I took my beautiful girlfriend for a quick valentine’s getaway in Miami. This was going to be a swanky South Beach weekend so I had to come up with something hip and cool. I was thinking about the Eden Roc which is absolutely lovely and could be had for 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points per night through Destination Resorts & Hotels. The only problem—the Eden Roc (like its neighbor The Fontainebleau) is a pretty good hike from South Beach. So I switched gears and narrowed things down to The Tides South Beach and The Mondrian South Beach. Both scored 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor and both have beautiful, oversized rooms. The deciding factor was a 32% discount on Jetsetter.com for a one bedroom suite at The Mondrian South Beach. That knocked the price down from $375 a night to $255 ($310 with taxes and fees). Cha Ching!!! The only downside was that The Mondrian South Beach is on the bayside a little out of the mainstream of South Beach action.
Must admit I was a little concerned at check-in when the front desk took on the weird douche bag tone of some other South Beach gems (anybody who has ever checked in at The Delano knows what I’m talking about). However, a couple of mojitos, a good Cuban sandwich and a delicious (but tiny) Cucumber and Tomato salad enjoyed bayside at La Savina really set things in a positive direction. As soon our room was ready, we headed to the pool for a little R&R. The pool side attendants were both gracious and humorous. The room itself was clean, sleek and ultra-modern. The décor is intended to make an outrageous statement and it succeeds. The huge picture of a female head incorporated into the wall paper really started to freak me out after a couple of days. The bathrooms are breathtaking but a bit functionally challenged (try to find a convenient place to put your dop kit). The beautiful white platform bed was very comfortable for sleeping, but just FYI the mattress is not sufficiently anchored to the platform for maximum enjoyment of non-sleeping night time activities.
The ultra-modern décor is also on display in the stark black and white lobby. The pool area, which is on the bay, is a great place to relax, take a swim or just watch the boats go by. We also enjoyed the lobby bar where our courteous server plied us with bourbon as we chatted and scoped out the beautiful South Beach crowd. Finally, kudos to the Mondrian’s wonderful concierge, Richard Montenegro, for scoring us a great table at our first choice restaurant despite no official reservation availability for over a week (See my article on Yardbird—Southern Table & Bar).