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Best Hotels Brickell & Downtown Miami

Hotels are the key to a great vacation and we’ve put together a list of the best spots to kick back and relax in Brickell and the surrounding area.

EAST Miami

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

Perhaps the most unique and chic hotel on our list, EAST Miami is smack-dab in the middle of the great Brickell City Centre home to luxury retail, fine dining, and new condos. A fresh and modern creation, EAST Miami exhibits earthy vibes with natural stone walls and brown marble tile floors in its lobby. Developed by the Hong-Kong based EAST brand, the hotel honors its Chinese roots through clean and elegant design while maintaining a youthful spritz. The hotel’s masterful swimming deck is stunning and a favorite among guests. Like many other hotels on this list EAST Miami has floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious balconies with great views. “Uruguyan Heaven” is what I like to call Quinto La Huella which is EAST Miami’s featured restaurant. Find out more about this savory spot on our 10 Best Brickell Restaurants list.

Mandarin Oriental

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Asian luxury at its finest, the Mandarin Oriental Miami is a five-star masterpiece located ideally on the exclusive Brickell Key. The Mandarin is one of the few resorts in the area that tangos with exclusivity and convenience as its located right next to Brickell and Downtown Miami. Rooms at this world-class haven exhibit high-gloss marble, bronze sculptures, dark-wood accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows with awe-inspiring views of the bay and the city. Residents are privy to the award-winning 15,000 square-foot spa and fitness- center as well as an on-site boutique. The resort is also home to one of the best restaurants in Miami, La Mar by Gaston Acurio. This Peruvian spot will tantalize your taste buds and keep you wanting more. Learn more about La Mar on our 10 Best Brickell Restaurants list.

Four Seasons

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

The Four Seasons Miami is among the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury and the brand exudes excellence on a worldwide level. Whether your on a romantic getaway, a family trip, or just staying for the night, The Four Seasons is a one-of-a-kind destination. The hotel stands distinctively above the serene Miami skyline and is a short walk from the picturesque Biscayne Bay providing guests with breathtaking views. The hotel features a two-acre resort-style pool area that is elegantly landscaped and features private cabanas, hammocks, and lounges. To top it off, the staff members at the hotel provide guests with complimentary smoothies and bites to eat during the day. The Four Seasons Miami also features a tremendous 50,000 square foot Equinox gym for guests to use. The experience at the Four Seasons is unrivaled and has everything your looking for in a dream stay.

SLS Lux

805 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

Located right next to the popular hotspot Brickell City Centre, SLS Lux is a flashy high-rise that is the epitome of city leisure. Developed by Arquitectonica and Jorge Pérez’s Related Group, SLS Lux features world-class art like a bronze Fernando Botero sculpture near the entrance and line drawings by Salvador Dalí. The hotel comes with the S Bar, an elegant rooftop pool and bar with beautiful views of the Brickell skyline. Guests are also able to enjoy the Ciel Spa known for its healing deep tissue massages. At SLS Lux the rooms are spacious featuring a private balcony and marble kitchen bar along with a tremendous bathroom setup that has a marble tub and rainfall shower. The hotel’s restaurant is a trendy and hip Japanese dive known as Katsuya which sports a great sushi bar selection.

InterContinental Miami

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

Perhaps the very definition of a great business hotel, the InterContinental Miami is perched eloquently on the Miami River and is also within close proximity to Biscayne Bay. A hotspot amongst business travelers, the InterContinental fuses an elegant old-style feel with a fresh modern touch. The hotel is a prime location for conferences and events as it features large ballroom spaces. Rooms are homey and spacious with elegant bathrooms and panoramic windows providing views to Biscayne Bay and the port of Miami. Toro Toro is the hotel’s main restaurant attraction. Created by Mexican chef Richard Sandoval, it infuses contemporary tapas and pan-Latin cuisine.

W Miami

485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

The W brand is known worldwide for its glitz and flash, and its Miami locale exhibits much of the same. The W Miami has premier location among the skyscrapers of Brickell and is very close to the popular touristy destination Mary Brickell Village. The hotel has ravishing design, both interior and exterior. The glass structure was created by Arquitectonica and renowned designer Kelly Wearstler mixes Beverly Hills Rococo design with a hint of Asian flair. One unmistakeable feature at W Miami is the fantastic 300-foot-long infinity pool on its 15th floor. 15th & Vine is the featured restaurant and is adjacent to the pool deck with a beautiful patio terrace overlooking the bay. The name W rings bells around the world as it serves host to some of the greatest parties. The club FIFTY found on the 50th floor produces game-changing ragers that go long into the Miami night.

