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
The hotel is amazing. The service is beyond compare. Junior Alvarez took amazing care of me. Always made sure I had water or an umbrella when it rained. Johnathan at the front desk also took great care of me. The woman who cleaned my room was lovely. Every person who works at the hotel wants you to feel special and loved. You definitely do get that feeling. We were also lucky enough to see Samsara - the cabaret show there. It was stellar! If you want a slice of heaven on earth go the Faena in Miami!
While we did not stay at this beautiful hotel, we did have a drink there and went to the Samsara Cabaret in the hotel theatre. The show was amazing. The cast was mega talented. The sets were spectacular. If asked how to describe the show, I would say it was Cirque de Soleil like with a burlesque twist. Definitely worth seeing if you are in the area.
Amazing, exotic art with superb service . The beach is nice with comfortable loungers . The team always makes sure you have what you need. Junior and the others from guest service were very helpful.
I was fascinated by the golden mammoth skeleton
We was at the hotel and wanted to head off to Casa Faena which is further down the road, as we were heading out Jose Sanchez & other door staff (I think Dune) were fantastic and wouldn’t allow us to walk & Without hesitation grabbed the keys to the stylish pool car and spun us down the road! We was so happy they went the extra mile on this occasion and was very informative with other information, service is certainly something me & my partner will pay extra for & because of this will continue to visit, although In the rush we forgot to give a worthy tip 🙈sorry!
The Faena is incredibly special. It has an exotic, animal theme that's warm, lush & inviting. From the exquisite murals in the lobby to the decor splashed all over the property, staying at the Faena is a true experience. The food is expensive but outstanding. The staff could be a touch more accommodating and proactive. All in, it's an awesome place!