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Built in 1982 by famed architect Pietro Belluschi, the InterContinental Miami quickly earned a reputation as the premier luxury hotel for business and leisure travelers alike – a place where heads-of-state, foreign dignitaries, royalty, rock-stars and celebrities choose to stay. Boasting the only lobby in the world built around a work of art, the hotel’s 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture made of travertine marble by sculptor Henry Moore is the breathtaking focal point of a grand lobby constructed in Italian marble slabs and precious African wood. The hotel rises 34 stories with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. It features 641 luxury guest rooms, including 34 suites and 33 meeting rooms with more than 101,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibition space. The hotel is owned by Strategic Hotels & Resorts and operated by InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.
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Miami is a vibrant city whose continuous growth is evident throughout virtually all of its distinctly unique neighborhoods. Although destinations often are said to offer something for everyone, the Miami area truly caters to a broad spectrum of interests: The trendy nightlife of South Beach, bejeweled by the eye candy of the Art Deco district. Downtown’s Brickell area, constantly evolving to be as much a nightlife destination as the country’s financial capital of Latin America. The plush hotels of Miami Beach, historic hideaways of Coral Gables and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana.
The recreational traveler will discover the lures of deep-sea fishing, surreal environment of the Everglades and of course, plenty of golf and tennis. Major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Boat shows and auto racing. Art festivals and outdoor food and wine extravaganzas. An international airport and the world’s busiest cruise port. The Miami area offers all of this – and so much more.
Miami’s Metromover is a free, 4.4-mile, electrically powered people mover that connects Downtown and Brickell as well as a number of cultural centers, museums and the American Airlines Arena.
Taxis are easily accessible from the front entrance of the hotel and Uber is permitted at all of South Florida’s major airports.
MIAMI BEACH, BAL HARBOUR & SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Miami’s world-famous beaches start in Miami Beach at South Pointe and run north for miles. By day, South Beach buzzes with shopping, sightseeing and dining, particularly on Lincoln Road, a pretty pedestrian promenade of boutiques, galleries, theaters, clubs and cafes. Nearby, Ocean Drive is the Art Deco icon of Miami Beach.
When the sun goes down, South Beach heats up. Trendy clubs and cafes hit their stride as celebrities, models, artists and tourists flood the streets to see and be seen. Up the coast, bygone glamour and modern renewal converge in North Beach, site of legendary resorts, tucked-away dining gems and a family-friendly beachside recreation area.
Beyond Miami Beach, the town of Surfside offers eclectic shopping and dining, and farther north awaits Bal Harbour, one of the world’s most elegant shopping, residential and vacation enclaves. Next, expansive Haulover Park enables seaside recreation with a marina, picnic facilities and a beach that includes a secluded clothing-optional section.
Last stop: Sunny Isles Beach, busily replacing mid-20th-century motels and diners with gleaming new high-rise resorts and fine dining restaurants, and über-exclusive Golden Beach, where single-family houses still sit right on the ocean.
DOWNTOWN MIAMI, BRICKELL & KEY BISCAYNE
Once known only for the steel-and-glass landscape of the Central Business District, Downtown Miami is now working overtime with upscale condos, plus all the great shopping, fine dining, good sports and fun nightlife that go with them.
The Entertainment District is anchored by AmericanAirlines Arena, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, one of only four U.S. venues with dedicated halls for ballet, opera, theater and symphonic music.
Between business and entertainment is Historic Overtown, center of the early-20thcentury African-American community. Its rich history has been preserved in the Lyric Theater, where jazz greats performed, and the D.A. Dorsey House, home of Miami’s first black millionaire.
Brickell Avenue starts at the Miami River, marches south through a canyon of glass towers — housing a multitude of international banks — then morphs into a neighborhood of million-dollar bayside condos. Take Rickenbacker Causeway across the bay to Key Biscayne, home to vast marinas, seaside golf and tennis, parks and more great beaches.
