The Setai

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139

By Richard Luscombe, your Miami expert

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#8 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Miami
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
4.9
4.9
Leisure facilities:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Romance - Expert review of The Setai

Choose between historic or modern at upmarket resort hotel infused with Asian elegance.

The Setai brought a different level of luxury to Miami Beach when it opened in 2004. It occupies both a restored Art Deco building that was once the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel and a giant 40-storey modern glass tower offering amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city. I wasn’t sure I was even in a hotel walking around the courtyard. It’s a beautifully manicured Japanese water garden.

Location: 

On Collins Avenue and 20th Street, The Setai is situated where the traffic begins to get a little less congested. It occupies a prime oceanfront site and is still within easy walking distance of Ocean Drive.

Bedrooms: 

The Art Deco building houses 85 rooms, no balconies here but all have views of the courtyard or city. There are 45 one and two-bedroom suites and one penthouse in the tower, all with a spectacular outlook, especially higher up, and their own kitchens. All rooms are clad in teak, and feature elegant items of Asian art such as jade sourced from Chinese markets. Bathrooms feature black granite tubs and overhead rainfall showers.

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Public areas: 

There’s an orange everywhere you look, on tables, window ledges, shelves, countertops etc, symbolising Florida’s famous citrus fruit. Everything else has an Asian theme, a long narrow flowing lobby with tall teak pillars, low tables and seating. The courtyard garden with trickling water and wooden seating is one of the quietest and most peaceful retreats that I know of in Miami Beach.

Eating and drinking: 

There’s no contrived name for the dining room here, it’s just The Restaurant, with chefs from China, Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia showcasing their skills at preparing authentic Asian dishes in an open kitchen. Don’t miss the jazz brunch on Sundays. There’s also The Grill, for Tapas-style food, and a pool and beach bar offering expensive but good quality pizzas and seafood dishes.

Leisure facilities: 

One of Miami’s best spas resides here, will a full menu of treatments based, unsurprisingly, on eastern and Oriental rituals and principles. Among the high-end leisure activities offered are yacht rentals, private helicopter trips and the hire of exotic cars… think a Lamborghini Gallardo for that cruise down Ocean Drive. There are three pools, all kept at different temperatures.

Service: 

It's rarely less than flawless.

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Who stays there: 

Wealthier couples and families.

Price advice: 

As with most top-end hotels, packages including breakfasts, parking, spa treatments etc are the best deals. Early booking discounts available.

Pros: 
Unique theming
Old/new fusion
Beautiful design
Cons: 
Expensive

More information on The Setai:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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