Hotel The Setai South Beach Hotel 5 star
Easyexperts
2001 COLLINS AVE Miami Beach 33139 Miami, United States of America -
See the map
Dmitry Petrounin Section editor

One of Miami's best hotels, The Setai's oriental inspired design sets it apart from other luxury South Beach hotels and makes for a welcome change that is being enjoyed by celebrities across the globe. Sexy, cool, yet discreet, the hotel's unrivalled calm and hushed atmosphere held within its seemingly fortified walls gives the utmost sense of privacy and intimacy. Like no other hotel in Miami, the sophisticated Setai proudly boasts a Leading Hotel of the World label and banks its success on simple, calm and soothing elements throughout, making it a perfect little haven of peace and quiet for guests needing to get away from it all whilst still having access to Miami's buzzing nightlife and beach scene. Although the hotel does welcome families, it is recommended that the children be extremely well-behaved to avoid any steely glares from Miami's high-society.

+
  • Well located
  • Rest
  • Gastronomy
  • Our pick
  • Flight
    • Hotel The Setai South Beach

      The Setai South Beach   -   © Easyvoyage

    • Hotel The Setai South Beach

      The Setai South Beach   -   © Easyvoyage

       
    Compare all the prices

    Price per night - Find at 1 partner(s)
    • - Cancelon - View prices
    Show more offers
    • Location

      7.0 /10
    • Accommodation

      8.50 /10
    • Overview

      9.25 /10
    • Food and drink

      9.25 /10
    • Beach

      9.00 /10
    • To know

    • The Setai is located in South Beach, or SoBe' as it is known, but further up Collins Avenue, which is the main road that runs across Miami Beach up to Aventura. The hotel is thus not located at the heart of the Art Deco district - guests need to travel via taxi in order to get to the centre of South Beach as it is about 20 minutes' walk away. Downtown is a 20 minute taxi ride away and the airport is 30 minutes away by car (traffic-depending). The hotel is however located on the promenade that lines Miami Beach and has its own private access to the beach meaning that guests don't have to walk all the way around to get there. There isn't much in the way of things to do in the direct surroundings.

      • Zoom on the city centre
      • Find the hotel
      • Other hotels in
      • Point of interest
    • The rooms are a lot more tones down in comparison to the rest of the hotel. However, a lot of attention to layout and use of colour and textures has gone into the overall design. Some guests may find the rooms fairly plain and others may find the plain decor soothing.

      The Setai has two buildings; the first, the Art Deco building, has eight floors, whereas the second entirely glass building, has forty floors. The original building is where you will find rooms with a more refined decor whereas the other rooms have more of a contemporary atmosphere. Guests who stay as a family prefer the more modern rooms, which are more spacious and come with PlayStations. These rooms are also fitted with full kitchens including a washing machine. All rooms have a wonderful panoramic view of the iridescent South Floridian waters down below. The high-thread count Swiss linen looks soothingly crisp and clean. The rooms have all the expected mod-cons, including large flat screen televisions, Bose surround sound systems, iPod and docking stations, kindles, espresso machines as well as the small touches making the stay extra special, like a goody bag containing a sarong, umbrella, sandals...For the full Setai experience shell out a little extra and get yourself a corner room - the views from the floor to ceiling windows are worth it. The bathrooms are well-appointed and jus as tasteful as the rooms. All toiletries are of The Setai brand. All rooms have a bath tub for bath friends.

    • Inaugurated in 2005, The Setai is one of Miami's best hotels in that it sits self-confidently alongside Miami's brasher, louder, more emblematic hotels without the need to constantly attract attention. The Setai knows that it doesn't really do the whole Art Deco thing and it doesn't really want to anyway. The hotel's Art Deco facade is where the South Floridian 1930s architecture ends. It was a welcome addition to an already brimming funky scene which was screaming out for a more sophisticated alternative - and The Setai has managed to fill that niche just perfectly.

      As you enter the dark lobby, you step into an entirely other world that is daunting and comforting all at once. As you set foot on the polished cobblestones, which originate from China's Lost City, a weight lifts as you know that you are about to embark on a holiday not like any other. The pace here suddenly slows down. The only audible noise is the quiet soothing oriental lounge music and the occasional clink of champagne glasses being tidied away by the bar staff.

      The lobby is the most impressive area of the hotel. With its play on light and texture that is a recurring theme throughout the hotel it absorbs any intruder inside its fortress walls. The dark tones used in the lobby are offset by strategically placed oranges exhibited like art work. Use of fruit in this way emphasises an ironic message about nature's place in our world.

