Fancy Hotels in Miami

by KJ Henderson
In addition to being a major metropolis, Miami is a popular winter resort.

In addition to being a major metropolis, Miami is a popular winter resort.

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Often referred to as the American Riviera, Miami is home to three Four Star award-winning hotels. Each boasts spacious guest rooms, world-class dining and spectacular city and water views. In addition to spectacular ratings from Forbes Travel Guide, each property is an outpost of a major luxury hospitality chain, offering guests participation in their respective customer loyalty programs.

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Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is a boutique hotel situated in Miami-Dade County, just southwest of the city. Recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s prestigious Four Star Award, the property boasts 77 guest rooms, 20 Bay View rooms, 17 executive suites and one Presidential Suite, and is the arguably most luxurious hotel in the Miami area. Accommodations range in size from 420 to 2,540 square feet. The impressive facility is marked with Venetian stucco columns, a grand lobby fireplace and a garden complete with cascading fountain. Guests rooms of the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove are outfitted with mahogany furniture, king-size beds outfitted in Frette linens and over-sized desks. The property also boasts a 24-hour business center and a 6,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. In addition to drinks and live music in the Lobby Lounge, Bizcaya serves Italian fare during the day and transforms into a cocktail lounge after dark.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami is comprised of 326 guest rooms and 31 two- and three-bedroom suites. Located at the mouth of the Miami River on Brickell Key, the hotel has its own private beach, an infinity pool, and a full service fitness center that offers both private training sessions and group classes. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is a 15,000 square foot facility that has the honor of being the only spa in Miami to be awarded Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide. There are three dining establishments within the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Azul serves Asian influence Mediterranean cuisine amidst a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay. Café Sambal is a casual sushi bar offering contemporary Asian dishes al fresco. M Bar is a chic cocktail lounge that boasts a menu of light sushi and seafood, as well as 250 different kinds of martinis.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

The Four Seasons Hotel Miami is a sleekly designed 70-story modern tower, housing 221 guest rooms and 39 suites. Each provides guests with marble bathrooms, with separate glass-enclosed showers, and views of either Biscayne Bay or the city of Miami. Sports Club/LA operates an on-site spa that boasts a beauty salon, a Mediterranean café and an 80-foot waterfall. In addition to the spa café, guests of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami can dine on contemporary seafood at Acqua, which maintains a list of over 200 wines. Alternatively, Bahía is a casual poolside establishment serving light Latin American fare. 14Thirty-Five is a lounge serving drinks, as well as Sunday dinner.

Star Ratings

Forbes Travel Guide implemented the now-famous star rating system as a means to offer travelers an unbiased review of hotels around the world. The organization thoroughly inspects each property that it rates. Utilizing a checklist comprised of hundreds of criteria, Forbes Travel Guide inspects guest rooms, public spaces, dining establishments and spas.

About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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