Just spent 4 nights at the Viceroy. Although I'd read good reviews, having stayed at its LA sister I was expecting style over substance. I'm glad to say I was proved wrong. I was here for a business conference, and they hosted us really well. Very attentive staff, and the setting was efficient while not being corporate. The whole place has a wow about it, and I don't know how other visitors can criticize the decor. It is certainly quite eclectic - a fusion of Asian inflences - but it is a refreshing change from the yawn understated minimalism of so many modern 'design' hotels. All put together with a good eye and with quality pieces. The rooms feel luxuriously appointed, very comfy beds, and even the standard ones come with a very clever hidden little kitchenette (though who would stay at this type of hotel, I don't know). Lovely bath with large separate shower. It's partly open to the bedroom - which I really like. (But if you're sharing you'll need to remember to shut the door to the loo!) The suites are - of course - even nicer.
There's a fabulous bar on the 50th floor. Amazing views. It comes with its own pool and has indoor and outdoor space. It is expensive, but I don't think it's out of line with other similar type places. The bar staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and had time to recommend other lesser-known spirits. The bar shut early - at midnight - and there was no effort to warn us it was closing which was a little irritating.
The restaurant on the 15th floor, Eos, was again beautifully appointed. The staff seemed a little all over the place, though very friendly. No maitre d' meant that it took ages to get seated, with the girl at the bar taking over so that we didn't have to stay standing. The food is expensive for what it is - and is guilty of trying too hard to be different. Lots of strange combos that probably shouldn't have made it past the experiment.
The real 'wow' is the pool deck, on the 15th floor. It is very large - it would have to be seriously busy to feel crowded. The view is broken up by lots of low trees, so it feels fairly private despite sitting between 3 towering apartment blocks. The pools (there are 3) are amazing. 1st a large square paddling pool - I guess for kids or for people who just want to cool down on a hot day. 2nd a large square heated pool, not deep but swimmable. And then finally a very big and long infinity pool - it looks like you could swim off the side of the building. In fact when you get down that end you see that there is actually another lower deck where you can sit on day beds and stare out at Brickell Quay. Quite incredible.
And then the Spa - another wow space. It has what it calls a wet lounge - seats and sofas dotted around a white marble room with a shallow water floor, and then places with deeper hot and cold jacuzzis. My description doesn't do it justice. The prices were pretty eye-watering however, so I'm afraid I can't comment on the quality of the treatments. A well equipped gym also.
It's in the business district so it may not be the spot for a weekend in Miami when people tend to want South Beach. But for a business trip combining pleasure I'd say it would be perfect. From the pool deck you can see the Mandarin Oriental sitting on Brickell Quay. I've stayed there many times, and it's very good also, but the Viceroy blows it out of the water.
- 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 Ultra Lounge 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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- Also Known As:
- Viceroy Miami Hotel Miami
- Viceroy Hotel Miami