808 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
I stayed there for a week and a half and I thought it was very nice (they did raise the rate on me when I got there by about $20 per night but then upgraded me to a larger room). The people that work there are great, they will bend over backwards to help you. The entire raising the rate on me thing pissed me off at first, but guys like Mitchell and Jason made me feel better about the place very quickly. Its not the Ritz but it has enough niceties (the entire bathroom is made of marble, cheap marble but still marble) to make you feel like you are pampering yourself a little bit at least. The rooms can be quite small but the rooms in south beach generally are pretty tiny. The rooms are very clean and well appointed. I would recommend this place to friends.
Nobu Miami Beach
1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
From the moment you walk in the door, they've got their hand in your wallet. They add the gratuity to all checks so the waiter tries to pump the check by recommending the tasting menus (there are 3 of them) or offering to create a ""personalized tasting menu based on your preferences"" (translated: I will bring you the most expensive things on the menu in succession until you TELL me to stop). I felt like I was fighting with the waiter to avoid ordering a 6 course meal) the poor guy sitting one table over from me ended up with a $1300 check for 4 people because the waiter railroaded him into ordering the signature dishes and the ""special"" sushi and carafe of ""good"" sake (and it was good sake but it was very expensive). The room desperately needs remodeling. But otherwise the service was impeccable.
1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dinner for 2 was $400 and not even close to worth it. I didn't recognize most of the wine list so I asked for recommendations and the waiter promptly pointed to the $3000 bottle and then the $600 bottle that was ""almost as good"" even though the waiter had never tried either wine (the fact that they add an 18% gratuity to every check might have had something to do withit), BTW wine in South Beach tastes like it's been left out in the sun. After I paid the check, they made a scene at the front door accusing me or running out on the check, VERY EMBARASSING, but they couldn't be bothered to be discreet. I could write more but I'm limited to 150 words. All in all South Beach's day in the sun has passed and judging from what I saw at Tantra, I can see why.