Viceroy Miami, Miami, Florida $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
While the Viceroy's Brickell Avenue address in downtown Miami won't appeal to beach-bound visitors, the hotel's Kelly Wearstler design, 300-foot infinity pool (Florida's longest), and extravagant spa create a resort vibe that helps counteract all the boring high-rises. Wearstler's design in the 162 rooms recalls 1920s Saigon with lacquered lattice screens, jade accents, and streamlined four-poster beds. Kitchenettes in each room and plenty of space (the smallest room is 440 square feet) help justify the $500 price tag in high season—and put the Viceroy squarely in competition with the nearby Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons. The nouvelle orientalist look continues in the Eos Restaurant, although the cuisine is Mediterranean-inspired, while the spa (which, like the pool, is shared with the Icon Brickell complex's condo residents) exhibits Philippe Starck's trademarks. In addition to treatment rooms, there is a screening room outfitted with oversize Louis XIV–style sofas and a stunning coed water lounge filled with reflecting pools and Lucite armchairs. So, if you're heading to Miami solely to rock your neon thong on Ocean Drive, the Viceroy won't interest you—but it's perfect for a spa weekend in the sun, away from the posturing of South Beach.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Interiors maven Kelly Wearstler is giving Miami financial district stalwarts the Mandarin Oriental and the Four Seasons runs for their money with the Viceroy Group's new Brickell Avenue condo-hotel. Guests sprawl on tasteful green- and white-striped loungers with tasty snacks like spicy beef empanadas by day, and the lounge morphs into the post-work go-to for banker types by night. The 168 rooms are done up in classic Wearstler style with Asian inflections: A stork print hangs above the four-poster bed, Chinese-style lamps sit on an onyx desk, and there are azure leather armchairs, and black marble floors. Double rooms have kitchenettes and vast walk-in showers. The Viceroy complex is spread over three towers, with the hotel and most facilities in one, the stunning spa in another, and residences filling the third. This layout can lead to confusing navigation: To access the fiftieth-floor pool area, which has jaw-dropping views of Biscayne Bay, you have to switch elevators on the fifteenth floor, where the enormous outdoor pool and the attractive Deco-style restaurant with its good pan-American menu are situated. And despite the fact that this is for all intents and purposes a business hotel, the in-room Wi-Fi service is spotty.2009 Hot List
When to go: Miami tends to enjoy perfect weather around Memorial Day.
Which room to book: A junior suite with a number ending in 11, for the floor-to-ceiling windowsSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›