For my first visit to Miami, I didn't want to feel that I was getting ripped off by staying near South Beach, and I also really wanted to have access to a premium pool experience. Luckily I found that and much more at EPIC.
The lobby and common spaces are all impressive and ipeccable. The evening wine hour was great because you could take your glass outside the lobby and watch boats pass along the canal into the bay. The pool area is amazing and while you may need to shift to maximize your sun exposure, there were plenty of chairs to relax including some really fun pods that you could takeover when it wasn't too packed. The pool definitely will have a DJ on Saturdays that cranks up the volume, but it added to a fun youthful vibe. And since the pool is several stories up, there's typically a breeze that can keep you cool when your reasonably priced frozen drink and snacks don't do the job.
The room was great for sharing with friends since they have balcony's and very spacious bathrooms in addition to well equipped rooms. Since it's Miami, we didn't do much but sleep in the room, but the beds were super comfortable, and we never heard any noise from other rooms. Housekeeping did a great job daily and the elevators were fast. I loved even how en route you could take a break and get some flavored water and fruit any time day or night.
The only trade off to EPIC is being downtown/Brickell area instead of right in Miami Beach. The taxis to all fo the hot spots were never more than $20-30, so sharing with a few friends made it very afforable since we spent LESS THAN HALF per night of a lesser quality room. With the extra money we saved, we were able to really celebrate in style and make sure the party never came back to our room. Given the top quality service from the hotel always able to greet us and treat us well, it felt great overall to be there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kimpton 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, Kimpton EPIC Hotel makes for an unparalleled Miami experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Epic Hotel Kimpton