Sophisticated city slickers and shopaholics will be in paradise in Miami’s buzzing Coral Gables district, with boutiques, bistros and bars lining the waterfront of Biscayne Bay. Luxury is Miami’s middle name, and you’ll find plenty of places to pamper your mind, body and soul at these excellent hotels of varying price points near Coral Gables.
Just minutes from Miami Beach and a short walk to the leafy avenues of Coconut Grove, this Mediterranean-inspired hotel is a tranquil retreat. Calming neutral tones pervade from the lobby into the rooms, splashed with sunflower yellow and hibiscus pink. Open up tall French doors onto your private balcony, overlooking the inviting pool below, before heading down to the stylish Two Sisters’ courtyard for cocktails. Dinner here includes plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, such as quinoa pilaf and pan-seared corvina.
A dazzling lobby with high-vaulted ceilings, cascading crystal chandeliers and art deco design sets the scene for a deluxe stay at Hotel Colonnade. Sip on craft cocktails in the Lounge Bar, and laze about in the open-plan rooms, where bold artwork and feature walls take center stage. Expect lavish breakfast spreads at Argon Cafe, along with hotel staff that goes above and beyond with handwritten notes and wine delivered to your door.
Shop until you drop on Miracle Mile, and crash out in double or king-size beds at this budget-friendly hotel, where you can sleep in style and save for some serious shopping sprees. Sleek suites, a jazzy lounge bar and a cool rooftop pool provide the ultimate escape from the busy streets, where a world of cuisine is right on your doorstep – think Caribbean, Italian, Thai and a classic American steakhouse.
This European-style boutique hotel looks a little out of place amid the high-rises of Coral Gables. The interior is just as surprising, with green grass walls, mosaic tile work and a choice of contemporary or vintage-inspired rooms. Zucca serves up authentic Italian fare in a metropolitan setting, with more than 2,000 bottles of the finest Italian wine to pair with cheese-stuffed zucchini flowers and delectable charcuterie. Why not take a bottle up to your room to drink on your private balcony?
You’ll want to snap an image of every part of your stay at the SLS Brickell Hotel and Residences, a millennial’s Insta-dream on South Miami Avenue. Think powder-pink walls, marbled tabletops, chic rose-gold touches and sliding glass doors that open onto a private wraparound balcony. Ciel Spa bathroom products and free fitness apparel laundry service will keep you looking your best, while in-room spa treatments, complimentary yoga classes and beauty sleep-enhancing blackout shades will nourish your soul. Bottomless mimosas, wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta are on the weekend brunch menu at Fi’lia – a Scandi-style restaurant adorned with hanging plants.
Sky-high suites with cloud-colored interiors make for a dreamy night’s sleep at trendy EAST Miami, a chic hotel with a playful urban jungle design in the city’s buzzing financial district. Rooms feature a walk-in rain shower, floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies overlooking Biscayne Bay. Get the sunset cocktails flowing with Asian-style tapas at the tropical rooftop bar and garden. Alternatively, taste Latin American flavors at Quinto La Huella, a chic dining room that opens onto a color-popping pool; hidden behind a secret door lies the mysterious Tea Room, boasting Miami’s only Night Brunch.
A stone’s throw away from Biscayne Bay, the Kimpton EPIC Miami takes inspiration from its waterfront location, adding beach chic to the bright and airy rooms. Let the sandy hues and ocean blues help you drift off to a blissful night of sleep, or watch the twinkling lights of Miami from your private balcony. Surprising snacks await you in your minibar, while there are poolside cocktails at the rooftop bar and an inspiring wellness menu at the spa. Get your qi energy flowing with a Shiatsu massage, or get a deep cleanse with a hammam detox therapy.
Slip through serene scenes at the Ritz-Carlton in classy Coconut Grove, from the groomed gardens and glimmering pool to the sunlight-filled suites, complete with full marble bathrooms. Lounge by the spa poolside before heading for treatments using high-end natural products and local ingredients such as mango, coconut and organic honey. Vintage opulence and classy cocktails abound at the Commodore, while you can enjoy farm-to-table fare in a fresh garden setting at Isabelle’s Grill Room.
Cipriani brothers Ignazio and Maggio bring the Italian heritage of their family, who invented the bellini, to Miami Beach. European glamour meets laid-back luxury at the restaurant, where you can enjoy Italian classics in a nautical-themed setting, or dine al fresco in the leafy courtyard of Il Giardino. Don’t miss the bellini crepe with sweet peaches, creamy mascarpone, white chocolate and a hint of amaretti, topped with bellini foam. Get out on the water with its exclusive sailing experience, or hide out in your room, featuring a balcony overlooking Biscayne Bay.
The Residence Inn is perfect for extended stays in Miami’s Coconut Grove, whether you’re coming for business or vacation. Suites and studios are styled with elegant minimalism and kitted out with stocked up kitchens and snazzy workstations. The restaurant serves a complimentary breakfast every day, and the weekly food-truck event allows you to get a taste for the local food scene without leaving the hotel. Dogs are welcome, so take a stroll down to the nearby marina and parks.