I was staying in this hotel for a meeting. The hotel is very nice, but when you come to Miami, downtown is not the ideal place, but if you are here for a meeting than it is probably the best place because at least you don't have the distraction of beautiful beaches. The room was very nicely appointed, beautiful view, extremely comfortable bed. Housekeeping and front desk staff was very nice and attentive.
Unfortunately the common/meeting places seemed somewhat cramped however. It seemed as though we were lacking space in our meeting. We were using a conference room in the mezzanine floor and it was EXTREMELY cramped for our meeting, you could barely get around the individual tables. Maybe for what we were using it for, it was not the best use of this space. The snack tables were set up in the hallway outside the conference room, making it extremely hard to get from one end of the hall to the other without bumping into people. You had to contend not only with meeting guests moving about, but also hotel staff as well replenishing the food. Not a good set up. This was a wide open foyer that you see in some other hotels, this was a small hallway maybe 3-4 ft wide. There was a lunch that we had that was set up as a family style dining which means that we at a table set up for 10 needed to share the entrees, this was a complete faux pas. I was sitting at a table that had seven people, and we were each given our salads and then when the entrees were brought out, the wait staff place a piece of fish and a piece of steak (no bigger than my palm and I have a medium sized hand) on separate plates on either side of the table and then on the opposite ends forming a cross, we were given plates of rice about the size of a coaster. We were a little confused because the entree portions seemed kind of small that we thought it was a mistake but when we looked at the menu, we noticed that it was family style and that we were all supposed to share this abundance of food. I've put up a picture of my lunch that day. As a matter of fact, it's the only picture of food that I posted because I thought it was a bit ridiculous. This was not a mistake on the part of the planner because this was all sponsored by the hotel and they have the concept of FAMILY DINING a bit skewed.
The pool area is a bit cramped. I arrived on a Saturday and was going to take advantage of the pool, but when I looked down from my balcony, it was completely packed. There are two beautiful pools, but when you have about 13 floors of hotel rooms, two small pools is not going to cut it. Of course, because this is a downtown location, the pool is really the only watering hole available to guests unless you catch a cab and go to the beach. Needless to say, I didn't go to the pool that day. I actually took a cab the next day and went to the beach.
If you are staying here for a meeting, as long as you are using the conference rooms on the 14th floor, then you are good to go because those seemed to be quite spacious. We had several great events in those rooms and spacing was not an issue. You will not have the distraction of the beaches to pull you away from your business. This is a good hotel for a business stay, I would not stay here for a tourist visit to Miami. Now if you are going to come in for a concert at the AA Arena or a game, then this is definitely the place for you! There are several good restaurant in the hotel itself and in the surrounding areas in downtown, it is close to South Beach night life (taxi cab away) if that is your type of scene.
All in all, I'm a little on the fence about the hotel. I've been to hotels where I've had great meetings and great personal time all in one place because the facilities had the ability to do both. For me, this hotel was good for meetings, but not good for personal time away from the meetings. I had to go out of my way to get that.
- 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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