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The Standard, Miami
Ranked #10 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 May 2010

This hotel is super trendy, it has a beautiful pool (no kids allowed) and spa. The location is perfect because it is apart from all the noise from South Beach, yet is walking distance from shops and restaurants.

When we arrived, the lobby was like the set from "That 70 Show." Our room had a plunge pool that was incredibly dirty. We called housekeeping and they cleaned it right away. The rooms are tiny but the beds are comfy. The spa is incredible! They also offer yoga classes.

The restaurant is beautiful, but the food is average. The "mussels a la plancha" are good, but dont ask for the "mediterranean flat bread," is just terrible.

This hotel is great if you are looking for a great and relaxing time with your spouse/partner.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

Loved every minute despite the rain and having car towed away from outside ! Beware of that . Lovely location, fab facilities , loads to discover , discreet. I thought that the staff were great . Planning to go to The Standard in NY to visit the Burlesque Festival later in the year.

  • Stayed: November 2009
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

First of all, this is the second time my husband and I have stayed at the Standard in Miami. We love the pool and outdoor atmosphere and the location. It is close enough to the hustle and bustle of SoBe without being directly in the middle of it. We also spend a great deal of time in the Design District and it is literally a 5 minute drive from this part of town. The spa offers many nice services and the yoga classes are taught by wonderful staff. The rooms are spartan but clean and have everything you really need.

There are some drawbacks. First, do not stay in Room 37 as it has the air conditioner for the entire building above it and you will not get a good night's sleep. Also, ask to be put in a room that if on the outside of the buildings as I was woken up throughout the night by staff dragging garbage cans during clean up and by staff setting up the outdoor seating area for breakfast each morning. Honestly, for a hotel to boast a tranquil, relaxing stay, this was a disappointment. Also, due to the nightmare of parking in SoBe, make sure that if you want to take your car out, you call numerous times (and early) to get your car from the valet. Otherwise, you may wait an hour like we, and other guests, did. Staff are pleasant but slow. It almost feels that you are on island time.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

My husband and I have stayed at the Standard in Miami three times over the past couple of years. We keep coming back for the beautiful pool, great hammam, low-key attitude and relative quiet of this hotel compared to the party places on Collins, which are often akin to sleeping in a disco.

Face it, no matter where you stay in Miami, service is generally bad, since hiring criteria in the Miami hotel market seem to put looks high up on the list. As a result, most hotels are staffed by self-involved pretty people who are more worried about their next audition than your comfort or convenience. If you accept this, and make an attempt to be nice, it's really not a problem. We are not young, or famous, or gorgeous (ok, maybe we're gorgeous :)) but we nevertheless are treated just fine at the Standard.

If anything, the state of the hammam is better now than a couple of years ago (and was never that bad), and we found the complimentary continental breakfast extremely generous (note to the previous reviewer: you can substitute yogurt with fruit and granola for that all-carb Continental if you want!) and tasty.

Abandon a few preconceptions (perhaps even those those relating to wearing clothing!) and you will have a wonderful time at the Standard!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

When I'm in Miami, I usually stay at the Shore Club, but decided to try this place 'cause it's in the same price range. At first it very much compared unfavorably, with I-could-care-less-about-you attitude from the front desk at check-in, which continued throughout the stay. And I have to say that was odd considering the wait staff in the restaurant, the spa staff, housekeeping and the valet could not have been more friendly and accommodating. But the front desk acted like they were in a dentists chair and you were the dentist every time you asked them a question. Also, the rooms are smaller than Shore Club. And while the spa is larger, it's oddly and inconveniently laid out. Also the "Continental" breakfast which was included in my package was a pile of bread. It was ridiculous. (Shore Club gives you fruit.) So I'd hope they reconsider that. Its silly: who eats a croissant, a chocolate croissant, 2 pieces of coffee cake and like 6 places of bread for breakfast?

But then the advantages started to sink in. It's quiet. I slept well. I could party with the riff-raff on the beach and then retreat to my hideaway. The pool is tremendous. The warm waterfall is great. The 'clothing-optional' mudbath was sensational. Great feeling soaking naked in a giant bathtub on the water's edge! (and I'm not even close to being a nudist!!!)

The indoor facilities not bad either. The Hammam was very relaxing and the steam room was good.

So by the time I left I felt it was far better than the Shore Club and I would definitely stay here again and would choose it over Shore Club from now on all things being equal.

