Open in 2009, the Viceroy Miami is an all-round excellent hotel with extremely high standards, from the front desk on the ground floor to the Eos hotel restaurant on the 15th floor. Upon arrival, look out for discreet sliding doors under the Viceroy sign on the front of the building. As soon as we entered the lobby, which is unusually small, we were taken aback by the unexpectedly quirky Art-Deco decor, which could have toppled into the kitsch category, if it were not for talented designer, Kelly Wearstler's keen eye for detail and coordination. The floor to ceiling drapes printed with turquoise ocean waves in a classic Japanese style tie the lobby's myriad textures together in an elegant twist. A giant white partly complete sculpture of a head lies on the counter like that of a sleeping Buddha's in a Thai temple, but despite the seas of blues that decorate the lobby, the spotlight usually falls on the chair in the shape of hot pink lips placed in the centre.
The lobby is nothing but a mere glimpse as to what wonders the hotel holds however. Unlike most places, the Viceroy has two pieces de resistance: the first is the Eos restaurant, on the 15th floor (the top floor) and the second is the sublime Starck-designed spa.
The building itself consists of three towers but only the central one is the hotel; the rest are Icon residences. On the 15th floor, you will find Eos, the hotel restaurant and the record-breaking roof-top pool, which is the longest roof-top pool in Florida. Olive trees planted in oversized flower pots dotted around the pool make the area very appealing for relaxing. There are also lovely views out to the sea and Brickell Key from the very end of the pool on the sun deck. There is regular pool service here.
The spa and gym can be accessed via the pool area and are located in one of the side towers. There is also the Icon café here, which serves snacks and beverages throughout the day. The clean white environment of the tower where the gym and spa are located, is like stepping into another world after the seemingly cluttered Art-Deco world of the main hotel building. As we walked to the spa across the gallery above the spa pool, we could not help but stop to take it in, and you will see what we mean as soon as you walk in. With seating plunged into the pools, an oversized fireplace with cosy couches dressed in tartan at one end, mirrors and book cases lining the walls holding an enormous bay window up on either side, a giant chandelier in Starck's typical elegant romantic style in the centre, the spa pool alone is a perfect area to come to relax for a few hours. With soothing music and lime greens to lift the entirely white area, the spa is the raison d'être of the hotel for many in-house guests and day visitors.