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.
How to Get There
Cannot go wrong here... the staff is by far some of the best anywhere..front desk... breakfast staff, pool... driver... bellman etc!!!!! Everyone extremely helpful. Also, do be sure to eat breakfast.... salmon excellent!
I booked into the Faena hotel for an event and decided id make a holiday out of it as i was travelling from Ireland to be there and so booked in a week before the event. I hadn't any expectations about the hotel, I'd never heard of it and i guess i was expecting it to be just another hotel. To my surprise it was anything but just another hotel. I was made feel welcome the second my car door was opened. I was greeted by a lovely gentleman called Richard who escorted me to check-in where i was looked after incredibly well by the gentlemen there. I was then shown to my room which was beautiful. From here i would have expected it to be like any other hotel but no. Every day i was made smile by the guys on the door, Richard, Junior, Jose and the rest. Mike from the concierge couldn't have been more helpful especially if you wanted to know about surfing. Agustina who is the director of the spa was amazing, she is so clued into the body and what it needs physically, emotionally and spiritually in order to bring ease to the body and become balanced within. The treatments were all tailored for wellness of mind and body, i was in heaven. They were excellent!! I also enjoyed her yoga and the free meditation which was open to anyone staying or living in the area. I thought this was a lovely touch. I must say the bar men were brilliant they kindly kept me entertained as i was travelling alone and would sit at the bar for company. The pool and beach staff were so attentive to all my needs, i got to know them all as i spent my days in the sun. The food was also amazing, as a restaurant owner myself i was impressed by their service and knowledge of the food and wines. The ladies looking after my room were brilliant also, when she realised id walked to and from the shops she gave me some extra water to hydrate when turning down my room. Which was so needed and a lovely touch.I don't have a bad word to say about the hotel. I was treated like royalty and what i loved is the staff were open to laughing and joking with me while always maintaining a high standard of service. Thank you so much for the lovely experience, i will remember it always. Well done everyone.
Very beautiful hotel and best experience. The house keeping was too late to arrive. They could have called first and then knocked so that I could sleep. But that’s nothing. They are awesome and best hotel one can stay. Very very beautiful!!!!
I feel that hotels should be upfront with their charges when one is booking,not inform you after booking of the extras and then after arrival of the limitations on the booking.to tell us that what was booked as a breakfast inclusive was after arrival notified as a complimentary with a 100 per.couple inclusive of service and taxes was disingenuous to say the least.I also had never heard of an hotel charging for a swimming pool use.
I think the fact that the owner himself walks around on a regular base, checking out the hotel says enough. Best hotel in Miami Beach; hope to be back again soon! Do recommend this hotel; super staff!