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Beechmd stayed here on Feb 25, 2010 during their trip titled: Matt Beech - Travel Photos.
... and bars along the beach were all full, and even had semi-naked dancers outside! We also drove past the diner where Will Smith filmed the video for his song “Miami”.
Monday was our last day in Miami, and we headed downtown to see the Miami Heat parade. The Miami Heat is Miami’s basketball team, and they had won the Championship the day we had arrived. To celebrate, several blocks downtown were closed off so that they could ...
... but you don't get mahi mahi and fish tacos served there.
We finish off by ordering key lime pie from our server Keralee. "Everywhere you go people will tell you they have the best key lime pie. But honey, they is all lyin'. Here is the BEST key lime pie!". Sure enough, it's yellow like a real key lime fruit and creamy like a cheesecake rather than the flourescent green version Nigella pretends to make.
As we finish they start playing Dire Straits to the obvious glee ...
... gift - froggy Bruno figure at a small store for dad.
We were in Miami a little over 2 hours and then headed to the Gator Park. I did a lot of research about which gator tours to take and Gator Park always have good ratings. The tour was fun. I liked the baby alligators. The fast drive in the Everglades was really fun too. I have forgotten what the guide has told us... and I lost the videos ...
... down to the beach for an afternoon relax and swim. We were highly entertained by the beach outfits. There were some girls who were barely covered, another girl who had a serious booty was wearing pinky purple bikini with diamantes but the material over the buttocks had cut outs!!! Certainly an interesting look! Dinner was more pasta..gah...least it was spaghetti bolognaise so there was a bit of meat.
Phin went and did an evening art ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pelican Hotel Miami Beach
I lived in Miami for years and am very familiar with a lot of the hotels on the beach. That said, when I travel back, this is where I chose to stay. The Pelican is definitely NOT for everyone; do not bring Mom or the kids (unless your Mom is Charo or your kids wear mood rings and Nehru jackets) because there is no pool and (unless you are lucky enough to get one of the few front rooms) no view (of course we did get a nice look at our neighbor across the alley and I might be scarred for life because of it) and there is not a lot of space in most of the rooms. But if you have a love of design and love South Beach 'hip ness', this is the place to stay. Ocean Drive and Collens Ave are filled with tiny-roomed funky motels but none can compare to the fashion, flare and fun of The Pelican.
Never having been to Miami Beach before and relying almost exclusively on Tripadvisor, my wife and I were very pleased with the Pelican. We stayed there for one evening before driving to Key West and one evening returning home. The hotel is convenientaly located right on the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. It is stylishly different but the amenities were very good. The hotel and rooms were clean and have a crisp eucalyptus scent. The bathrooms were spacious and the showers hot and strong. The bed was very comfortable and an air conditioner unit was easily situated next to it. I agree with other reviewers that travelers seeking an extended stay in Miami Beach might enjoy another hotel with a pool and perhaps larger rooms with better views. But the accomodations at the Pelican were just perfect for us. Most worth noting was the attentiveness and courtesy of the staff. We arrived late (very late no thanks to Amtrak) Sunday evening and the staff provided us guidance and directions even before we arrived. They were very helpful in arranging a car rental. For diners, the Pelican offers a pleasant restaurant and bar. For simple meals and those on an economy budget, the personable News Stand eatery is next door and open 24 hours a day. And for those seeking a special experience, the best restaurant I have ever enjoyed is literally around the corner -- Wish located on the terrace of the former Tiffany Hotel. All in all , if you need a compact affordable yet stylish and professionally accomodating place to stay at Miami Beach, you will be just fine selecting The Pelican.
Stayed one night in June. Great location, right on Ocean. Decor was retro but modernish as well. Our room was small but clean and quiet. Staff was very friendly, gracious and helpful. Very South beach. Very cool! Will stay there again.
Ideal for Pary People
We have staid at the Pelican Hotel for three nights in June 2004. While I agree with the other comments about the ideal location of the hotel on Ocean Drive and the friendliness of the staff, we found the place nevertheless not to our liking. Our room was facing a wall of the building nextdoors, you could not even see the sky which we found rather depressing. Even though the desgn of the room is very nice, it wears off quickly when you are in a beach resort. So if you are planning to do a beach holiday, pay a little more as we did after 3 nights for a hotel wih a view and a pool, if you come to Miami Beach for the clubs and the fun, the Pelican might be ideal for you!
Great hotel for a great location. Staff were great as well as soon as we were out of our taxi they came out to the street to get our luggage and direct us through the restaurant to reception.
Noise will be an issue if you are staying on the sea side but we were towards the back of the hotel and it was fine. Soundproofing between the rooms was excellent.
Each room is decorated individually and is a nice change from corporate bland. Easily the best three star I've stayed at should probably have a higher rating.
First of all let me express my thanks for having a site like this so we, the regular people (not B.S. travel books) could share comments.
We had the fortune of staying in one of the suites facing the ocean.
Amazing Service !!
The Staff at the Pelican was amazing. After staying at a "five star" downtown hotel with a conference for the week and having little luck with the concierge I was surprised at the level of service I recieved at the Pelican. They booked me a convertible, restaurants, gave us information about local attractions, and genuinely seemed to care.
The rooms in the hotel were small, but funky, and you can't be the location. Two big thumbs up !!
The Pelican is definately the place to be in Miami. Full of models and beautiful people it is for those who like to mingle and "be seen." The rooms are nicely ecentric, and remind you of a "diesel ad." Don't expect luxury and quiet time, this is in the heart of the strip. If you aren't up for the action, you'll need to make your reservations elsewhere.