JW Marriot Marquis

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

The JW Marriot Marquis is located right on the water near Biscayne Bay. The luxurious establishment is nestled in between new high-rise condo developments and office towers and its close proximity to Brickell City Centre and Mary Brickell Village are just one of its many perks. A shining glass masterpiece, the JW Marriot oozes with distinction. Facilities at the JW Marriot are unrivaled as guests can enjoy a rooftop pool deck, luxurious spa with picturesque views, a huge fitness centre, and even a full-sized basketball court. Rooms boast opulent floor-to-ceiling windows that yield photo worthy views of Biscayne Bay and the downtown skyline and mini t.v screens are located in the bathroom mirrors for a modern feel. Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Boulud Sud is perfect for a quick bite or romantic dinner and mixes classic French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.  

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Best Rooftop Bars In Brickell And Downtown Miami

You’re not on a terrace or a balcony, you’re on the actual rooftop with nothing but the skyline surrounding you. These are the best rooftop bars in Brickell Downtown Miami.

Sugar at the East Hotel

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Perched atop EAST, Miami’s 40th floor, Sugar is an Asian-inspired oasis framed by Brickell’s rising towers. Bamboo chairs, lush greenery, and a hand-carved bar open up to spectacular views of Biscayne Bay; even the bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Sugar is all serenity by day, but things get scene-centric after the sun sets on weekends; on these nights, prepare to wait in the downstairs lobby to be let up.

Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel

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Area 31 is the home to some of the best seafood dishes in the Miami area and offers unmistakeable views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne bay, and the Miami river. It serves as both restaurant and bar, with indoor majestic seating, and a casual terrace lounge. On Friday’s Area 31 is a hotspot for happy hour. The Area 31 monkiker is actually coined from a sustainable fishing area in the Atlantic Ocean designated by the United Nations. Pretty Cool!

Bloom Skybar at the Langford

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Downtown Miami’s renowned Langford hotel features a rooftop hotspot formerly known as Pawn Broker but is now the Bloom Skybar (pictured above). This 12th-floor bar and lounge which was formerly backed by the Pubbelly Group continues many of its famous traditions like the popular bathtub cocktails. The bar is immensly popular with the happy hour crowd, especially on Friday nights. Bloom Skybar’s 1920s-inspired space adds Miami flair with its music selections and programming.

Rooftop at E11even

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You don’t have to give into the strip club scenario downstairs to enjoy Eleven’s rooftop; an elevator takes those looking to sip in sky straight to the top floor deck. Once upstairs, you’ll be drenched in Downtown’s city lights and the bay breeze. The vibe here can range from party-pumping to leisurely, depending on the night; check Eleven’s programming schedule for information on DJs, hookah nights, and more.

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Brickell’s Best Hotel Pools

These three stunning hotel pool areas are Brickell Miami’s ultimate outdoor retreats.

W Miami: At W Miami (pictured above), a 300-foot pool infinity pool leads directly out to Biscayne Bay. At the tip of the breezy deck, guests can peer over the Miami River, Brickell Key, Port of Miami, and Rickenbacker Causeway.

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Four Seasons: A two-acre tropical escape awaits pool-goers at the Four Seasons. Sitting on the 7th floor, the pool deck dons two resort style pools. Find relaxation at the wading pool with hammocks suspended between towering royal palms. Find fun at the private cabanas and grab a bit at the renovated Bahia poolside restaurant. This pool is open to the public for $$50 per person, based on availability, and private cabanas start from $100 (not including pool passes). To check availability, please call (305)381-3030.

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EAST, Miami: EAST, Miami‘s spectacular pool blends concrete and Caribbean with four unique pool experiences across 20,000 square feet. Go for a swim in the lap pool, wake up for the day in the cold plunge, embrace lounging in the spa pool, and heat things up in the hot tub.

 

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What To Expect In Brickell In April 2017

A look at what is to come in Brickell during April 2017. 

Swire Properties Inc., Simon Property Group, and Whitman Family Development have partnered with Special Olympics Florida to host the first annual Shopping Olympics at the Brickell City Centre on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (4 PM to 9 PM). Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed with a shopping passport with 20 spaces: When a purchase is made at the store designated to a space, the shopper will receive a stamp of “completion.” Shoppers who secure 20 stamps will be eligible to enter the Shopping Olympics raffle whose prizes include a one-week Norwegian vacation for two, a two-night stay at EAST, Miami, and more.  Click here for ticket information.

 

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Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31.

