Rumba, dancing, gambling, Miami Vice, art deco . . . There is history in every corner of The Clay Hotel, reminding us of the colourful layers belonging to South Beachs past. Notoriously, the mafia don Al Capone located his gambling ring at The Clay Hotel in the 1930s. Later, Desi Amaz created the rumba craze here, sweeping the country up in a toe-jamming, dance frenzy Right outside our door, on Washington Avenue and beyond, step into Miami Beachs art deco style, perfectly preserved in all its pastel beauty and distinctive 1930s architecture. Today, the historic Clay Hotel welcomes everyone from students to movie stars. Don Johnson, Sylvester Stallone and Elton John have all experienced the special atmosphere at The Clay Hotel, and filmed their movies and music videos here, including the pilot for Miami Vice and numerous other episodes. Celebrities aside, The Clay Hotels most important guests continue to be the visitors who come from all over the world to experience the international allure of The Clay Hotels Old World ambiance and the sultry, tropical magic of South Beach. Guests should note that a resort fee is payable direct to the hotel upon arrival. Resort fees are subject to change and guests are advised to check the hotels website for current charges.
The quickest way to get to the hotel from Miami International Airport is either by taxi or Super Shuttle, the airport van service. If you prefer to use public transport, directions are as follows: from the airport take the J bus to 41st St and Alton Rd. Transfer to the C bus to 15th St and Washington Ave. From the Greyhound station at Bayside Market take the C bus to 15th St and Washington Ave. From Amtrak take the L bus to Lincoln Rd and walk 3 blocks south along Washington Ave.