Don’t be discouraged by the facade—it is original due to the Miami Beach Historical Preservation Board (the hotel is an historic building).
The lobby commences a visit as a relaxing spa environment. This vibe continues into the Scandinavia Country House style rooms, the large Spa, the restaurants (inside and Bayside), and the gardens & pool area.
The bed is *very* comfortable and the flat-screen is a nice, modern touch. The well-stocked mini-bar even includes condoms! Some rooms (including mine) have an outdoor terrace and bathtub… it’s awesome to take an outdoor bath while watching clouds floating by in the atmosphere.
The Spa has great massage therapists (go for the hour “Standard massage”), and relax in the hamam afterwards. Enjoy the aromatherapy steam room. cedar sauna and large soaking bathtubs. Be sure to enjoy the permeating heat of the marble with radiating heat—- so relaxing, you’ll want to sleep right there.
The pool is not to be missed. I’m chlorine sensitive, but this pool uses ozonation *instead of* chemicals (an indicator of a true spa) to kill microorganisms. The pool has a large view of the Intercoastal Biscayne Bay… true waterfront property.
An Arctic Plunge located in the pool area is numbingly cold… but they say it’s good for the circulatory system. The Roman Waterfall Hot tub has a rounded wall so the organic water sound permeates the entire pool area. The hot water falling onto my neck, back and shoulders provides a soothing massage—it’s great!!!
The staff is attentive and sincere. Definitely a place I’ll highly recommend to my friends and family who visit Miami!