Look for the huge primitive faces of metallic moai on Brickell Avenue – they prop up the corner of the building that houses Miami’s The Viceroy. Like them, the smallish, hip, futuristic lobby pops nicely, but it doesn’t quite match the vibe of the rest of the boutique hotel. Kelly Wearstler coordinated the interiors to impart a chilly, rich effect, and the layout is somewhat choppy.
Vaguely Eastern patterns and furnishings temper the lushness of the décor in the common spaces and in the 168 rooms. But perhaps the crowning jewel of the Viceroy is the 15th floor, the site of two acres of ‘outdoor living room’ and a terrace showcasing what is claimed to be the longest pool in Florida (sorry, Biltmore). The welcome smacks of Alice in Wonderland, with a forest interspersed with water features, a mosaic fireplace 12-foot high and thigh-high chess pieces in blue and silver (the better to play a truly mind-bending game).
There are bikes and scooters at the ready if you’re up for some non-aquatic activity, but you may just keep the ‘errand runners’ busy and settle into your new, albeit temporary, Miami life.