Although I hated the mix/match decor, I loved the location of the hotel. Looking outside the 8th floor corner windows you saw the channelized Miami River, a draw bridge, a park below , etc. In the AM it began with people in the park with their dogs, joggers and bikers going over the bridge. Immediately across the river was parked some really gorgeous yachts. Watching the river was always a show from someone on a paddle boat to two tug boats guiding a huge industrial barge and every other kind of boat traffic in between. Stepping out on the balcony, you could see a long stream of city traffic going down Miami's Park Ave, called Brickell with its large office buildings and planted median. Round and round went the little people mover monorail weaving between buildings... back and forth went a blimp over the bay. At night, a 20 story animation of a dancing girl graced the side of the Intercontinental Hotel with a huge neon sign that read, "Welcome to Miami". Put together, I have never seen anything quite like it from one hotel room and I have travel a lot. The room also came with shades and black out blinds so all that glass wouldn't wake you in the morning.
The bathroom is also floor to ceiling windows and I had a nice long evening soak in the luxurious tub watching the Bank of America building turn a different color every few minutes. While brushing my teeth, I looked through the mirror in front of me and could see all the way down the river to the bay and a parked cruise ship. A major flaw however, was the bathroom sink area was so poorly lit that I could not see properly to apply make-up, a REAL turn-off! The staff promptly changed the bulbs when I asked, but the lighting was still not good enough. In general,the room seemed lit for a lounge atmosphere and we had to turn on every light in the room to just get a decent amount in there.
The 15th floor pool deck is probably the most unusual I have ever seen with an entire park of shade trees planted up there and a mammoth pool. The spa exercise room has a panoramic view of South Bay.
The restaurant was lovely with good food and adequate service and also a great view but not very well attended. A Spanish guitarist plays during a happy hour that really made me feel I was back in Spain.
Breakfast in their outdoor 15th floor garden was $85.00 for two, granted we asked for cafe con leche, a Miami Cuban favorite. And although there was another place open for coffee, we didn't see anywhere else for a more moderately priced breakfast. Outside, the hotel were near office buildings. No breakfast cafes there either that we could see.
I was blown away by the hotel's unique setting and loved our corner Jr. Suite. It was #803, high enough up not to be disturbed by the traffic noise down on Brickell. It afforded a unique look at Miami that the average tourist does not see. We were in town for the New World Sympony and the James L. Knight Performing Art Center was only about a 10 minute drive away.
We had dinner one night at TUYO a new downtown Miami hidden restaurant run by the Miami-Dade College Culinary Arts School. Its claim to fame is that the celebrity chef, Norman Van Aken runs the school and trains all the student talent at the restaurant. Norman invented "new world cuisine" at Louie's Backyard in Key West and is maintaining his superior standards at TUYO. Ask for a window table and you will not be disappointed!