The Viceroy is interesting "hotel" in that...you never really feel like you are in a hotel. Its more of a residential complex with some hotel rooms thrown in for good measure.
The hotel itself has several entrances. One for the hotel, one for the club on the 50th floor, one for residences, etc. The hotel lobby is one of the smallest I have ever seen. There is nothing there buy a desk and some chairs. The staff was friendly, if a bit aloof. I think we got a very good room. The hotel elevator only went up to 15, with the highest floor of rooms on 14. We were in Room 1419 which was the furthest you can get from the elevator (which I really like) and faced directly to the north across the intercoastal waterway. The views were spectacular. The room was big...and the bathroom was huge. The room is decorated in a unique fashion...but my wife and I really liked it. The pictures on the website do the room justice. If I have any knock on the room...it was the air conditioner. It said it was set on 66...but it never got to 66. Not a big deal, just a little annoyance.
Everything in the "hotel" is on the 15th floor. That is when it becomes apparent that you are in a residential complex vs. a hotel. There are three large residential towers that surround the pool. The views up there are truly spectacular. The pool is very large, and it never got too crowded when we were there on a Saturday and Sunday. You will have no problems getting a chair before noon. This is a late rising crowd. One small complaint...they didn't start cleaning the pool until around 10-11ish. So, it was gross before that. Full of "stuff" from the previous day.
We didn't eat in any of the restaurants. Instead, we choose to frequent Mary Brickell Village and Bayside Marketplace. My wife and I loved Mary Brickell Village. It is a young, "hipster" area with good restaurants and bars. Its only a $5 taxi ride away from the hotel. Bayside Marketplace is a beautiful 15 min walk along the intercoastal waterway or roughly a $7 cab ride. Bayside is your typical tourist trap....but it had cheap beer (Sharkey's)..which was nice after paying $8 per beer at the Viceroy. Keep in mind that Bayside is literally across the street from the venue that the Miami Heat play in. I can see this area getting very busy on game nights.
The spa and fitness area were great. We didn't partake in the spa personally, but from what I saw on the way to the fitness room...it looked very nice. The views from the 14th floor in the fitness room were amazing. Cool way to burn some calories.
Overall, I think I would stay here again. I might try Epic across the intercoastal as a change of pace. But, this is a good hotel...if not a little different from a typical hotel experience. The location in downtown is great...and the cab rides are always short.