CHIC-A-RIFFIC or KITSCH-A-DOODLE-DOO A review of Pelican Hotel
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.
Before you do anything, go to their website, click on the rooms tab and take a peek. Each is decorated with a different theme and one is better then the next. When we made our reservation I was told to pick my favorite 3 (that was a horrible task because I LOVED them all - my wife and I spent an hour trying to decide) and they would try to get me in one of them (our #2, People From The 50's was where we stayed this past June). Yes, the room was small... very small (old Mid-town Manhattan or Grand Canyon El Tovar small) but it was wonderful. Besides the obviously cool décor, the bed was comfortable, the shower amazing, the closet ample in size with a safe, the stereo with recommended listening a blast, the ceiling fan zanily functional, the linens luxurious, the fridge kept my 12 pack of Presidentes icey cold as did the powerful AC to the room, and everyone we dealt with on the hotel staff was ABSOLUTELY 100% TOP NOTCH SUPER FANTABULOUS.
Although we strolled up the street looking at menus, we ended up back at our front door and had a fantastic late night dinner at the restaurant in the hotel (we did go to the News Café next door for breakfast but that was more out of tradition then anything else). We also made good use of the complementary beach chairs and umbrellas. Now I should say, The Pelican is not cheap but we found it to be worth every penny!