It’s easy to miss the Mondrian’s entrance among a number of other tall condominium buildings along West Avenue, right on the waterfront overlooking Biscayne Bay on the western side of Miami Beach. It’s a long walk through residential areas across South Beach to the ocean, but if that’s important to you then you’ll probably want to stay that side of town anyway. As it is, the Mondrian’s position is not the only thing out of the ordinary...
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders envisaged the Mondrian as “Sleeping Beauty’s castle” when it opened in 2008 and the individually styled furniture, huge rugs and busy wall coverings reflect his fantasy thinking. His signature touch is a pretty young girl’s head as floating wall art in every bedroom in the building, the same animated face in a variety of sizes, hairstyles, accessories etc, watching you everywhere you go. I’m also not sure that the bathrooms, beautiful though they are, benefited from all that creativity. The thin sinks are pretty to look at but of little practical use.
Wanders’ bold visions and statements are prominent throughout. A decorative, black spiralling wrought iron staircase is the focal point of the lobby and great hall that opens up on to the Sunset Lounge, which incorporates the lobby bar and pool area. As with other Miami hotels in the group ([node:178306], the [node:178289]), there’s plenty of white paint everywhere but it never feels cold because of it. Another whimsical touch is a highly unusual yet well-used vending machine dispensing anything from seven-dollar paperbacks to jewellery running into the tens of thousands.
Eating and drinking
Miami’s great and the good, including, it seems, half of the Miami Heat basketball team, flock to the candlelit tables of Asia de Cuba, the hotel’s trendy restaurant that promises the best of Asian and Latin cuisine. You’ll find lighter, but still expensive, bites served at the Sunset Lounge.
From state of the art equipment in the fitness room overlooking Biscayne Bay, to the innovative workout programmes in SoulCycle, the indoor spinning studio, and the luxury treatments of the Agua spa, the Mondrian lacks little in leisure amenities. Guests are welcome to use the beach facilities of the Delano, or just build sandcastles in an adult sandbox on the pool deck.
It's generally good but it’s sometimes hard to catch a waitress’s eye, especially if you don't happen to be a high-tipping sports star.
Who stays there
Trendy, good-looking young things and anyone featured regularly in the sports pages of the Miami Herald newspaper.
Staff don’t encourage it, but will usually turn a blind eye to guests saving money by bringing in food and drink from nearby Whole Foods, an upscale supermarket. But be discreet.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Sporty types
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Quiet location
- Funky and distinctive
- Decor won't appeal to everyone