The Setai is unlike most hotels in its neighborhood, offering a mature, sophisticated alternative to the frenetic party-time energy of other properties. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Setai attracts numerous celebrity guests, thanks in no small part to its attentive and discreet service. While the hotel’s exterior may be somewhat staid, with art deco flourishes that are modest compared with other hotels built in that era, the Setai more than makes up for this in interior design. Somehow avoiding being ostentatious, the hotel still uses ultra-luxurious everything: the finest Swedish beds, deluxe Italian linens, deep soaking tubs, and lacquered wood furniture and accessories. The building includes residence units, which are ideal for extended stays.
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The Setai is one among a string of upscale hotels along Miami Beach, but it's in a class apart. Channeling Asian calm, sophisticated but understated decor, and courteous service, the hotel is a refuge amid Miami Beach's throbbing hotel-based club scene. Collins Park, Bass Museum of Art, and Miami City Ballet are just a couple of blocks away. The beach is just behind the hotel, and guests have private beach privileges. If the desire to see and be seen becomes overwhelming, guests can step outside the hotel's front doors and turn right or left to clock some club time at another Collins Avenue hotel.
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Rooms: 85 hotel rooms, plus 30 apartment units that can be rented; from $675. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Their names may be bland—The Restaurant, Pool Bar—but the food is not. The Restaurant has a large terrace with reflecting pools where guests can enjoy alfresco meals such as healthy, delicious quinoa-feta salad. Service is doting without being smothering; the hotel brings staff directly from Bali and trains them to provide guests with exceptional attention. Spa and gym details: The Spa has just four treatment rooms, but each is large and luxurious and can accommodate couples. Themae products are used for spa treatments. There is also an on-site gym and three outdoor pools; each of the pools is climate-controlled, offering choices in temperature from cool to warm.
Who it's for: Discerning travelers who don't need to be in the midst of Miami's raucous social scene. Our favorite rooms: Every room at the Setai is comfortable and classy, with discrete sleep/awake spaces that give guests the sense of being in an apartment rather than a cookie-cutter hotel room. We especially like the layouts of 416 and 502. Ask Alice:The hotel's smartphone app, Alice, puts the coordination of services and requests for amenities directly in guests' hands. Through the app, they can make requests such as hailing a taxi, making a spa appointment, or setting up a dinner reservation—and can even ask a staff member to bring an extra towel to the beach.