As a Miami local, I am always looking for great staycation options and I was delightfully surprised by the Epic. Overall, our stay at the Epic was excellent. I have never encountered such a welcoming and friendly hotel staff before. Malik & Alejandra at the front desk were wonderful. Oscar up at the pool deck was always welcoming & attentive, even when the pool got busy. I would also commend the housekeeping staff and bell hops. Everyone was so friendly!
For me, the best part of the Kimpton Hotel group is that they are dog friendly. This was the first time I had taken my dogs to a hotel, so I was a bit apprehensive, but the staff made us feel very at home. Every time we passed through the lobby, our french bulldogs made lots of new friends.
Breakfast at the Marina Cafe, albeit delicious, is overpriced. I am not a heavy eater, especially in the morning, so not having an a la carte menu option was frustrating. The only other option is room service, which you would have to order the night before.
We were disappointed to find Area 31 closed for renovations, but the $5 Happy Hour menu made up for it. Despite their small outdoor kitchen, service was always quick, and the food and drinks tasted great.
I did notice that the pool deck could use some work. Many of the tiles were noticeably missing on the infinity pools and the drains along the pool deck were always clogged, leaving large puddles of water around the drains. Even so, the atmosphere at the pool was great & I honestly forgot that we weren't on the beach. I really enjoyed lounging on the over-sized pool chairs & the great DJ they had playing on the 4th of July.
And if you're planning a stay at the Epic, make sure you call ahead & get a table at Zuma. We had dinner on Thursday night and the food was amazing! Prices were very reasonable, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new EPIC Hotel is the premier luxury hotel in Miami, a sparkling cosmopolitan destination on the bank of the Miami River where it meets Biscayne Bay. A stunning addition to Miami, this hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, epitomizes urban design while offering guests a level of style and service expected of such a resort. With exceptional amenities, breathtaking views and dining venues like Area 31, EPIC Hotel makes for an unparalleled Miami experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Epic Hotel Kimpton