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Hotel Clevelander South Beach Hotel 4 star
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1020 Ocean Dr Miami, United States of America -
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If what you're looking for is a party vibe close to the beach, then the Clevelander is for you. Following a million dollar renovation, the hotel is brand spanking new and deserves a look-in for its lively bars out front, even if you're not staying here. Its three outdoor bars are always full with a young trendy crowd looking for old-fashioned burgers and Caïpirinhas accompanied by music blaring over the speakers. Not the best choice if you're after somewhere quiet and relaxing! The 70 year old landmark is renowned for its parties and entertainment all year round. Ideal for holidaymakers looking for a lot of action and very little sleep! It is worth noting that all guests must be over the age of twenty-one.

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    Location 9.23 /10

    The hotel is located in South Beach at 1020 Ocean Drive just across the street from Miami Beach. The Art Deco tourist office is also situated across the street. Here are a few nearby nightclubs and restaurants: Mansion , B.E.D., Cameo, Les Deux Fontaines Lobster Café and Bar, Blue, Afterglo, Yummy Chinese and Sushi Bar, Tantra Restaurant and Lounge,Touch Restaurant and Lounge.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    There are 60 rooms in total, some of which have some delightful views of the trees lining the beach and the sea beyond. If you have a preference, do mention it at the time of booking or you could end up with a view of the bar space downstairs, which could end up being unbearably noisy. The rooms are otherwise all decorated in the same style - neutral colours with touches of sea blue to lift the atmosphere. There are five different types of rooms: Rock Star Suite, Ocean Front, Backstage, Pool View and Classic. The Rock Star suites come with a personal host to guarantee the best experience possible. We recommend this room as it is an all-rounder. Despite earplugs being provided for every room, these suites tend to be quieter. They are also more spacious and have better views. All rooms have plasma screen televisions, iPod docking stations, a DVD player and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Ocean Front rooms overlook the Ocean Drive action - some have a balcony, but you have to get in early to grab one of those as they tend to be quite popular. An extra person in any of the rooms costs $50 per night (plus tax).

    Although the rooms are on the smaller size in comparison to the new builds, they are comfortable and feel bright and airy. Original Art Deco hotels are registered as part of national heritage of South Florida; the structure cannot be modified, hence the small rooms. Most of the rooms have a shower and no bath tub. The bathrooms are well-appointed and stocked with the hotel's own-brand amenities. Overall the experience is pleasant despite the impersonal décor.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    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.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The Clevelander is famous for its café/bar, which is always buzzing. Not an ideal place for a romantic dinner, but ideal for pre-evening drinks or snacks to get you in the mood for Miami's vibrant nightlife. The restaurant has what it calls a "classic café style menu", offering good all-American food like hamburgers and salads. There is also a strong South American influence - you will find tacos and burritos on the menu, as well as Caïpirinhas behind the bar. The good thing about the restaurant here is that it is open all day long. A selection of food is also served up on the roof-top terrace through-out the day. Only drinks are served up on the sun deck (a different space to the roof-terrace). As far room service goes, it runs until midnight every day. The roof deck is one of the best places to enjoy a light dinner at sunset because of the lovely views of the beach and Ocean Drive - it is still extremely lively though, so be warned!

    Beach

    Although the hotel is not directly on the beach, it is only across the road. Miami Beach is pretty much the same all the way along: a long and wide stretch of sand with reasonably clear water. You won't see any locals in the sea until at least April though, but the 'snowbirds', as the Miami crowds call the New Yorkers, who come to Miami for a spot of sunshine during their big freeze period are happily splashing around; this does mean that the beach is rarely crowded at the beginning of the year. The hotel doesn't have a designated area on the beach, but anyone can rent towels and sun-loungers for a fee on the beach.

    To know

    The staff here is extremely friendly and young. They have heaps of advice for those of you who want to explore the nightlife, just ask! The hotel and bar do not allow under 21s inside, so this is not an option if travelling with children.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, fitness

    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Lively party scene.
    • Good service.
    • Great location.

    disadvantages

    • Not the most relaxing place to stay in South Beach.
    • Very noisy (earplugs are provided in all the rooms).
    • No gym or spa.

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