Mondrian South Beach

Mondrian South Beach

1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Courtesy of Morgans Hotel Group

Set apart from the teeming ocean side of South Beach, the Mondrian holds a plum spot on the isle’s opposite shore along Biscayne Bay, with views of the glass towers of downtown. The 17-story, 356-room property (opened in December 2008) utilizes its quieter surroundings to create an exclusive, tucked-away vibe. Designer Marcel Wanders used Sleeping Beauty as his inspiration, but the playful lobby feels more like a James Bond set or the space station from 2001, with shiny white bubble chairs, Neoclassical pillars, and an ornate floating black staircase. The large rooms (the smallest are the garden-view studios, at 523 square feet) juxtapose retro ‘60s-style curved furniture alongside classically patterned wallpaper and rugs, with a wacky recurring motif of a girl’s face with oversize eyes. The pool area is a world unto itself, with private cabanas and towering curtains.

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