Hotels on Brickell, Miami

by Wendy K. Leigh

The thriving central business district of Miami, generally referred to as "downtown," includes the urban residential and financial neighborhood of Brickell. The heavily populated Brickell Avenue is a section of U.S. Route 1 that runs north and south along Biscayne Bay, with several hotels scattered along the roadway. For cruise ship passengers, the Port of Miami is also less than five miles from most of the hotels on Brickell Avenue.

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Viceroy Hotel

The Miami River flows through the Brickell area as it merges with Biscayne Bay, with several prominent lodging properties near the riverbanks. The Viceroy Hotel is on this section of Brickell Avenue, adjacent to Miami River Circle Park. As the anchor property on the ground floor of the three-tower Icon Brickell building, the hotel is located on an urban oasis that spreads over 10 acres. Two of the acres are dedicated to an outdoor living room with a 300-foot long pool and an enormous outdoor fireplace.

Hotel Urbano at Brickell

The Hotel Urbano is an urban boutique hotel in the Brickell Avenue business district, which offers moderately priced accommodations with a chic, contemporary style. The property partners with the local Art Fusion Galleries of the nearby Miami Design District to showcase regional and national art throughout the building, with regular art receptions.

Conrad Hotel

The Conrad Hotel by Hilton is part of the Espirito Santo Plaza, a contemporary glass-and-steel structure that boldly towers 36 stories over the bay. The 25th level houses the Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room, while the remaining upper floors include 103 upscale residences that can be rented long-term, from studio to two-bedroom choices.

Luxury Hotels

Two luxury name-brand hotels are located close to each other on Brickell Avenue, just a block from Biscayne Bay. The JW Marriott Hotel features three executive-level floors with their own Concierge Lounge, while the Four Seasons is sandwiched in the 20th to 29th floors of a 70-story structure made of glass and granite. Both are within walking distance of Southside and Simpson parks, and just a few minutes' drive from the Brickell Tennis Club and Crandon Golf Course.

Brickell Key

Brickell Key is a triangular island that juts out from the area into Biscayne Bay. It is a gated island with high-rise residential and hotel properties, including the Mandarin Oriental Miami Hotel. With an Asian-inspired theme, this hotel features an exclusive, five-star holistic spa and a private beach club. Its signature dining choices, the Azul and Cafe Sambal, also highlight Asian influences, but the Azul blends Latin, Caribbean and French cuisine into its menus as well. This hotel has the only beach in the downtown Miami area.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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