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“A trifle underwhelmed” 3 of 5 stars
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Mandarin Oriental, Miami
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)   |  
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“A trifle underwhelmed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

A 7 day break with my wife and not knowing the city stuck to a first class hotel brand.
The room we booked looked just a tad tired. Little details like a cheap plastic toilet pan lid surprised me and a couple of other minor points such as a wonky mini bar door.
I understand these are trivial but they are so simple to rectify. A 2 minute repair job. Our external terrace was, frankly, dirty, especially the dividing screen between each room.
Another issue is the lack of a bar of note. The M bar is within the hotel lobby and is poor. Not a bar per se but drinks brought to you from the restaurant into the Hotel lobby.
On a positive note, the staff were excellent and the girls by the pool side couldn't have been more helpful, (Raquel, for example).
All in all a reasonable experience but MO, you need to give the rooms a metaphorical lick of paint.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MOResponse, General Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. Your constructive comments are very important to us.

I am sorry to learn that your stay was not up to the standards we strive to provide to all our guests. We focus on maintaining and updating the guest room furnishings and décor while ensuring total comfort for all of our guests. I will review your comments with our staff and make the necessary corrections as indicated.

We appreciate and respect your comments which will be shared with our colleagues and hope we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back again.

Kind regards,

Jorge Gonzalez
Area Vice President
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I arrived at the hotel at 2am still jet lagged from a trip to Asia. I had just been at the original Mandarin in Hong Kong just five days before and immediately felt the same high level of unique service that I received while in Hong Kong. The Mandarin Group has achieved a distinct identity at the high end of the hotel food chain that sets it apart from its competitors. My room was great with an awesome view. The whole place felt very calm and serene. Lunch at the restaurant sitting outside was very nice especially in February and the Asian inspired menu was quite good.
The gym area was nice with a good selection of machines and equip

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this hotel recently. He attended a conference, I tagged along for the pool, beach and spa. This property is fantastic for business, only fair for recreation.

The positives: Five-star (impeccable) service throughout the hotel, at the pool, beach and spa; excellent food at the pool-side restaurant (though pricey, but that's expected); our room was very nicely appointed and had a very comfortable mattress, a wonderful supply of pillows and soft sheets; the gym was very well equipped, including non-traditional items such as yoga mats and large exercise balls. There is a lovely path along the water, all the way around the island, to walk and enjoy the kids playing in a nearby park, see the locals walking their dogs and the nannies walking their children. The location is perfect for a conference, and to walk to several excellent restaurants across the causeway. We did not try any restaurants at the property other than the pool-side one, as my husband really wanted to stretch his legs and see something new in the evening.
The negatives: The location for recreation , the "pool" and the "beach." The view from our room and from the "beach" across the water (the hotel is on a man-made island, Brickell Key, in the middle of Biscayne Bay) consists of downtown Miami office buildings and of the busy causeway below. The photos of the pool and the beach on the website were incredibly misleading! The pool was big enough for a dip to cool off, but better left to the birds (literally) as a birdbath (after 5PM, the birds were all on the side of the pool, drinking and washing themselves). I would have gotten dizzy if I had tried to swim laps. The beach has no water access, as the island is built up about 15 feet above sea level, and as there is a fair amount of shipping traffic in the busy bay (there is a port nearby as well). The sand that they imported to a corner of the hotel property is quite lovely, as are the beach chairs and umbrellas, and of course the service continued to be stellar (someone brought me water with ice, and kept refreshing it for me). I just had a hard time again, with the location, the views (skyscrapers) and the fact that the photos were so misleading. Also, the pedicure I received at the spa was decidedly not as good as the ones I get from my local nail spa, and at about five times the price. I hope that my experience was an exception to the rule, but since they had already included the tip on my bill when I went to pay, I didn't have the courage to have them take it off. There was a fair amount of airplane traffic over the hotel at night. We always travel with earplugs, so we were fine.
I researched, with the very helpful concierge, how I could actually get to a real pool and/or beach. The Viceroy Hotel (across the causeway) charges $45 for a pool/spa day pass. Instead, I took her other suggestion: I went to a lovely Kimpton property in Miami Beach (South Beach), with which they have an agreement (I assume) that had both a private beach and a 75-foot pool to do my laps. After a $20 cab ride and about 25 minutes (the traffic was quite bad due to some major street renovations downtown), I arrived and enjoyed my beach/pool day. For about $20 I rented a front-row beach chair, the beach "concierge" brought me breakfast, and I basked in the sun with the sound of the real waves in my ears. My return cab ride was again about 20 minutes and $20. I guess I spent more than I would have at the Viceroy, but at least I got my "real beach" fix.
Finally If you need a cab at a particular time, make sure you "reserve it" because it can be a long wait (at 8:50AM on a Tuesday, it took me 25 minutes to get a cab).
If my husband goes back next year, we may try to stay at another hotel, if it's not too inconvenient for him, but I'd be happy coming back to the Mandarin, now that I know what to expect. We have stayed in other Mandarin Oriental properties, and have always loved them!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MOResponse, General Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your recent review of Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Trip Advisor. Your constructive comments are very important to us.

