The InterContinental Miami is family friendly luxury in the heart of the city. Situated close to the port, Bayside Marketplace, and American Airlines Arena, the hotel is the perfect home base for adventures in Miami. When guests step into the lobby, they can’t help but admire the beautiful marble and rich wood decor. It is simply breathtaking. Families desiring an upscale experience with a gracious staff, spacious and luxurious rooms, and a perfect location will not be disappointed by the InterContinental Miami.
Recently we had the opportunity to visit the InterContinental Miami while in Miami, Florida, prior to our cruise to the Dominican Republic. The hotel could not have been more perfectly situated as it was easily accessible to the airport and the port, and two of the places I wanted to explore: Little Havana and South Beach. Everything was within a 5 to 15 minute drive from the hotel. If your family is heading to Miami for a cruise or simply for vacation, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the InterContinental Miami.
What Works for Families
- The location is very convenient for those taking a cruise. It was also easy to reach South Beach. I didn’t know if South Beach would be the right fit for my kids (and I was right, but that’s a long story), so I’m glad we stayed at the InterContinental. We also took a quick Uber ride to Little Havana to explore one afternoon. Literally, the location is right where you want to be in the heart of downtown.
- Amazing swimming pool. My kids loved the outdoor pool area. There was a DJ, a restaurant, a bar, and giant inflatable flamingos, so it felt like a big party (which the kids loved). The pool area overlooks the harbor so the view is spectacular.
- The rooms are a decent size, beds are comfortable, and most have a great view. We had a room looking out to the ships and the boys loved watching the action.
- The staff was super friendly and very helpful. Whatever we needed, they would assist us with a smile and go the extra mile to make sure we had it.
- There’s a playground right across the street overlooking Biscayne Bay. Very convenient when the kids need to burn off some energy!
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- Breakfast options. The hotel does have packages where you can include breakfast with your stay, but in this day and age, so many families want breakfast included for their kids. There is a restaurant onsite, Olé, that serves breakfast, but you do have to pay for it if you haven’t purchased it as part of your room package.
- No shuttle service from the airport. Don’t use a taxi, it will cost twice as much as Uber or Lyft. You can also use the Miami Metro Mover from the airport to bring you straight to the hotel.
- No kid specific programming. However, the InterContinental is close to the Miami Seaquarium and Miami Children’s Museum.
- There were not many dining options immediately around the hotel. There were the hotel restaurants and a Starbucks, but if you were looking for other options you might need to walk a few blocks or drive.
The hotel is 34 stories tall, majestically towering over Biscayne Bay and the marina. I learned a few interesting things about this property. The hotel has the only lobby in the world built around a work of art, an 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture made of travertine marble by sculptor Henry Moore. It is the focal point of the grand lobby constructed in Italian marble slabs and precious African wood. The property is home to the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop and has been for the last 25 years. It has also been the host hotel for 5 Super Bowls which puts it pretty high on the “super cool” scale for my kids.
The InterContinental Miami has 641 guest rooms, including 34 suites and 103 Club rooms. The rooms are nicely decorated with neutral colors and wood tones, creating a welcoming environment for your stay. Rooms have coffee makers, flat panel televisions, and a mini bar area. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom was quite spacious. We had plenty of space in a double queen room for our group of three to spread out.
The hotel has three main restaurants:
Toro Toro – Chef-owner Richard Sandoval’s unique culinary spin on South and Central American ingredients. The food here is delicious and we enjoyed specialties such as duck arepas and choclo empanadas. This is a steak house, so food but it was definitely on the pricier side for families. I would recommend ordering several of the “small plate” appetizers and making a meal of those. Our favorites were the duck arepas, truffle fries, empanadas with chimchurri.
We also loved the special dessert, “La Bomba.” Be sure to save room!
Olé – This is the breakfast restaurant where families can enjoy meals either a la carte or buffet style. We didn’t try it, but it’s a good option to have.
Bluewater – This is the casual poolside restaurant serving salads, sandwiched, pizzas, and drinks for lunch and dinner.
And one special experience:
Table 40 – The only Chef’s Table in downtown Miami, a private dining experience for up to 14 in the middle of the Toro Toro kitchen. Utilizing only local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients for the creation of Pan-Latin favorites, the culinary team prepares an exclusive dining experience for special guests and VIPs. Sounds like the perfect idea for a special occasion.
There is also a full service Starbucks and 24 hour room service.
Spa, Fitness, and Swimming Pool
The hotel has mySpa Miami which features cardio equipment and free weights, an outdoor jogging trail, access to the pool and sundeck, as well as a variety of spa treatments available. If you have time to relax, the spa can find the right treatment for you.
The InterContinental Miami was the perfect home base before our cruise. The staff was fabulous, the rooms and hotel were well appointed, and the location was convenient to everything. This will be our go to hotel the next time we head out on a cruise.