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Hotel Highlights

  • Ultra-cool minimalist decor
  • Outstanding spa and hot tub-enhanced pool area
  • Dockside bar perfect for sundowners

Overview

In Miami – a city that moves to the fast pulse of Latin America yet still has that laid-back mañana attitude – André Balazs’ ultra-cool boutique hotel is the perfect bolt-hole. Invigorating and relaxing, but without the brash bling of SoBe, The Standard Miami is anything but. This star spa destination is a hip urban oasis in the art deco style – as beautiful as the beautiful people who come here, but with none of the attitude.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Standard Miami with us:

Two passes to the Standard Spa's Mud Lounge

Facilities

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The Standard Miami hotel – Miami – United States

Need To Know

Rooms

100.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible; ring the front desk to check availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $189.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $19.99 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include access to indoor and outdoor baths, spa and fitness centre, but exclude breakfast.

Also

The use of mobile phones is (thankfully) strongly discouraged.

At the hotel

WiFi, flatscreen TV, iPod dock and DVD library. Bath Terrace rooms and Bayview Suites have roll-top baths and all except Standard rooms have their own terrace. There are custom-blended Kiss My Face toiletries, and in-room spa treatments are available.

Our favourite rooms

The Bath Terrace rooms have the benefit of a private terrace with a roll-top bath, some with views of the bay. The 555-square-foot Bayview Suite loft has vast windows, for plenty of natural light and wonderful panoramic views.

Poolside

Take a plunge in the infinity pool, which has an underwater sound system.

Packing tips

Your sexiest swimwear.

Also

The outstanding spa includes a hammam, classic cedar sauna and steam room, and offers a range of treatments and therapies. There are also yoga lawns and a gym. Pets under 25lbs are welcome (US$150 non-refundable deposit). Smoking rooms are available.

Children

Guests must be at least 17 years old. An extra bed costs US$50.

Food & Drink

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The Standard Miami hotel – Miami – United States

Hotel Restaurant

The Lido Restaurant and the Bayside Grill both have sleek Nordic styling with blonde woods and clean lines. The emphasis is on healthy, fresh and organically produced Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel Bar

The bar has excellent DJ sets and live music. The dockside bar is great for sundowners.

Last orders

11pm for food and drinks.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Guests are encouraged to relax in their fluffy white bathrobes.

Top table

On the dockside overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Local Guide

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The Standard Miami hotel – Miami – United States
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Boucher Brothers can supply just about anything you could conceivably need for the beach, including windsurfers, kayaks, sailing boats and rollerblades; they also organise parasailing. You can find their offices at 420 Lincoln Road, and at the Fontainebleau Hilton on Collins Avenue – visit www.boucherbrothers.com for details. The Bass Museum of Art (+1 305 673 7530; www.bassmuseum.org) on Park Avenue is the centre of the emerging Miami Design District and well worth a visit.

Local restaurants

Prime One Twelve (+1 305 532 8112) on Ocean Drive is a bustling super-swish steak house with attitude; vegetarians might feel a bit left out. Bond St (+1 305 398 1806) at the Townhouse hotel on 20th Street is an excellent sushi restaurant; the scallop and asparagus rolls are delicious. China Grill (+1 305 534 2211) on Washington Avenue is a very popular venue serving Japanese and French dishes. Grab a pavement table at tiny La Laconda (+1 305 538 6277), also on Washington, for tasty Italian food and an excellent atmosphere. 

Local bars

Tiffany Spire Bar, at the unimaginatively named 'The Hotel' on Collins Avenue, has the best roof bar in South Beach, with great views. If you're looking for a place where the primped and preened go to let their hair down, head for riotous neon of Automatic Slims on Washington Avenue where the tequila flows freely.

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The Standard Miami

40 Island Avenue, Miami, Florida 33139, United States

Planes

The nearest airport is Miami International, less than 20 minutes away by car. Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) flies direct from London Heathrow.

Trains

The nearest metro station is Bicentennial Park, 10 minutes in a cab. The main Amtrak station (www.amtrak.com) is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

From the airport, the drive down Venetian Causeway to the Standard Miami shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes.

Reviews

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The Standard Miami hotel – Miami – United States

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

In Miami, the Standard hotel is anything but – by a long shot. It makes a point of not being part of the South Beach ‘scene’; it doesn’t slot easily into the super-luxe SoBe category; it’s not on Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive, as you’d expect; and it’s home to one of the most stylish spas you’ll ever go to. André Balazs’ ultra-cool palac…
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The Standard Miami

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

In Miami, the Standard hotel is anything but – by a long shot. It makes a point of not being part of the South Beach ‘scene’; it doesn’t slot easily into the super-luxe SoBe category; it’s not on Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive, as you’d expect; and it’s home to one of the most stylish spas you’ll ever go to. André Balazs’ ultra-cool palace of minimalism hasn’t just pared down its fixtures, streamlined its technology and vanished away clutter; it is also quite staggeringly difficult to find. Mrs Smith and I cruise up and down roads we know are definitely in the right area, chatting to the exasperated taxi driver and hoping that the hotel will reveal itself, like a Magic Eye image, in our peripheral vision.

