The elevator takes us to the lobby and front desk on the 3rd floor of the building. As soon as we come out, it’s like stepping into a hip lounge with dimmed lights and nice background music.
The lady at the front desk is friendly and she asks us if we’d like something to drink; water, champagne… yes, champagne sounds really nice. It’s Moet, so I think it’s really nice.
Our rooms are located on the 12th floor, if I remember correctly. We have a TON of luggage and boxes of stuff that we picked up at a friend’s house, so the bellman is struggling to bring everything up.
ME Miami is a 5-star “lifestyle hotel in the heart of Downtown Miami”. It’s located on 1100 Biscayne Blvd, with a spectacular view of the ocean and the port of Miami, where the cruise ships dock. The hotel is super modern with a very sleek decor and has a swimming pool area and fitness center that it shares with the Marquis Miami Luxury Condos, located on the same address. ME Miami It’s part of the Melia hotels & resorts chain, which spans worldwide.
This is my honest hotel review of ME Miami.
I work with Melia in my travel company (Palmera Travel) in the Dominican Republic, so we get two upgraded rooms – one for my husband & I and one for our family.
Our rooms are like apartments (501 sq. ft.)! So big and roomy and with an incredible balcony overlooking the harbor. If I’m not mistaken, we have the Mode Rooms. There’s a fruit bowl and a welcome note from the hotel (so sweet, thank you!) …AND there’s a welcome note with my name on it on the 48 inch TV screen too! Nice! WIFI is complimentary, which is the way it should be.
The bed is King sized and so soft and comfortable. It feels like you can sleep in it forever! The only problem we have with the room is that it’s so high-tech, we can’t figure out how to turn off the lights! There’s an LED light underneath the bed that drives my husband insane, so he messes around with all the buttons in the room until he finally figures out how to disconnect the light – and leaves the room in total darkness.
The bathroom is HUGE, and there’s a large shower room with double side-by-side shower heads. A nice vanity area and a separate toilet area. The bath amenities are high quality soap, shampoo, etc. (Algotherm), that smell incredibly good, but I don’t love them just because they’re small bottles and soap bars, i.e. not environmentally friendly.
The room has a well-stocked maxi bar (!), but nothing is included and we find out later that the waters and sodas are very expensive. Just be aware! The coffee is Nespresso, it’s delicious and included.
Pool & Gym:
It rains a lot during my stay, so I never get a chance to use any of the 2 pools. One is a cool infinity pool that kinda runs between two sections of the building and it looks like you’d be swimming right off the edge and into the harbor.
I do use the gym a couple of times, and it’s definitely one (if not the) of the best hotel gyms I’ve ever seen. It’s spacious, clean and…empty! Both times I’m there, I don’t see more than 2 other people – plus the guy who cleans the machines.
Restaurants & bars:
The Aura Lounge is located right behind the lobby and front desk area and serves drinks and light food. However, if you’re hungry and don’t want to leave the hotel, there’s a nice steakhouse on the 1st floor called STK Miami, which is a very cool place with great music (there’s a DJ).
One night we end up at STK – hungry, tired and just craving a burger with fries. They don’t normally serve burgers for dinner (we’re told), but the staff is so nice and accommodating (as we’re there early so there are no other guests) – they let us order the burger from the upstairs restaurant. AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS, but you can’t actually have them…unless maybe you come early and ask nicely.
The hotel has a few other bars/restaurants we well, that I didn’t try during my stay.
The hotel has valet parking, which you’re somewhat forced to use as there’s no other parking available on the street – at least not anywhere nearby where’s it’s convenient. The valet parking works well, though, but is very expensive.
ME Miami is certainly a hotel that I’d recommend. And I’d come back and stay there again myself. I love that it’s modern, stylish and great quality. Our room was super comfortable. I love the facilities. The staff there are very friendly and helpful too, which makes the experience even better.
The hotel’s concierge was helpful with suggesting a couple of restaurants for us during our stay The bellmen were nice to bring all of our luggage up and even stored some of our boxes for us at no additional cost and helped return one box that we’d received from Amazon.com by mistake.
My only “dislikes” were the valet parking, which I found too expensive, and the excessive use of air-conditioning in the common areas and hallways. But if you remember to bring a jacket or a sweater, you should be just fine.
I stayed at ME Miami from December 8 – 10, 2016 and again from December 17 – 20, 2016.