Faena Hotel Miami Beach
What We Love
- 100,000 square feet of beach steps from the hotel
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
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Still stunning and filled with art works. Lobby fantastic and those incredible floor to ceiling murals look even better today. Young and exuberant Staff is a welcome change. Not so snooty. Restaurants are delicious. A must see!!!
Visiting Miami every year I decided to stray from my usual hotel to try The Faena, as I had read umpteen articles about how luxurious and eccentric the hotel was. I booked a two night stay. Upon my arrival the hotel grounds were lovely, I checked in early and since the room wouldn’t be ready for a while my friend and I ventured out for the day. After returning to the hotel that night, the concierge showed me to my room. This is where all the problems began. The room was NOT what was pictured on the website. The decor was something I could only imagine you’d see at the red light district in Amsterdam. Tattered red leather chairs, red draperies, scuffed up floors, sea foam green carpeting in the bedroom. For a hotel that is fairly new the upkeep is extremely poor. Once our luggage was delivered to the room, I decided to sit down on the bed which at that point I noticed the headboard was covered in dust about a inch thick. The sheets on my bed were actually torn ( having rips and tears in the fabric) exhausted and hungry, I decided to look over the room service menu. Another mistake. The hotel advertises 24 hour room service like most luxury hotels, except it’s more like 22 hour room service. Between 10 and 12 there is nothing to order from the menu. As it was about 10 minutes from 10 o clock I ordered two margaritas and a Cuban sandwich. Once it arrived the room service bill was $85 for two drinks and a sandwich. The sandwich was luke warm and the pork was not fully cooked. That was the icing on the cake. I have stayed at a number of luxury places in Miami alone, and I was appalled that this hotel somehow made the Forbes travel guide. That same night I checked out of the hotel ( after seeing the tattered sheets and the scratched up furniture and the insanely overpriced room service) when I called concierge to request a bellhop the nice man told me the bellhop had just left for the evening. A luxury hotel with no bellhop? What a joke. The gentleman at the concierge desk was kind enough to take our luggage downstairs for us while I waited for our driver to arrive. For $2300 a night I expected some resemblance of actual luxury and impeccable service. Instead it ended up being reminiscent of a broken down holiday inn with tacky red drapes. Having stayed at The Setai, The Delano,Aqualina, and many others in south beach, this was the WORST hotel I’ve ever been to. The hotel lobby and grounds are fun to look at, whatever you do just don’t be fooled into thinking the hotel rooms are as nice and polished as the public areas are.
Lovely Service and Hotel. It is very "South Beach" though so expect bling, noise and a lot of Red in the rooms.
The service is very good and the property is a great location (not too far north and not "too" in the action.
The Spa Facilities are lovely.
This review is long overdue. We decided to have our wedding ceremony at Faena last March. Our choice was to have a smaller celebration in the La Cava dining room.
Susan Wesselhoft is the Social Catering Director and Alejandra DelGado is the Social Events Manager. With the two of them at the helm, the event exceeded our expectations.
Susan and Alejandra advised and organized each of the day’s events from the theater experience to the nuptials, flowers, music, photographer and dining. Our guests are still talking about the wedding weekend. It continues to be one of our favorite memories and we owe so much to Susan and Alejandra for everything they did to make the weekend such a success.
Faena offers an exceptional experience. We continue to visit this fabulous Hotel and it will always have a special place in our hearts. We highly recommend Faena for your special celebration or vacation.
I never write reviews, but on this occasion I have to. My stay at Faena Miami Beach was flawless. I was travelling from London for my birthday and it was my first time in Miami. Faena did everything they could to ensure my stay was perfect. My room (an ocean view junior suite) was stunning and oh so glamorous. It was spacious, luxurious and had a gorgeous view of the ocean. I particularly loved the bar area and the the oversized bathroom and huge bathtub. The pool area is wonderful and the bar and food service is very attentive. What really makes this hotel is the attention to detail and the level of service. All the staff were super helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Everyday I was greeted by name, and because my experience was so personal it felt like I was the only guest at the hotel. On arrival I was greeted by a sweet treat and a handwritten welcome card from Patrick, the operations director. On my birthday I was treated to a personalised birthday cake left in my room with a birthday card. It’s these touches that really enhanced my stay. Particular thanks to Patrick (operations director) and Rosa (concierge) for making my stay. Rosa was on hand every day to give me tips and recommendations of things to do, places to see and restaurants to eat at and even arranged for the house car to take me around the south beach free of charge which was a really nice touch. Faena is without doubt the best hotel I have every stayed in and I will remember the wonderful experience I had there for many years to come. If you’re considering a hotel in Miami Beach and want refined luxury and a personalised service - Faena is most definitely the one!