Above: “The Cathedral” lobby at the Faena Hotel

In general, I prefer low-key, smaller hotels, tranquil and secluded places that possess traditional virtues and are indifferent to the dictates of fashion. But every so often I find myself admiring a place that in most respects is the opposite of my customary template. Not long ago, I stayed at the glitzyBaccarat Hotelin Manhattan and was unexpectedly impressed. And on a previous visit to Florida, I was surprised greatly to enjoy my visit to the flamboyantAcqualina, resort in Sunny Isles Beach, near Fort Lauderdale. Now it is the turn of the newFaena Hotelin Miami Beach.

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Above: “The Cathedral” lobby at the Faena Hotel

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