Mandarin Oriental, Miami
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.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131, USA