The Ultimate Downtown Miami Experience: InterContinental Miami

By Angela Caraway-Carlton | Jun 27, 2018

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InterContinental Miami hotel in Downtown Miami
You can't miss InterContinental Miami's 19-story LED canvas with dancing silhouettes

Located in the heart of Miami, InterContinental Miami hotel offers easy access to everything downtown has to offer.

Whether you’re looking to party like a rock star (or shop like one), dine to satisfy your “inner foodie”, or fixate on museums and cultural attractions, you’ll find it all in vibrant Downtown Miami. Miami’s epicenter is not only a hot live-work destination, but a prime vacation spot offering endless action for locals and visitors — and InterContinental Miami hotel offers a cushy and convenient spot to maximize your time. This luxe hotel is also known by locals as home to the annual New Year’s Eve “Big Orange ascent” — Miami’s version of New York City’s Times Square “Big Apple descent,” to ring in the new year. The InterContinental stands tall in the heart of Miami, situated next to the sparkling, turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. It offers the chance to be near it all, at a time when downtown is bursting at the seams. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from Miami International Airport, five minutes from PortMiami, and once you arrive, you can ditch the car, and explore the area by foot, CitiBike, trolley, the free Metromover, or even water taxi. You can’t (and don’t want to) miss the attention-grabbing, 200 foot, 19-story LED canvas on the side of the building that “wows” with its “Moves Over Miami,” where dancers’ silhouettes and impressive moves are illuminated on the Miami skyline. It’s become an anticipated tradition among locals to see who will be named the dancer of the year!

InterContinental Miami's soaring atrium lobby
The 18 foot 70-ton Spindle is one of many pieces of original artwork found in InterContinental Miami

While there’s so much to see surrounding the 34-story hotel, there are also many reasons to stay around the property. With 641-guestrooms, the stylish hotel boasts original artwork like the lobby’s centerpiece, an 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture, and offers sweeping city and bay views — so you can watch the lights of the city come alive at night or fall asleep over the glistening water. Retreat to mySpa for a relaxing massage, and fine dining is at your fingertips with award-winning Chef Richard Sandoval’s first stateside location of Pan-Latin Steakhouse, Toro Toro. During the day, the restaurant is a great place to mingle with locals enjoying options that run the gamut from light fare such as small plates and signature salads — to burgers and sandwiches — to a heartier fare of steaks, chops, seafood and more. At night, indulge in savory steaks, fresh seafood, hot and cold tapas and Pan Latin signature dishes such as Chipoltle Miso Chilean Seabass and Coffee & Chile Rubbed Colorado Lamb Chops. For Miami’s best panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, head upstairs to the rooftop restaurant, Bluewater Café, for a memorable happy hour or light bites by the pool.

The InterContinental also offers engaging activities like salsa dancing, movie nights under the stars, food and wine tastings and even fitness courses; and if you truly want an “Only-in-Miami” experience, there are immersive events such as mySpa’s Wellness Weekends focused on healthy living, or a Toro Toro series that spotlights the cuisine and culture of a different Latin American country each quarter.

Already live in Florida? Take advantage of InterContinental’s “Summer Staycation” package or "Florida Residents" packagewhich includes accommodations, four passes on the new Brightline for two people, an express train service which now connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach (which means you can leave the car at home), and two tickets to Frost Science Museum (available June 1 – Sept. 30).

Delve into Downtown

Kids looking in Tank on the Dive level at Frost Science
Frost, Miami's science museum, planetarium and aquarium is a great place to spend the day within walking distance from InterContinental Miami

Look past all the towering skyscrapers and you’ll see Downtown Miami is pulsating with limitless options to match whatever vacation/staycation you desire. The InterContinental is steps away from Bayside Marketplace, a colorful hub of shops, restaurants, watering holes and docks packed with boats that’ll whisk you away on sightseeing excursions and evening party cruises along Biscayne Bay. If you want to delve into culture, a few minutes away is Museum Park, a waterfront gem where you can easily bounce between two neighboring museums: Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Frost Science. Start your morning at Frost, a science museum, planetarium and aquarium that sports an epic shark tank; and then move over to PAMM, to explore international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with their stunning hanging gardens outdoors.

The hotel is also within walking distance of the American Airlines Arena, where during basketball season you can snag seats at a Miami HEAT game, or tickets to many high-profile events from concerts to comedy shows. Art lovers are close to Wynwood Arts District, where murals abound and a culinary scene is ever-evolving; and the nearby Miami Design District offers the chance to shop mega-luxury fashion houses and discover public art, including the new Museum Garage with five different facades of art including hanging cars.

You’re also staying where all the retail action is — the hotel is minutes from the mammoth Brickell City Centre, a mecca of high-end shopping, dining and entertainment that also houses La Centrale, a three-story Italian food hall where you can gorge yourself on pasta, pizza, gelato and other Italian delights. Families looking for a place to entertain the kiddos can flock to Jungle Island for an up-close-and-personal visit with animals, or engage in fun and learning at the Miami Children’s Museum. And since a trip to Miami is never complete without visiting the sands of South Beach, a 15-minute drive across the MacArthur Causeway and you’re there!

Tired, yet? Retreat back to the InterContinental to kick your feet up and get ready for the next day’s adventures in Downtown.

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