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The Setai
Ranked #4 of 214 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Setai is a top notch hotel on South Beach. Everything is super nice. The views are amazing of downtown Miami and the beach as well. i stayed in room 3701 and it was a two bedroom condo. The three pools were fantastic. i do not think i will ever stay any where else when visting Miami. An absolutely stunning hotel all around!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We did a 2-day Miami escape, and this was the perfect pick. If you are looking for action, stay at the Fontainebleau. This place is about peace, comfort, uncrowdedness, attentive service that is not pretentious, and superb food/drinks. From the carefully configured grounds, comfy pool beds, amazing cocktails, the place oozes quiet luxury. An international clientele--not many guests were speaking English. The breakfast buffet is stupendous. Even the coffee is top-notch. Spa/gym were also excellent. There is plenty of free water everywhere. I really am having trouble finding fault with this place and this experience. The staff went out of their way to make sure every detail, every need was fulfilled. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Just like all the men and women that are in South Beach....the Setai is a monument to that perfection as it were....... you will be able to enjoy a beautiful lunch and watch the ocean wash over the remains of the day.

Room Tip: face north east...the sun will gently rise into your eyes
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The Setai hotel has to be my favourite of all, its a pleasure to stay there, everything is just truly fantastic. Arriving from airport is a flat fee by cab $33 but you need to go into the lower ground/basement to get the taxis which is not obvious at Miami airport. Expect to wait a long time for your baggage to. Its only about 15-20 mins to the Beach area and around 8-9 miles so very quick to get to the Setai,

Stayed in the Tower this time and this is far better than staying in the actual hotel for sure. On arriving first couple of days of the two weeks the weather was a bit miserable and then research when the best time of year is to visit. Horrified to find out that June has the most rain but we were very lucky as the rest of the stay was pure sunshine. So the first couple of days was just as miserable as the Miami Heat two losses to the Spurs, they were so poor though great to see NBA finals games. The AA arena is not that far 15-20 mins or so in a cab and around 20-25$.

Information found on best times of year to go (easy to find);

The best time to visit Miami Beach is the spring. Between March and May, the sun shines with high 70s and low 80s during the day. Also, you'll miss the peak winter rates. This part of Florida enjoys a subtropical climate, meaning it's usually warm year-round and a bit rainy. Pack an umbrella if you visit in summer or fall; at the very least, you can expect some afternoon showers. In the worse-case scenario, you could experience torrential downpours since hurricane season runs from about June to November. If you're trying to keep your bank account in check, hotel rates and flight fares tend to decrease in the summer as the temperature and precipitation increase.

June-August
Summer means that families will converge on the beach; however, they won't stick around for the evenings. With temperatures in the high 80s and lower 90s, you should bring lots of sunscreen and take frequent dips in the ocean.
September-November
With hurricanes a definite possibility, visiting during the fall can be a gamble. If you guess right, you'll save a lot of cash. Regardless, you'll still confront leftover summer heat and humidity. The beaches will be the least packed at this time of year.

Key Events:
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest (October)
White Party (November)

December-February
The time to see and be seen, winter brings out the best in Miami Beach. You'll enjoy the people-watching, while sitting on the outdoor patio of an exclusive restaurant with temps in the mid 70s. Miami Beach also saves its best events for the winter, especially Art Basel. Everyone (who is anyone) wants to be here during this time, so bringing the check book and booking three to four months in advance are musts.

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Art Basel (December)
South Beach Food & Wine Festival (February)
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail (February)


March-May

The clubs have cooled off a little, but the beach is heating up. Visitors get their tans while lounging on the wide beaches. Note that Spring Break always brings a throng of college kids to Miami's shores. If sharing the sand with students isn't appealing, plan on visiting in late April or early May.

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Winter Party (March)
Miami Beach International Fashion Week (March)

Check the seasons, June to September is low season which is odd for us Brits!.

Looking forward to next stay already, there's no alternative!!! Renovations are starting now in the Tower to make it like that Asian themed hotel but don't let this put you off, the drills and the hammers are still going over at the W Hotel a year later, a bad choice that one.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We had been numerous times at the Setai for drinks and brunch (we are locals) and decided to stay for a weekend. The Setai is a welcomed respite from the chaos you often find in other hotels in MB, went to dinner at Hakkasan and just walking into the FB lobby made me glad to be staying elsewhere. The service you get at the beach (Robert was great) is prompt and professional and the maitre d at the restaurant (can't remember his name) is like a perfect host. My only complaint is that we were on the second floor facing Collins and it was very noisy throughout the night.

While money is not a problem for most people booking this hotel, I want to stress that the prices here are in line with other, mostly inferior IMO, properties in the area. The Setai also includes incredibly comfortable beach lounge chairs, umbrellas and water in the room rate (which can run $100 in another hotel) plus you won't have to struggle to find a pool lounge chair, plenty available.

Room Tip: Avoid low level rooms facing the main street (collins)
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

My husband and I stayed here for his birthday weekend in early June. We are young but not big partiers and didn't want a "scene" by the pool or beach. The Setai was absolutely perfect for this. The atmosphere is sleek and discreet but still with good energy. The room (courtyard view with a little ocean in the distance) was big, comfortable, dark and quiet. The service at the hotel is really outstanding in almost every aspect. From the check-in staff to the doormen to the breakfast waiters, everything was great.
We booked through amex platinum but the room upgrade was not available upon check-in, which was a little disappointing (although obviously it is not a guarantee). The next morning the manager came and found us at breakfast to let us know a junior suite had opened up and offered it to us, which was so nice. However we liked our room so much we didn't end up switching. Furthermore, when I mentioned to the manager that we were celebrating my husband's birthday, we later found a bottle of Taittinger champagne and a chocolate dessert with "happy birthday" written on it in our room. such a nice touch and totally unexpected!
The one area where I think service could improve is at the beach and pool. They were fully staffed but it was difficult (had to ask twice) just to get a menu to order drinks, not to mention a long wait time to actually get them. However, when we mentioned this upon checkout the lovely manager took it very seriously and took one of our drinks/snacks order off our bill entirely.
Also not to be missed: the breakfast buffet. you'll be full until dinner!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I was wary when my friend asked to meet her for the Setai for a weekend. I always stay at either Delano or Shore Club. The Setai pool area has perfected quiet relaxation with mood music and top notch service. It's definitely the cleanest part of the beach to lounge on.

Room Tip: I was super sick and the concierge ordered a doctor to come and see me in our suite. It's expen...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Kathryn W
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Additional Information about The Setai

Address: 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139-1913
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#14 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: £383 - £1,428 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Setai 5*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Setai is an intimate, serene oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Its design vision artfully combines the rich architectural history of the neighborhood and its cultural diversity with the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia. Our new restaurant, Jaya, invites you to discover a menu that dedicated to the traditional flavors and dishes of Asia from China, India, Thailand and Japan. ... more   less 
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