What We Love
- Pacific Rim-inspired spa
- Intuitive and seamless service
- Atlantic Ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows
What To Know
- Three pools, each a different temperature
- Studio suites are in the older Dempsey building
- 20 minutes from Miami International Airport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Towering above the eight-story shell of the Art Deco 1938 Dempsey Vanderbilt hotel, The Setai is an oasis of serenity in hip Miami Beach. The design draws from Asian minimalism, from the black granite lobby to guestrooms and suites with teak floors and walls, jade sculptures and silk accents. The stars of the show are the ocean views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, a perk of being one of SoBe’s newest (and tallest) buildings. The uber-exclusive Setai Spa draws inspiration from the Pacific Rim for treatments like Thai herbal massages, Balinese bathing ceremonies and organic seaweed wraps.
In the Area
Explore the Bass Museum of Art’s eclectic collection of Renaissance and Baroque pieces, Asian antiquities, modern photographs and Latin American sculptures. If architecture is more your cup of tea, join one of the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco walking tours. Toast happy hour with the hip kids at new tiki-inspired it-bar the Broken Shaker, in the Freehand Hostel. Then have one of the rich house-made pastas at Scarpetta or some bourbon and fried chicken at Yardbird.
How to Get There
Exceptional, beautiful surroundings, discreet but present staff. Fabulous room, top night service, very beautiful bathroom. 3 swimming pools, superb beach, excellent pool and beach service. Excellent location. Nice bar, nice decoration. Asian atmosphere
Staff at breakfast very pleasant, always available.
I have travelled to many 5 stars hotels in numerous countries and from the comments found in internet I was quite excited to stay at the Setai. However, I did not find anything special at all in this property. I arrived with a rented car and did not feel particularly welcome by the valet service when I reached the hotel. In addition, the area where you leave the car is small and get jammed quickly. There is a whole area under construction next to the hotel entrance which does not help to make things look nice. The staff at reception and concierge were nice and helpful which unfortunately was not the case at breakfast in the courtyard the first day. The courtyard area looks quite nice but was not very pleasant to stay in. Quite warm and very windy. On the first day I arrived, at 5.30 pm my daughter felt like having a chocolate dessert. I went to the courtyard restaurant where I was told that there was only 3 sweets on the menu and none with chocolate. Great choice of food! I then took her to the beach restaurant where I was told that the kitchen closes at 5pm and the bar at 6pm so no chocolate treat and forget about having a nice drink outside at sunset. Quite incredible but true! Access to the the pools, beach bar and beach is through a fairly narrow alley which is not a dream path either. There are 3 identical swimming pools next to each other but I did not find them particularly attractive, stuck between a huge tower and the beach restaurant building.
I had booked 2 rooms, one with city view and the other one with courtyard. Both were large and comfortable. Given the difference in price I would certainly recommend that you go for the courtyard view as the city view one is rather a no view room - I was on the 6th floor out of 7 and the only thing I could see was the building opposite the road. One last thing: one morning, my wife did not feel well and she decided to have breakfast in the room. Although our rate included breakfast she was charged the full and excessive price of 60usd for having it in the room. I can accept an extra charge for room service but charging for the full breakfast twice is unacceptable and in so many years of travel it is only the second time it happens to me. When I complained at check out I was just told “sorry, it is the hotel policy”. Great customer care!
In view of all the above and my travel experience, I think that this hotel is not only much too overpriced but also that it lacks atmosphere. What you get for usd 800 per night is a comfortable room with little view in a hotel which may have had something special a couple of years ago but not any longer. Anticipating another stay in Miami in the near future, I looked at other hotels nearby and must say that the Delano and the SLS which are a bit better located in my opinion have a lot more atmosphere, good vibes and great restaurants. I have not seen the rooms though.
My husband and I stayed here for three nights and absolutely loved everything about this beautiful hotel. The rooms were beautifully appointed, comfortable and quiet. The staff friendly and helpful. The bars and dining excellent. Location on beautiful sandy beach with exclusive hotel guests beach lounges perfect. The three pools on site adjacent to each other were different water temperatures with one being family friendly and quite warm. It also appeared to be very wheelchair friendly with hoists at each of the 3 pools. If you want a unique experience in the heart of beautiful South Beach, look no further.
Really very well located 4 blocks to Lincoln Open Mall, Collins Ave.
Amazing service, employees and team really make the difference
Not so huge which gives a little more privacy.
The food is fantastic too
The staff is attentive and friendly. The property is well maintained. We enjoyed a large room with an extra side room for closets and a dressing area. The beds are on a step up platform. We also enjoyed having a small balcony with a table and chairs. The Asian theme of the entire hotel is soothing, especially the center pool area. There are hidden areas on the way to the beach, all with oriental decor. It is located near the art district and the Lincoln Road Mall, and close to South Beach, so opportunities for things to do abound. The spa was enjoyable and well run, with professional massage therapists on staff. Note that this hotel does NOT abut the beach. There is another Setai behind it which allows beach access.