The hotel used to be the Lido Hotel and Spa, (a spa for the retired), which still hangs above the door. As the hotel is an original Art-Deco property, parts of it had to be left true to the original design. The hotel is easily missed in this unlikely location surrounded by local housing. Inside, the lobby, with its glass walls, is bright and light, giving the retro lobby a cheerful glow. The seemingly Scandinavian 60s retro design in the lobby keeps things simple yet cosy. An upmarket IKEA look, it is contemporary and functional. The furniture throughout the hotel has a weathered estate look. The lobby gives you a good idea as to what is hiding beyond the entrance; there is nothing brash or overly luxurious here. It is all about relaxation and nature.
The beautiful spa is the hearth of the hotel. When we visited it had four massage rooms, three spa suites and a hamam (North African steam room). Outside, to the left of the pool at the end of the pier, you will find a mud area, with free standing bath tubs à la Starck. Guests can come here to lather on a mud treatment - be aware that people are naked in this area.
The gardens, with their nooks and crannies, hammocks and day beds, along with the large pool are the main features of the hotel. The spa, also the main feature of the hotel, was undergoing an expansion during our visit. The pool is set on a pier on the water, giving it a tranquil atmosphere. The Lido restaurant to the right of the pool is not to be missed. The food here, although pricey, is tasty and fresh. The staff here all wear the latest range of colourful Ray Ban sunglasses, giving the restaurant a stylish edge. There is also a bar that opens in the evening serving food in the lobby. In terms of facilities there is also a funky concept store and a resident palm reader, which adds to the quirkiness of this hotel, setting it apart from the rest in Miami. For gym fiends, there is also a gym and exercise classes (including a range of yoga classes) on offer.