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
The Setai was a pleasure from start to finish.
The staff , starting at the front door, check in, and bell staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and polite.
The rooms and hotel are very pretty. The bar and food area off the lobby is very inviting.
The negative. We have eaten at The Setai before and did not love it. This is the first time we have stayed at the hotel.
While happy with everything else, room service is mediocre and not inexpensive.
My husbands full breakfast came lukewarm and the bacon was so greasy it was inedible. I had the bagel and smoked salmon which came with one small dollop of cream cheese.
There was no water , or milk (requested for coffee) served.
Skip room service and eat downstairs.
Unreal! We walked in for a quick weekend getaway and felt like we had been transported to the other side of the world. The food was incredible and the experience was one of a kind. Our room overlooked the beach and greatfully had the dark out shades that went down with the push of a button. The romantic tub for two at the foot of the bed was huge we will be back very soon. South Beach is beautiful and The Setai is a gem. 5 star service all weekend long. Check out the “Fire dance on Friday and Saturday nights”
I had an incredible experience at the Setai. The hotel is luxurious and unique in their accommodations and services provided. The staff was extremity helpful and friendly.
The location is unbeatable, in the heart of south beach, walking distance to the beach and other main attractions. The amenities were so convenient including: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, large swimming pool with plenty of chairs, spa and gym.
Highly recommend for any occasion when vising South Beach.
Came for a 6 night trip with my wife. Weather is great down here 90s and sunny every day. The hotel has a dimly lit front desk area which is very serene. This area opens up to a great focal point for the hotel, the courtyard, which is a really great touch. It is a seating area for breakfast, the in house restaurant, as well as a small bar area. Beautiful water feature throughout the courtyard with a small fountain in the middle. The three pools are nicely situated with great service. The hotel’s beach area is also nicely set up with great service. Both the pool and beach have cushioned chairs that get nice towel service as well as food and drink service. Amazing staff thus far.
My wife and I have been here 4 nights with 2 to go. One of the only issues we have come across is the AC in the room. Have to turn it to 66 for it to be somewhat cool in the room. We had someone from the hotel check it out, but it’s still an issue.
The courtyard also has sharp concrete corners on the edges as you walk out of the seating area. Be cautious with these as one banged my shin causing a bad bruise and scrape.
We also have massages set up tomorrow. The spa seems to be set up nicely with a very pleasant staff so hoping the massages will match.
All in all, the Setai has a nice resort type feel which is a nice change of pace from some of the other
Miami Beach hotels.
Me and my partner stayed for a week in one of the tower apartments - great "home" feel, impecable service and hard-to-beat location in SoBe. IMO The Setai is the current best property to stay in Miami (the MO downtown is also great, but if you want to stay in the beachfront, this is the place to be).
Only not-so-great experience was at the pool bar, where we tried to eat something in the middle of the afternoon and were told there was no service at that time of the day, so we had to eat inside.