Paris-style cabaret shows at the two-level, 150-seat onsite theater
Two original sculptures by Turner Prize-winning artist, Damien Hirst, including a gold-coated skeleton of a woolly mammoth
Holistic treatments at the Tierra Santa Healing House—Miami’s largest hammam spa
What To Know
The hotel’s signature Faena Butlers service every guestroom
The property is 100% smoke-free
There’s a secret bar behind the registration desk at the Faena Theater, accessible to hotel guests only
Parking on site
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Glamorous wonderland in Mid-Beach’s up-and-coming culture zone, with Moulin Rouge-inspired accents and a noteworthy art collection
Built on the site of the ultra-lavish Saxony hote (a 1948 standard-setter that hosted luminaries like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe), the Faena draws on an inimitable combination of Latin grandeur—enterprising owner Alan Faena is from Argentina—and Miami cool. Every amenity is designed to dazzle, from the 22,000-square-foot spa whose indigenous treatment menu was conjured up by the proprietor’s very own shaman to the elaborate omakase dinners whipped up at Pao, helmed by Top Chef winner Paul Qui. If the upscale interiors like the lobby’s 30-foot-long red carpet, tropically themed floor-to-ceiling murals, and zebra-print couches seem larger than life, it’s because Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann served as the hotel’s creative consultant. Certain historic features, however, pay homage to the Saxony era, including terrazzo floors and Cathedral-style columns.
Art Deco touches—velvet drapes; brushed gold fixtures—co-exist with contemporary comforts—complimentary WiFi, goose-down bedding—in all 169 rooms, which harken back to Miami’s mid-century heyday. Bay View rooms are particularly therapeutic for their sunset vistas, while Ocean View suites are appointed with recessed master bedrooms and elegantly furnished balconies. For an especially indulgent stay, opt for the Skyline suite, which comes with a full-service kitchen, wet bar, and two king-size beds.
Meats and fish are seared tableside over binchotan charcoal at Pao, chef Paul Qui’s spin on Asian fusion. For a modern take on South American live-fire cooking, head to Los Fuegos, overseen by Argentinean grill-master Francis Mallman. Reservations are strictly required for seats at Saxony, the hotel’s tony black-and-silver cocktail bar.
About 10 blocks north of South Beach, the billion-dollar arts and culture quarter (still under construction) known as the Faena District is on its way to becoming Miami’s next ‘it’ zone. On the docket for the next few years: a shopping bazaar, a Rem Koolhaas-designed arts center, and a plethora of upscale dining options.