Each awesome room of this Ocean Drive boutique hotel is completely different, fashioned from a mix of antique and garage-sale furnishings selected by the designer of Diesel's clothing-display windows. Rooms are individually named, and repeat guests either try to stay in a different one each time, or else fall in love with one room and request it for every stay. For example, the "Me Tarzan, You Vain" room has a jungle theme, with African wood sculptures and a stick lamp;
"Up, Up in the Sky" has a space theme, with a model rocket and off-kilter furniture. The best bet is to head down to the Pelican's porch-front restaurant, which offers one of the most extensive wine lists in town and a bar-none view of Ocean Drive's people parade.
Jun 15, 2005
A very neat idea that has been executed almost as well. The themed rooms have been decorated with vintage artifacts - not "retro," but actual "vintage" items - so their age is showing. Also, the room was kind of small, could have done without the chairs. Interesting bed, a kind of firm foam mattress. The bathroom was neat, but the industrial faucet in the sink was hard to control. The shower was AMAZING! It was like having a constant bucket
of warm water poured over your head. Worth staying here just to take a shower (they actually sell the shower heads in the lobby!) Nice Aveda toiletries. The restaurant was great - we ate all three meals there. Can't get a better location. Our room was in the back, and there was no view. Our window looked over an alley and into another hotel room 5 feet away. Rooms in the front must have a better view, but are probably noisier. Staff was super helpful. But keep in mind the rooms are small, and not 100% clean. Plus, those neat old furnishings are kind of age-worn. Definitley a good choice a for a night or two, but not longer than that. (although, unless you look like an underwear model, I don't know how you could stand more than 2 nights in South Beach anyway!)
Jun 7, 2001
I went to the Pelican for a different experience. And it delivered in a big way. A throwback to days of old and each room designed differently, check website for tour. The room was small, but a HUGE shower. The chaos of Ocean Drive takes away from the overall experience, walking though crowds of people just to get to the lobby and waiting 30mins to get your car from the valet. Service was acceptable, but still lacked what is expected in a SoBe
hotel. I enjoyed my time, but will not return.
Mar 30, 2001
Asside from a pushy $350 "incedentals" charge upon my arrival the hotel was quite pleasant. Seating at the Pelican Cafe is immediate for all guests. The hotel staff was very accomodating. One day my Girlfriend got some blisters on her feet and the Concierge was happy to run some bandaides up to us. The room was fabulously decorated. I would stay here again and again and again.