Menu Trotting with Chef Wolfgang Birk continues in April at Area 31 with Northern Italy and the Spanish Basque Country. During the evening, chef will craft limited-edition menu offerings from the globally curated culinary regions. The four course meal is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $20 per person. The Menu Trotting series will be available from Monday through Sunday on the last week of the month. Upcoming April dates and regions include:

Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 – Northern Italy

Monday, April 24 – Sunday, April 30 – Basque Country/Spain

modern om meditation banner brickell city centre earth day

Modern OM is hosting a mass meditation at Brickell City Centre on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) at 8:45 AM. In addition to raising the community vibe, specific retailers will be hosting Earth Day-related perks and activations. The day’s schedule runs as follows.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Doors open and tea served

9:20 AM – 10 AM Earth Day Meditation, led by Luchi Estevez and Jennifer Grace

10 AM – 11 AM Opening of Modern ŌM Popup Store

Click here to RSVP.

 

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Business Advice From Television Personality Jill Martin and OVC’s Jennifer Miller

As W Hotels’ What She Said series continues to gain momentum, its most recent edition crossed the bridge over to the W South Beach: There, sportscaster and television personality, Jill Martin, joined QVC Creative Director and jewelry purveyor, Jennifer Miller, for a chat on entrepreneurship. CBS4’s entertainment and lifestyle reporter, Lisa Petrillo moderated the business-centric chat.

After spoiling guests with nibbles and bubbles, the group moved to outdoor stage area, propped just steps away from the beach. Until now, all the panel events had been held inside, but this evening’s chat was surrounded by WET’s palm trees, flowers, and elegant awning stripe lounge seats.

 

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Lisa warms up the crowd at What She Said. Photo via W South Beach FB.

Petrillo eased the crowd into the conversation with lighthearted chatter before delving into the two women’s notable careers. The takeaway: Throw as many darts as you possible can.

Lisa Patrillo: What is the key to be a strong woman in today’s world?

Jill Martin: Don’t kill yourself in trying to have it all at once: It’s a numbers game with life.  Expect the “no’s” and eventually you’ll get a “yes.” Throw 100 darts, [and] the odds [are]10 will stick. And don’t be afraid to ask for help because that’s how you will grow in all aspects. Remove the pride; it will get you nowhere.

Jennifer Miller: Be goal-oriented, stay humble, and listen to your team as a leader.

LP: How do you feel about social media?

Jill: It’s definitely impacted my career, but I have to disconnect every now and then. Realize that some social posts are NOT real. We see the “best” version of people. There’re filters, there’s photoshop and tons of other apps that–let’s just say–exaggerate the truth. Then we’re all competing to keep up.

Jennifer: I hire people to manage my social media. I don’t even touch it!

LP: Who inspires you?

Jill: My aunt Harriet. Growing up, I remember she was a fashion designer and her clothing was sold at Saks and at Neiman Marcus. At a very young age, she exposed me to be different. When I was in my 20’s, she lent me $2,500 to start my own business. And she pushed me to follow my passion. She had a major influence on who I am today. I’m also very inspired by music. [Music] creates my mood everyday and affects my motivation and how I run my business.

Jennifer: My mom. She pushed me to be who I am today and instilled all the values that still are important to me.

LP: What are your closing remarks to our younger generation?

Jill: I have just as many failures as I have successes in my career. It’s a journey; enjoy the ups and downs. Don’t get stuck on only one dream! You need to find new dreams if one isn’t working out. Take a pause in life.  Sometimes life will force you to take one, and be ok with it.  We’re always on-the-go as women and we’re trying to have it all. It never happens exactly the way we want it to. If you don’t take a pause you will burn out; you will hit a wall and it will just set you back.

Jennifer: Take the pause and just come back when you’re ready and pick up where you left off and don’t feel guilty for taking that pause.

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What To Expect In Brickell In March

Business & Real Estate

The Apple Store Brickell City Centre opens March 25.

After a slew of setbacks and rumors, the publicity team behind CMX has informed us that the movie theater will finally open its doors at Brickell City Centre in March.

Wellness & Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s monthly Digital Wellness Retreat takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Toss the phone for a few hours and enjoy a seaside escape.

Events

The Miami Film Festival is screening films across the city from March 3-12, 2017.

The UnderLounge returns on March 11, 2017 nodding all things biking, fitness, and community. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Prepare for neon and traffic: Ultra takes over Bayfront Park from March 24-26, 2017.

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein will host this year’s Taste of Tennis, taking place at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Expect eats by the city’s best, including Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar), Alex Diaz (Tamarina), and Clark Bowen (DB Bistro Moderne).

Over in Key Biscayne, the Miami Open rings in another year of athletic greatness beginning March 20, 2017.

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What She Said Panel Talks Fashion At W Miami

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, W Miami continued the What She Said panel series with Miami style blogging pioneer, The Fashion Poet/Annie Vazquez; Style Mafia founder, Simonett Pereira; and KRELWear founder, Karelle Levy. The chat was moderated by Style Out of the City founder, Elysze Held.

