The Buenos Aires-based brand has brought its experience-focused hotel concept to Miami Beach, complete with its captivating crimson design and incredible Los Fuegos restaurant—which is headed by Argentina’s most famous chef, Francis Mallmann. Baz Luhrmann was involved in the concept of the hotel, if that doesn’t say everything, so expect lots of glam and glitz with a touch of irreverence. There are murals by Argentine artist Juan Gatti, an extensive Jeff Koons collection and Damien Hirst’s “Gone But Not Forgotten,” a nearly 10-foot-tall gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth. The hotel’s nightlife offering is unlike elsewhere in Miami Beach, subbing the dancing for dancers and performances at the 150-seat Faena Follies theater. Cabaret shows, concerts by big-name acts and musical performances are typical of the space.
Neighborhood: Just north of electric South Beach, Mid Beach is considerably quieter but there’s far less to do. Beachgoers will appreciate the uncrowded shores.
Cecconi’s: For handmade pasta in a garden-like setting; string lights and indoor trees add to the fairytale feel
Broken Shaker: For craft cocktails and boozy punch bowls you may or may not want to share with your friends
Basement: For indoor bowling and ice skating, plus late-night dancing
Time Out tip: The Faena may very well drain your bank account but the Faena Forum across the street will save you from social ruin. Pop in every second Sunday of the month for free rollerskating on the property’s kaleidoscopic rink, a site-specific art piece that debuted during Art Basel 2017. Live DJs and performers make it feel like a fast-moving dance party.