Mondrian South Beach
What We Love
- The only hotel in South Beach that faces west, with prime views at sunset
- The automated gift shop, Semi Automatic, could be from The Jetsons, with gifts up to $5,000 at the touch of a button
- The adjustable colors and levels of lighting in the guestrooms
- The La Savina restaurant dishes up Mediterranean fare and fresh seafood on an open-air patio overlooking the bay
What To Know
- Though on the water, the hotel does not have direct beach access, but it’s only a 15-minute walk to Ocean Drive and SoBe’s most popular beaches
- The daily resort fee includes WiFi, a free welcome drink at Sunset Lounge, poolside amenities, and use of the fitness center
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dutch provocateur Marcel Wanders designed Mondrian as a surrealist homage to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Three enormous chandeliers sway over the porte cochere, offering perfect paparazzi lighting for A-list guests, while the snow-white lobby feels like a dream playground with its floating black laser-cut staircase, lacquered columns that feel like Brobdingnagian chair legs, and chandeliers encased in oversize brass bells. Guest rooms are modern and eccentric, with kaleidoscopic black and white wallpaper, blue and white Delft tiles portraying old-school Florida scenes, and funky graphic rugs. A meal at the grand 20-foot table at the hotel’s American brasserie feels a bit like attending Alice in Wonderland’s tea party (that is, if the Mad Hatter served branzino with charred lemon and Tuscan kale). Or, head to La Savina for Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood on an open-air patio overlooking the bay. The pool is equally magical, with a labyrinthine garden, Queen of Hearts–worthy red thrones and towering hedges that curve into cabanas. It’s the best place in Miami to catch the sunset, and you can show up via boat thanks to the hotel’s marina.
In the Area
Sign up for an Art Deco walking tour with the Miami Design Preservation League, or explore the city’s edgier side with a street art tour. All the hip arty types are slumming it at the Broken Shaker bar, in the Freehand hostel. Grab a tiki-inspired drink by the fountain before heading out for a rib-sticking dinner of fried chicken and biscuits at Yardbird, or haute seafood at the buzzy Juvia, a South Beach “it” table perched atop the Herzog and de Meuron–designed 1111 Lincoln Road. SoBe’s Frank Gehry–designed New World Center makes high culture hip with a theater that transforms into a nightclub-style venue mixing electronica and classical music.
How to Get There
Don’t do it.
Don’t buy the hyped reviews. Forget about the website photos. Don’t imagine that it “can’t be that bad.”
Staff is nice but completely overwhelmed and not professional. They don’t mean to be surly, they just can’t take it anymore. After you’ve stood in line for 15 minutes to check in or out they will regale you with their pain and you might even feel some sympathy.
My room had just been freshly “cleaned” when I arrived. A thick coat of oily and very pungent cleaning fluid covered the floor. The room smelled as if it had been fumigated. What happened here before I arrived? Watery eyes and sneezing ensued. The window which barely cracked open did its best to evacuate the noxious odor.
The rooms are uninspired and dingy. The hotel is full and the complaints are everywhere.
Don’t do it.
We stayed one night over Presidents weekend, the hotel seemed very busy on arrival. The pool was packed with a young, hip crowd, it you are looking for a quiet getaway this is not the place for you. It was hard to get a chaise lounge and had trouble getting help to locate one but eventually did get two lounge chairs, it was more if a party atmosphere at the pool. The location is pretty on the intercoastsl but far from the beach, shops and restaurants, The room was very spacious. I would prefer a hotel on the beach for future stays but if you are young and looking for a party, this would be a good choice
Upon arrival Juan took great care to see that we would enjoy our stay. Phenomenal attention to detail and an exceptional welcoming attitude — we felt right at home. The hotel is beautiful — great atmosphere!
Loved this place! My advice: check in with Vashia, Juan or Rimez, they will warmly welcome you and fill you in on all that the hotel offers. Then head directly to the pool bar and have a cocktail with Fanny, bartender extraordinaire. She will advise you on what to do in Miami, she’s an expert! Then get your bathing suit on and head back to the pool. Say hi to cutie pie Camilo on your way out and ask Alexius for a lounge chair. He will set you up. After awhile, head to the other pool bar and have a cocktail with Miguel or Paul, both charming. The pool has a gorgeous view! Relax and enjoy!
So I spent the day here on work and it was nothing short of perfect. The whole entire time I was there everyone made sure I was never missing a thing! Sylvia, nevien, Beatriz and Alexandra were all super on point with their service. I will for sure recommended to everyone and I will definitely be returning!! Thank you guys so much!!!