Together with near-neighbours W and The Setai, the Gansevoort sits in a newly trendy area of Miami that could more accurately be known as Mid-Beach, ten blocks or so north of Ocean Drive. With their relatively recent openings, all three hotel giants have brought new styles of upmarket restaurants, nightclubs and other amenities to an area of town that’s only going to become more popular.
In terms of space, the Gansevoort was already on to a winner when it took over the cavernous Roney. The tiniest of the 340 guestrooms and suites is 430 square feet, almost double that of Ocean Drive’s smallest, and the ocean facing single-bedroom suites are three times that. Neutral beiges and whites are trimmed with browns and reds for a simple yet luxurious modern look. Bathrooms are huge. Many rooms also have kitchenettes and balconies.
The shark and fish tank in the entrance hall is a striking way to greet guests, and the beautiful pinks, purples and yellows, with pillars of cloth, in the lobby more the look of an attractive giant auditorium. It’s a massive hotel, so be prepared for some serious walking to get from one place to another.
Eating and drinking
With five separate restaurants and eateries, nobody ever goes hungry. The STK steakhouse is the signature name, offering entertainment while you dine. Philippe provides creative Asian fare, and the Pool Plaza and Rooftop lounges have decent menus. I like simple pleasures, though, so the ground floor Café Bustelo, people watching with an espresso and Cuban pastry, is my idea of a good time.
To describe the David Barton franchise a merely a gym would do it a great disservice. I’ve never seen a workout area so large, so well equipped, so imaginatively decorated or so stunning. It has to be seen to be believed, and its 42,000 square feet incorporates a more than decent spa. The rooftop has stunning views but can be a little snooty and exclusive, so I’d choose the giant pool plaza, where you don’t feel so hemmed in.
Respectful and extremely helpful, though some of the room service staff could smile a little more.
Who stays there
Big earners and a good sprinkling of celebrities. Stylish young to middle aged couples looking to splurge a little. There are good deals for families, but I’d probably take my kids elsewhere.
Hotel guests still have to pay for the gym ($15 a time) and other extras soon add up, but at least wi-fi is free.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Sporty types
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Amazing gym and spa
- Luxury hotel with huge rooms
- Expensive extras, including gym