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Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Miami

Editor's Pick
Greater Miami, Florida, United States, North America
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami , Florida
Tel: 305-913-8383
Tel: 866 888 6780's insider take:

Worlds (well, 20 minutes) away from the mania of South Beach, this serene, stylish property on a private island near the Brickell business district has stunning views over Biscayne Bay and Miami's glittering skyline, a man-made beach with Balinese daybeds, a 15,000-square-foot spa, and prime restaurants and bars. The hotel's tenth anniversary in 2010 coincided with an overhaul of the 295 guest rooms, and the updated look stays subtly sophisticated and Asian, with headboards covered in sage green linen, bamboo wall coverings, and a mix of light and dark woods to complement the earthy green-and-white color scheme. Tech touches have been updated, too, complete with flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems with iPod docks, and DVD players. Happily, the luxurious bathrooms with pale-yellow Spanish tile remain. The most indulgent suites come with balconies overlooking the bay, and the Oriental and the Mandarin suites boast, respectively, a private media room and a spa suite. Service—from the hotel's celebrated Azul restaurant to the spa—is consistently top-notch.—Updated by Terry Ward

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 88.3
  • Design: 90.1
  • Food: 89.5
  • Location: 82.2
  • Rooms: 90.8
  • Service: 88.9
At this fan-shaped high-rise with a sloping roof on Brickell Key, "there is no natural beach, but they have a great pool and a fun little faux beach." Guests enter past a carp-filled pond and encounter white and ocher stucco interiors. Rooms combine Florida design with Asian accents and have walls made from recycled coconut shells, bed bolsters of crimped orange silk, "wonderful ocean and city views, and spacious balconies." Signature restaurant Azul offers a broad range of dishes, from loin of Colorado lamb with harissa to avocado tempura.

(326 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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