Arrival/Check-In: It had been about a decade since my last visit to Miami, so I was excited to experience the city again. I looked forward to staying at the recently opened ME Miami Hotel — the first-ever U.S. destination from the brand, part of Meliá Hotels International. The hotel and resort group, one of the largest in the world, is known for its attention to detail and customer service. This was evident from the moment we arrived. The general manager, Ernesto Luna, greeted us with a warm smile and complimentary Champagne and gave us a tour of the hotel, including STK Miami restaurant and a modern and sleek lounge for meetings on the third floor. Our check-in was seamless, and the entire staff was both upbeat and professional.
Guest Quarters: The guestroom was well appointed with custom furnishings, ultra-plush bedding, modern technology, in-room “maxi” bar and a view of one of two hotel pools. The room also featured floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant art and ample storage space. As you enter the bathroom, expect to find a state-of-the-art vanity and shower: spacious, with two individual sink basins, a large countertop and a roomy rain shower. The room was extremely quiet as well, so it was easy to enjoy a good night’s sleep in the cushy king-sized bed.
Services/Amenities: Our first night at the hotel we dined at STK Miami restaurant, located on the ground floor of ME Miami. The chefs did not disappoint. We enjoyed an array of excellent dishes including heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese, seared scallops and tuna tartar. Then it was on to the main course — given the excellent reputation of the quality of meat at STK, we both opted for the 10-ounce filet, one of the best steaks I have ever had. The restaurant and bar staff were friendly and sociable, and the experience made an excellent way to finish off our evening. Other amenities and services that make ME Miami stand out include the infinity-edge lap pool overlooking the bay, a wide variety of massage and spa services and several pet services.
◆ Situated perfectly in downtown Miami, ME Miami offers modern and stylish accommodations where attention to detail, comfort and convenience are paramount.
◆ Every member of the hotel staff we encountered was professional, friendly and helpful.
◆ The restaurant STK Miami was fantastic, offering an array of excellent dishes including its famous steak filet.
1100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
tel 305 350 9828
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