Live it up in Downtown Miami & Brickell’s Top Luxury Hotels

By Shayne Benowitz | May 25, 2018
W Miami has a 300 foot long pool and great ocean views
W Miami has a 300 foot long pool and great ocean views

When nothing but the best will do, these hotels deliver.

With towering skyscrapers, breathtaking views and lavish amenities, these Downtown Miami and Brickell hotels have it all. They also position travelers near PortMiami and AmericanAirlines Arena, as well as shopping venues such as Bayside Marketplace and the new Brickell City Centre. Nearby cultural institutions include Pérez Art Museum Miami, Frost Science and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Whether you’ve planned a shopping spree weekend, a foodie binge extravaganza, or a cultural getaway filling your daily itinerary with the latest Broadway musicals, these posh hotels will sweeten your visit to the Magic City.

Rooftop pool at SLS Brickell

SLS Brickell

With powerhouse collaborators like sbe hotelier Sam Nazarian, developer Jorge Perez and designer Philippe Starck, SLS Brickell is a stylish masterpiece. Mix in two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Jose Andres at Bazaar Mar and Michael Schwartz at Fi’lia, and you’ve got all you could ask for under one roof. The hotel also boasts and incredible contemporary art collection, lavish and playful room design, a rooftop pool and spa.

Sugar rooftop bar at EAST, Miami

East, Miami

Anchoring the Brickell City Centre shopping development, East, Miami is a chic, zen retreat in the middle of the bustling city. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with minimalist design, highlighting the breathtaking views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. It’s also home to Quinto la Huella parilla restaurant and Sugar rooftop bar on the 40th floor, which is always buzzing.

Edge Steak and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

At 70 stories tall, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is the tallest hotel south of Atlanta offering a sophisticated urban oasis in the middle of the city. Enjoy lavish amenities like the two-acre pool deck on the seventh-floor with the glittering skyline as a backdrop. You’ll also enjoy an incredible dining experience at Edge, Steak and Bar along with Four Season’s signature hospitality.

IconBrickell Spa at W Miami

W Miami

With interiors by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, W Miami is easily one of the most stylish addresses on Brickell Avenue. The hotel boasts the longest pool in Miami at 300-feet, perched on a deck with incredible views of Biscayne Bay. On the weekend, enjoy cocktails at the 50th floor’s Whisper Lounge to truly soak in Miami’s panorama. Don’t miss out on a relaxing afternoon inside the 28,000-square foot surreal-chic spa designed by Philippe Starck.

InterContinental Miami's soaring atrium lobby

InterContinental Miami

The InterContinental Miami in Downtown features a dramatic 34-story marble exterior, soaring atrium lobby and over 600 upscale guestrooms, many with water views. It’s also home to Toro Toro restaurant by Chef Richard Sandoval dishing up a pan-Latin menu of crave-worthy items like hamachi tiradito and shortrib arepas. Positioned at the foot of Bayfront Park, it’s the perfect place to set off on a stroll along Biscayne Bay to Bayside Marketplace or PAMM. There’s also a rooftop swimming pool perfect for a relaxing afternoon under the sun.

Area 31 at Kimpton Epic Hotel

Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Positioned on the Miami River where Biscayne Bay meets Downtown, Kimpton EPIC Hotel is the epitome of impressive urban design. Operating on a grand scale as a boutique hotel, the property features Exhale Spa, an adjacent pool deck and Area 31 restaurant, all boasting panoramic views of the city and the bay from the 16th floor. The lobby is also home to Zuma, one of the city’s trendiest (and most delicious) sushi restaurants.

Boulud Sud bar and lounge at JW Marriott Marquis

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

With an NBA regulation basketball court on property, the 41-story JW Marriott Marquis has one of the most unique indoor sports complexes of any hotel in the country. Also boasting a rooftop swimming pool and relaxing spa, it’s a luxurious place to unwind. The lobby level is a foodie’s paradise with Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Boulud Sud restaurant specializing in Mediterranean fare executed with the French chef’s expert technique.

Hotel Beaux Arts

Hotel Beaux Arts Miami

A luxury hotel within a luxury hotel, Hotel Beaux Arts is a hidden gem crowning the top two floors of the aforementioned JW Marriott Marquis. The boutique hotel is a sophisticated urban retreat with 44 lavish guestrooms and suites. Guests of Beaux Arts also enjoy the amenities of the JW Marriott Marquis, including the swimming pool, spa, basketball court and Boulud Sud restaurant.

Mandarin Oriental's La Mar restaurant outdoor terrace

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

A five-star stunner situated on the exclusive Brickell Key, Mandarin Oriental, Miami also famously boasts a five-star spa. The beautiful Asian-inspired hotel is home to famed Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio’s La Mar, widely considered one of the best restaurants in town. With a gorgeous waterfront patio, it’s also a hot spot for happy hour loyalists among young professionals who work in the neighborhood.

Rooftop pool at Conrad Miami

Conrad Miami

Located inside a 36-story tower with a striking façade of glass and steel, the Conrad Miami is in the heart of the Brickell Financial District. Impressive features include a rooftop tennis court and swimming pool, as well as a tranquil spa and 25th floor lounge. Rooms are spacious and modern with a wide variety of suites available perfect for busy travelers dropping in to take care of business but open to sneaking in a bit of pleasure too.

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