In September, the Nobu Hotel opened at the historic Eden Roc Miami Beach. The Eden Roc’s transformation into a luxury resort included an extensive multi-million dollar renovation and landmark restoration.
The new Nobu Hotel Eden Roc is also the latest addition in the growing Nobu Hotel collection, which includes Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel City of Dreams in Manila. It is the brainchild of renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, Hollywood producer Meir Teper, and Australian business tycoon James Packer. Nobu restaurants have built a strong following of celebrities and tastemakers, thanks to impeccable service and good eats. And the investors hope to emulate that vibe with its branded hotels and residences.
Here’s how we think it stacks up.
Starting in October, guests receive exclusive access to the Nobu pool, which is elevated and perched over the ocean. Surrounding it are private poolside cabanas, and pool guests can order from a menu of Nobu classics and local favorites.
The Nobu Hotel Miami Beach offers something that may cost a lot, but, in a city known for its party culture, is priceless -- tranquility. Unlike some Miami hot spots that have DJs in the lobby, this hotel exudes a refreshing spa-like feel. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a bathrobe, this might be the place for you. And while there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, it’s not in your face.
The Nobu Hotel Miami Beach features 206 guest rooms, including three penthouse suites. Much like the Nobu restaurant aesthetic, the hotel’s palette draws upon raw, natural forms and textures with accents of blue and purple, like a Japanese beach house. Cerused wood furniture, lantern-style lighting, custom wall coverings, and black-and-white photography of Japanese landscapes contribute to the relaxed setting. Plus, the rooms include high-end features like Simmons Bouvet Island mattresses, Fili D’Oro Italian bed linens, Natura Bissé bath amenities, and Nespresso machines, along with views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Well, this is the Nobu hotel -- so you know the food is going to knock your socks off. (Luckily, they provide slippers.) In addition to Nobu Miami and Bar Nobu, there’s also 24-hour in-room dining provided by the restaurant, which features chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous Japanese-fusion dishes like the must-try Black Cod Miso. Plus, acclaimed farm-to-fork restaurant Malibu Farm is set to open this month on the property. It will also be the South Florida outpost for Helene Henderson’s California restaurant chain, which serves locally sourced, seasonal dishes such as pea and pesto couscous and grass-fed beef sirloin with chili cherry tomatoes.
Those who love Miami but are looking for a respite from the South Beach scene will appreciate the laid-back luxury and peaceful atmosphere of the Nobu hotel. Plus, the mid-Miami beach address is a convenient central location, allowing guests to explore the rest of the city’s neighborhoods and attractions with ease.
For those looking for a buzzy hotel-cum-club, the Nobu might not be your shot of tequila. The hotel and adjacent Eden Roc do exude retro glam, but it’s 1960s chic, not 1980s Miami Vice style.
Located in the Mid-Beach area of the city, the hotel is situated near other big-name properties such as the Soho House Miami; the Fontainebleau resort, home to the popular LIV Nightclub; and the Miami Beach Edition, which features chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s the Matador Room. Plus, cool craft cocktail joint the Broken Shaker is less than two miles south (about a $5 Uber ride).
During your overnight stay, you receive a complimentary breakfast for two adults at the on-site Nobu restaurant.
The hotel is about 20 minutes by car from the Miami International Airport.