A likely contender hovers into view, on the edge of a small island just off Miami Beach, connected to the mainland by the Venetian Causeway, a series of bridges that spans Biscayne Bay. The sign outside reads Lido Spa & Resort – the building’s previous incarnation. Underneath it, attached upside down, inside a locked box on which is written ‘Beware of the leopard’ (OK, I made that last bit up), is the hotel’s new name: the Standard. ‘Oh, I see,’ I say, as the penny drops. Mrs Smith grins sheepishly at the driver, who is now mumbling something colourful in Spanish under his breath, having driven us past here several times already.

Whatever the word ‘Venetian’ suggested to us, we see no gondoliers: sleek yachts and speedboats dominate the waterways, but the ambiance is certainly both as serene and lively as it is in the city of canals. We drink in the view for a few moments before we head to our room, which is appropriately called a Wet (Large). Aside from fitting in with the Standard’s spa and wellbeing theme, this name turns out to be justified by features such as an old-fashioned outdoor bathtub on a private sundeck. There’s also a lightly screened terrace area with a sunbed, placed further out on its own patio, and canvas deckchairs that Mrs Smith and I earmark for at least a few hours of morning and late-afternoon snoozing. See, if we were actually in South Beach, snoozing wouldn’t be an option: we’d have to be out rollerblading in tight neon shorts, dragging along a poodle on a skateboard. However, the Standard is where Miami’s party people hole up when they want to relax (and take a break from rollerblading with poodles).

Although we do manage to spend considerable time snoozing, as planned, on our patio, the other, more public areas of the Standard are far too inviting to pass over, so we find reasons to hang out in these, too. I rendezvous with Mrs Smith out in the lobby, where low-slung sectional furniture and retro Sixties design keep the feeling relaxed and informal; we catch up with old Miami friends at dinner outside in the Lido Restaurant's courtyard, where we sit in comfy cushioned chairs at circular tables under giant seagrape and palm-trees as the day melts into sunset; and, the next day, after an excellent lunch, I even fall asleep in one of the hammock chairs that hang outside in the gardens. The main draw here, though, is the spa; it has a quite mind-boggling array of facilities and treatments. Even in a city renowned for its focus on the body beautiful, the Standard takes its wellbeing credentials more seriously than most. Everyone we meet seems to have an opinion on what we should try out first: ‘Go to the Mud Lounge!’ they say. ‘Do the Roman Waterfall Hot Tub; have a dip in the Sound Pool; make time for the hammam!’ Mrs Smith does make time for the latter, while I go to the gym. Twice. It’s that good.

One of our favourite Miami moments comes while grabbing some R&R out on the lounge chairs near the infinity pool. We are roused mid-afternoon by the drone of a high-speed launch approaching rapidly alongside the jetty nearby; I pull back my cap sufficiently to see a distant figure aiming a telephoto lens – from several hundred feet away – towards the pool area. ‘Oh God, ees it paparazzi?’ gasps the woman on the chair next to ours, pushing a huge pair of ultra-dark Serengetis up her nose. I wag my finger silently in denial, and point briefly in the direction of another guest at the other end of the pool, who has decided to go topless. Our neighbour sighs in relief as the speedboat roars off, its occupants presumably also satisfied.

People-watching, it seems, is not really the done thing here. Sure, there’s a diverse range of visitors, from pregnant women and couples coming for a holistic getaway experience to entertainment and business bigwigs eager to try out the latest Miami hideaway with a buzz about it – the Standard has all that, but without the attitude you encounter elsewhere along the main drags. The mood is relaxed and intimate; staff are friendly, down to earth, and know their city like the back of their hands. You want the best Cuban or Brazilian fare in town? They’ll tell you the name, give you directions and recommend the best dishes on the menu.

While the food at the Standard’s decked outdoor restaurant is both health-conscious and enticing, for variety, we take the 20-minute stroll across the connecting bridges into South Beach to test out some of the recommendations: Wish restaurant on Collins (for contemporary American cuisine with a Vietnamese accent), and Touch on Lincoln Road (for outstanding seafood). A little on-foot Miami exploration is certainly a stimulating way to burn off any post-prandial heaviness: on our way back to the Standard, we pass a sign out in the water next to our bridge that reads: ‘Please slow your outboard engines, manatees resident in this bay area.’

In a city that moves to the fast pulse of Latin America yet still has that laid-back mañana attitude, the Standard is the perfect mix. Invigorating and relaxing, but without the brash bling of SoBe, this is a destination worth seeking out. Provided you can find it, of course.

This cheap-chic boutique spa hotel was reviewed by Hal Peat.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Standard Miami's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Standard is an amazing hotel. I arrived quite late, tired after a long drive, and the staff took care of me immediately. I got a lovely garden room with the glassy turquoise pool just by my doorstep. The hotel is very beautiful and has lots of greenery with hideaways if you want to spend time on your own or with your loved one. All the three restaurants serve delicious and healthy food. I also spent an afternoon in the spa, which is free if you are staying at the hotel and has a hamam including hot stones, dry and steam saunas and special baths. The hotel also has yoga classes and a gym so everything is there if you want to spoil yourself and your body to some days of goodness. I will definitely go back to this delightful gem.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff at this hotel was by far the best I have ever seen. They were just so nice! They made me feel extremely comfortable, and helped make sure I got to where I needed to be, whether it was my spa treatment, yoga class, dinner or the airport. The fresh squeezed juices made me want to go on a juice diet, they were so good. The spa here was amazing. I absolutely plan to go back.

Don’t expect

Honestly, I can't think of anything they could do to make this better.

Rating: 10/10 stars