      The hotel bar is located behind the behind lobby area where mixologists will happily stir up a little something to drink with the macerated fruit in the jars set along the bar. The bar has a beautiful outdoor area with smart poolside furniture set up around a pool feature (obviously not for swimming so don't jump into your swimmers just yet). This area is most beautiful in the evenings by candle light. Events take place here all the time, so even if you're not planning on staying at the hotel, check out what's on and book a table for the bar.

      The rest of the hotel is a maze of rooms divided up into two buildings. The pool is also a favourite celeb hangout, as is the pool side beach bar (it has beautiful views of the beach that lies just across the promenade) and really comes alive at night under the stars. Another favourite hang-out of our at The Setai was its fabulous Asian fusion restaurant on the ground floor - sit at the bar and watch while your food is being cooked by chefs from all over Asia.

      In the way of facilities, the hotel has everything you would expect from a five star hotel, including a gym and spa, which are on par with the rest of the hotel.

    • The hotel has a main restaurant, The Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you will find various Asian delights blended in with European touches. Be prepared to sample the crème de la crème of fusion food rustled up by the restaurant's Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian and European chefs. Sit at the bar and watch as the nimble chefs prepare your meal with precise and delicate movements. The restaurant is one of the most popular addresses in Miami so don't be surprised to see a couple of familiar faces. The breakfast in renowned for being the most elaborate in town and includes over 100 specialities. Don't miss Sunday brunch (11:30am-4:30pm), which is usually graced with live Jazz. You'll find a range of European, American and Asian dishes on offer as well as champagne on tap all afternoon. It is worth noting that Miami's largest wine cellar is here at The Setai, and is comprised of over 3000 wines, sparkling wines and champagnes.

      The restaurant's decor is as soothing as the rest of the hotel, but for the full experience, go over relax by the zen pool feature adorned with tall elegant palm trees just outside.

      As an alternative dining option, why not try the Grill (open evening only), where you will be pleasantly surprised by the restaurant's array of grilled food, from red meat to fish and seafood. You can also order small bites like the restaurant's range of sophisticated tapas à la Miami: fois gras with a light apricot marmalade, black truffle risotto, kiwi and black chocolate salad...Sample a unusual (bordering on bizarre) cocktail - bacon and sage infused in Bourbon anyone? Go on, give it a try.

      At lunchtime the pool bar offers lots of Mediterranean alternatives to The Restaurant's more sophisticated dishes, and you will find your usual selection of pizzas, salads, all à la Setai, of course. And for a cocktail or two, the bar inside or by the zen pool, is a great way to unwind after a hearty meal or a long night out.

    • The beach is right across the promenade that lines Miami Beach. The hotel has its own access leading to the beach. The beach is clean, wide, golden, sandy...all the things one would expect from Miami! The hotel has a designated beach area where guests have access to sun loungers and parasols (beach service is included in the room rate). However most guests tend to go for the chic 'at the pool' look (who would want to get a Dior bathing suit all sandy anyway?), where they can get all the service and privacy they want.
    • If you are planning on visiting Miami by car, do enquire about parking beforehand as it can be extremely expensive in Miami (up to $40 a day). Hotels usually have their own car park and the cost depends on the season. Although the hotel doesn't quite turn away families, be aware that you may not feel completely at ease here with screeching children. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, including in the rooms. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the hottest celebrities like Beyoncé or Lenny Kravitz who has set up a recording studio somewhere within the hotel. Also good to know, and on a more serious note, is that the hotel has obtained the Green Globe Certification.

      The Setai is part of the GHM luxury group, which runs various hotels around Asia and the Middle East, including the memorable The Chedi, Muscat, Oman.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    advantage

    • The elegant and tasteful interiors - yes, the cobblestones in the lobby are originals from China's Lost City, I kid you not.
    • The hushed atmosphere - best experienced at nightfall.
    • Range of high quality facilities.
    • Located right on the beach promenade.
    • The wonderful sea views from the rooms.

    disadvantages

    • Some guests may find the decor plain in the rooms.
    • Some guests may find the atmosphere a little pretentious.

    Traveller Reviews

    - 0
    Hotels near to Miami
    • The W South Beach The W South Beach The W South Beach
      • Easyopinions 9.00
      • Value for money 6.76
      • Location 6.0

      Cool, sassy and fun, the W South Beach is without doubt one of the highest-profile hotels in Miami and not without good reason. The most impressive aspect of the hotel is its $60 million collection of contemporary art alongside its impressive range of high quality facilities such as its bar, restaurants and pool. It is also located on the beach in a quieter part of SoBe. The hotel is one of the largest in the city and so lacks a little intimacy. A major downer however, is that the rooms severely lack ergonomics and the high quality finish that is expected for the prices charged. Otherwise the gimmicky hotel is fun, young and dynamic and is ideal for a wide-ranging clientele from groups of friends to families and couples.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Raleigh The Raleigh The Raleigh
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.5
      • Location 7.0

