Having visited the Viceroy in Santa Monica and liking the look and style of the hotel, we decided to try this Viceroy since it is a new hotel and has a similar look. The hotel is part of an imposing complex of three fifty plus story buildings that contain eighteen hundred condos. Less then ten percent of the condos are currently occupied. The lobby of the hotel is nice but a small area, nothing more then a place to check in and come and go.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite. There was a living room/dining room that had a great look to it, kind of old Hollywood opulence. There was also a convenience kitchen, hidden behind sliding panels, and a powder room. We liked this room a lot which included a black & green marble floor. The bedroom was good size but a little on the dark side, maybe because the walls were a medium green color. The bathroom was very large and lux with separate tub, shower, and water closet. The lighting was not great and there was no place to put your towel for a shower except on the floor next to the shower door, no hook. The bathroom was so large it would have been nice to have a larger shower or even a piece of furniture in the room.
There are several pools located on the fifteenth floor pool level that are also used by condo owners. The standout one is the three hundred foot long infinity edge lap pool. This pool is indeed very cool to look at, and a fun challenge to swim laps in. The infinity edge side overlooks Biscayne Bay and the high rises of Brickell Key. The pools, however, are surrounded closely by the three condo/hotel towers. If you plan on spending more then two hours out by the pool during the winter months, you will need to move around to keep up with the sun as the buildings cast large shadows this time of year. They are also a little intimidating to sit near. There are also several fun and interesting play and lounge areas around the pools.
The spa and accompanying gym are a tour de force of high design. The spa pools are in a two story room with floor to ceiling windows with great views. The plunge pools are set in a sea of a white marble floor, flanked by dark wood decorative library areas at each end with fireplaces. The area is very cool looking, and a large yellow Murano like chandelier tops it off. A juice bar is located just off the water lounge area. The adjoining gym is very attractive with a full set of equipment and lots of cardio options. The gym is lined with a wall of windows overlooking the water. The locker rooms are also very nice with more white marble, cool design, steam and sauna, and yet again more windows with great views. The only drawback to the spa is that the location is very far away from the hotel. It is located in a different building requiring you to walk outside across the entire length of the pool level. Not really a problem unless it is raining.
We had a package with a credit that we used at the hotel restaurant for two breakfast meals, one lunch, and a room service dinner. The restaurant is located on the fifteenth floor, the same as the pool level. Once again the design of the restaurant itself was fantastic and glamorous. There is also an outdoor seating area. Our meals were good and service in the near empty space fine but we did have a problem with our lunch meal. When the bill came, we were charged ten dollars each for plain non-alcoholic lemonades. We questioned this charge twice and were told it was the correct price. This was six dollars more then what we were charged for the room service price the night before. After leaving the restaurant, I called the front desk to complain and the charge was reduced to four dollars. We felt very strongly that the waiter intentionally overcharged us.
The location of the hotel is central, easy to get to South Beach and other areas of Miami. Unfortunately the hotel is located very close to busy Brickell Avenue. There is almost no way to escape the noise of the road since most rooms of the hotel face the direction of the road. A few rooms per floor face north and may have a little less noise but you still see and hear Brickell Avenue. These rooms also have a view of the Miami River so you may want to ask for one of them, but I do not think they get direct sunlight. The entire back side of the hotel is a parking garage so there are no rooms facing away from the street noise. Each room has a balcony but I do not think most people would enjoy spending too much time on them – as most face the street and there is no furniture on them.
The club on the fiftieth floor is very nice with great views. The design is very similar to the rooms. The pool at this level seems to be for show only, as it was never available to swim in during the days of our stay. To get to the club, you take a separate set of elevators off the main lobby. This is how the hotel is set up, very cut up with no central core to it. All the public areas of the hotel are in very different places. This was not a problem for us, but it can make you feel like you are staying in an apartment building, and not a hotel.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Other then the issue at the restaurant, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The décor of the hotel is really great and different. We also liked the free internet, something more hotels should be providing. The spa area and gym are also available without the extra charge many hotels like to add on. Street noise and a cumbersome layout would be our only complaints. But the unique décor, fantastic pool, outrageous spa, all combine to make a stay worthwhile especially before all those condos start filling up and residents start taking more space at the pool and spa.
- 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 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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