I am always reluctant to recommend something and am skeptical about other people's reviews of hotels, restaurants, or airlines. Everyone has his or her own likes and dislikes, expectations, and budgets. Tripadvisor is a good source of information, but must be carefully interpreted and interpolated.
That said, we have been very satisfied with Miami's Mandarin Oriental. I knew the location from visits to the area, so was not disappointed by lack of beach (as some reviewers have written). The hotel is on a semi-private island with almost no commerce (only a small deli), but crowded with condominium towers. Rooms have views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. It has a slight feel of Asia, which is something I like. Service, as one is used to in Asia (although most are Latin) is excellent--more kind than fawning. Food at all restaurants was always excellent; I found the prices reasonable (compared to Europe and Dubai).
The only "issue", over which no hotel has any control is the fact that you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your fellow guests. Other people's children tend to ruin a visit to the hotel pool, which otherwise is pleasant. Unruly behavior in a restaurant can spoil a dining experience.
I cannot imagine a better place to stay in Miami, unless you want to be at the beach...which is our next stop. We are moving today to Miami Beach. Stay tuned for the next Hotel Review.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.