In March, the 63-room Betsy Hotel, a boutique property on South Beach, opened with a BLT Steak restaurant, a rooftop solarium and a fitness center.
Last December, the 411-room Epic Hotel opened on Biscayne Bay with a 4,000-square-foot ballroom, 11,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and a 15,000-square-foot spa.
In February, the 162-room Viceroy Miami opened downtown. The hotel offers five meeting rooms, a 4,000-square-foot ballroom, a two-acre pool terrace and a 28,000-square-foot spa.
The 631-room Eden Roc Renaissance Resort and Spa reopened in Miami Beach, following a $180 million revamp. The hotel now offers 50,000 square feet of meeting spaces, a spa, five pools and two restaurants.
The 56-room boutique Tempo Miami, A Rock Resort, will open this fall on Biscayne Bay with an 8,000-square-foot spa and 1,000 square feet of event space.
The iconic art deco Fontainebleau Miami Beach reopened last August after a $1 billion transformation. The property features 1,504 rooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and a 40,000-square-foot spa.
Construction will begin in 2011 on One Bayfront Plaza, a 70-story, mixed-use development on Miami's South Biscayne Boulevard. The two-tower structure will house an 850-room convention hotel, 120,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, and 112,000 square feet of retail space. The building will seek LEED certification and will open in 2015.
The Palms South Beach is now The Palms Hotel & Spa. The 243-room property has completed a renovation of all public space, 8,000 square feet of meeting space, the Essensia restaurant, the 5,000-square-foot Aveda Spa and the pool area. By spring of next year, all guest rooms will be renovated.
The 366-room Miami Airport Marriott completed a $15 million renovation earlier this year. Changes include a redesigned lobby and the new Cane Fire Grille Restaurant and Lounge.
Meeting Hotels: In downtown Miami and Key Biscayne, properties include the 641-room InterContinental Miami; 612-room Hyatt Regency Miami; 603-room Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel & Marina; 402-room Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne; 300-room JW Marriott Miami; 221-room Four Seasons Miami, and 205-room Conrad Miami.
Properties at or near Miami International Airport include the 693-room Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 500-room Hilton Miami International Airport and 405-room Wyndham Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.
In Miami Beach/North Miami Beach, properties include the 1,504-room Fontainebleau Resort; 841-room Loews Miami Beach; 631-room Eden Roc Renaissance Resort and Spa; 484-room Radisson Deauville Resort Miami Beach; 392-room Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club; 375-room Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and 263-room Courtyard by Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront.
Convention Center: Miami
Beach Convention Center; exhibit space, 502,848 square feet; number of
meeting rooms, 70; (305) 539-3071 or (800) 933-8448, ext. 3071; miamiandbeaches.com
Grove Expo Center; exhibit space, approximately 150,000 square feet;
number of meeting rooms, none; (800) 933-8448, ext. 3071; coconutgroveconventioncenter.com
Miami Convention Center; exhibit space, 28,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 34; (305) 579-6341; miamiandbeaches.com/meeting
Airport Transit: Miami International Airport, about seven miles west of downtown Miami. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown Miami, $22; by shuttle, $12; by taxi to Miami Beach, $32; by shuttle, $16; by taxi to Key Biscayne, $41; by shuttle, $22
Taxes: Miami/Miami Beach: room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
Group Venue: In Coconut Grove, the 179-room Mayfair Hotel & Spa recently opened two new rooftop venues, the Cabana One Pool Club & Lounge and the New York-based steakhouse, Angelo & Maxie's. The two combined add more than 7,000 square feet of meeting and breakout space to the hotel's 8,600 square feet. Amenities include Japanese soaking tubs on private terraces, cabanas with sofas, flat-screen TVs and Nintendo Wiis, and panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. (305) 441-0000; mayfairhotelandspa.com
CVB Services: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, (305) 539-3000 or (800) 933-8448; miamiandbeaches.com