Florida’s Ever-Changing Hotel Landscape

The Florida hotel landscape has a shiny coat with new accommodation options and resort up-do’s.

downtown miami’s buzzingBeen to Miami lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on a couple of accommodation delights that are part of robust hotel brand collections, and it’s not all about South Beach anymore. We’re talking Downtown Miami gems that are re-shaping the way Miami does tourism. Let’s talk RockResorts, which off the top of one’s head usually brings to mind Vail and wintery ski vacations, but not anymore. Now there’s Tempo Miami, A RockResort right smack in the middle of Downtown Miami, close to the city’s cultural center, sports arena and, as Evan Crawford, area marketing manager, Florida and the Caribbean, RockResorts, says, “It offers the accessibility to all of Miami. We’re positioned directly between the Adrienne Arsht Center and the American Airlines Arena and we’re just off the causeway from South Beach, so we’re in a position where South Beach is accessible for our guests if they want to do that, but it’s also an escape from South Beach.”

In fact, Tempo Miami is the first-ever urban property for RockResorts with only 56 guestrooms—with 17 3-story poolside loft units slated to join the property’s accommodation options in the near future—and it’s that boutiquey feel in the middle of a dynamic urban setting that makes this property stand out by Miami standards.

“Tempo offers something different,” says Crawford. “It offers the more boutique side of some of the properties in South Beach, but it also offers the large-scale amenities you would get at your bigger hotels. You have the 8,000-sq.-ft. spa, you have the pool deck, the restaurant…so it’s the amenities of a luxury resort complemented by the more intimate size and personal service of boutique properties.”

But after a recent tour of this eye-catching property, we must say that the number one reason to book here are for those views of Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami, Downtown Miami, and South Beach off in the distance…. Those views hit you smack in the face around every corner, in every room, in the restaurant, the spa. It’s definitely a feast for the eyes. That’s why Crawford says one of his favorite room categories is the Deluxe Premium. “It’s in the south corner of the building with floor-to-ceiling windows all around and views of downtown and the bay [with the cruise ships coming in]. By far the best views on the property. Also, there is so much space in the room; it’s got a huge walk-in closet, and a large balcony.” During Recommend’s tour, we also made note of the bathrooms in these rooms, as well as in all other accommodation options—they’re spectacular. They open up to the rest of the room and have a separate water closet, as well as a glass-enclosed shower and free-standing soaking tub with views of the bay, as well as a TV embedded in the bathroom mirror. All of the accommodations are spacious, with creamy colors, browns and hints of bold “Miami” colors—think blue, green, orange—throughout.

This resort is a dream for couples in their “late-20s and up,” says Crawford. “Tempo caters to the young professionals. It’s a great place for couples, bachelorette parties. We’re also targeting some of the couples going on the luxury cruise lines [departing from the Port of Miami] like Celebrity Cruises and Crystal Cruises for pre- and post-stays.”

Indeed, at the RockResorts Spa, couples will delight in one of the resort’s couple’s treatment rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows, deep-soaking, free-standing tub and lots of space to get cuddly. The spa features treatments designed to reflect the distinct tone of musical instruments—this is Tempo, after all—think Sonata, Melody, Harmony and Adagio. Or, guests can hang out at the 14th floor sky pool deck, which has a lap pool (with spa bar coming soon) and relaxation pool, separated by a wind wall. The deck is a great hang out, especially once those aforementioned loft units are completed. Then there’s Amuse Restaurant & Lounge, with its intentional lounge vibe, centered around a fabulous-looking bar. Amuse is indeed amusing with a unique menu offering “small plates” and “not so small plates” filled with tasty items.

The resort is offering an iPad Luxury package through May 5. It includes one Apple iPad (with WiFi and 3G; AT&T 3G cellular network service sold separately); 3-night accommodations; daily $50 resort credit or RockResorts gift card (one per day); and breakfast daily at Amuse. Rates start from $659 per night dbl; 3-night minimum stay required.