I've never been to Miami and did not know what to expect from staying downtown. I couldn't believe how nice it was! The hotel sits on Brickell Key, a man-made island just off the financial district. The key has this hotel, several condos, and an office building or two. There is a very scenic path along the water that travels the circumference of the island. There is a restaurant, a hair salon and a nice market in the center of the island. The island is very secure, safe and upscale. There is shopping and nice restaurants within walking distance.
The hotel was very well maintained and is modern/asian yet designed to be warm. It has a cafe (very good food) that overlooks the water and city, a heated pool, and a small beach area (no water access) with lounge chairs. There is also a grassy area with a playground next to the hotel.
The rooms all have great water and/or city views. The spa was very good.