Miami City Guide

By: Heidi Tyline King

Miami Hotels Guide

©2006 Mandarin Oriental Miami Hotel If you want to be pampered,the Mobil Four-Star MandarinOriental Miami won't disappoint.

If you're looking for luxury accommodations, stay at the Mobil Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Miami (1435 Brickell Ave) near Biscayne Bay and South Beach, where the impeccable service elevates you to celebrity status. Mobil Four-Star Mandarin Oriental Miami (500 Brickell Key Dr) is known for

its secluded waterfront location and soothing interior design.


Another Mobil Four-Star favorite is The Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Rd), where the business of luxury is packaged in awesome architecture -- that of legendary Miami architect Morris Lapidus, who originally designed this landmark property.

You don't need big bucks, however, to land a stay at a notable hotel. Indeed, many One-Star properties feature distinct architecture, snappy service and ample amenities.

You'll get the most for your money from March to May and from June to November, which is hurricane season. Be sure to include taxes in your lodging estimates: City and resort taxes average around 12.5 percent, and overnight parking can cost as much as $20.

While Latin flavors (especially those from Cuba) are the most common in Miami, you'll find plenty of other types of cuisine. Go to the next page to read our dining suggestions for Miami.