The fashionable Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove draws travelers and local residents with its Biscayne Bay views and upmarket boutiques, restaurants, and hotels.
With a beautiful lap pool, dedicated service, and excellent food (including 24-hour room service), The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami is an immaculate property. Its 115 rooms start at 420 square feet, and all feature large balconies (higher floors have impressive views of yachts and sailboats in the bay) and all-marble bathrooms with Asprey toiletries and separate showers and soaking tubs. A downside is that there are no nearby beaches, but the large pool has cabanas and a dining pavilion.
It's impossible to miss the ornate, Gaudi-inspired facade of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa, designed by Miami architect Kenneth Treister. Once inside, the Art Nouveau touches continue, with artisan-carved plaster ceilings and Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows. The 179 spacious suites come with marble bathrooms and Japanese soaking tubs on the terraces, but street noise can be an issue. Features include a casual Roman restaurant, rooftop pool with cabanas and a bar with happy hour, an organic spa, and 15,000 square feet of event space. Much like its Coconut Grove setting, this is a lively property that draws couples and families who want easy access to walkable streets.