- Only small, shallow wading pool
- Dark, fairly creepy hallways
- Tiny, slow elevator
A small, quiet 88-room building with guests between 20 and 30 years old from the U.S. and Europe.
The Clinton is a small, 88-room building, but it somehow manages to pack in a hot tub, a deck, a bar, and a restaurant. It draws mostly younger guests (20-30 years old, generally) from the U.S. and Europe looking for a cheap hotel close to the beach, shops, bars, and restaurants. Though most of the young, glistening bods by the pool were in South Beach to party -- the hotel itself is quiet. Most guests keep to themselves, even while sunning shoulder-to-shoulder on the deck.
The hotel even unveiled a touch-up in 2011, with a updated lobby, restaurant, and poolside lounge. The common spaces have an uber-cool South Beach vibe with modern furniture in all-white spaces, accented by bold pops of color.
Between SoBe and SoFi, the area is quiet enough to get a good night's sleep, but about a seven-minute walk to clubs and restaurants.
At Eighth Street and Washington Avenue, the Clinton is only two blocks away from the beach. Unlike the row of hotels farther north on Collins Avenue, this hotel is surrounded by residential apartments and condominiums. Guests aren't kept awake by noisy teens late into the night, but clubs and restaurants are all a good five- to 10-minute walk in either direction. Or, if guests are wearing heels and don't feel like springing for a cab, there's a bus stop right by the entrance (though, the bus system is Miami is pretty unreliable).
The Clinton is around the corner from a Diesel store, which is surprisingly demure compared to the bedazzled and risque clothing sold at the smaller discount stores up and down the block. Still, you'll find a handful of cafes and pizza places scattered amidst the rhinestones.
Rooms are comfortable, but cheap features seem like they will show wear and tear quickly.
The rooms all hover around the 250- to 300-square-feet mark (just like the Townhouse), and are broken into four types. The standard queen is the smallest and has only one queen-size bed (yup, you guessed it). Double rooms, with two double beds, are somewhat larger, fitting in a small sofa by the foot of the beds. Spa suites and loft suites are just studio rooms like all the others, but both come with Jacuzzi tubs. Higher-end suites are larger but don't have balconies like the somewhat smaller loft suites. Don't get carried away, though -- balconies at the Clinton either look out onto the neighboring apartment buildings, into the hotel's small courtyard, or out over the slim reflecting pool (not for swimming!) that randomly cuts through the north side of the building.
A good Wi-Fi connection, a large hot tub, and plenty of lounge chairs. There's no spa or gym, however.
The hotel targets young singles and couples, not families with kids. There's one crib available, and installing air mattresses is free.
It's not that it isn't kid-friendly -- the couch in my room could easily double as a child's bed if need be -- but it's definitely oriented toward young singles and couples. Guests could bring their kids, but they'd have to explain why there's a Kama Sutra kit in the bathroom.
Be forewarned, however, that although cribs are free, the hotel only owns one crib! They don't have any rollaway beds, but they can install an air mattress for free.
X/O Restaurant is the only on-site restaurant, serving up American-Mediterranean fusion, as well as cocktails daily.
The hotel offers free continental breakfast and room service.
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