Although we stayed at the L.A. Mondrian years back, we really didn't know what to expect as we had purposely not read too much about the Miami hotel. The building's facade is understated and elegant. I am guessing that the original building is quite old, but the current look is fresh and conserves the good elements of the Miami "nouveau deco" style. The entrance is simple and welcoming, wether you arrive from a long walk or in a taxi. As for the lobby and the pool area; this is where we were not as impressed with the overall designs of the very lauded Marcel Wanders as we were with the original Starck creation in California. The freaky doll heads just didn't do it for me. The "fantasy castle columns" and floating stairs are ok (and probably very expensive to have created) but there was no real continuity with these "stand-alone" elements. The spaces seemed large (in a bad way) and the use of white fell very short of older Starck applications. Despite this, from an engineering perspective, the revamp job was a huge success. The building feels brand new and the rooms…
The rooms have a perfect amount of natural light. Actually, the they are ideal in every way; dimensions, details, comfort, bathroom size and design, plumbing, air conditioning functionality (it's quiet and effective). Perhaps it is a coincidence, but Wanders was pleasantly loyal to P.Mondrian in giving us a splash of primary colors in each room. Again, the weird "composite girl heads" are not a favorite for us, but the details…large balconies, amazing views, great beds and bedding…it's all very appreciated.
An important note: this seems to be a dog-friendly hotel as there was a small dog on our floor, very close to our room. But sound is well-buffered and this was never an issue for me, despite being a light sleeper.
My one complaint - which is by no means unique to this hotel - is regarding the automatic door closing mechanisms. The doors close so noisily that, despite excellent efforts to make the rooms sound-proof, you will constantly hear the neighbors doors shutting. Housekeeping has a knack for not propping the doors open during the servicing. So if a neighbors room is being serviced, be prepared to hear the door shut at least 10 times. I suspect that the hotel could correct this with a simple door jam and thus, make sleeping-in all the better.
From my experience, Morgan's Hotel Group properties do a good job of combining contemporary chic with friendly attitude. This is not common with the hip-scene hospitality culture, particularly in a place like South Beach. But it is refreshing.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Breakfast is good and service is also above average. The bar tenders are friendly and experienced. Liquor selection is good, as they have all of the standard bottles but can still surprise with not only the premium, but also the uncommon.
For many, the thought of being 10 blocks from the beach can be a deal-breaker. But I can share several things to this effect:
1. It is great to get away from the SoBe clamor at will
2. The bay views, be it from the pool/ground level of from a west-facing room, are fantastic. I recommend a high floor room, if it available. It is certainly worth the rate difference.
3. As other reviewers have mentioned, the hotel is 1 block from Whole Foods, 2 blocks from Walgreens, 5 blocks from CVS, 7 blocks from the west end of Lincoln Road.
4. Taxis are readily available and for about $5, they will get you to any SoBe location in minutes.
My wife was happy with the Malin Goetz products. They are the kind of products that you would easily purchase for the home (if budget permits!). The mini-bar is very well stocked, although I've only been to 1 or 2 hotels that decided to be unique and steer away completely from the "comforting-yet-dull" Pringles and M-n-Ms deal.
TO SUM UP…
The developers spent a reported $200 million on the hotel + residential project and it is hard to see how they will capitalize on their investment for the next decade or two. Nevertheless, for the hotel guest, the room rates are comparatively inexpensive.
In the past 6 or 7 years, I have stayed in 4 iconic South Beach Hotels and the Mondrian probably tops the list. We don't normally repeat stays, as there is so much to see in this world, but if we go back to Miami in the near future, we will certainly consider staying at Mondrian once again.
We hope that this helps you in your decision process - happy and healthy travels!
Bay-view rooms get a picture perfect sunset on most evenings.
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