With a thriving nightlife, beautiful white sand beaches, a vibrant Cuban culture and endless dining variety, Miami is an alluring destination for travelers from all over the world. The JW Marriott Miami, perched near the water and within easy access to the downtown area, is the perfect base from which to explore the area, both for families and for couples alike. The balmy climate makes the city an excellent retreat to cure the winter blues. Festivals throughout the year promise to keep visitors entertained.
Accommodation type: 5-star
No. of Rooms & Suites: 296
Pricing: starts at $224 for single rooms, at $264 for double rooms, at $500 for concierge-level suites
High season: December through May
Nearest airport: Miami International Airport (MIA)
Suitable for: couples, honeymooners, families, business travelers
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2014
- Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 2011
- Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Business Hotels,” 2010
Built in 2000 and updated in 2013, this 22-story hotel features a modern aesthetic look. It looks over Miami’s sparkling skyline and the blue water of Miami’s South Channel. Guest rooms are casually elegant, with modern accents and bright colors. Additionally, in-room conveniences include a mini-bar and mini-fridge, HDTVs, luxury bedding, bathrobes and a soaking tub. Business spaces in the hotel are streamlined and modern. Thus, they have cutting-edge technological features and ample space for presentations.
- La Terrazza Cafe and Bar — offering casual ambiance and delicious food, this eatery models itself after a sports bar. In fact, it has LED TVs and offers a nod to the local cuisine with menu items like Cuban sandwiches and fried plantains.
- Drake’s Bar — looking like an upscale pub somewhere in Britain, this one provides drinks and appetizers until well into the night. Try their Mojitos for a true taste of Miami.
- Isabela’s — a breakfast buffet or menu offering a full range of breakfast foods awaits visitors to this eatery just off the lobby.
- SaLus Spa — indulging in a range of treatments that includes body scrubs, manicures, and pedicures, massages, and facials offer a nourishing respite. Get rid of the dry skin from the salt water and sun after a day at the beach.
- Fitness Room — stationary bikes, treadmills, free weights, a sauna and guest privileges in the spa’s lap pool are just some of the features of this comprehensive health club.
The lobby and all public areas of the JW Marriott Miami offer free Wi-Fi. In addition, bottled water, coffee, and tea in guest rooms are all complimentary.
A highlight of the hotel’s outdoor area is the pool, which is an elegant space framed dramatically by skyscrapers and palm trees. A bar, lounge chairs, and umbrellas offer all the comfort guests need to linger for hours and enjoy the Miami sunshine.
The JW Marriott Miami’s location is convenient for access to the Miami International Airport (MIA). For those flying into the city and renting a car, leaving the airport and taking NW 21st St to Exit 3 will put them on FL-112 East. After three miles, take the I-95 South Exit toward Downtown. Stay on I-95 for two miles before exiting on SW 7th St toward US-41. Turn left onto SW 15th Road. After 1/10 of a mile, bear left onto SW 3rd Avenue. Then continue on to SW 13th Steet for a quarter of a mile. Brickell Avenue will be on the left, and the hotel will be 400 feet further down on the right.
Cities along the East Coast have access to Amtrak’s Silver Line, which operates a service to Miami and has a station around 10 miles from the hotel.
Main Attractions Around JW Marriott Miami
1. Everglades National Park
The largest national park outside of Death Valley and Yellowstone, Everglades offers visitors a glimpse of Florida’s wild side. In fact, it has plenty of rare species in addition to the park’s famous alligators. Miles of trails allow visitors to view the varied ecosystem, with either ranger- or self-guided tours. Enjoy the wildlife and scenery on foot or rent a mountain bike to cover a lot of ground. However, there are companies that offer trips on the distinctive airboats that skim the water’s surface. They take visitors to places unreachable by conventional means. Also, birdwatching, hiking, fishing, and kayaking are just some of the activities available.
2. South Beach
Shopping, art, culture, and nightlife abound on this barrier island facing Miami to the east. Some of the best beaches in the area are found here. That includes South Pointe Park, with white sand, play equipment, a fishing pier and pretty views. In addition, the shopping along Lincoln Road is legendary, offering boutiques, galleries, street cafes and plenty of bars. Visiting the Bass Museum of Art to peruse their modern exhibits is a great way to spend an afternoon. However, as night falls, head to one of the many bars for a mojito. Or have the hotel’s concierge call in a VIP reservation at an exclusive club.
3. Key Biscayne
The northernmost of the Florida Keys, the Key Biscayne island is just a handful of miles from Miami across the water. However, it represents a complete change of pace from the vibrant city. Perfect beaches, charming little restaurants, and a laidback atmosphere make it an alluring getaway. Visit the Cape Florida Lighthouse, a 170-year-old lamp with a fascinating history, and climb its 109 steps for memorable views of Miami. Kayaking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits offer an excellent way to experience the Key. Even more, there are plenty of parks and beaches open to the public.
Whether strolling South Beach’s Art Deco-lined streets or sampling Cuban cuisine along Calle Ocho, visitors will get caught up in the energy and spirit of this vibrant city. Miami offers exactly the experience visitors seek. Whether they are looking for art, history, nightlife or beachcombing, it’s a true taste of luxury. If you have had the opportunity to spend some time in Miami, or if you have stayed at the JW Marriott Miami let us know all about your trip in the comments below. Remember that the Eden Roc Hotel is also an incredible option if you want to see the sunny beaches of Miami.