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Score a Touchdown and a Famous Frozen at The Clevelander Hotel

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

This is not your typical family hotel. In fact, potential guests are clearly warned that a stay at The Clevelander Hotel is only for ages 21 and counting. That's understandable, as each guest is given not one, but two, of the hotel's complimentary signature cocktail (Famous Frozen) upon checking in. What a way to start your vacation party on the patio, deck, rooftop or beach.

The boutique hotel's 60-room iconic Art Deco building built in 1938 sits at the heart of South Beach Miami. "We are in the epicenter of South Beach, surrounded by Collins Avenue and Lincoln road shops, water activities and the best entertainment of Ocean Drive," describes Executive Vice President of Hospitality Mike Palma.

After your check-in drink, dive into one of the four poolside bars for another cocktail, bottle of beer or glass of wine. Groove and move to the live entertainment on the pool patio stage before hitting the nighttime South Beach street life.

The Clevelander scores a touchdown with their sports bars. Known as the place to watch sports, The Clevelander redefines the sports-bar definition. It has over 40 TVs and a large LED media screen. Add in go-go dancers and models with body paint, along with specials on drinks and you have the best sports-viewing area on the beach. Recently partnering with ESPN for live, sometimes comedic, coverage of national college and professional sporting events broadcast direct from the hotel makes this a sporting destination.

Zen Sai, located in the hotel's sister building Essex House, serves up Asian-fusion cuisine in a candle-lit, romantic setting. Take your choice of indoor or outdoor seating depending on the weather and the mood. Happy hour patrons can enjoy the Zen-sual cocktail lounge and get drink discounts to start the night right.

Palm describes what he feels are crucial to a great hotel: "The three essentials are top-notch service, excellent food and beverage and great-quality entertainment. The top three amenities would be excellent Wi-Fi, a service-obsessed staff and added value. We excel in that we have listened to our customers and upgraded our Wi-Fi, check guest in with two complimentary Clevelander Famous Frozen cocktails and are always greeted them with a smile."

A Rock Star Host is the name given to The Clevelander's concierges, who can arrange any number of party packages for you. You can have your room decorated for a birthday or a special event to surprise a roommate or loved one. Bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, limousine service or nightclub bottle reservations can all be made through your concierge. Your Rock Star Host can also set up golfing, water sports, car/boat rentals and so much more to fully experience all the area has to offer. For those so inclined, there are even luxury car and yacht rentals that can be set up just for you.

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