Only Morgans Hotel Group with Mondrian South Beach would dare to break with convention and plop their newest addition on the Biscayne Bay! A Mondrian, right on West Avenue, well away from swarming Collins Avenue! Watch all the others scramble for a place on this particular bandwagon! And who other than Marcel Wanders, international Netherlands designer and lecturer would dare step into the shoes of design guru Philippe Starck? Marcel teamed with the Mondrian Miami brand for this offbeat – and off-beach location (don’t worry, it’s just a five-minute taxi ride)! He has created a classic boutique hotel – its bright and gleaming modern-baroque ambiance underscores this masterpiece of gorgeous extravagance.
Mondrian South Beach has a stunning pool landscape, with a party pool deck right on the Bay, luxury cabanas, low white loungers craftily concealed in secret pathways. There’s a sixteen story waterfall edifice leads to the white-on-white lobby punched with hits of black in the floating staircase and wait till you see the art – wall installations rotate digital images on huge flat-screen monitors. And a dining room to die for – Asia de Cuba of course! Two stunning swimming pools; one an infinity and outdoor living rooms for total relaxation. And there’s an exclusive Aqua day-spa and fitness center!
Each enormous guest-room has everything you could possibly want – and more! Unusual for South Beach, there are kitchenettes in the studios and the sumptuous suites while the spacious minimalist bathrooms are stocked with those gorgeous Agua toiletries. One entire wall is a floor-to-ceiling mirror and the rainfall shower is slyly tucked into a chandelier fixture, right in the center of the ceiling!
This gorgeous place is a little off the beaten track for the South Beach party scene (for now) and you do need a car if you’re planning to leave the hotel area (why would you want to do that?) It’s off-the-beach, agreed – but you can use the beach at the nearby Delano or Shore Club by taking the hotel’s complimentary shuttle and join the parties in full swing.
“Impeccable service, great ambiance off the beaten path, however, it’s exactly what we wanted to celebrate our 21 year anniversary low key with an awesome view” “I have been living at the Mondrian South Beach for the past 5 months. It has been a great experience.” “Hotel is great… pool is great! had a two-bedroom suite with a kitchen and full-size fridge so that was a nice way to start the pre-party!” “Good hotel….being bayside has its drawbacks…but rooms are spacious….pool is great…and on Sundays it has become the in place to be. Overall, Inside Miami Beach offers rooms about 40% cheaper than equivalent hotels located beachside on Collins Ave and Ocean Drive. The hotel was nice. The front desk staff and guest services staff were amazing. When we got to the hotel, the front desk supervisor upgraded our room because it was my birthday weekend (This was a nice gesture). Our room was nice and cozy (soft bed and pillows). I liked that our room had a full kitchen and dining area and the view from our room was awesome facing the South Beach area.” “Incredible location and views. The bedroom was very spacious. (Expensive but) good food. Great place to people watch!” “We waited forever to receive our room. The lady at the front desk guaranteed us a certain time and it was still not ready. She was rude about it too.” “The location on the bay was absolutely gorgeous and the rooms were very spacious and big! The staff serving you at the pool were very slow and rude at times. It really seemed like they were understaffed!”
• What we love
The Mondrian is the only hotel on South Beach facing west, with prime views at sunset. The automated gift shop, Semi-Automatic, could be from The Jetsons, with gifts up to $5,000 at the touch of a button. The adjustable colors and levels of lighting in the guestrooms. Agua Spa, also designed by Marcel Wanders, exclusively carries products by SJAL. The fitness room has great views of the bay and downtown.
• What to know
The (hot) young Euro scene overtakes the pool, so the elderly and body-conscious should beware! On weekends, entry to the hotel’s bar can be rather selective. Though on the water, the hotel does not have direct beach access. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Ocean Drive and SoBe’s most popular beaches. Internet and valet parking are pricey ($15 and $37 a day, respectively).
The latest Agua Spa in the Mondrian South Beach features 4,000 square feet of Marcel Wanders-designed interiors with six treatment rooms equipped to offer an extensive variety of services.
Along with its signature Milk and Honey treatments and private garden-view terrace, agua at Mondrian is one of the only two spas in the United States to carry products by SJAL.
• Blue Kashmir – Saphir Facial
An exclusive to agua facial; a perfectly balanced facial designed to restore fatigue and exhausted skin. Pearl enzymatic mask for polishing and brightening followed by Kashmir regeneration mask for restoration. Includes decollete massage using precious oil infused with blue Kashmir sapphires. Specialty gemstones are chosen for massage and Chakra balancing.
• Vitamin Infusion
Breakthrough formulations of six essential vitamins penetrate the skin’s cell receptors to create glowing skin. The treatment includes a non-abrasive exfoliant, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and sun protection.
• Earth Facial
An organic facial is suitable for all skin types and a perfect introduction for those new to facials. After a thorough cleansing, toning, and extractions, a mask is chosen for your personal skin type to provide balance and healing.
• Air Facial
The key ingredient is pure Oxygen. This deeply effective and relaxing treatment merges cutting edge technology with classic methods for a brighter, more refined complexion – instantly.
• Revive Facial Treatment
This regenerative facial is the perfect answer to dehydrated and jet-lagged skin. After assessing your skin, specific products are selected to nurture delicate skin cells and improve texture and appearance.
24/7 Front Desk Air conditioning Elevator
Fitness Centre Garden Handicap Facilities
Heating Massage Newspapers
Non-smoking rooms Private Parking Restaurant on Site
Roof Terrace Sauna Swimming Pool
Terrace Wellness & Spa Wi-Fi with charge
Accepted credit cards
Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach