16 May 2014. Everything about the InterContinental Miami is first-class. I had made the reservation online, several weeks in advance. At that time I made a note in the reservation that our night in Miami was the start of our 25th Anniversary celebration. The next morning we were leaving on our first cruise together. Unbeknownst to my wife I booked a room on the Club Level, hoping to provide her with the first of several surprises during our celebration.
Our pampering began as soon as we drove onto the property. We were met by a courteous bellman that whisked our bags out of the vehicle while welcoming us to the hotel. He tagged the bags, assuring us that the bags would be delivered to our room, and then handed us the copies of the tags. Before wheeling the bags away he guided us to the check-in desk.
When we arrived at the front desk we were again welcomed with a very friendly greeting. The young man at the desk was named Pier, and he made my wife and I feel like we were VIPs. Although we were about three hours before normal check-in time, he said that they had been waiting for us and our room was ready. Describing our reservation he said our king-sized room was on the "Club Level" with the best view in the hotel. He confidently told us that he was certain we would find the room - and the view – to our liking. Pier highly recommended their restaurant "Toro Toro" the #1 rated restaurant in all of Miami (according to Trip Advisor). As well, he described the beautiful spa and said he could help with any arrangements there. Pier described the "Club Level" which includes a lounge area with complimentary full-breakfast, snacks in the afternoon, coffee/tea all day, and happy hour from 6:00-8:30pm with a large selection of drinks and snacks. Even though I knew we had booked the Club Level, I was impressed with the treatment we received. My wife, on the other hand, was positively bubbling with excitement and gratitude.
Our room was absolutely gorgeous. The view was spectacular. In the center of our view we could see three cruise ships docked about a kilometer away. We went for a walk around the hotel and surrounding area, and made reservations at Toro Toro for later in the evening.
The two-hour Happy Hour was awesome. Waiters attending your every need and an excellent selection of beverages including several wines, beers, and spirits, and all the mix ingredients to create just about anything. There were also great appetizers to munch on! Who needs dinner?
When we went back to our room to get ready for dinner we discovered a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries had been delivered. A complimentary gift from the hotel!
Dinner at Toro Toro was absolutely fantastic. We had calamari AND octopus for appetizers. My wife had the skirt steak and I opted for the grouper with a side of truffle fries. OMG the food was outstanding. So much food! The service was also top-notch. What a great place!
Check-out the next morning took all of 30 seconds, and was accompanied by more courtesy.
Our stay at the InterContinental Miami was nothing short of perfect. The superb staff, elegant surroundings, and outstanding treatment provided us with an unforgettable experience. Well done… very well done!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- InterContinental Miami Florida