If Viceroy Miami has a homelike feel that sets it apart from corporate chains, there's a good reason. Only 14 of its 50 floors are dedicated to hotel guests; the remainder are residential units. The “This could be my home” sensibility extends to guest rooms, each with a unique design and select furniture: In one room, it's a massive, checkered marble writing desk; in another, it's a specially painted headboard above the bed. All rooms, though, have extra-special amenities, such as Illy espresso machines and Neil George toiletries. With exceptional on-site dining, the longest pool in Florida (it's the equivalent of three football fields and it's on an outdoor terrace), and a nightclub that features two live DJs, exceptional views of Miami, and an outdoor rooftop pool, it can be hard to leave the hotel and explore the city.
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Viceroy Miami is located on Miami's Brickell Avenue, an area now booming after a construction slowdown that occurred during the economic slump. While the neighborhood can be a bit quiet at night, with limited options for food and entertainment in the immediate vicinity, it's buzzing with business during the day. Guests can walk to nearby Mary Brickell Village, a shopping complex featuring everything from a shoe store to a cigar shop. At night, guests can take a short cab ride to Bayside, a waterfront complex of restaurants, bars, and entertainment.
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Rooms: 148 rooms; from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: On-site restaurant 15th & Vine serves contemporary American cuisine in a comfortable setting, where guests can choose to dine at communal tables, more intimate banquettes, or one of the dramatic outdoor fire pit tables. A poolside café serves lighter fare such as salads and pastas. Spa and gym details: The menu of treatments is nearly as expansive as the 10,000-square-foot spa where you book them. Designed by Philippe Starck, the spa has signature Starck elements, such as furniture immersed in the water of the 5,000-square-foot “floating library.” The gym has all the usual modern equipment, as well as wellness, yoga, and Pilates classes.
Who it's for: Design aficionados who aren't satisfied with cookie-cutter decor. Our favorite rooms: Room 1012 is gigantic, with a living room and bedroom as well as a powder room and bathroom with deep soaking tub. Party on: Hotel guests who want to experience Miami nightlife at Viceroy's nightclub, Fifty, are exempt from paying the cover charge.