The Mondrian South Beach infuses life into the beach's lesser-known western perimeter and rises as a poster child of SoBe design glam—head to toe, the hotel is a living and functioning work of art, an ingenious vision of provocateur Marcel Wanders. The \"wow\" factor is ubiquitous throughout Wanders's eccentric vision of Sleeping Beauty's castle near the shores of South Beach—though this vision was toned down during an early 2015 refurbishment (e.g. the iconic big-eyed sea sirens are now gone from the common areas and most guest rooms). From baroque seaweed patterns on the walls to oversize furnishings of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids proportions, this contemporary castle has designers and trendsetters dropping by to see what all the fuss is about. Rooms are bright and airy, continuing Wanders's \"under the sea\" theme. The pool scene here is totally happening, packed with hot bodies and European stunners year-round. The West Avenue location affords picture-perfect sunsets, but it's a 10- to 15-minute trek to the beach. The hotel's Sunset Lounge is renowned for its mojitos and restaurant La Savina for excellent Spanish coastal cuisine.
Whimsical "studios" are designed by Marcel Wanders and feature custom-designed wallpaper, rugs, and accents that pop with color. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a down duvet, a living area, tile accents, and a kitchenette.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Water views are of Biscayne Bay, not the ocean. Nevertheless, sunsets tend to be spectacular.
Bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads and Guy and Girl bath products.
A fantastical lobby is straight out of a fairy tale--Sleeping Beauty, to be exact--which was the inspiration for Dutch designer Marcel Wander's vision. A floating staircase leads to the lobby, which effortlessly leads to the outdoor area. Take advantage of a greenery maze designed for stealing secret kisses.
The Mondrian may be far from the beach, but you won't miss sand in your toes with a pool this spectacular. A man-made beach area with hammocks is worth exploring or just hunker down on a chaise or daybed. Kids have their own designated pool and on weekend, there's a pool party with music.
Guests and local can participate in weekend boot camp Saturday mornings and Yoga on Sunday mornings, poolside.
The Guy and Girl Spa offers massage, facials, and special wedding packages designed to relax and cure your jitters before saying "I do".
Cell phones and laptops aren't allowed in spa areas.
The third floor fitness center offers a workout with a view 24 hours a day. Yoga mats are available to take with you in your room or wherever you want to strike a pose.
The Mondrian Caffe offers globally-inspired cuisine in a stunning white-and-gilt decorated setting. If the weather permits (and it usually does) opt for a table on the oversized patio deck.
A Sunday brunch buffet features more than 30 items and stations. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys are available for an upcharge.
The Mondrian is located on the west side of South Beach, so most destinations are at least a 20-minute walk. Most guests take Ubers to their destinations (usually a $5 trip to Ocean Drive).
Stiltsville Fish Bar (10-minute drive) is run by Top Chef alum Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. The restaurant features local, fresh caught seafood with Southern touches. If you're looking for a locals' experience, David's Cafe (10-minute walk) serves Cuban sandwiches and cafecitos.
Foxhole (10-minute walk) is a favorite with locals who go for the well-priced drinks and dive-bar atmosphere. The Abbey Brewing Co. (5-minute drive) brews its own beer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Mondrian is a gorgeous fantasy of a hotel with well-appointed rooms. If you're looking for a resort hotel that's its own destination (and being directly on the beach isn't that important) the Mondrian is a great choice.