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Forbes Travel Guide created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into thousands of hotels, dined at just as many restaurants, and experienced scores of spa treatments to bring you information on the very best places to stay, eat and relax around the world. Throughout ForbesTravelGuide.com, you'll find answers about these Star-Rated and recommended hotels, restaurants and spas, as well as destinations and activities, written and provided by Forbes Travel Guide's team of professional inspectors. It's a dynamic group of people who live around the world, have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, and are united by a passion for travel and a devotion to hunting down the world's most outstanding places.

  • On January 14, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best amenities at Casino Del Sol Resort?

    The staff at Casino Del Sol Resort has your enjoyment in mind and the amenities at the resort reflect this. Here are the best amenities at the Tucson hotel:
     
    1. Casino. When staying at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel the most obvious amenity is that the property is attached to one of the two largest casinos in Southern Arizona. The casino offers a large selection of slots, table games, a card room, and bingo.
     
    2. Restaurants. The many dining options — often just a short walk from your guest room — are another great feature of the luxury hotel. You have a choice of a PY, the high-end steak house, An’s for sushi and Chinese food, Abuelita’s and the Tequila Factory for Mexican, the diverse Festa buffet, and the resort’s 1960s diner called Moby’s.
     
    3. Pool. The large heated pool with two whirlpools is open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy it round-the-clock when staying at the hotel.
     
    4. Fitness center. Another great feature at the resort is the gym. Its variety of cardio and strength-training equipment means you can keep up your fitness routine while you're at Casino Del Sol Resort.
     
    5. Starbucks. The final best amenity when staying at Casino Del Sol Resort is that there are two Starbucks shops at the hotel so you can have your daily specialty coffee drink before heading off to gamble or lounge by the pool.
  • On January 14, 2014
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    What makes Casino Del Sol Resort different from other hotels?

    Casino Del Sol Resort is different from other hotels because of its unique setting and atmosphere. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's guest rooms feature large windows that frame the surrounding desert and mountain vistas. The desert setting continues inside the luxury hotel with burnt orange earth tones used throughout the property. Just off of the hotel is the casino. Entering the casino is like walking into an outdoor Spanish courtyard with the sun setting just behind the buildings. The casino features plenty of slot machines, table games, bingo, keno and a card room. In addition to the casino, you'll also find several restaurants inside the Tucson hotel, including PY Steakhouse, a high-end spot with a Southwest flair.
  • On January 14, 2014
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    What words best describe the style of Casino Del Sol Resort?

    Casino Del Sol Resort has its own unique design style that makes the property both comfortable and luxurious. Here are the five words that describe the style of the Tucson hotel:
     
    1. Desert-inspired. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel features sandy hues and earth tones throughout the property that reflect its desert surroundings.
     
    2. Modern. All the guest rooms have contemporary furnishings such as white lacquered lamps, sleek espresso-stained furniture and bold graphic geometric designs in the carpeting, curtains, and bedding.
     
    3. Luxurious. Marble floors, plush furniture, and private seating areas in the lobby and Prema lounge set the tone for the luxurious accommodations in the hotel. Suites feature marble-topped wet bars, flat-screen TVs and Jacuzzi tubs.
     
    4. Southwestern. From the iron work at the main entrance of the property to the arched ceilings in the lobby, the architecture throughout the luxury hotel reflects its Southern location.
     
    5. Energetic. Throughout the resort upbeat music plays creating a lively feel. Bold jewel- tone accents in the guest rooms and the public areas also add energy to the primarily earth-toned property.
  • On January 14, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the design style of Casino Del Sol Resort?

    The design style of Casino Del Sol Resort reflects the resort's Southwest Tucson, Arizona, location. When arriving at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, the domed bell-tower-esque design of the hotel roof evokes the Spanish mission-style architecture in the region. This architectural style continues through the lobby, which features arched ceilings and sand-colored marble floors with coral graphic designs. Desert-inspired earth tones of burnt orange and tan are used throughout the property, along with golden hues to reflect the “Sol” in the property’s name. To accent the neutral tones, bold jewel colors of turquoise and ruby red, are featured in carpeting and furnishings in the guest rooms and public areas of the luxury hotel.
  • On January 14, 2014
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    What are the best things about Casino Del Sol Resort?

    Casino Del Sol Resort is a unique destination resort with plenty of features to love. Here are the best things about the Tucson, Arizona, casino resort:
     
    1. Views. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is located outside of Tucson and has superb views of the surrounding desert and mountains, which are especially expansive from the upper floors of the hotel.  
     
    2. Sky Level rooms. The top floor of the hotel is the Sky Level and it features luxurious rooms with travertine-tiled showers, Jacuzzi tubs for soaking, plush seating areas, and views from either the large picture windows in the guest rooms or balcony in the suites.
     
    3. Hiapsi Spa. Tucson is known for its spas and natural healing retreats, so it is no surprise that the spa at Casino Del Sol Resort is a must while staying at the resort. Treatments are inspired by traditional Native American healing plants and rituals.
     
