Mandarin Oriental, Miami
What We Love
- Uninterrupted city and Biscayne Bay views
- Beach cabanas have flat-screen TVs, butler service and a spot for outdoor massages
- Privacy abounds: This is the only hotel on Brickell Key
What To Know
- Not a ton of kid-friendly activities
- There’s a charge to rent a beach cabana
- Rooms were recently renovated
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Mandarin Oriental, which has a quiet location on set-away Brickell Key, has all the city’s swanky style, without the attitude. Expect such brand attributes as embroidered silk textiles, splashes of red and saffron, Chinese-style vases and modern tea sets. Double-height glass walls wash sweeping views of Biscayne Bay into the sand-and-sunset-inspired color scheme in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Rooms feel more modern, with a low-slung burl console lining one wall and swirling abstract paintings the other. Thanks to the Mandarin Oriental’s waterside location, all 326 of the guestrooms and suites have panoramas of the city and Biscayne Bay — and balconies on which to enjoy a sunset drink. Marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers with fragrant Shanghai Tang toiletries.
Though it’s off the regular tourist strip, the hotel doesn’t feel isolated, thanks to the popularity of its facilities among locals as well as visitors. Foodies both local and visiting flock to Azul for creative French-based cuisine with Asian influences. The new La Mar by Gaston Acurio restaurant, opening in February 2014, will offer the acclaimed cuisine of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, while MO Bar + Lounge is the new destination for modern mixology in a swanky waterfront setting. Another big draw is the 15,000-square-foot spa, and so is the Oasis Beach Club, set on a private strip of white sand with daybeds, an infinity pool and an open-air café that serves sushi and light fare.
How to Get There
I am a regular guest in the Mandarin Oriental Miami and it is one of the few hotels in the world where I feel at home because of the staff's EXCELLENCY. And to add to this there is never a point where I have ever questioned the professionalism in the team.
Moreover, the hotel itself, although it is nearly 20 years old, has not aged a bit. Another thing I love is the beach from where one can see skyscrapers or the sea and it gives you the feeling of being on a Carribean getaway, although being in the middle of Miami.
My regular room which I stay in also has brilliant views of downtown Miami but also the ocean. Needless to actually say is that the rooms themselves are one of the most well kept I have seen when comparing to other 5 star resorts.
All in all, one can read from my writing that I am a big fan of this hotel and always will be because I have been a customer there for ten years and they have never disappointed me!
We stayed here to celebrate my graduation and this is one of the best hotels ive ever been to, in my opinion. The moment we walked in, everyone was super helpful and hospitable. The rooms were lavishing in terms of comfort, cleanliness and it had pretty much anything we needed! Not too far from there is the beach, shops, and some of the best restaurants I've tried! Overall amazing experience, one I will never forget!
My second stay at this wonderful hotel on Brickell Key, and this time I was lucky enough to stay 5 nights. At check in I was upgraded to a Junior Bay View Suite which was AMAZING.
On this recent trip to Miami the first 3 nights I spent at the JW Marriott Marquis which was fine, but the Mandarin Oriental Miami is just on a different level. If the Marriott is 5 stars then the Mandarin Oriental is 10 STARS.
Everthing about the hotel I love, from the moment I walk in the lobby I just feel at home and happy.
The spa is awesome. Love the pool area and in the evenings I loved spending time in the MO bar.
Spa, Pool and MO bar staff are awesome.
My plan is to be back in Miami next March and I will definitely stay here again.
The hotel is very nice located. Large rooms wit nice views, but a little bit old though. Gym very good, restaurants are focussed on the franchise of La Mar which is a disadvantage. Staff helpful and friendly
Not a 5 start hotel!!! We reserved a bay view room. After check-in we went up to the room, the first thing that we noticed was the carpet in the hallways had stains.
When we got into the room, the balcony had not chairs and was very narrow. I called down to the front desk and explained that we wanted to have a balcony that we could use. We were told that they had a room, but it had to be checked by a housekeeping supervisor. Two hours later, we were told that the new room was available. The room had a bay view (because the hotel is surrounded by water), but it had more of a city view (skyline view).
As we were picking up our car after check-out, I noticed a small box on the ground at the valet. On further inspection, it was a condom box that had been there a while (it was wet from the rain and had been stepped on or run over. I mentioned to the valets that I thought it was unusual to see that at the Mandarin Oriental. They just ignored it….
Not a 5 star hotel!!!