COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

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Reviewed by Sue Carpenter
Contemporary take on an Art Deco classic, with an Asian spa, seafood restaurant, cool pool and almost private beach
Take a landmark 1939 hotel (the Traymore), infuse it with cool Italian design and pampering Oriental sensibilities, and you have the Metropolitan by COMO, which opened in early 2014. The latest from Singaporean entrepreneur Christina Ong’s brand, the hotel fulfils every expectation of superlative style and service. As you enter the lobby with its soaring white fluted columns and gleaming terrazza floors, you feel like you've stepped into Gatsby's world. Through the far windows, beyond the long bar and restaurant, a glimpse of swaying palms and white umbrellas sets the breezy mood for this beachside residence.

Though it’s only a 10-minute walk from the hustly South Beach strip, here you’re enveloped in a cocoon of calm. Guests tend to be metropolitan weekenders from north-eastern USA and European sophisticates who want to chill in style, away from Miami vices. There’s all you need to keep you here, too: the Como Shambhala spa with its holistic approach to well-being, a secluded swimming pool with its own bar, a rooftop sun deck, super-comfy beds in the 74 sunlit rooms, the destination Traymore restaurant - and, just a few steps away, soft sands and turquoise seas. All this and the most polite hotel staff I’ve ever met.


  • Irresistible food, especially the morning pastries, desserts and chocolates; book through i-escape for a free Continental breakfast
  • Heavenly scented own-blend bathroom goodies
  • Stunning original architectural details and inventive lighting in the grand lobby and restaurant
  • Right on the beach (unlike most Miami hotels), a practically private stretch of golden sand
  • A relaxed, sophisticated way to experience Miami, away from frenetic South Beach


  • If you’re not into cool minimalism, you might find the rooms a tad clinical and hard-edged
  • Compulsory daily 'resort fee' (though it does get you beach loungers, towels and bottled water)
  • Valet-only parking

Best time to go

December to April is high season and the best time to visit weather-wise; after that it gets super-humid, and you don’t want to be here during the hurricane season (June to November). Art Basel is a major draw in the first week in December, as is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the third weekend in February.

Our top tips

  • If taxi drivers (many of them Spanish-speaking) look blank when you ask for the Metropolitan, try ‘the Traymore’ - and look out for that name, still emblazoned at the top of the white facade, since this is a designated historic building
  • Don’t slump down too heavily on the cute ‘leather’ pouffes in the lobby - they’re in fact made of stone-like resin!

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 74
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Ocean View Suite


Reached via rather industrial, dark corridors and heavy grey doors, the 74 rooms and suites are conversely flooded with light. Ultra-designed down to the last pen by Paola Navone, they take their palette of dove grey, white and peppermint green from the original lobby terrazza floors. You’ll find those cool floors echoed in the bedrooms, along with creative details such as fluted walls and white button-back leather cupboard doors. While the seating isn’t the sort you’d flop into, the kingsize bed certainly is. We had a blissfully sound night’s sleep.

Our Metropolitan Room had a view of the Intracoastal Waterway, but the prize rooms are, of course, the sun-filled Ocean View rooms and suites, which are more like apartments, some with separate living rooms, some with balconies. Twin rooms are available on request.

For full details of the different Room Types, see Rates.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Desk
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


You're in for a treat at The Traymore. By day, it’s informal and bright, with a sense of the outdoors filtering through the Venetian blinds; by night it’s more glam and artily lit. Down one side is a long cocktail bar where you can kick off with a speciality gin-based aperitif, choosing from 40 hand-crafted gins and house tonics.

Menus brim with irresistible dishes using the best local ingredients, with the emphasis on seafood. We tucked into crisp-fried cod with celeriac remoulade, and a fragrant seafood stew with tomatoes, fennel and feta, every mouthful bursting with individual flavours. The desserts are works of art - we loved the sesame tuille with passion-fruit cream, mango and mango sorbet, and a featherlight orange chocolate mousse with crunchy feuilletine and blood orange sorbet.

As for breakfast - an exquisite feast awaits at the bar, with tropical fruits and berries, dainty yoghurt pots, the best granola ever, and melt-in-the-mouth pastries.

For a change of scene, take a culinary tour through Miami’s ethnic cuisines, sampling Cuban, Latin, Greek, Spanish and Thai at nearby restaurants; reception can advise.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • De-stress in the huge hydrotherapy pool on the rooftop, or with a delicious aromatherapy massage at the COMO Shambhala spa 

  • Lounge and star-spot by the long courtyard pool, lined with loungers and poolside cabanas
  • Go yachting or kayaking on the Intracoastal Waterway from the Metropolitan’s own dock
  • Enrol in kitesurfing school right next to the hotel’s beach area, or try paddleboarding
  • Take a walk or jog along the grandly named Miami Avenue, the walkway that runs parallel with the beach
  • Check out the nearby Bass Museum of Art (housing the Bass’ collection of European Old Masters) and the spectacular new PAMM (Perez Art Museum Miami), displaying modern and contemporary art
  • More tips on Miami

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Paddleboarding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming


The hotel has baby cots or rollaway beds, interconnecting rooms and babysitters. There are kids’ menus and children under 12 eat half-price. Nevertheless, the Metropolitan feels like an adult environment. It's most suitable for pre-toddlers (too many hard floors and edges for little ones) and beach-loving children aged around 7 to 11; teenagers would most likely prefer to be in the midst of the action of South Beach.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can fit a baby cot. The Suites can fit 1 rollaway bed.


On request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool

Kids Activities nearby:

  • The beach

Kid Friendly:

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