Although we are not located in the heart of South Beach, we pride ourselves on being on a private island oasis of serenity away from the high energy of the beach area with a Five-Star Spa and excellent restaurants. The tranquility and surroundings of our pool and man-made beach, although not made for swimming, provide a quiet escape for guests trying to get away from other crowded areas of the city.

During entertainment filled weekends taxis can take a little longer than expected but we alert guests in advance through in-room communication channels letting them know to give ample time to get to their desired destination.

Thank you again for your feedback which is very much appreciated and taken into consideration.

I hope you and your husband will come back to stay at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Kind regards,
Jorge Gonzalez
Area Vice President
General Manager
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Nice rooms, great views, very attentive service and convenient to everything. We had a great "couples massage" and although there is less space to relax and luxuriate that other spas, there was a steam room and sauna. We also enjoyed the huge Sunday brunch that went on forever.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I've never been to Miami and did not know what to expect from staying downtown. I couldn't believe how nice it was! The hotel sits on Brickell Key, a man-made island just off the financial district. The key has this hotel, several condos, and an office building or two. There is a very scenic path along the water that travels the circumference of the island. There is a restaurant, a hair salon and a nice market in the center of the island. The island is very secure, safe and upscale. There is shopping and nice restaurants within walking distance.

The hotel was very well maintained and is modern/asian yet designed to be warm. It has a cafe (very good food) that overlooks the water and city, a heated pool, and a small beach area (no water access) with lounge chairs. There is also a grassy area with a playground next to the hotel.

The rooms all have great water and/or city views. The spa was very good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I recently attended a business conference at the hotel. It is a first class property - a great facility with a great staff. The rooms are comfortable and all have great views. My only criticism would be the lack of coffee makers in the rooms. The restaurants in the hotel are great, as is the gym. While the pool is nice, the beach is not an ocean beach, so be sure to manage your expectations. The service is excellent throughout the hotel. Also, be sure to be aware of the location - it is near downtown, but everything else (South Beach, etc.) is a ride.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Hotel is located in Brickell Key. Around the actual hotel there isn't much to do..condos surround it but by car it's close to South Beach ( About 20 min)

Hotel itself was beautiful...surrounded by water, well maintained. You can see manatees swimming around. There's a small man made beach area that looked well maintained.
Staff was friendly and helpful
Rooms were SUPER comfy and the bathrooms had great products and were clean:)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Miami
#6 Luxury Hotel in Miami
#6 Romantic Hotel in Miami
#6 Spa Hotel in Miami
#17 Family Hotel in Miami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Mandarin Oriental, Miami 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary in design and with a prominent waterfront location, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Miami features 326 elegant guest rooms and suites - offering dramatic views of the bay and the Miami skyline. Amenities include signature restaurants Azul and La Mar by Gaston Acurio, MO Bar + Lounge - a dynamic cocktail lounge, an award-winning tri-level spa, Oasis Beach Club, the luxury boutique Shanghai Tang and extensive meeting and business facilities. ... more   less 
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