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It’s that time of year again.
It’s summer and you are either urging your friends to finally go to Miami or they are doing the same to you.
Miami has long been known as a classic summer destination, merging the beach life with vibrant nightlife. It’s also become quite the destination for the business traveler or the “bleisure” traveler (business plus leisure).
You’ve heard all the great things about the city. Now it’s time to finally experience the best of what Miami has to offer (think of all the Facebook photos you’ve been missing out on).
Here are five Miami hotels in the downtown area that must be visited.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
When you are a Forbes five-star winner and a AAA Five Diamond recipient, you deserve a place at the top of the list.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami deserves a world of recognition, whether you are looking at its suites, award-winning restaurants, sleek and stylish décor, spa facilities, personalized service, infinity pool and pool bar or stunning views of the bay and city skyline. The property also offers a private beach club.
On top of that, guests on TripAdvisor have commented that you get all the luxury without the pretentious feeling surrounding you.
For more information, go to www.mandarinoriental.com/miami.
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Another AAA Five Diamond recipient, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is certainly impressing guests and hotel reviewers alike.
Not only does the hotel offer splendid accommodations, amenities and customer service, it also balances the hustle and bustle of the Brickell neighborhood with a warm and calming atmosphere, complete with earth tones and eye-catching artwork.
It also doesn’t hurt that it has a 50,000-square-foot spa, a steak restaurant and bar and great views of Biscayne Bay.
The beds must be OK, too, considering most guests on TripAdvisor rated the hotel’s “sleep quality” five out of five stars. Not bad, considering Four Season Hotel Miami’s location in a buzzing area of the city.
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami/Brickell-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami/Brickell-Downtown may not be an official four-star or five-star property, but, according to most guests, it may as well be a five-star property.
The property is a prime example of how star ratings and AAA Diamond ratings can sometimes be inconsistent with what guests really value.
TripAdvisor reviewers have rated Hampton Inn & Suites Miami as the No. 1 Miami property. Everything from the rooms to the service to the value to the cleanliness has received top-notch reviews. Hampton Inn Brickell is also known as a premier green-friendly property.
On top of that, Hampton Miami is in a prime location, on SW12th St. in between 1st Ave. and Miami Ave. It’s within walking distance of public transportation, restaurants, clubs, you name it.
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guest who says they had an awful stay at JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Reviews on TripAdvisor are absolutely glowing, whether travelers are commenting about the large rooms, the service, the attention to detail, the property’s golf school and 10,000-square-foot basketball court, the business services, the Enliven Spa or welcoming amenities such as Illy espresso makers, Keurig brewers and TVs embedded into in-bathroom mirrors.
You can also dine at DB Bistro Moderne from James Beard award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud.
Heck, the Wall Street Journal is even provided free of charge, delivered right at your doorstep.
Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Another product of Marriott, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami is actually located in the same building as JW Marriott Marquis Miami, except it ascends 39 stories up into the Miami sky.
It shares the same restaurant, spa and services as JW Marriott Marquis Miami, as well, which is probably why it was rated right behind JW Marriott Marquis as the No. 3 hotel in Miami by TripAdvisor reviewers.
But, hence its name, you can’t overlook the private hotel’s art and design, either. Sleek, contemporary and not overbearing, there’s just the right amount of captivating art in the place while still focusing on providing ample space for guests. Throw in the expertly embedded state-of the-art technology and it’s a great example of a way to seamlessly integrate technology with art.