular furniture. The hotel is modern and fresh although if you are looking for luxury, best to head away from the Art Deco district towards the north part of South Beach. In spite of the renovation, the original structure of the hotel remains, including the terrazzo floors, giving it more charm than some of the new builds. The Clevelander has five floors including the roof top.
A new addition to the hotel is its sports bar, which is found on the ground floor. The roof-top bar is one of the best locations in South Beach to have cocktails as there is a beautiful view of the beach and its surroundings. The atmosphere here is also extremely relaxed. We recommend it at sunset (although the sun sets over in Downtown) as it is a little too hot to enjoy in the day's hot sun. There is also a nightclub on the top floor, which for the moment, is available for private parties. The hotel has a pool in the exterior bar area in front of the DJ platform, which is often used for pool parties.