The Lonely Planet guidebook calls us \'the most beautiful hostel in America\'. Another guidebook, \'Hostels USA\' awarded us its top billing of four stars, naming us one of the best big city hostels. We believe that\'s because of our great room rates, terrific ... More
The Clay Hotel and Hostel
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The Lonely Planet guidebook calls us \'the most beautiful hostel in America\'. Another guidebook, \'Hostels USA\' awarded us its top billing of four stars, naming us one of the best big city hostels. We believe that\'s because of our great room rates, terrific Mediterranean ambiance, and location in the heart of South Beach.Consider our single and double rooms with private bathrooms, or, if traveling with family , consider our family room with 2 double beds.The Clay Hotel and Hostel is dedicated to providing an inexpensive way for young people and those who still young at heart, to experience our community. You can meet interesting travelers from all over the world and share travel tips and information with each other, while making friendships along the way. Many lifelong friends and fond memories have been madewhile staying at here.
The wall sockets were too big to hold a blow dryer or even a phone charger. The hotel doesn't supply hand towels or wash cloths. The window in our bathroom didn't have a curtain, so we had no privacy. The closet had no doors. The only positive was the location.
The Clay Hotel used to be (two years ago) the great bargain in Miami Beach. No, it wasn't a deluxe hotel or even a flashy one, but it was cheap, and it offered cheap car parking too.
That has all changed (comparing with December 2005). Now the rates have gone up ridiculously (more than doubling), and in no way can this be justified. At $60/night this is a steal; not at $120.
Service is fairly limited.
Location is good for shopping and eating, but far from the beach.
I was traveling by myself and on a budget, and I'm really glad I found this place. The room was perfectly fine, certainly not luxurious, but functional and the location was excellent (2 blocks from the beach, my balcony looked over a Spanish-style plaza full of shops and restaurants). My only problem was the staff. If you'v ever been hostelling, this staff will be familiar. Young people with attitudes ranging from sweet and helpful to kind but bumbling, to absolutely willfully unhelpful.
My only bad experience here was a front desk person who refused to make a reservation on the tour to the Everglades, for no apparent logical reason.
If you're watching your money, want to experience south beach, and don't mind a no-frills lodging experience, I'd recommend this place. Just don't expect people to fall all over themselves trying to help you, and I'd recommend NOT taking the tours offered inside the hotel. The one city tour I did go on was just OK, and the everglades tour never worked out, as I've described here.
I dunno about the hostel but their small private rooms were cheap and clean basic accomodation, and just a couple blocks from the beach, Ocean Drive scene, Collins Avenue shopping, night clubs, etc.
The room had a TV, mini-fridge, A/C, ceiling fan, mirror, and private bathroom.
There were also hand-painted murals along some of the interior hallways.
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