Situated 36 storeys up, on the highest guest floor of a gleaming glass-and-steel skyscraper, the EAST Suite is the biggest and best accommodation at EAST Miami, the city’s most talked-about new hotel. The triple-aspect suite faces out towards tranquil Biscayne Bay and beyond to South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
The suite: The one-bedroom, 148sq metre (1,600sq ft) EAST Suite occupies the full width of this landmark tower, making it an exceptional eyrie from which to gaze down on Miami. It’s a vista dominated by this business district’s high-rises, though the suite’s elevation and bay views soften the sense of being in the midst of a «concrete jungle».
The suite opens directly into a large, L-shaped living area, whose floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows flood the space with daylight. Soft, earthy tones lifted by occasional splashes of teal are complemented by crystal bookends, wooden objets d’art and other natural materials, while eye-catching sculptural pieces ensure that the overall look is contemporary and polished.
The suite’s bathroom
To one side, the living space gives onto the first of the suite’s three balconies; on the other, a dining area comfortably seats eight. Tucked away behind is a discrete, fully equipped service kitchen — handy for longer-term guests who may wish to self-cater. At the living room’s other end is a cosy work station that doubles as a bar, making the EAST Suite ideal for hosting an intimate party or event.
The living space flows in the other direction to a large, dual-aspect bedroom, off which lies the suite’s second balcony. The third juts out from the oversized bathroom, which itself is accessed from the sleeping quarters via twin, walk-in closets. Wrapped in wood, granite and textured tiles, the bathroom features dual vanities, double walk-through rain shower and a whirlpool tub built for two.
The hotel:Opened in December 2016, EAST Miami is the Asian brand’s first foray into North America. Contrary to its modern, minimalistic guestrooms, the hotel’s public areas embody an air of tropical seaside chic that juxtaposes brilliantly with its financial district setting. This is most evident in Sugar, the rooftop bar on the 40th floor, where maritime plants and a Balinese-style pavilion create a signature space for end-of-day cocktails.
Rooftop bar Sugar
Equally striking is Quinto La Huella, EAST Miami’s Uruguayan-import beachfront eatery. The indoor/outdoor restaurant blends industrial-style concrete walls with wood, linen and leather, and there’s a landscaped terrace that’s reminiscent of the gardens you might find at a South Beach hotel. Breakfast here comes with home-baked pastries, breads and empanadas; a sushi counter and parilla grill bring authentic flavour to other meals.
What to expect: Despite being located in a busy urban area, the EAST Suite’s elevation ensures that a stay here is quiet and restful. And the sense of being at home, rather than in a hotel, makes this an easy place in which to linger. Subdued lighting in the corridor that leads to the EAST Suite serves to amplify the brightness that awaits across the threshold; the kitchen and various balconies (small though they are) give the sense of being in a sky-high pied-a-terre. Elsewhere in the hotel, Quinto de Huella and Sugar draw crowds, but exclusivity is retained at the latter by only accommodating 100 guests.
Standout feature:It’s got to be the view. Whether seen from inside or from one of the suite’s choice of three outdoor aspects, the Biscayne Bay and skyline scenery is endlessly captivating.
Not so keen: Three balconies might seem generous, but none offer much space for soaking up Miami’s sunshine. What’s more, the ever-changing nature of Brickell’s skyline may keep it interesting, but it also means construction noise is never far away.
Location: EAST Miami is integrated into Brickell City Centre — a billion-dollar, multi-use urban redevelopment spanning four city blocks. In addition to offices and residential towers, the complex contains a shopping precinct offering premium brands in fashion, beauty and home décor. The Wynwood Arts District lies 10 minutes’ drive to the north, or it’s 20 minutes (traffic permitting) to the seaside scene at South Beach.
The details: The EAST Suite at East Miami (001 305 712 7000) costs from $3,842 (around £3,000) per night, excluding breakfast. Urban King rooms cost from $248 (£193), excluding breakfast.