The seventy-floor hotel looks fairly intimidating from the exterior as the enormous building reminds of a bank right in the centre of town. However, the hotel has a multimillion dollar art collection, which helps in making the otherwise hard interiors. The most impressive pieces are Colombian artist's Fernando Botero's nudes, which you will find doted around the hotel from the ground floor, where the sculptures stand tall guarding the elevator shaft, to the lobby area.
Stepping into the enormous lobby can feel a little daunting but the service is friendly, which puts you at ease immediately. Due to its size though, the hotel does not feel personal or intimate on the whole. The hotel opened in 2003 and has been very well maintained since. The dining room, we were told; would be undergoing a full renovation, which should be complete in time for summer 2011.
Across from the main dining hall is a bar that is open from late afternoon into the evening. Outside, you will find the hotel's very pleasant pool area spread over two acres. The pool is one of the largest in Miami. There are lots of cabanas, sun loungers and tables for guests wishing to do some work or have food served to them outside. There are also two extra pools, a Jacuzzi and a kids' pool.
The hotel has a extensive spa with a long list of various treatments on offer, however it is worth mentioning that the spa's size does take a away from the intimacy one may desire when getting a little R & R. However, after the enormous pool, the monumental gym will be sure to take your breath away! Operated by Sports Club/LA, the 50 000 square ft gym is also the preferred choice for many members of the community, so this area is usually fairly busy. Personal trainers are on call for one-on-one training sessions (at an extra cost) and the array of machines will keep you busy throughout your stay!