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 toejamming 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.