The Clay HotelSouth Beach, Miami, Florida
- Charming old-world ambience
- Central South Beach locale
- Affordable rates
- Many restaurants within a short walk
- No pool or restaurant
- Small rooms
- No elevator
- Parts of hotel under construction
- Street noise in front-facing rooms
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- 3 Amenities
- 47 Budget Room
- 45 Deluxe King Room
- 51 Deluxe Queen Room
- 67 Deluxe Two Queen Room
- 48 Family Room
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Loaded with Spanish-style charm
A 1920s Art Deco hotel with gracious Spanish influences, the 130-room Clay is actually larger than it first appears, since it comprises several buildings that stretch along two blocks. Inside the cheerful pink-and-white exterior is a small lobby paved with Mexican tile and heavily accented with dark wood. The Spanish mood is enhanced by arched entryways, white stucco walls and a fiery mural depicting flamenco dancers at work. A mosaic-tiled staircase leads to upper-floor rooms.
Right on Espanola Way in central South Beach
The Clay is in the center of South Beach's Art Deco District, with three buildings that stretch along Washington Avenue at the corner of Espanola Way. This vibrant pedestrian street lined with palm trees and outdoor cafes was named "Best Block" by the Miami Herald in 2013. The Lincoln Road Mall is within a 10-minute walk, and the beach is two blocks away. Miami International Airport is about 11 miles from the hotel.
Small but adequate
Room categories range from "budget" to "deluxe," but all are fairly small, although clean and well-maintained, with refrigerators and satellite TV. Decor is brown and beige, with simple white walls and neutral carpeting. Bathrooms have been remodeled with new tile and fixtures but are cramped and lack storage space.
Appealing and affordable, but not for everyone
The Clay is an affordable, Spanish-style boutique hotel in the heart of South Beach's Art Deco District. Located in three 1920s buildings, the hotel has quirks as well as charms. There is no elevator, so guests must sometimes carry baggage up the stairs themselves. Rooms and bathrooms are small but well-maintained. Staff is friendly, but services are limited, and parts of the hotel are under renovation. There is no on-site restaurant or lounge, although dining options abound right outside on Espanola Way. There is street noise in front-facing rooms.