My husband and I stayed for one night recently and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Yes, the hotel affords a more urban experience when compared to the likes of South Beach or Key Biscayne, but the clientele tends to be a mix of finance professionals and adults, making this a great getaway for couple in the midst of a bustling city. The pool and beach were tranquil. We found service to be quite attentive, and experienced no problems ordering lunch and drinks poolside. I was disappointed to learn that the beach area closed at 4pm for a private event, but such is life.
The room we had was nicely appointed, fresh, and very large, despite our basic room reservation. We overlooked the driveway but were on a high floor, and no noise disturbed us.
The fitness center was clean, with new equipment. One of the better hotel fitness facilities I've enjoyed. It's a bit cramped, however.
The breakfast buffet was bountiful and service in the restaurant was excellent.
The one nit I have is the tendency for some staff to be overly solicitous, to the point that conversation becomes stilted. Perhaps this behavior is part of the culture of the hotel given its Asian management.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Miami Hotel Miami
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami
- Mandarin Miami
- Miami Mandarin Oriental