My husband and I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in April, 2009. We came for a conference and had booked a "club room". On arrival we were delighted to be informed that we were being upgraded to an Executive Suite. It was huge, with marble foyer, 2 bathrooms, living and dining suite larger than ours at home, separate office, on the top floor, with a view over the bay. It was, in a word, stunning. There was no explanation of why we were chosen to be upgraded, and I would imagine that that is in itself a highly unique experience.
Everything about this hotel was gracious, immaculate, lovely.
The surrounding area was great for walking, restaurants, and shopping. I would have preferred a hotel close to the south beach area, however, as that is where the vibe and most fascinating people watching exists, Not to mention the beach itself. But our stay was for a conference, and the Miami Intercontinental was quite ideal in all other respects.
The staff was unfailingly professional, pleasant, and positive.
The lobby showpiece is a giant Henry Moore sculpture, the colour and texture of which are integrated in the lobby's decor. Striking and beautiful.
The food in the bar and restaurant (which are side by side on the ground floor) are interchangable. So if you prefer the restaurant menu but the more casual atmosphere of the bar, as we did, you can dine in the latter with the former's menu choices.
The club lounge (floor 29?) was inviting and attractively decorated, the snacks and breakfasts were lovely, and the happy hour drinks (a selection of wines, champagne, beer and spirits) were complimentary. In other hotel club floors, this is not always the case. The wait staff (especially Aristides) were all superb.
I highly recommend this upscale and elegant hotel.
- 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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