Close to Miami's busy center, but set back from it, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami enjoys a quiet spot and the designation of the only hotel to sit on Brickell Key, a small island connected to Brickell Avenue by a bridge. This location gives the Mandarin Oriental a sense of both exclusivity and privacy; it also means that rooms offer some pretty incredible views of Biscayne Bay, the city, and one of Miami's causeways. And what rooms they are; with 13 different types, expect a variety of choices with respect to layout and amenities. Standard in every room, though, are oversized tubs, large flat-screen televisions, Illy espresso machines, luxurious linens, and Shanghai Tang toiletries. Turndown service is also included, as is the guest's choice of newspapers, delivered to the room each morning. Mandarin Oriental, Miami does not have beachfront access, but it does have a pool. Finally, although the hotel doesn't go out of its way to advertise the freebie, Wi-Fi is complimentary for guests who set up an account on the hotel website.
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Mandarin Oriental Miami is located on Brickell Key, which sits right on Biscayne Bay. It's the only hotel on the mainly residential island, and the peace and quiet of the neighborhood is part of its appeal for many guests. The trade-off for being removed from the hustle and bustle, however, is that most restaurants and attractions are accessible only by car. Guests don’t have to go far, though. The key is just off Brickell Avenue, a thoroughfare with lots of action especially during the day. The area around the hotel is safe, and many guests enjoy going for a bayside walk or run; the hotel provides a jogging map in each room. Guests with children can take the little ones to a small playground that sits just on the waterfront.
Need to Know
Rooms: 31 suites, 295 rooms; from $359. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There are two restaurants and one lobby bar at Mandarin Oriental Miami; the latter features live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For meals, guests can choose between Azul, a French-Asian-inspired restaurant with a raw bar and champagne bar, and La Mar, a Peruvian restaurant that belongs to star chef Gaston Acurio. La Mar is popular among locals and is always busy, so reservations are encouraged. Room service, though predictably pricey, is probably the best breakfast option for most guests, as the hotel's location makes popping out for a morning meal impractical. Spa and gym details: Mandarin Oriental has one of only two five-star spas in Florida. In addition to the three-floor spa itself, the hotel also has several “spa suites,” featuring massage tables and special soaking tubs with views of the bay. The hotel also has a recently renovated fitness room with bamboo floors and brand-new Technogym equipment.
Who it's for: Travelers with deep pockets who appreciate the consistent customer service of the Mandarin Oriental brand. Our favorite rooms: The hotel's two presidential suites are extraordinary; one features a grand piano and media room, while the other has its own spa setup and a full kitchen. If that's beyond budget (and at an average of $7,500 per night, it will be for most travelers), the Biscayne Suite, room 921, and room 1419 are all great; the latter has a stunning view of the bay and causeway, as well as the skyscrapers along Brickell Avenue. Sweet-talk for swimming: Although the pool typically closes at sunset, the GM can often be persuaded to keep it open later upon request for guests who fancy a late-night dip.
Goose down bedding. Twice daily housekeeping. Illy coffee machine in room.
Separate bath and walk-in shower. Bath amenities by Shanghai Tang. Luxurious bathrobe. Twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water at turndown.
Views of Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay.
Tri-level spa with waterfront views. Specializes in holistic treatments that blend elements of East and West. 18 treatment rooms, including six private suites and three couples’ suites. Beauty Room for results-oriented treatments from Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Beauty line. Private cabanas for outdoor spa treatments available.
Full fitness center available at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Infinity-edge swimming pool. Yoga classes, Tai Chi and personal training available.
Wired and wireless Internet. High definition LCD televisions with digital content on demand. Interactive entertainment system which allows iPod or MP3 integration.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio — Peruvian cuisine. Azul — modern American cuisine with Asian influences. Five-Star signature restaurant.
MO Bar + Lounge — features handcrafted cocktails and waterfront views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.
Superior Island View Room
Spaciously designed with elegant lighting, striking artwork and high ceilings, rooms feature king-size beds with goose down bedding and a large wooden desk. Bamboo-textured marble shower comes with bath tub, separate walk-in glass shower and luxury bath amenities. Balcony shows view of Brickell Key.
Deluxe Skyline View Room
Located on floors 7-19, rooms feature view of Miami's skyline. Stylish interiors offer king or double beds, a spacious balcony, large working desk, and striking artwork. Bathroom features large mirrors, bath, and separate walk-in glass shower with luxury bath amenities.
Deluxe Bay View Room
Located on floors 7-20, rooms feature views of Biscayne Bay. Rooms feature king bed or two double beds, chic neutral decor with splashes or color and contemporary artwork and a spacious balcony. Bathroom features marble fittings, separate bath and walk-in glass shower, and luxurious bath amenities.
Deluxe Veranda Room
Located on the sixth floor, rooms feature oversized balconies with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Rooms feature a king bed or two double beds, a large wooden desk, armchairs, and contemporary artwork and furnishings. Large marble bathrooms include oval shaped bathtub, walk-in glass shower and a window overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Mandarin Executive Room
Located on floors 6-20, rooms are spaciously designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony with views over Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Rooms feature a king bed, cherry wood furnishings and contemporary artwork. Marble bathrooms offer separate bath and walk-in shower with luxurious bath amenities.
Spaciously designed suite feature large king size bedrooms separated from the living room by rice paper sliding foods. The living room is furnished with a large cream sofa, working desk and bamboo hardwood floors and luxurious carpets. Marble bathroom has a walk-in shower and separate bathtub. The suite also features an additional powder room and wraparound bathroom.
Located between the 16th-19th floors, the rooms showcase views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. The rooms feature a large bedroom with a king bed or two double beds, separate living room with seating area, desk and guest powder room. Marble bathroom has separate bathtub and walk-in shower, a double sink, and luxurious bath amenities. Room also offers hardwood floors and luxurious carpet and a balcony.
One-bedroom suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows, bamboo hardwood floors covered with luxurious carpets, and a balcony. The suite has a king bed and separate living room with sofas and armchairs. The bathroom features walk-in shower, oval tub and view of Key Biscayne and Biscayne Bay. Located on floors 6 through 16.
Dynasty Family Suites
With two- and three-bedroom options, the Dynasty Suites are perfect for guests traveling in a group or looking for expanded space. Rice paper sliding doors separate the master bedroom, furnished with a king bed, from the spacious living room. An additional one or two bedrooms are also connected from the living room. The suites also offer Spanish marble bathrooms with separate bathtub and walk-in shower, a separate powder room, and wraparound balcony.
Biscayne Two-Bedroom Family Suite
For guests traveling in a group, the Biscayne Family Suites offer a luxurious master bedroom with a king bed, large living room with bamboo hardwood floors, adjoining room with two double beds, and a spacious balcony. The bathroom features standalone tub, rainforest showers, and doors leading out onto the balcony.
The Mandarin Suite offers private and luxurious accommodations with a fully-equipped kitchen with a marble bar and custom-designed wine cabinets. The master bedroom features a Bang and Olufsen plasma television and walk-in closet. Adjoining bathroom features an oversized rainforest shower, separate bathtub, double sink and a second television. Suite includes a dining room, living room and a private balcony accessible from every room. The Suite includes a one-of-a-kind serenity room with spa treatments and bath rituals in the signature infinity-edge bath available.
Located on the top floor, the Oriental Suite offers a private balcony running along the entire of the suite. The suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious bedroom and bathroom with walk-in closet, bathtub and separate oversized shower, and double sinks. Living room includes a piano and fireplace and dining room with adjoining kitchenette seats up to eight guests. State-of-the-art media room comes equipped with 65-inch Bang and Olufsen plasma TV, surround sound and plush seating.