I spent a total of four nights at the Viceroy Miami just before Christmas. Those who expect to find five star quality here along the lines of Mandarin Oriental or Four Seasons will be disappointed. Yet, at roughly half of what you’d pay at these other places, the Viceroy is very good value for money. HOTEL: Viceroy Miami is a small part of a much larger, three-tower condominium complex. The hotel occupies the lower 15 floors of the tower that overlooks, busy Brickell Ave. The lobby is surprisingly small for a downtown hotel. ROOMS: The rooms are large and well-equipped. The one bedroom suite I stayed in (x03) was terrific: one completely separate large bedroom with a very large ensuite bathroom, a living room with dining table/kitchenette and separate toilet/washroom. The design is contemporary and appealing, but furniture quality is perhaps a bit on the cheap side. This makes you wonder how things will look like in five years from now, but during my stay it was all in good condition and everything worked. The junior suite was also nicely designed and adequately sized. Neither of the suites had any furniture on the large balconies. Not that you would need it, given that the balconies overlook one of the busiest roads in Miami (even my “water view” suite overlooked the street, so don’t be fooled.) POOL: The pool area is fantastic. It is perched up high on the 15th floor in between the three towers. It has a wonderful view over Brickell Key, the port of Miami, and the Rickenbacker causeway. There is one pool of at least 250 ft and a smaller pool heated to Jacuzzi temperature. RESTAURANT: The restaurant, EOS, is nothing to write home about. It is okay, standard hotel stuff, but certainly not a “destination restaurant” as the Viceroy brochure hyperbole claims. SERVICE: Overall, service in the hotel was friendly and efficient. Not as polished as you would get at higher-tier places, but – again – you get what you pay for. The hotel charges something like $35 a night for valet parking with unlimited in/out privileges, which I thought was okay for downtown Miami. The valets are not the hotel’s, so you have to call an outside number to speak to the dispatcher to get your car brought up and in general the valet service is sub-standard and chaotic. Housekeeping tries hard, but doesn’t always manage to impress. On one occasion, there was still an empty bottle left standing on a table after cleaning, mini bar was not refilled during the entire stay, and requests can take a long time to get done. But, all in all, I can highly recommend this place for those who want to enjoy comfort and a bit of class, while keeping within a reasonable budget.
- Also Known As:
- Viceroy Miami Hotel Miami
- Viceroy Miami Hotel
- Viceroy Hotel Miami
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viceroy Miami blends timeless East Asian accents, international service standards and Miami's own rich ambience to create an unparalleled resort destination in Brickell, Miami's Wall Street of the Americas.Created for discerning globetrotters,this luxury resort in Miami offers 148 residentially appointed guestrooms, suites and one- and two-bedroom residences (which include fully equipped kitchenettes or full kitchens), custom-designed Sferra linens and more non-negotiable indulgences for a truly exceptional Miami resort experience.From cocktails and small plates served poolside on the 50th floor, to the chef's tasting menu at the signature restaurant and terrace overlooking the pool deck, to round-the-clock guestroom dining, Viceroy Miami satisfies every culinary craving.Located at the northern gateway to Brickell Avenue, Viceroy Miami is ideally situated to cater to the business elite. This Miami boutique hotel is also centrally located near the city's many distinctive neighborhoods, cultural institutions, sporting venues and area attractions.Within Icon Brickell, the hotel stands steps from the 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 300-foot infinity pool on Biscayne Bay, poolside bar and fireplace, and life-size chess set. Perched atop the 50th floor of Viceroy Miami, FIFTY offers the city's most exclusive lounge, while the private pool deck with bar offers dramatic skyline views unequalled in Miami.At Viceroy Miami, set the stage bayside and park-side for a business meeting, press event, photo shoot, sales presentation, conference or product launch. Versatile function spaces — ranging from traditional meeting rooms to the signature restaurant, rooftop lounge, and The Viceroy Spa Miami—make Viceroy Miami an ideal location for any gathering or meeting.The hotel also offers comprehensive catering services for every event from weddings to bar mitzvahs - including innovative culinary concepts and event planners that can assist you with all your event needs from décor, design, audio/visual or media. ... more less
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