An all white hotel is beautiful to look at and very becoming of Miami but also very difficult to maintain especially if it has a reputation as a party destination. I guess that must be the dilemma of maintenance at this hotel.
...And what about those billowing white drapes around the columns just waiting to go up in flames from the lamps huh? Fire Hazard anyone?
The front desk staff strike a balance between casual yet respectful and engage guests right at the get go, so this is such a pleasant and welcomed change, especially after a 20.5 hour journey! The way the hotel is laid out leaves a lot to be desired tho', looking for your room in a white maze with reverberating corridors is a little daunting. I was so afraid I was gonna' be hurled obscenities as I made my way to my room which was, all the way to the end and past two towers, I guess that's the price you have to pay for an ocean view huh? It was also the coldest Miami had ever found itself, 32 degrees and wet! So the journey to Ago for a nice strong latte made me go "hump" when I found myself walking past the lobby and into the courtyard and then back into the corridor and out again past the bar and then into Ago...in any other given balmy Miami day this would have been fine but on a frigid week such as this, it was kinda...Brrrrrrrr....can you imagine what it must be like for the party goers as they make their way back to their rooms after 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila...Floor?
The rooms are cute but minimal. The idea is nice but the hotel fails when form does not meet function, again, am sure this would not matter so much on any other average Miami day but when in 32 degrees, hot water and a working mixer is crucial to a satisfying bath. The Bathroom was drool worthy tho'...ample space and quite a lot of natural daylight filtering in through the frosted windows. Loves it!
The decor is sterile, a few carefully placed carpets or rugs could have lent a much softer feel to the otherwise ample Deluxe King Ocean View room. Out on the balcony looking out at another tower, paint is feeling off the walls and in another part of the hotel, the side of the wall completely fell off, a few more months and it would be a full blown hole in the wall. So it's looking weather worn in some parts. By the way, the music will keep you up at night unless you're like me and can sleep through a tornado.
All in all, an okay hotel that has seen better days, with a little more attention and TLC to aesthetics; it could relive its glory days! The staff is really what makes this hotel cool...reminds me of the good ole' W hotel days. Stay here only if you're in Miami to paint the town red otherwise, you may be in for a rough ride. Have dinner at Nobu at least once when you're there...food's okay but it's something you gotta' do at least once when in Miami!