ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: We arrived about the time everyone else was checking in. I thought it would be chaotic, but it didn’t feel that way nor did it feel congested. I credit the large unloading area and the quickness of the valet staff. The Mondrian Hotel is an upscale hotel located in the heart of South Beach and the Miami Beach area, with an entrance on newly fashionable West Avenue, just off the hustle and bustle of Alton Avenue and a few blocks from famous Collins Avenue. Mondrian sits just minutes from the center of South Beach, downtown Miami, Miami Design District, Wynwood Arts District, Venetian Causeway, Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and Espanola Way. Set on the stunning waterfront of Biscayne Bay, the hotel offers a tropical oasis in a cosmopolitan setting. In the soaring lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the bay while the eye is drawn to the signature “floating” staircase. The front desk staff extended the same warm welcome we received when we drove in.
GUEST QUARTERS: My suite near the top floor gave me a spectacular view of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Dutch designer Marcel Wanders used a whimsical and visionary style for the hotel, paying homage to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The room had a contemporary feel with a mix of modern furnishings and period pieces. The color palette, the décor and furnishings definitely pulled off the designer’s vision. As I entered, I walked into a spacious dining area in a full kitchenette with a well-stocked refrigerator and a small stove top. The bathroom suite to my left held a beautiful vanity with more than enough space for two people and a gorgeous, roomy standup shower stall. The suite opened up with a super-comfortable king-sized bed with built-in reading lights and nightstands on either side. A large sofa and well-appointed desk gave the suite a nice sense of home. A large window spanning the entire width of the room provided a wonderful view of South Beach.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: Soak up the sun at the legendary pool while people-watching or enjoying the unbeatable views. One can also relax at the signature GuyandGirl Spa or get a great workout at the world-class gym. Make a point to have breakfast alfresco at the on-site Mondrian Caffé, located poolside with amazing views of Biscayne Bay.
Other hotel amenities include water sports rental on Biscayne Bay such as jet skis, boats, kayaks and paddle boards. Private yacht charters are available through the concierge. Additionally, an Audi Silvercar is available for daily rentals. And if you’re looking for an exclusive meeting or event venue complete with on-site catering, Mondrian South Beach offers unique spaces with breathtaking views to accommodate your group.
The Mondrian South Beach is currently undergoing a property-wide renovation and will begin accepting reservations again Oct. 1.
Make a point to sip a cocktail poolside as you watch the sunset over Biscayne Bay and later enjoy the evening skyline of Miami.
All main elevators are handicapped accessible, the pool has accessible access, the guestrooms feature accessible showers, portable ramps can provide access from guestrooms to balconies, and strobes and speakers are ADA compliant.
MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH HOTEL
1100 West Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
tel 305 514 1500
By Bill Lodzinski
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