WYNWOOD, MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT & LITTLE HAITI
Just north of Downtown Miami, the Wynwood Art District is dotted with dozens of cutting-edge art galleries and private collections. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor exhibition featuring the world’s premier collection of urban murals, with works by renowned graffiti and street artists.
Miami Design District lives up to its name, as blocks of showrooms display the latest in textiles, furnishings, and other environmental arts. The avant-garde district has evolved into a popular dining and shopping hub, boasting celebrated eateries and luxury retailers. in Little Haiti, exotic art and architecture recall the eponymous French-flavored island.
In tranquil Miami Shores, tree-shaded homes recall the 1920s. In North Miami, music, film and TV production thrive. In North Miami Beach, enjoy nature preserves including Greynolds Park and Oleta River State Recreation Area. Finally, the high-rise, high-style city of Aventura, named after an enormous mall, is famed for towering condos, luxurious yachts and a beautiful golf course.
DORAL & THE AIRPORT AREA
Doral appeals to those looking for a serene suburban lifestyle — with plenty of shopping. Miami International Airport is located just east of Doral. Here, visitors will find a wide array of hotels, many of which feature unique restaurants and bars. Farther north, Hialeah, known for its fabled racetrack, is also a busy industrial city of good Latin restaurants and affordable shopping. Hialeah’s northern neighbor, Miami Lakes, weaves a nostalgic vision of middle America, with its quiet residential ambience and charming shops and eateries.
COCONUT GROVE, LITTLE HAVANA, CORAL GABLES & BEYOND
Nestled on Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove presents a bohemian village of posh boutiques, artsy galleries, eclectic shops, fine eateries, historical sites and thousands of boats. Modern Miami began in the Grove, where visitors can see the bayside home of pioneer Commodore Ralph Monroe. In Coconut Grove Village West, explore the area’s rich Bahamian heritage.
Little Havana remains the soul of the Cuban community. Its main drag, Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street), is a party for the senses — enjoy the rich aroma of handmade cigars, the strong taste of café cubano, the rhythmic sound of salsa, and the unique sight of grizzled men wearing guayaberas and playing dominoes. Every March, a million people descend on Calle Ocho for the world’s biggest block party.
South of Little Havana — and a world apart — is Coral Gables, conceived a century ago by George Merrick, who envisioned the Spanish Mediterranean as he planned his city of stately villas, flowing fountains, broad plazas and meandering waterways. Locals love to shop and dine along the city’s signature boulevard, Miracle Mile.
Near South Miami, recreational shoppers find a huge shopping center, Dadeland Mall. Fanning out in all directions are endless residential communities, which make the southwest the largest quarter, from suburban Kendall to agricultural South Miami-Dade and Homestead, including the gateway to the Everglades.
de la Cruz Collection: Completed in December of 2009, the de la Cruz Collection is privately funded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz. This space serves as an extension of their home, where for over 25 years they have shared their collection with the public. The primary purpose of this space is to provide education and awareness in the visual arts. Educational programming includes lectures, artist-led workshops, docent-led tours, scholarship opportunities and student travel initiatives.
Freedom Tower: Considered the “Ellis Island of the South” for its role from 1962-1974 as the Cuban Assistance center, offering nationally sanctioned relief to the Cuban refugees who sought political asylum from the regime of Fidel Castro.
Bayfront Park: An easy walk directly North of the Intercontinental, Bayfront is a 32-acre site located in the epicenter of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay. It is bounded on the north by Bayside Marketplace, an open-air festival style mall and also contains 32 acres of lush greenery, a small sand beach, tropical rock garden and waterfall, Amphitheater and numerous monuments.
Brickell: Miami’s major financial district heralded by many as the country’s ‘financial capital of Latin America,” the area is also home to many of the city’s popular restaurants, shops and nightlife establishments.
Perez Art Museum: Completed in 2013, Perez Art Museum (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.