      We really fell in love with this cosy, charming little hotel and its somewhat outdated tropical feel. The restaurant and its terrace area are a great place to relax in the shade of the nearby trees, whilst the lush little green Art Deco-style garden and pool area have a really fresh feel to them. In a nutshell, an unpretentious hotel but a perfectly pleasant place for a quiet stay in Miami.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.1
      • Location 7.7

      The Catalina is a cheap establishment that screams motel rather than hotel. It is not particularly clean or pleasant. It does however have a great location for holidaymakers wanting to be right at the heart of the South Beach action as it sits a 10 minute walk away from the beach on Collins Avenue, the main road running right through Miami. The hotel is an original Art-Deco build that is made up for three separate hotels that sit side by side: the Catalina, the Dorset and Maxine's. Each has its own distinct atmosphere but check-in is done in the central building. The hotel is ideal for guests on a tight budget or who turn up at the last minute without a booking. The hotel is noisy and crowded and is not recommended for children due to some of the guests' behaviour around the pool in the evenings.

      From
      See the offer
    • Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.23
      • Location 7.59

      The Surfcomber has managed to retain the charm of its Art Deco architecture, but the decor in the guest rooms might leave you puzzled. What we liked most was the swimming pool area, which takes you straight back to the frivolity of the 1950's and 1960's.

      From
      See the offer
    • Casa Tua Casa Tua Casa Tua
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.92
      • Location 7.58

      Casa Tua is an exclusive sophisticated haven of peace and tranquillity. Located in a quiet South Beach backstreet, it is a short walk away from Collins Avenue and Miami Beach. This five suite 'home away from home' is modelled on a private Italian villa. The aim here is to provide the best possible service to guests requiring nothing but the best. Every aspect of the guest's stay is taken care of, from the pillows they prefer to their favourite flowers. There isn't much in the way of in-house services here, but what there is, is simply fantastic. The restaurant, with seating inside and in the pretty garden has been thought out down to perfection. Casa Tua is perfect for guests with very high accommodation standards and who do not care much for spas, pools, and the like.

      From
      See the offer
    • Premier Hotel South Beach Premier Hotel South Beach Premier Hotel South Beach
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.47
      • Location 5.16

      The Premier Hotel South Beach is an ultra design hotel where partying is the name of the game. As proof, it has two trendy nightclubs and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool where major parties open to the general public are organised every Saturday night. It is therefore recommended for clubbers and young people.

      From
      See the offer
    • Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido) Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido) Ritz-Carlton South Beach (previously the Di Lido)
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.58
      • Location 7.0

      The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is one of three Ritz-Carlton hotels in Miami along with Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. The South Beach hotel is unique in that it is right on Miami Beach. The pool sits on a raised platform that sits just above the beach so that guests get an unobstructed view of the Atlantic. The upsides are the large pool and the DiLido's restaurant, which is the only one of its kind to be so close to the beach. The hotel is an original neo-Art Baroque build that used to be called 'Di Lido' when it was first built back in the 50s. It is perfect for families and there is a 'VIK' program, which stands for 'Very Important Kids', specially put together for various age groups. Due to its central location, right at the heart of the Art Deco district, a five minute walk from the Lincoln pedestrian area and five minutes from Ocean Drive, it is ideal for guests looking for centrally-located good quality accommodation with facilities that are good overall.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Sagamore The Sagamore The Sagamore
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.61
      • Location 8.0

      This four star art-gallery cum hotel is one of a kind in the world, some say, and should definitely be visited for tea or even just to have a nose around even if you are not staying here. The four-star Sagamore is an original Art-Deco hotel situated right in the heart of South Beach on Miami Beach. Its multi-million dollar art collection makes it what it is as honestly, the rooms could do with a renovation. However if you like to be surprised at every turn, either by a mid-size helicopter on a terrace or video installations leading up to the pool, then this is the place for you.

      From
      See the offer
    Top Hotels Miami
    • The Villa by Barton G The Villa by Barton G The Villa by Barton G
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.4
      • Location 8.96

      The Versace Mansion has been converted into a small and very exclusive hotel now known as The Villa by Barton G. As you can imagine, there is nothing ordinary about this little haven of peace, quiet, fashion and flamboyancy! True to Mr Versace himself, Barton G has kept his spirit alive by keeping everything as it was with a few minor alterations. You can rent Madonna's suite (the only one with a bath tub) or Elton John's, both of whom were the designer's very close friends. For those of you who can afford it, this is a beautiful hotel to stay at for its stunning pool with 24 carat gold mosaics and meticulous personalised service. A world-famous landmark worth stopping by for a couple of nights.

