by By Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2009

1009NLCB MayfairNow evolved from its start as a funky artists' colony in the 1960s, this vibrant community lies just south of Miami and the Miami Convention Center. There are myriad dining, shopping and nightlife options, plus cultural draws like the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (Feb. 13-15, 2010).

The plush 179-room Mayfair Hotel & Spa offers soaking tubs or Jacuzzis in every room, a 4,500-square-foot spa, eight meeting rooms with a total of 8,600 square feet of space, and Angelo & Maxie's, a branch of the famed New York City steak house. Right outside is CocoWalk, a festive Spanish Mediterranean-style shopping plaza.