There are by now an awful lot of pretty great—even splendid—luxury hotels throughout Miami’s Brickell Avenue/financial/office district just south of downtown. But the one I still find among the most “contemporary Miami” in spirit (despite its Asian origins) is the cool wedge-shaped property a quick pop over the bridge on Brickell Key. This island locale allows the Mandarin to be the only downtown hotel to offer something resembling a sandy beach—and a thrilling urban view of the skyscrapers (not to mention occasional dolphin sightings, like I had on my last visit). Luxury, serenity, discretion (a plus for the celebs that pass through) pretty much sum it up here, whether in the wood-and-stone lobby, superb two-story spa, pair of restaurants (one the nouvel Peruvian La Mar, the other the contemporary fusion Azul, both among Miami’s top destination dining spots), or elegant, pale-yellow rooms—all not just with water/skyline views but also balconies. If you’re a spa fan, by the way, this one’s worth a special visit, even if you don’t stay here.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Dr., Brickell Key, Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Phone 866/888-6780, 305/913-8288 Prices Double $459–$900; suite $1,300–$6,500. Valet parking ($36 overnight, $21 day visitor). Pets welcome ($100 one-time fee) Amenities 3 restaurants; 4 bars; beach club; 2 shops; children’s activities; concierge; fitness center; outdoor Jacuzzi; outdoor jogging trail; infinity pool; full-service holistic spa; nearby golf; 24-hour room service; Wi-Fi (additional charge) Units 326 units Web site Mandarin Oriental, MiamiBook a Room Now
Map500 Brickell Key Dr., Brickell Key Miami FL Miami
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