I will be spending one night in Miami on Friday, November 9, and am interested in staying at a hotel in a walkable area with good (not too fancy) restaurants and low-key nightlife. I fly into FLL in the morning and will be driving to Key West the next day. I am male, 29, and traveling by myself.
I was in Miami 2 years ago (almost to the day) and split my stay between the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove and a "hip" (read: not very good) boutique hotel in South Beach, so I've seen most everything already. My primary interest this trip is checking out the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, assuming the water is warm enough to swim in, and taking a stroll along a beach. (Is it, and recommendations?)
I am thinking of staying in Coral Gables itself. I don't want to break the bank either, so I'm also considering booking something downtown through Priceline. However, I don't want to get stuck with expensive parking fees and don't remember downtown being especially nice/active at night. Thoughts?