It may be the thriving business district of the city, but Downtown Miami also has plenty to excite those here to play, not to work. Bayfront Park is the perfect spot to soak up the Florida sun, and close by Biscayne Boulevard, there's Bayside Marketplace – great for grabbing sizzling seafood and seeing live music. Culture-seekers will want to make a bee-line for Miami Art Museum's array of modern masterpieces.
Separated from Miami "proper" by the perfect turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is one of the resort capitals of the world – soak up the rays by day and party in one of the galaxy of uber-cool clubs by night. You absolutely have to make time for the iconic Architectural District, where hundreds of pastel-colored Art Deco buildings sit side by side.
High-rises beam in the sun and overlook powder-white sands and sparkling waves in South Beach, the place to go if you want to party in Miami Beach. Take a walk down Ocean Drive, with its veritable buffet of bars and restaurants – it's also the site of the iconic Versace mansion. There are plenty of parks to chill out in as well, including South Pointe and Washington Park.
For a leafy alternative to the seafront, check out the serene residential area of South Miami. Marshall Williamson Park and Fuchs Park are just a couple of the wide green spaces you can bask in. Meanwhile, the Downtown area is a pleasure to explore whether you want to have a browse in shopping plazas and boutiques, or just want to admire the pretty, historic architecture.
"A good deal"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 22, 2012
Motel Blu is well situated. Room was a little "tired" but nevertheless comfortable. It was well equipped. As weather did not permit didn't use the lovely pool. The breakfast area could however be upgraded a bit, as could the breakfast. All in all a good deal
"Sonesta Bayfront - Not close to South Beach"
Reviewed by Kelly R of "South Africa" on
Sep 6, 2011
The Sonesta was great to stay at. Very clean and cool and the lobby smells amazing!!! Clean and modern hotel, with great amenities. Beautiful view overlooking the bay. Not close to South Beach, so dont stay here if you are planning to hang out there. We were very relaxed at the Sonesta Bayfront and the neighbourhood is great too. I would recommned this to anyone wanting to have a different look of Miami.
Reviewed by Roy of "South Africa" on
Apr 28, 2011
We were very satisfied with our stay, the shuttel service from airport & $10.00 to Miami port was very good, all staff the were very helpful, the only very small let down was that the breakfast was served on a cold plate.