The Mandarin Oriental provides a private retreat for business travelers, couples, and guests who are looking to escape from the crowd. The 326-room hotel has a three-level spa, chic Asian-inspired décor, and a modern fitness center. It also offers guests oversized rooms that have stunning water views giving them the opportunity to unwind and decompress. However, one thing I’ve heard that guests need to contend though, are apparent rude and untrained staff, spotty housekeeping, and South Beach being a cab ride away.
Getting back to the positives, this hotel is designed in a way that allows the water views to take center stage while being complimented with a lobby that has designs of golden bamboo, sand streaked marble and polished onyx river rocks. The Mandarin Oriental also has a clubby lobby bar that offers guests a gorgeous view of the cityscape across the bay. It has spacious and sumptuous rooms with luxurious bathrooms, while outside you’ll find circular pools and a small man-made beach for the guests to enjoy.
The hotel’s spacious rooms have neutral color palette and pops of color art and accessories and a balcony with great views of the skyline or the island, but too small to even fit in a chair. It also offers great amenities such as an Illy coffee maker, Shanghai Tang toiletries, Goose Bedding.
The rooms have great and luxurious bathrooms that have marble fittings, a spacious walk-in glass shower, and a separate soaking tub. It also has trendy open walls that make that offers a full view of the bathroom from the bedroom. This is a feature, though, is something that not everyone will find appealing.
After freshening up at their room, guests can enjoy a lot of the Mandarin Oriental’s features, like the outdoor infinity edge pool that has lovely views of Biscayne Bay and chic cushioned lounge chairs. Whirlpools are also offered for guests to enjoy.
If you’re in search of a beach that’s more private, then head to the man-made beach which is far more secluded and also has more loungers. Guests can also enjoy the three-level spa and fitness center that the Mandarin Oriental offers and free Wi-Fi for guests who are enrolled in the hotel’s frequent traveler program.
As for food, there are two restaurants to choose from. One is the well-reviewed La Mar that offers Peruvian cuisine and the other is the MO Bar + Lounge in the lobby that serves cocktails, small plates and nightly Jazz and Latin music to go with the drinks and food.
For those who are looking for other options, check out the lively thoroughfare of restaurants and cafes located in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood. Brickell, the city’s financial district, is also nearby with a vast choice of bars and restaurants on offer to suit all tastes.
Though this hotel offers a great getaway for people who are looking for a private place to relax, there are certain caveats that guests have to deal with. Chief among them – as mentioned at the start – is the uneven service and housekeeping, which could sometimes disrupt the peace that the hotel provides. The Mandarin for some may be just a bit too private, being a cab ride away from South Beach and having limited shopping and dining options on your door step. Other than that, it’s certainly one of the best hotels you could stay at in Miami.