Miami offers the best of both worlds, a destination where the cutting edge of urban chic co-exists with the beauty and splendour of a tropical paradise. Great year-round weather , top-ranked beaches and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay are the backdrops for a vibrant, cosmpolitan metropolis.
Boasting an eclectic arts and cultural landscape, renowned nightlife and world-class dining and entertainment, Miami draws an array of visitors from sizzling celebrities to frolicking families seeking fun in the sun.
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A revitalised Downtown area is now the hot tip for where to stay in Miami
If like me you remember the bad old days when visitors were warned to keep away from Miami’s Downtown area after sunset, you’re in for some serious rethinking when you revisit this wonderfully refreshed and revitalised part of the city. Shaking off its reputation for gangsters and the superannuated, Miami’s Downtown area has become the fastest growing area of the city with large scale hotel development enhanced by parks, museums, whilst still showcasing some of the oldest buildings in the city.
One of the pioneers of Downtown Miami’s redevelopment is Tony Goldman, whose company has the knack of finding value in depressed urban neighbourhoods and transforming declining historic city areas into popular attractions. And so it was that the Wynnewood Arts district in Miami came to be one of the most sought out destinations by inviting graffiti artists from round the world to paint the dilapidated walls of the Wynnewood area, and opening a trendy Italian restaurant and artists’ space.
Key to the pace of regeneration in the Downtown area are the new and varied transport links that make travel easy between the airport, around the area and over to the South Beach Area and Key Biscayne. An example is Downtown’s Metro Mover, a 4.4 mile elevated electrically powered people mover which gets you free of charge between the local hotels and buzzing Bayfront area. Electric bikes to hire and Segway tours complete the high tech transport options available, but most attractive and surprising of all is that Miami’s Downtown area has been voted one of the best walking places in the USA.
Talking about the Bayfront area, this is the epicentre of all that Downtown reborn has to offer. Set against a dramatic backdrop of high-rise hotels and looking out onto the bustling Miami waterfront, Bayfront Park is host to a procession of popular events from New Year’s Eve and Independence Day celebrations to free DWNTWN concert series & music festivals. The Bayfront Bay is packed with a huge variety of restaurants and bars, many with live music and entertainment. And when you need time out and some sea air, the Bayfront is where cruises leave from for the most fantastic views of the Downtown cityscape.
Hotels in Miami’s Downtown are where shrewd travellers stay. Compared to average Miami South Beach 4-5 star hotel pricing, you will save yourself an average of $150 a night if you stay in this area rather than out at the Beach. In fact, the Downtown area overall boasts a better selection of hotels, from urban boutique style to extended stay family properties. Downtown is also home to Miami’s only two 5 Diamond hotel – the Four Seasons and the Mandarin Oriental so you couldn’t be in more classy company staying here.
Finally, if you’re taking a cruise on the Bay you can’t help noticing the InterContinental ‘s 19- story digital canvas on its exterior which illuminates each night with a silhouette of a dancing lady, arms seductively raised and never tiring in her nightly gyrations.