    4. PY Steakhouse. The high-end dining option at the resort is PY Steakhouse, which features quality steak and meat dishes as well as a variety of seafood dishes, all with a unique Southwestern flair.
     
    5. Casino. The final best thing about this luxury hotel is, of course, the casino. As one of the two largest casinos in Southern Arizona, it offers plenty of options for slots, table games, bingo, plus a card room as well as several restaurants and bars.
  • On January 14, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are five things to know about Casino Del Sol Resort?

    Before heading to Casino Del Sol Resort in Arizona, here are five things you should know:
     
    1. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is is Tucson, about 15 miles from the airport. There's ample parking at the property, but if you take a cab to the resort, allow 30 minutes or so for a taxi to arrive at the remote property. This is essential to know when heading to the airport.
     
    2. The top floor of the hotel is the Sky Level and it features the most luxurious rooms at Casino Del Sol. The rooms and suites feature travertine-tiled showers, soaking Jacuzzi tubs, plush seating areas, and views from either the large picture windows in the guest rooms or the balconies in the suites.
     
    3. Tucson is known for its spas and natural healing retreats. Hiapsi Spa at Casino Del Sol Resort is named for the Pascua Yaqui Indian word meaning "heart and soul." Treatments such as the medicine wash and herbal wraps are inspired by traditional Native American healing plants and rituals.
     
    4. Entertainment is part of the package. The luxury hotel features a range of live entertainment including musical acts like BB King, tribute bands dedicated to Iron Maiden and Abba as well as magicians. So consider seeing a show while you're there.
     
    5. The final thing to know about Casino Del Sol Resort is, of course, about the casino. It's one of the two largest casinos in Southern Arizona, so you'll find plenty of options for slots, table games, bingo, and a card room as well as several restaurants and bar.
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is in the mini-bar at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    In your guest room at The Setai, Miami Beach you’ll find a mini-bar stocked with goodies including Snickers, M&M’s, chocolate bars, gummy bears, peanuts and Pringles. There are also plenty of chilled beverages in the mini-fridge, such as bottled water, Lakewood organic cranberry and orange juices, Orangina, coconut water, Red Bull and bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite; and alcoholic beverages including Baileys, Cakebread Chardonnay, Taittinger champagne, Patrón, Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire, Ketel One, Corona, Bud Light, Sapporo and Heineken. You’ll also find chilled creamer for your tea or coffee; the tea and coffee maker is a complimentary part of the mini-bar and you can choose from multiple tea varieties and caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.

    We suggest that you do refer to the price list before indulging; taking part in the in-room bar can tack on a few bucks to your bill. For instance, the Taittinger champagne will run you $55 and the Cakebread Chardonnay $45, but a late-night snack of a Snickers bar will add just $5 to your final bill.
  • On January 10, 2014
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    What is the kids’ room service menu like at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    At The Setai, Miami Beach, children will always find a meal that catches their eye on the kids’ room service menu. Menu offerings at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel include kid-friendly classics from The Restaurant such as the grilled Angus burger; a souped-up Nathan’s hot dog; a cheeseburger; a grilled cheese sandwich with French fries and coleslaw; and housemade pizzas from the brick oven (such as cheese or pepperoni). The kids’ menu also features snacks such as a fruit plate and chicken fingers, as well as desserts such as ice cream, chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake.
  • On January 10, 2014
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    What restaurants at The Setai, Miami Beach are best for families with kids?

    The best restaurant at The Setai, Miami Beach for families with kids is The Pool & Beach Bar. It’s right next to the family pool on one side with the beach located on the other. Youngsters will be entertained by the outdoors, and the menu will keep them delighted with options such as brick-oven pizzas, wraps and paninis.

    If they’re a little older, your children may enjoy the options at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Restaurant, in the lobby of this Miami hotel. The menu includes tasty Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The Restaurant’s menu is designed by executive chef Mathias Gervais and highlights the flavors of the sun-drenched European coast. The roasted chicken and potatoes or beef patty with ham, egg and housemade fries are safe choices for kids. Besides the mouth-watering food, they’ll be amused throughout the meal by watching seasoned chefs hard at work in the stunning exhibition kitchen.

    The Tower suites at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel are equipped with full kitchens if you feel up to cooking for the kids. All of the suites are also comfortable for eating and lounging — and room service may often be the best option for guests with children.
  • On January 10, 2014
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    What is the locker room like at the gym at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    The locker rooms for the gym at The Setai, Miami Beach double as the locker rooms for Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at The Setai. While small in sheer size, the well-designed locker rooms still offer a compact punch. The look is streamlined and warm, with teak finishings and simple décor. The locker rooms include separate water closets and showers, as well a small steam room. All the usual toiletry and salon amenities, including combs, toothpaste and shaving kits, are available for your use. And while you’re there, why not schedule a treatment in the luxury spa? You won’t even have to leave the hotel grounds to get a relaxing massage, facial or manicure to look and feel your best when you head out to the beach or to any of South Beach’s world-famous nightlife venues.
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the gym like at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    The gym at The Setai, Miami Beach is located in the same building as The Spa at The Setai, near the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s 40-story oceanfront tower (and just steps away from the pool deck). You can workout in the freshly renovated space while gazing out at the Miami hotel’s three pools, swaying palm trees and the Atlantic Ocean. The gym was renovated in 2012 and is decked out with brand-new Life Fitness equipment, weights, wood floors and personal trainers ready to help out if you need it. You’ll find hand towels to keep you dry as you’re working out, as well as chilled towels, cold bottled water and fresh fruit to sustain you after you burn those calories. Guests using the gym are invited to use the spa’s locker rooms, which include a small space with showers, a sauna and a steam room. If you’re itching to workout outdoors, you may opt to run for miles on the beach or swim in The Setai’s lap pool (one of three heated pools).
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What can I order from the room service menu at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    The Setai, Miami Beach’s room service menu features a range of specialties from The Restaurant. If you’re craving a Caesar salad, Andalusian gazpacho, a black Angus burger or a chicken club sandwich, you can have it any time of day since room service runs 24/7.

