Stepping into The Standard, you might find yourself wondering, as I did, about the curious balance of hotels and spas. Most establishments present a hotel with a spa lurking somewhere in the shadows, much like a surprise at the bottom of a cereal box 🥣. But here, the script is flipped with a delightful Brysonesque twist. The spa doesn’t just accompany the hotel - it seems to be its beating heart ❤️, with the hotel thoughtfully stitched around it.
Now, there’s Gustavo and George. The duo who seem to have studied in some secret school of masseuse wizardry 🪄. My husband and I can attest to their prowess. Imagine, if you will in Wills-style admiration, a symphony of hands, oils, and ambient music 🎶 playing on your tired muscles. Truly, it’s a performance worthy of a standing ovation, or at the very least, a relaxed and satisfied sigh 😌.
The poolside experience was a culinary journey 🍴, deserving of its own chapter. The lamb kabobs? Ah, think of them as little skewered ambassadors of flavor 🍢, waving their flags of delectable zest.
Yet, in this almost perfect symphony, a couple of notes went slightly awry 🎼. The vanishing act of water 💧 on our second evening seemed a bit off-script. It might’ve been a dash more palatable had the hotel, perhaps, considered a gracious little credit for our next spa visit. As for the rooms, they were akin to a reliable backdrop in a theater play 🎭 - functional, if not slightly overshadowed by the main act.
But let's not stray too far from the crescendo. A day by the pool 🏊 under Miami's sun 🌞, peppered with the attentive hustle of the servers, was the cherry on this sundae 🍒. With every gesture, every check-in at our cabana, they wove a tapestry of service that one could only nod at, with both Bryson’s keen appreciation and Wills' hearty approval.
To encapsulate this joint-styled narrative with a sprinkle of emojis: The Standard is a novel experience in the bustling library of Miami hospitality 🌴. It's not just a place to stay; it's an experience, an emotion, a story waiting to be told 📖. And oh, what a delightful tale it spins! 🌟