Overall I will say that my stay at the Loews Miami Beach was awesome, but it does come with a price. If you're looking to stay at one of the nicest and most centrally located hotels in all of SoBe, then this place is for you. The service was very good and the staff was mostly very friendly. You can walk to almost any place and you certainly feel like you're in the middle of all that SoBe has to offer. The beach out in front of the hotel is like a giant bath at low tide...you can walk out about one hundred yards and the water is still only knee-deep. However, if you're thinking about getting a spot at the pool, you better get there VERY early because there are not many spaces. You'll have more luck getting past the bouncers at the most exclusive nightclubs than you will getting a chair by the pool.
Loews is definitely a place that you don't have to leave to have fun...there's plenty to do and see there. However, if you're coming to Miami to see the sights and be out and about all day and night, then you may want to consider a less expensive hotel that is just as nice, just maybe not quite so exclusive. I would definitely stay at the Loews again, but only for a special occasion.