    For breakfast, you can order everything from dry cereal and oatmeal to waffles and pancakes. There are bakery items such as pain au chocolat and muffins, as well as other light items such as yogurt and fresh fruits. Traditional Western classics such as steak and eggs, two eggs any style and eggs Benedict top the list

    For all-day dining, depending on your mood, you may opt to stick with simple dishes such as The Setai club sandwich with organic grilled chicken, smoked applewood bacon, Bibb lettuce, avocado and mayo, served with French fries; the Andalusian gazpacho with fresh crab and crème fraîche; or one of The Restaurant’s many pizza offerings. You’ll also find larger entrées such as New York strip loin, catch of the day and roasted chicken breast.

    The dessert menu mirrors offerings found in The Restaurant, and the room service menu offers the option to order a picnic basket to take with you to the beach or for a day trip. The chefs will be more than happy to create a picnic basket menu for you. Your little ones will be happy to see that there is also a kids’ menu that’s available to order from all day. And there’s a night owl menu that’s available through 6 a.m.
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Does The Setai, Miami Beach have 24-hour room service?

    The Setai, Miami Beach offers 24-hour room service, so you can order dishes designed by The Restaurant’s chef Mathias Gervais whenever hunger strikes, any time of day or night. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Miami hotel offers a range of dishes to suit any taste. The breakfast menu runs from 7 until 11 a.m., and then moves on to the all-day dining menu, which is served from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. If you’re a late-night eater and come home from the Miami clubs in the early morning hours, don’t fret: There’s a night owl menu that’s served from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. with options such as salads, sandwiches, soups, caviar, pasta and larger entrées — which is also perfect for any international travelers just arriving to town.
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the five best things to eat and drink at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    Between the four dining spots at The Setai, Miami Beach — The Restaurant, The Setai Grill, The Bar & Courtyard and The Pool & Beach Bar — there are plenty of wonderful things to eat and drink at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Miami resort. Here are our five favorites:

    1. The ceviche at The Pool & Beach Bar. Snack on the sea bass ceviche with tequila and cilantro while you sit poolside looking out at the luxury Miami hotel’s private beach. The fresh fish mixed with the tangy tequila cilantro mixture is the epitome of fine beach food.

    2. A Chili Passion martini at The Bar & Courtyard. This is The Setai’s signature drink for a reason. The fresh and spicy martini is made with chili-infused vodka, passion fruit-infused rum, ginger syrup and chili flakes.

    3. Mediterranean fare at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Restaurant. You’ll find a menu here featuring a variety of cuisine from Europe’s sun-drenched coasts including specialties grilled a la plancha — on a flattop grill. Choose from grilled octopus or spiny Florida lobster paired with fresh vegetable sides for a light meal.

    4. Sunday Brunch at The Restaurant. Bottomless Taittinger champagne — served up as Bellinis or Mimosas — and traditional dishes prepared à la minute (think waffles and omelets), as well as a bounty of local seafood and fresh-baked pastries draws hotel guests and locals alike. It’s all set to jazz and served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    5. Andalusian gazpacho from room service. Served in a deep bowl, a generous portion of deep orange chilled gazpacho is topped with a dollop of brilliant white crème fraîche and sprinkled with basil. A thick lump of fresh crabmeat adds flavor, texture and filling protein.  It’s refreshing and light after a day in the Miami Beach heat.
  • On January 10, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Which rooms have the best views at The Setai, Miami Beach?

    While some of the 85 studio suites in the Art Deco building at The Setai, Miami Beach have partial ocean views as well as calming views of the hotel’s Zen-like courtyard, the best views at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort are from the 45 oceanfront suites in the Tower building. There, the panoramas of the Atlantic will make you feel like you’re on a luxurious ocean liner, as it looms large and blue through your floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

    Suites on the northern end of the luxury hotel have great views of mid-Miami Beach and toward Miami Beach Golf Club to the west; rooms facing south have impressive views of the Art Deco rooftops that line the beach, all the way down to South Pointe, where you can watch the real cruise lines make their way out to sea. You can also peep down onto the three pools and the pool deck of The Setai and all its neighboring hotels.