FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH
Faena Hotel in Miami is a fabulous luxury hotel located in the heart of Miami Beach’s mid-beach neighborhood, about 10 blocks north of South Beach.
I was familiar with Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, so when it was announced that Faena Group would open a hotel in Miami Beach, I knew it would be over the top. The Faena Hotel in Miami finally openend in 2015, and it is as outstanding as it could be.
Alan Faena, the owner of Faena Group, and I have one thing in common – we were both born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth at the Faena Hotel in Miami, Florida
Walking into any Faena Hotel is quite an experience, especially the one located in Miami Beach. After you walk through the expansive great hall lined with gold-leafed columns, and you open the doors out into the terrace, you are greeted by a 10-foot-high skeleton that is sure to take your breath away!
One of the most eye-catching pieces that I’ve ever seen outdoors is a Damien Hirst sculpture titled “Gone But Not Forgotten.” The enourmous woolly mammoth skeleton is on display in the garden of the Faena Hotel. This breathtaking sculpture is dipped in 24-karat-gold and stands inside a temperature-controlled glass case overlooking the ocean.
Faena Playa Beach Club
After admiring the golden mammoth, make your way to Faena’s private beach club.
The expansive beach area is adorned with the most adorable red and white lounges.
Where To Eat & Drink
The Living Room at Faena
Fancy a night of glitz and glamour? Head over to The Living Room at the Faena, one of the coolest gathering areas inside the hotel, and enjoy sensational live music! Together with my family, we’ve celebrated anniversaries, birthdays and numerous special occasions at this spot over the years. The bar and lounge area are stunning, the service is exceptional and the food is exquisite. The minute you enter the room, you will be captivated by the vibrant furniture, lush décor, red cushions, and delightful chandelier.
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
If you like steakhouses, you must try Los Fuegos at Faena. Francis Mallmann is a James Beard Award-winning chef, and his specialty is authentic South American (Argentine) dinning, including the traditional “asado.” Chef Mallmann is one of the world’s top reigning grill masters. Are you familiar with him?
The menu at Los Fuegos includes wood-oven empanadas (love!), skirt steak or prime rib-eye served with chimichurri sauce, and handmade potato gnocchi (a staple growing up in Buenos Aires!). Vegetarian options are available as well.
Veranda Restaurant at Faena
Another option at the Faena is Veranda, an elegant breakfast option overlooking the hotel’s pool. This restaurant is open seven days a week, and closes daily at 11:00 AM, so be sure to arrive early! I had been here before, but my husband had not, so we decided to have brunch here on Saturday morning. I love the casual vibes at Veranda, it is the perfect spot to start your weekend!
We both enjoyed our brunch at this intimate outdoor eatery. While he ordered the huevos rancheros, I opted for the acaí bowl (healthy and delicious!). Every breakfast should be this nice!
Whether you are travelling to Miami Beach or Buenos Aires and would like to stay at a Faena Hotel, it will definitely be an experience.
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- Bal Harbour Shops
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
- Miami Design District
- Joe’s Stone Crab
- Pérez Art Museum Miami
- The Bass Museum
- South Pointe Park
- Lincoln Road Mall
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