Travel: A Visit to The Standard Miami

10 Jan

In mid-December, I travelled to Miami to shoot a fashion story for my day job. Though I was in Miami for about 30 hours only, I was lucky enough to be staying at the Standard Miami, a relaxing and beautiful hotel that is a far cry from the insanity of South Beach. It’s known for it’s spa but with a long shoot day, I only had time to check out the grounds, sleep, and eat. The decor was great so I took a few pictures to share with you.

The check-in desk (Photo from the Standard Miami website. The rest are all mine!)

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In the restaurant that’s in the lobby. Love the staghorn fern.

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The Readery with Warby Parker eyewear – and magazines and newspapers, of course. If you don’t know about Warby Parker yet, you should. For every pair of glasses they sell, one is distributed to a person in need.

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This display is at the entrance to the Bar and Lounge, a beautiful mid-century decorated space.

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This was the scene outside of my room. There was a curtain you could close but I still can’t imagine getting into that tub that’s sitting out in the open. Then again, I was travelling for business. Get a few drinks in me and…maybe?

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The guest rooms are simple – sort of Scandinavian meets summer camp. I thought the fabric hanging behind the bed was kind of drab but the idea is great.

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The sink was really interesting: a Carrera marble bowl sitting in a wooden stand.

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The shrub-lined walkway from the lobby to the water.

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The entrance to the Lido restaurant.

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Lido. Have the skirt steak with a side of their award winning tater tots.

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The pool at sunset.

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I loved the Blue Bunny machine in a little cabana of it’s own.

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Overlooking the bay.standard-miami-090

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The firepit.

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The swing garden with the firepit in the background.

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 While I was searching for other pictures of the hotel online, I found a great hotel resource: oyster.com. I don’t know if everyone and their mother has been using this site already and I’ve just been living under a rock. (I hope not because then you’re all in trouble for not telling me about it.) It’s a photo-driven travel site with real pictures taken by real people. So, instead of a hotel’s picture of the pool that features one gorgeous model in a white bikini, you get to see what it really looks like when it’s filled with dudes with beer bellies. So many dudes with beer bellies that you can’t get a seat. Ha ha!  But you get the idea though.

 Oyster.com‘s pictures of the Standard Miami were pretty similar to mine (which doesn’t surprise me because, ya know, I actually stayed there) but check out out some of these comparison’s from their site. The photos on the left are each hotel’s pictures, the ones on the right are from Oyster.com’s “Special Investigators”.

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Of course, now I’m obsessed with it and I can’t stop checking out all the places I’ve stayed at and everywhere I’ve ever wanted to stay! Hope you’re planning some fun travel soon. If so, tell me where you’re going! We’re counting the days to Aruba…

For other Sue at Home travel features, check out these posts:

A Visit to Hidden Pond

Three Days in Kennebunkport, Maine

Decor Ideas from Tides Beach Club in Maine

Our Wedding: Newport, Rhode Island

Revel in Atlantic City

XO

Sue at Home

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6 Responses to “Travel: A Visit to The Standard Miami”

  1. Bridget January 10, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    thanks for the pics. took a moment in my mind and sat at the swing garden with you for a talk!

  2. Kelley Schultz January 10, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Love your blog! So glad a friend told me about it. Our sweet kiddos go to after care together. Hope to meet you someday!

    • sueathome January 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      That’s awesome. Thanks for reading!!!

  3. Bethany January 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I hadn’t heard of Oyster.com before either annnnd now I’m obsessed. I’m using it to help plan my honeymoon — great find!

    • sueathome January 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Seriously – I’m obsessed with it. Unfortunately, it might every hotel unbookable forever!

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