A great hotel with a fantastic location with attractions nearby on foot and easy access to public transport, which is not always the case in the United States.
The cruise ships harbour is literally across the bay, which gives many possibilities for pre or post cruise activities in both Miami and Miami Beach.
We don't know if this is always the case or was it the combination of cruise season, the Orange Bowl and a Miami Heat vs. Toronto game all taking place over one weekend, but this was most definitely the busiest hotel lobby that we have ever seen anywhere. We were lucky that we arrived early on Friday and were surprised that they gave us our room a full six hours before yen announced check-in time (big bravo for that aspect alone). Later in the day there were long queues but processing seemed very smooth.
We did not make use of the dinning facilities, which seemed numerous, since we wanted to explore the city which literally begins the minute you step out of the hotel as you cross the Chopin Plaza to the Bayfront Park and from there to the Bayside Marketplace with all the fun going on there. Many attractions can be taken from that spot including the city and beach Hop-on Hop-off buses and boat rides.
One negative point is that there are 6 elevators to serve a 34 floor building with 641 guest rooms. The speed is ok under normal conditions but with the heavy load this weekend and that at least one elevator was under maintenance for a while resulted in long queues that once we were down in the lobby we decided it would be easier to go out than return to the room.
We will certainly stay here the next time we are in Miami
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Shining Star Among Downtown Miami Hotels Miami is truly one of the world's most vibrant tropical playgrounds. In this stunning locale, a pulsing nightlife, brilliant white-sand beaches, and sizzling culture combine for the perfect getaway. Stay at the InterContinental Miami to savor the best of this colorful city. Our alluring downtown Miami hotel offers richly appointed accommodations and breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Immerse yourself in luxurious elegance - just minutes from South Beach, the Port of Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. Boasting 641 newly redecorated guest rooms and suites, we're an oasis of sophistication and world-class service. Discover this enchanting downtown Miami Florida hotel, in a magical setting: * Overlooking Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Miami, Florida * Minutes from South Beach, the Port of Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables* Only 7.5 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA)* Just 25 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)Indulge In Unrivaled Luxury At Our Hotel In Downtown Miami Our 34-story downtown Miami hotel provides dazzling views and spacious guest rooms and suites. Take advantage of 101,000 square feet of meeting space. Rejuvenate in our state-of-the-art fitness center and mySpa. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, this deluxe hotel in downtown Miami offers everything you need for an unforgettable stay. ... more less
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