      From
      See the offer
    • Viceroy Miami Viceroy Miami Viceroy Miami
      • Easyopinions 8.94
      • Value for money 7.27
      • Location 5.0

      Without doubt one of our favourite hotels, the very stylish Viceroy Miami has it all with interiors by Kelly Wearstler and a spa designed by Philippe Starck that will wow you over and over again. Although a little bit big to be defined as a boutique hotel, everything has been carefully studied to give the same impact design-wise. Throw in the flawless service, the spacious rooms and the incredible food at the Eos restaurant, the Viceroy Miami runs right into our top three hotels in Miami. The hotel is located Downtown, far from the South Beach hubbub, so it isn't the best choice for those of you looking for a hotel centered around a beach atmosphere, but if you plan on hiring a car, the journey is worth it if what you are looking for is excellence from house-keeping to design. For those of you with young families, the hotel is a lot more child friendly than its quirky design lets on. With the longest roof-top swimming pool in Florida, if not the entire United States, kids will be enthralled for hours.

      From
      See the offer
    • The W South Beach The W South Beach The W South Beach
      • Easyopinions 9.00
      • Value for money 6.76
      • Location 6.0

      Cool, sassy and fun, the W South Beach is without doubt one of the highest-profile hotels in Miami and not without good reason. The most impressive aspect of the hotel is its $60 million collection of contemporary art alongside its impressive range of high quality facilities such as its bar, restaurants and pool. It is also located on the beach in a quieter part of SoBe. The hotel is one of the largest in the city and so lacks a little intimacy. A major downer however, is that the rooms severely lack ergonomics and the high quality finish that is expected for the prices charged. Otherwise the gimmicky hotel is fun, young and dynamic and is ideal for a wide-ranging clientele from groups of friends to families and couples.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Betsy The Betsy The Betsy
      • Easyopinions 7.25
      • Value for money 6.74
      • Location 8.0

      Slightly out of place among Ocean Drive's colourful Art-Deco hotels, the upscale ethical and art-loving boutique Betsy (a Small Leading Hotel of the World) is one of our favourite establishments in Miami. Combining colonial cool with contemporary casual, this is the ideal place to stay for a wide-ranging clientele including yummy mummies who thank the bulky doormen with a "Thank you honey-bunny". An attractive hotel that has mastered understated elegance down to a T, has all the facilities you would want on holiday, from a rooftop spa to a renowned steakhouse, a funky chic bar to its very own art collection, the Betsy is one of the more pleasant places to stay in Miami. Located right across from Miami Beach, a stay here is ideal for couples as well as families with a big budget as a stay here does not come cheap.

      From
      See the offer
    • Biltmore Biltmore Biltmore
      • Easyopinions 8.07
      • Value for money 6.72
      • Location 5.0

      This legendary Miami hotel is packed full of history and tales from days gone by. When you see the imposing building, you are taken right back into the past, and you almost expect to see Al Capone and his cronies drinking cocktails at the bar, or even President Franklin Roosevelt drifting past on a gondola along the canals. The Biltmore is a long way from everything, so it is not really the ideal place to stay if you wish to experience the hectic activity of Miami Beach.

      From
      See the offer
    • Fontainebleau Resort Fontainebleau Resort Fontainebleau Resort
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.9
      • Location 5.0

      The Fontainebleau is Miami's hotel of legends. Known throughout the world, it was a celebrity haunt in the 50s and 60s. Competition was fierce between the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc, and it's still not sure which establishment was the more popular among stars. Now it's your turn to be the star, so enjoy a night or two of unadulterated luxury in this sprawling establishment where nothing is lacking.

      From
      See the offer
    • SLS Hotel South Beach SLS Hotel South Beach SLS Hotel South Beach
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 7.05
      • Location 7.36

      This is Philippe Starck's second opus in Miami, following the Delano designed in the 80s. By a strange twist of fate the SLS is the building next door. The SLS is THE place to see and be seen. It is the latest addition to its Los Angeles namesake. SLS is expanding across the country. Soon it will be possible to travel across America from one SLS to another! And life will be designer! Hats off to the artist for this magnificent work of art! It would take just one tiny adjustment to make this a superb hotel - bigger guest rooms.

      From
      See the offer
    • The Sagamore The Sagamore The Sagamore
      • Easyopinions -
      • Value for money 6.61
      • Location 8.0

      This four star art-gallery cum hotel is one of a kind in the world, some say, and should definitely be visited for tea or even just to have a nose around even if you are not staying here. The four-star Sagamore is an original Art-Deco hotel situated right in the heart of South Beach on Miami Beach. Its multi-million dollar art collection makes it what it is as honestly, the rooms could do with a renovation. However if you like to be surprised at every turn, either by a mid-size helicopter on a terrace or video installations leading up to the pool, then this is the place for you.

      From
      See the offer