Miami Hotels on the Water

by Hannah Wickford, Demand Media Google

    Miami is a place of tropical weather, eclectic neighborhoods, Hispanic cuisine and vibrant nightlife. By day, locals and visitors enjoy the warm blue waters and white-sand beaches before heading into downtown Miami and South Beach for an evening of fun. The city is home to many hotels ready to accommodate its visitors, but only a select few enjoy a prime location on the waterfront.

    A Miami Oasis

    The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami enjoys a prime location on Brickell Key with views of both Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. The hotel’s decor is contemporary with an Asian flair through the common areas as well as in the 326 guest rooms and suites. The Mandarin, a favorite of celebrities and VIPs visiting the Miami area, offers plenty of pampering at its15,000-square-foot spa, private beach club, and fitness center complete with personal trainers. Although Miami offers a variety of upscale dining options, many guests and locals prefer to visit one of the hotel’s three dining venues. Frommer’s calls the hotel’s restaurant, Azul, “one of the most upscale, prettiest -- and priciest -- waterfront restaurants in town.” When it comes to nightlife, the Mandarin leads the pack again with M-Bar, while Cafe Sambal offers waterfront al fresco dining.

    Island Lodgings

    Grove Isle Hotel and Spa offers an intimate setting on a 20-acre island just a short distance from the Rickenbacker Causeway. Tucked away off the shores of Coconut Grove, the hotel offers easy access by car or boat to the nearby Crandon Park Golf Course, Miami Seaquarium and the shops and dining of Key Biscayne. Decorated in the style of old Florida, Grove Isle features a spa, fitness center, tennis courts, a private beach, an 85-slip marina and all-day dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Gibraltar.

    A Piece of History

    The Eden Roc Renaissance and its next-door neighbor, the Fontainebleau, created the over-the-top luxury that Miami Beach is known for. Built in the 1950s, the Eden Roc began a $200 million renovation in 2007 to bring the hotel back to its glory days. Owned by the Marriott Corporation as of 2010, the 631-room hotel offers a central location in Miami Beach’s mid-beach area, just a short distance from the nightlight of South Beach. The Eden Roc offers an on-site spa, infinity pools that seem to disappear into the ocean, spacious guest rooms and several on-site dining venues that offer everything from upscale American to Floribbean cuisine.

    South Beach Art Deco

    Located in the midst of South Beach’s eclectic nightlife, The Raleigh combines modern touches with vintage art deco. A frequent site of high-fashion shows, such as the IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, The Raleigh offers unpretentious luxury for its discriminating guests. Guests have a choice of ocean- or garden-view rooms; a private sanctuary, the Oasis, nestled between the hotel and the beach; and a variety of dining options both indoors and beach-side.

    About the Author

    After attending Fairfield University, Hannah Wickford spent more than 15 years in market research and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. In 2003 she decided to shift careers and now maintains three successful food-related blogs and writes online articles, website copy and newsletters for multiple clients.

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