With the bathroom selfie fully “a thing,” we scoured Miami’s high design hotels to find the best bathrooms offering artful, reflective surroundings to pose in. From sprawling resorts to boutique hotels and historic architecture to modern design, discover floor to ceiling marble, deceptive mirror play, sweeping views of the city and decorative details to marvel over while washing your hands, reapplying your lipstick and maybe even snapping a quick pic.
1. SLS Hotel South Beach
Upon entering the Philippe Starck-designed SLS Hotel South Beach, veer left before you reach the hostess stand at The Bazaar by Jose Andres and head down a flight of stairs. You’ll enter a cavernous, subterranean bathroom covered in mirrors and frosted glass. Before you reach the men’s and women’s rooms, you’re greeted by a giant crashing wave painted onto the wall (pictured at top) at the end of the hallway. Inside, French graffiti artist Tarek Benaoum has painted a variety of playful mustaches and beards all over the mirrors by the sinks. It’s a worthy photo op, yet just when you think you’re all alone, you’ll notice a member of the opposite sex just on the other side of the frosted glass. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701.
2. W Hotel South Beach
For the original deceptive glass mirrored bathroom, head to the W Hotel South Beach and find the restrooms (designed by Anna Busta of Studio B Design) through the glitzy boutique, W Hotels The Store. You’ll open a frosted glass door that leads to a long marble hallway lined with mosaic-tiled bathroom stalls on one side and floor-to-ceiling mirrors with diagonal beveled diamond detailing on the other. As you walk down the hallway, you can’t help but admire yourself in all the mirrors. That is, until you notice not only your reflection, but also someone of the opposite sex on the other side of the glass heading to his stall, too. What you thought was a reflection of your bathroom in the mirror is actually a clear view into the men’s room—or women’s, depending on your point of view, of course. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000.
3. Viceroy Miami
While the Viceroy Miami is a marvel of dizzying, surreal design in a luxurious tower overlooking Biscayne Bay, its bathrooms on the 50th floor penthouse rooftop at Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge are cause for vertigo. Offering sweeping views of the city while sitting in your stall, these toilets bring a whole new meaning to “A Room with a View.” 485 Brickell Ave, Miami; 305-503-4400
4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
With three signature restaurants, Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, and a fourth on its way by Michael Mina, along with arguably the city’s best nightclub LIV, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a sprawling playground at the cross section of iconic 1950s Miami Modern architecture and today’s hallmark of glamour. Enter Hakkasan, located on the resort’s fourth floor. The London transplant, dishing up haute Cantonese fare, was designed by French interior design firm Gilles & Boissier with the principals of feng shui in mind. The restrooms are accessed through a dramatic, floor-to-ceiling, red wooden door with hand-carved detailing, opening to a bastion of 360 degree white marble. Individual stalls are fortified behind floor-to-ceiling, white lacquered wooden doors offering a private and nearly soundproof experience. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000.
5. Standard Spa Miami Beach
With a nod to old Hollywood glamour, the lobby restrooms at the Standard Spa Miami Beach present a zigzag of dramatic mirrors and white wooden paneled walls on the bias, lined with bright vanity bulbs. It seems like a good place for a starlet to inspect her makeup before taking a stage lit with dazzling footlights. The floors present an interesting organic component, comprised of inlaid cork (seemingly from wine bottles) arranged in a polka-dot tile pattern. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717.
6. Mondrian South Beach
With a whimsical design concept by Marcel Wanders inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Mondrian South Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay is filled with charm and surprise. Find the restrooms tucked behind the Semi Automatic + BASE 24/7 vending machine. Inside, an ornate, glittering crystal chandelier hangs above brocade patterned frosted mirror panels on the walls. The stalls are accessed through white wooden doors for a completely private experience. For another chandeliered bathroom on the property, head to the restrooms by the pool, as well. These feature a luxurious gilded brown and black color motif, a central chandelier and a hallway lined with smaller Deco chandeliers. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500.
7. Turnberry Isle Miami
If ever a steakhouse bathroom took a tongue in cheek approach at honoring the fare it serves in the dining room, it’s Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Miami. While its tender, juicy filets are enough to inspire a pilgrimage to Aventura, the playful cowhide lighting fixture above the bathroom mirrors are also worth a visit. Designed by longtime Mina collaborator, New York-based Tony Chi, the rose gold faucets, marble sinks and sleek white finishes present a playful, yet chic setting. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 305-932-6200.
8. Boca Raton Resort & Club
One of South Florida’s most iconic resorts, the pink cloisters of the Boca Raton Resort & Club were the vision of architect Addison Mizner. The man attributed to popularizing Spanish Mediterranean Revival architecture in South Florida built the resort in 1926. Today, one can access the grand lobby’s restrooms down a hallway beyond the concierge and front desk. Inside, a pretty pink bathroom with dark, cherry wood paneling awaits. The highlight is the recessed ceiling painted to resemble the heavens with cherubs floating around a central lighting fixture. 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; 888-543-1277.
9. Lord Balfour South Beach
One of South Beach’s newest boutique hotels, Lord Balfour South Beach enlisted Malcolm Berg and the Edge of Architecture team to create a sophisticated and surreal retreat inspired by the irreverent Lord Balfour, a former British Prime Minister. While the men’s and women’s bathrooms in the lobby are each confined to a single stall, they offer a fun surprise once inside. With a bowler hat painted onto the mirror, the motif is reminiscent of Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte’s iconic “Son of Man.” The wallpaper’s silver and lime green floral line pattern makes for a nice backdrop. 350 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0401.
10. Soho Beach House
The lux shabby chic interiors of the Soho Beach House lobby
restrooms are reminiscent of something you might find in an English country estate. With a full length mirror framed by distressed, white-washed wood leaning against pretty pink walls, a marble wash basin and a plush sitting stool, it’s a cozy place to freshen up. Plus, you never know which celeb member you might bump into on your way to the stalls. Wash your hands and don’t forget to moisturize with products from their exclusive Cowshed Spa. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900.