- Detailed Review
- Facts & Amenities
Originally built in 1939, the former Traymore Hotel was taken over and redeveloped by the COMO Group in late 2013. It remains one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Miami.
Situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and Miami Beach on Collins Avenue, the hotel is just a few blocks from the heart of South Beach. Arriving here is akin to arriving at a large private villa; a small driveway leads up to the hotel entrance, sheltered from the road.
My arrival was perfectly orchestrated. The boutique feel of the property is reinforced by the friendly smiles of the front desk staff, the Shambhala signature scent of COMO wafting all around, and the welcoming, yet very hip, décor. I felt as if I had been transported from the hustle and bustle of the city to my very own hideaway resort. With 74 rooms, the hotel is on the cosy side by Miami standards and some of the rooms are fairly small. Care is needed when booking to ensure the best room possible is selected.
The COMO Metropolitan is not a lively hotel in the Miami sense. Rather, this hotel is all about service, food, and the cosseted care delivered to guests, offering them a chance to escape from the frenetic pace of Miami life any time of day or night. The restaurant, Traymore, is one of the new high points on the Miami culinary scene, having won awards on the two consecutive years since it opened its doors. And the spa, one of COMO’s legendary trademarks, does not disappoint, with its four treatment rooms and a yoga terrace. As it is situated on the 8th floor of the hotel, its relaxation area has incredible views overlooking the city. Outside the spa area, the hotel’s rooftop hydrotherapy pool is a great alternative to the beach side main pool.
Overall, for a relatively small hotel, the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach offers so much more than its South Beach location and it is truly an intimate service experience that’s almost European in feel.
The approach down the small tree-lined driveway to the hotel made me feel like I was arriving at a film star’s villa circa 1940: there is not really anything that screams ‘hotel’ from the start. It’s very low key but from the moment that the car came to a halt, the impeccable service kicked off. My bags were whisked inside and I was escorted directly to the front desk where I was introduced and from then on, I was always greeted by name by all of the staff.
The lobby is the main focus of the hotel as soon as you walk through the door. All white with accent shades of grey, it is almost like a large reception room filled with comfy sofas and banquette seating. Magnificent columns create a focal point.
Rooms and suites
I was in the lead-in room category and although nicely furnished, the room was fairly small, around 350 ft² (32 m²) in size. Minimally furnished, the room looked bigger than it was. The bed was very comfortable. Several rooms offer balconies should that option appeal.
Like the lobby, the decor is predominantly white with accents of grey. I loved the leather coated wardrobes, also in white, which were lit very impressively at night time to give the room a lovely glow.
The technology in the room is functional, but do note that all sockets are set to power down when you are not in the room, something I didn’t know until it was too late and I returned to my room to find my laptop battery dead. I later learned that there is a socket in the desk where I could charge my stuff, the only socket in the room that doesn’t have the eco-feature. The WiFi worked very well in the hotel but I could not find any USB sockets in my room although I did notice one in the wall of one of the suites I later visited on my tour.
Functional yet pretty small, there is a large walk-in shower which has a fantastic shower head. The vanity was only a single unit, but the sink was quite large although there wasn’t much space around it for my toiletries. The whole bathroom is tiled from floor to ceiling in white making it slightly clinical in style. The lighting was good, with a large, illuminated mirror above the sink. If bathtubs are important, then make sure you book a suite which has a bath.
The amenities were the beautifully scented COMO Shambhala range in 50 ml sizes bottles.
Following the COMO philosophy of health and well-being, the breakfast offerings are fresh, delicious and plentiful: all made on the premises of course. Pastries, a variety of freshly squeezed juices, fruit, and à la carte dishes made to order are on the menu. Every day feels like a weekend here in this restaurant and breakfast is a laid back affair – no hustle and bustle here – this is all about a leisurely dining experience. The ethos at Traymore is to use organic, locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible in their menus.
During the rest of the day, the poolside restaurant serves food with a Floridian twist as well as American and Mediterranean favourites like salads, seafood, burgers and fresh pizzas from the brick oven.
Spa and wellness
The famed COMO Shambhala spa has four treatment rooms, a yoga terrace, a relaxation terrace, and a hydrotherapy pool. Steam rooms promise a relaxing, all-round experience. The spa offers signature treatments here, utilising Guinot and Dr Hauschka brands for facials for both men and women.
Pool and beach
The main pool of the hotel is situated beachside and is shielded on all sides by whitewashed buildings and foliage, giving bathers added privacy. There are plenty of sun-loungers and the odd cabana which can be reserved for an additional cost. The pool is not particularly noteworthy, there is no ‘wow’ factor here, but it is functional and in a great location being just behind the beach. Staff are on hand at all times.
Not so nice was the fact that the loungers were all very close together which may force camaraderie with the person in the next chair, whether you like it or not.
The beach here, accessed from the hotel grounds, isn’t as wide as some other parts of South Beach. The hotel provides full beach service, complete with sun loungers, umbrellas and the half-shell style cabanas. I noticed there were full-time staff members on attendance throughout.
Staff and service
Service is what I would call more European in its approach, somewhat formal and gracious. Whenever I arrived back at the hotel or walked through the lobby, staff greeted me by name and were willing to stop and have a chat. They enquired whether I was enjoying my stay and whether I needed anything to make my day more special. Friendly and charming, the service was excellent and made my stay memorable.
Wealthy, young professionals and a slightly older clientele looking for a hotel with incredible service, in a great location and minus the ‘party’ atmosphere. There were some families as the hotel does have a nurturing atmosphere and offers interconnecting rooms and suites suitable for parents travelling with kids.
The check-out was very quick and the three staff members on the front desk all chatted to me about my experience at the property. I left thinking that the hotel most certainly lives up to its ‘boutique’ five-star status, offering top-notch, personalised service.
How to get here
30 minutes by road from Miami International Airport
53 rooms & suites