Finally, a tip if you want to avoid the $40 a day parking fee: there's free street parking all around the hotel...only problem is it's only good during the day--at night you need a residential parking permit. But go over one bridge toward the beach to Purdy Ave. and there are 8 hour meters which are not in effect from midnight-9 a.m. So, if you park there at night, and then you can move the car by 9 a.m. to a free spot right in front of the hotel. Sounds like a lot of work but $2 or so vs. $40?

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank mikebern
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

I stayed here for one night with my guy before heading out for some sailing.
I was able to check in a bit earlier than the normal check-in which was great since the hotel was pretty busy. And let me say, all of the staff I encountered was very attractive lol.
Getting to the poolside rooms on the second floor are a bit tricky but the exterior hallways are great - wonderful views of the pool and water. The problem is, however, theres music and a pretty much non-stop party going on by the pool. That, coupled with paper thin walls, made for a sleepless night. I understand this is quite a party hotel but the loud noises, loud chatter, music in courtyard/poolside are unavoidable. on the plus side, the bed is comfortable!
The bathroom is tiny and only had two bath towels and one hand towel. a narrow shelf for toiletries sloped a little so things just rolled off... and it was right above the toilet.
The room service menu for dinner is pretty interesting and we only ordered apps but they were tasty. The server carried it in on a tray and put it on the folded table mounted on the wall... so there was no place to eat; we had the plates in our laps
The TV is small (i know, i know... its Miami - we should have been out!) but helps pass the time on sleepless nights when your neighbors partying way late.
if i was in Miami to party at night or relax at the spa/poolside, i would definitely stay here again. but for the purpose of this trip - just a place to chill and sleep before embarking on a sailing trip at a nearby marina, this was not at all a good choice

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

We visited friends who were staying at the Standard about four years ago on my first trip to Miami and it was lovely. The grounds are chic and elegant and the pool area was well-appointed, clean, and had great views of the area and the water. The rooms have a Zen-like elegant spare quality and the mid-century modern decor is very nice. I decided to go back there for my own visit in April and I was not as impressed. I remember poolside service being fast, friendly, and efficient. Things have gone downhill since then.

The hammam seemed run down and dirty with a faint hint of mildew throughout and leaky faucets loudly splattering on the floor. The clientele noisily chatted which detracted from the relaxing atmosphere of the space. The steam room smelled funky and mildewy. An urn of water was in the hammam but there were no more cups, other guests had thrown wadded up paper cups on the ground, and there were no clean towels. I found myself wondering why this spa was out of towels (??) and why no staff had bothered to refill the water urn and make sure there were enough cups for the guests to have water. And the Standard sells day passes which turns an already snug pool and grounds area into a mob scene on the weekends (if you decide to stay here and you like sunbathing, wake up really early to grab a chair).

On several occasions I was outright ignored by the staff at the pool or the bar and had to chase down coffee which I ordered with my breakfast (the food came right away but no coffee) or at the bar where my partner waited for a bartender to acknowledge his presence so he could order a drink. The staff seemed disinterested and lax most of the time, not rude but certainly not polite or eager to serve the hotel guests. At a place that bills itself as an exclusive "adult playground" I was disappointed in the less-than-average service.

Anywhere you stay in Miami Beach is going to be exorbitantly expensive and pretentious, but if you visit the area stay someplace where your huge bill will have meant you got top-notch service. The Standard was only so-so.

Pros: Close to Miami Beach, Lovely space/grounds and pool, comfortable rooms, adults only.
Cons: Mediocre/poor service, overcrowded, shabby facilities (spa & hammam), overpriced

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1355
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#17 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: £190 - £431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Standard, Miami 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on tiny Belle Isle in Biscayne Bay, The Standard, Miami is an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy playground that fosters stress-free socializing in a tropical, contemporary setting. With a minimalist design, the holistic hydrotherapy spa hotel provides a stylish yet intimate ambience just blocks from the glitz of South Beach's nightlife and celebrity crowd. Owned by hotelier Andre Balazs, the hotel, winner of Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Favorite Spa Hotel award, features a one-acre garden with do-it-yourself hydrotherapy-based scrubs, plunges, open-air mud baths, and stunning amenities that include a 103° F Roman Waterfall Hot Tub, a 50° F Arctic Plunge, and a 12-foot Falling Water Column. The 12,500-square-foot spa boasts one of the largest hammams in North America, in addition to an exceptional treatment menu of bodywork, massage, facials, and complementary health alternatives. More than 40 fitness classes are available weekly (including eight types of yoga), and the hotel's restaurants offer healthful Mediterranean coastal cuisine and al fresco dining. The modest guest capacity (a mere 100 rooms) complements the hotel's communal setting. ... more   less 
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