Downtown Miami & Brickell's Top Luxury Hotels

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By: Jennifer Agress

With their towering skyscrapers, breathtaking views and unbridled luxury, it’s no wonder Downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue are home to some of Miami’s best luxury hotels. The price tag might be steep, sure—but with a bevy of award-winning restaurants, deluxe spas, personalized service and some of the best views in South Florida, these hotels are worth every penny. Added bonus? They put travelers near some of the city’s most popular attractions: like PortMiami, AmericanAirlines Arena, Bayside Marketplace, the new Brickell City Centre, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Frost Science and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

If you’re planning a trip to Miami, book your stay in one of the posh hotels listed below. No matter why you visit, they all promise an elegant respite you’re sure to love.

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SLS LUX Brickell

The team behind SLS LUX Brickell is a powerhouse that includes hotelier Sam Nazarian, developer Jorge Perez and designers Philippe Starck and Yabu Pushelberg—so it’s no surprise the lavish hotel is a Brickell masterpiece. Giving luxury-lovers everything they could need or want, the hotel boasts original works of art by contemporary masters Fernando Botero and Fabian Burgos, extravagant and playful rooms, a rooftop pool and spa and Katsuya Brickell, an award-winning sushi concept from Master Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi.

    East, Miami

    The anchor hotel at Brickell City Centre, Miami’s most beautiful shopping venue, is none other than the chic East, Miami. Surrounded entirely by glass, the minimalist-designed building has floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. When it’s time for good food and drink, head to the hotel’s Uruguayan parrilla restaurant, Quinto la Huella for octopus a la plancha, grilled sweetbreads and wood-oven langoustines with sweet potatoes, or hit Sugar, the hotel’s “see and be seen” rooftop bar. Resembling an Asian garden on the hotel’s 40th floor rooftop, this buzzy bar has the best sunset view in Miami.

      Four Seasons Hotel Miami

      At 70 stories tall, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is the tallest hotel south of Atlanta. A sophisticated urban oasis towering high above bustling Miami, this iconic hotel comes with lavish amenities, too. Think: a two-acre pool deck on the seventh floor in front of the glittering Miami skyline, swaying hammocks, Aaron Brook’s EDGE Steak and Bar, one of Miami’s most popular happy hours and the Four Season’s signature hospitality.

        W Miami

        With interiors by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, W Miami is easily one of the most stylish addresses on Brickell Avenue. The hotel’s 300-foot pool holds the record as the longest in Miami, and it’s perched on a deck with incredible views of Biscayne Bay. If you’re there on a weekend, don’t miss cocktails at the 50th floor’s panoramic Whisper Lounge, the 28,000-square-foot Philippe Starck-designed spa, and chic Mexican fare and margaritas at Cantina La Veinte restaurant.

          InterContinental Miami

          The InterContinental Miami has a dramatic 34-story marble exterior, a rooftop swimming pool, a soaring atrium lobby and over 600 upscale guestrooms, many with water views. It’s also home to Toro Toro restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval, which dishes up a pan-Latin menu of crave-worthy items like hamachi tiradito and short rib 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. At night, this hotel becomes an icon; the electric LED “dancing woman” can be found on the side of the building every night, after the sun goes down.

            Kimpton EPIC Hotel

            Sitting on the Miami River, overlooking the part where Biscayne Bay meets Downtown Miami, Kimpton EPIC Hotel is a haven of urban design. A grand hotel with a boutique feel, this iconic hotel is known for its popular exhale Spa, Lilt Lounge, it’s 16th-floor pool deck, Area 31 restaurant and its panoramic views of Miami, and Zuma, one of the world’s trendiest (and most delicious) sushi restaurants.

              JW Marriott Marquis Miami

              Not every hotel has an NBA-regulation basketball court on property—but the 41-story JW Marriott Marquis does! Housing one of the most unique indoor sports complexes of any hotel in the country, this Downtown Miami gem has a rooftop swimming pool, a lap pool, the Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling, billiards, foosball, air hockey and more. If you want to unwind, head to the hotel’s relaxed, luxurious enliven Spa & Salon for a range of health and beauty therapies and treatments. The lobby level is a foodie’s paradise with Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Boulud Sud restaurant, which serves coastal Mediterranean fare fused with the French chef’s expert technique.

                Hotel Beaux Arts Miami

                A luxury hotel within a luxury hotel, Hotel Beaux Arts is a hidden gem that takes up the top two floors of the aforementioned JW Marriott Marquis. The boutique hotel is a sophisticated urban retreat with 44 lavish guestrooms and suites, personalized service and access to the amenities of the JW Marriott Marquis including the swimming pool, enliven Spa & Salon, basketball court, Boulud Sud and more.

                  Mandarin Oriental, Miami

                  Sitting on exclusive Brickell Key, with unparalleled views of Miami Beach, Brickell and the Downtown Miami skyline, Mandarin Oriental, Miami is a true Miami gem. 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, as well as a gorgeous waterfront patio, a five-star spa, well-appointed rooms and more. It’s also a hot spot for happy hour loyalists, which are often young professionals who work in Brickell or Downtown Miami.

                    Conrad Miami

                    Occupying a 36-story tower with a striking façade of glass and steel, the Conrad Miami is in the heart of the Brickell Financial District. The perfect hotel for both business or pleasure, this stunner boasts a rooftop tennis court and swimming pool, The Spa, a 25th-floor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious and modern rooms, suites for every type of traveler and the signature restaurant, also on the 25th floor, LvL 25.

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