InterContinental Miami offers easy access for business travelers at just 7 miles from Miami International Airport, and for my first visit outside the airport, the views of the city and Biscayne Bay, Port of Miami and Atlantic Ocean were unbeatable. On a recent business trip to Latin America from Denver, I arrived the night before an early morning flight with overnight accommodations at the InterContinental Miami.
An early morning flight from Denver brought me to Miami at just after noon, and InterContinental Miami arranged a car service to pick me up (additional cost).
Traffic wasn’t an issue, and we arrived at the hotel in about 15 minutes. The valet was friendly, picked up my bag and followed me to the front desk, a short walk up the stairs and to the left.
My check-in was uneventful and the staff were all friendly – I wish all check-in experiences were this smooth!
The lobby is over-sized with Italian marble slabs and African wood accents offering casual seating on sofas and chairs. The focal point of the lobby, constructed in Italian marble slabs and African wood, is an 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture made of travertine marble by sculptor Sir Henry Moore .
The InterContinental Miami’s accommodations were open and airy, and of course, I was immediately drawn to the long narrow window for an unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay. As a business traveler, one of the most important room amenities is the work space, and this property does it well, with ergonomic chair and plenty of room to hook-up computer and spread my paperwork. Down side: wired or wireless internet is an additional cost ($11.95).
I’m also a fan of their huge European marble bathrooms, with full baths and separate dressing areas. The final test was the comfort of the bedding, and I slept like a baby!
Although the InterContinental Miami has two on-site dining options (Indigo Restaurant and the poolside Blue Water Café), I opted for room service. A simple meal: club sandwich, fries salad, and cheesecake with a soft drink, that arrived warm and delicious. It was actually surprisingly affordable but included the usual 20% service charge.
Located on the shores of Biscayne Bay, in the heart of Downtown Miami, the 34-story, 641-room InterContinental Miami offers leisure and corporate travelers a strategic location between the Brickell Financial District and the Port of Miami. Guests can walk to the Bayside Marketplace, for nice restaurants and retail stores, and to the American Airlines Arena.
During the week, the InterContinental Miami is a business hotel, catering to meetings and corporate events, offering 101,000 square feet of meeting space, which when busy with corporate events, can create more on-site traffic and lines, but weekends usually consist of leisure guests.
InterContinental Miami does offer optional transportation to Dolphin Mall, 3 times daily at $10 round trip, and Sawgrass Mills Mall, twice daily complimentary shuttle. (Book in advance with front desk.)
For more information: InterContinental Miami or call: 305-577-1000
Accommodations courtesy of InterContinental Miami