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The Setai
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #11 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Perfect retreat on the beach. Our room was beautiful, as was the view over South Beach. Everything oozed calm and quiet which is what we were looking for. The beach beds and service were fantastic, as were the pools. The service was outstanding and very friendly. And the little muffins and macaroons housekeeping left were a very nice, and delicious, touch.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yonkers, New York
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Setai is a top notch hotel on South Beach. Everything is super nice. The views are amazing of downtown Miami and the beach as well. i stayed in room 3701 and it was a two bedroom condo. The three pools were fantastic. i do not think i will ever stay any where else when visting Miami. An absolutely stunning hotel all around!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Boston
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We did a 2-day Miami escape, and this was the perfect pick. If you are looking for action, stay at the Fontainebleau. This place is about peace, comfort, uncrowdedness, attentive service that is not pretentious, and superb food/drinks. From the carefully configured grounds, comfy pool beds, amazing cocktails, the place oozes quiet luxury. An international clientele--not many guests were speaking English. The breakfast buffet is stupendous. Even the coffee is top-notch. Spa/gym were also excellent. There is plenty of free water everywhere. I really am having trouble finding fault with this place and this experience. The staff went out of their way to make sure every detail, every need was fulfilled. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just like all the men and women that are in South Beach....the Setai is a monument to that perfection as it were....... you will be able to enjoy a beautiful lunch and watch the ocean wash over the remains of the day.

Room Tip: face north east...the sun will gently rise into your eyes
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Setai hotel has to be my favourite of all, its a pleasure to stay there, everything is just truly fantastic. Arriving from airport is a flat fee by cab $33 but you need to go into the lower ground/basement to get the taxis which is not obvious at Miami airport. Expect to wait a long time for your baggage to. Its only about 15-20 mins to the Beach area and around 8-9 miles so very quick to get to the Setai,

Stayed in the Tower this time and this is far better than staying in the actual hotel for sure. On arriving first couple of days of the two weeks the weather was a bit miserable and then research when the best time of year is to visit. Horrified to find out that June has the most rain but we were very lucky as the rest of the stay was pure sunshine. So the first couple of days was just as miserable as the Miami Heat two losses to the Spurs, they were so poor though great to see NBA finals games. The AA arena is not that far 15-20 mins or so in a cab and around 20-25$.

Information found on best times of year to go (easy to find);

The best time to visit Miami Beach is the spring. Between March and May, the sun shines with high 70s and low 80s during the day. Also, you'll miss the peak winter rates. This part of Florida enjoys a subtropical climate, meaning it's usually warm year-round and a bit rainy. Pack an umbrella if you visit in summer or fall; at the very least, you can expect some afternoon showers. In the worse-case scenario, you could experience torrential downpours since hurricane season runs from about June to November. If you're trying to keep your bank account in check, hotel rates and flight fares tend to decrease in the summer as the temperature and precipitation increase.

June-August
Summer means that families will converge on the beach; however, they won't stick around for the evenings. With temperatures in the high 80s and lower 90s, you should bring lots of sunscreen and take frequent dips in the ocean.
September-November
With hurricanes a definite possibility, visiting during the fall can be a gamble. If you guess right, you'll save a lot of cash. Regardless, you'll still confront leftover summer heat and humidity. The beaches will be the least packed at this time of year.

Key Events:
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest (October)
White Party (November)

December-February
The time to see and be seen, winter brings out the best in Miami Beach. You'll enjoy the people-watching, while sitting on the outdoor patio of an exclusive restaurant with temps in the mid 70s. Miami Beach also saves its best events for the winter, especially Art Basel. Everyone (who is anyone) wants to be here during this time, so bringing the check book and booking three to four months in advance are musts.

Key Events:
Art Basel (December)
South Beach Food & Wine Festival (February)
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail (February)


March-May

The clubs have cooled off a little, but the beach is heating up. Visitors get their tans while lounging on the wide beaches. Note that Spring Break always brings a throng of college kids to Miami's shores. If sharing the sand with students isn't appealing, plan on visiting in late April or early May.

Key Events:
Winter Party (March)
Miami Beach International Fashion Week (March)

Check the seasons, June to September is low season which is odd for us Brits!.

Looking forward to next stay already, there's no alternative!!! Renovations are starting now in the Tower to make it like that Asian themed hotel but don't let this put you off, the drills and the hammers are still going over at the W Hotel a year later, a bad choice that one.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had been numerous times at the Setai for drinks and brunch (we are locals) and decided to stay for a weekend. The Setai is a welcomed respite from the chaos you often find in other hotels in MB, went to dinner at Hakkasan and just walking into the FB lobby made me glad to be staying elsewhere. The service you get at the beach (Robert was great) is prompt and professional and the maitre d at the restaurant (can't remember his name) is like a perfect host. My only complaint is that we were on the second floor facing Collins and it was very noisy throughout the night.

While money is not a problem for most people booking this hotel, I want to stress that the prices here are in line with other, mostly inferior IMO, properties in the area. The Setai also includes incredibly comfortable beach lounge chairs, umbrellas and water in the room rate (which can run $100 in another hotel) plus you won't have to struggle to find a pool lounge chair, plenty available.

Room Tip: Avoid low level rooms facing the main street (collins)
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for his birthday weekend in early June. We are young but not big partiers and didn't want a "scene" by the pool or beach. The Setai was absolutely perfect for this. The atmosphere is sleek and discreet but still with good energy. The room (courtyard view with a little ocean in the distance) was big, comfortable, dark and quiet. The service at the hotel is really outstanding in almost every aspect. From the check-in staff to the doormen to the breakfast waiters, everything was great.
We booked through amex platinum but the room upgrade was not available upon check-in, which was a little disappointing (although obviously it is not a guarantee). The next morning the manager came and found us at breakfast to let us know a junior suite had opened up and offered it to us, which was so nice. However we liked our room so much we didn't end up switching. Furthermore, when I mentioned to the manager that we were celebrating my husband's birthday, we later found a bottle of Taittinger champagne and a chocolate dessert with "happy birthday" written on it in our room. such a nice touch and totally unexpected!
The one area where I think service could improve is at the beach and pool. They were fully staffed but it was difficult (had to ask twice) just to get a menu to order drinks, not to mention a long wait time to actually get them. However, when we mentioned this upon checkout the lovely manager took it very seriously and took one of our drinks/snacks order off our bill entirely.
Also not to be missed: the breakfast buffet. you'll be full until dinner!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#14 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Setai 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Setai is an intimate, serene oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Its design vision artfully combines the rich architectural history of the neighborhood and its cultural diversity with the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia. The Restaurant at The Setai invites you to experience a menu that features various cuisines and traditional flavors of Europe's "Sun Coast," inclusive of the Mediterranean regions of Spain, Italy, the South of France and Provence. ... more   less 
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