A big focal point on this evening was creative inspiration. Karelle looks to the woman on the street. “(I’m inspired by) the everyday person,” she explained. “I make all of my fabrics from garments collected over the years. I create according to what can be worn all the time”

Simonett expressed how experiencing New York Fashion Week nudged her into creating Style Mafia: “Being backstage opened my eyes how easy it was to start a fashion project,” she said. Since launching the ready-to-wear label she’s been featured in a slew of publications and outlets–from Refinery29 to Ocean Drive. Simonette has also embraced the growing trend of collection presentations over runway shows.

What She Said’s speakers also discussed about how to survive in such a competitive market. Simonett stated, “You have to be progressive to stay alive in the fashion market.” Karelle from added, “I take something that is old and make it new.”

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The What She Said fashion panel. (L to R): Karelle Levy, Simonett Pereira, Elysze Held, and Annie Vazquez.
Photo via W Miami.

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Miami’s Beauty Business Leaders Talk Branding, Trends, and More

Dozens of women took to the W Miami’s Whisper Lounge for the inaugural What She Said panel series on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  Blogger Maria Tettamanti of The Wordy Girl moderated a discussion featuring Natalie Gee and Celene Gee of GEE Beauty, and Lisa Goldfaden of Goldfaden MD (daughter to renowned dermatologist, Gary Goldfaden, M.D.) The topic: “Clean beauty.”

The speakers emphasized that clean beauty is a lifestyle preference, one that understands what works best for each individual and that doesn’t take the beauty process too seriously. They added that “illuminating from within” is just as important as what is put on topically–from the food one eats to their daily routines.

 

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Celene Gee, Lisa Goldfaden, Natalie Gee, and Maria Tettamanti at the W Miami.

During the open format portion, Brickell.com asked each panelist what advice they would give to young entrepreneurs. “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Don’t be afraid of all the ‘no’s’ that people are going to say to you,” noted Natalie Gee. “Be true to yourself and set yourself apart.” Celene Gee added, “Consistency is key and most importantly, stay focused!”

Lisa Goldfaden advised to start from the beginning, to break at one’s strength, and to have a support system in place. “First, know your purpose in why you want to be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. Find one thing that you’re good at and excel in it. Don’t try to do too many things at once. Have a good support system for those bad days you’ll have.”

W Miami will continue the What She Said series on Tuesday, January with a fashion-themed gathering. Celebrated stylist and founder of Style Out of the City, Elysze Held will be in conversation with local style influencers: They include  Style Mafia founder, Simonett Pereira,  The Fashion Poet founder, Annie Vazquez, and KRELWear founder, Karelle Levy.

 

 

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W Miami Launches ‘What She Said’ Women’s Panel Series

Brickell’s W Miami is the latest property in the W Hotels & Resorts portfolio to activate What She Said, a new panel series connecting progressive and brand-minded women. The events kick-off on Tuesday, January, 24, 2017, at 6 PM inside the Whisper Cocktail Lounge: The Wordy Girl, Maria Tettamanti, will moderate the inaugural discussion, prodding the minds of beauty bosses Natalie Gee and Celene Gee of GEE Beauty (Sunset Harbour’s location is pictured above), and Lisa Goldfaden, Goldfaden MD’s Vice President of Marketing.

The conversations continue on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 7-9PM, this time talking all things fashion. Stylist and Style Out of the City founder, Elysze Held, will moderate a chat with local influencers. The New York Fashion Week-themed panel includes Style Mafia founder, Simonett Pereira, The Fashion Poet founder, Annie Vazquez, and KRELWear founder, Karelle Levy.

The What She Said series is free and open to the public via RSVP to RSVP@workshopcollective.com. Libations will be served as well.

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Ditch Your Phone at Mandarin Oriental’s Digital Wellness Retreats

Emails. Social media. Text messages. Streaming. Our technology-laden world can quickly get overwhelming, even for the most consciously mind. To help wellness-seekers detach from their digital demands, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami has launched Digital Wellness Retreats. The spa starts the day by putting guest’s cellphones into gifted “sleeping bags” allowing them to say farewell to their mobiles for the day.

Once phone and owner part ways, it’s off to the day’s activities, including lawn yoga, sound bowl meditation, private beach lounging, and coloring. Guests can also savor a healthy Bento lunch and pressed juices poolside. The spa’s new Digital Wellness Escape keeps the theme going, offering guests an 80-minute massage and scrub that rectifies tensions caused by laptop and cell phone overuse. Those who choose to book a second treatment get special pricing on complementing experiences, including the signature Kundalini Journey and Inner Strength.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact the spa at (305) 913-8332.