by Michael C. Lowe | March 01, 2013
Miami Local Update
The 87-room Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel opened last December with three dining options and a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace.
The 243-room b2 Miami Downtown will open this month with more than 1,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and a fitness center.

Kimpton's 411-room Epic Hotel, Miami, expanded its meeting space in January for a new total of 50,000 square feet.

Meeting Hotels
In downtown Miami and Key Biscayne are the 641-room InterContinental Miami; 612-room Hyatt Regency Miami; 402-room Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne; 300-room JW Marriott Miami, and 205-room Conrad Miami.

Properties near Miami International Airport include the 693-room Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa and 500-room Hilton Miami International Airport.

In Miami Beach and North Miami Beach are the 1,504-room Fountainebleau Resort, 841-room Loews Miami Beach, 392-room Fair­mont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, 263-room Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront and 85-room Setai.

Convention Centers

Miami Beach Convention Center; exhibit space, 502,848 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 70; (305) 539-3071;

Coconut Grove Expo Center; exhibit space, 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, none; (800) 933-8448, ext. 3071;

Miami Convention Center; exhibit space, 28,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 34; (305) 579-6341;

Airport Transit
Miami International Airport, seven miles west of downtown Miami. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $25; by shuttle, $16 per person; by taxi to Miami Beach, $32; by shuttle, $21 per person; by taxi to Key Biscayne, $41; by shuttle, $24 per person

Miami/Miami Beach: room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
Lincoln Road newcomer Skydeck Miami offers 360-degree views of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean from 3,700 square feet of rooftop event space. (305) 672-5010;

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 933-8448;

Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, (305) 673-7050;