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Although the streets are palmlined and clean, they are not quite as exciting as the streets that surround the Westin or Hyatt. There are, however, a few eateries sprinkled about and -- more apropos to Coral Gables' charm -- a trolley stop nearby.
Though off the beach, Coral Gables offers a well-manicured, beautiful relief from downtown Miami's corporate towers, but it's still within 20 minutes of Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. Developed in the 1920s to emulate the beauty of the Mediterranean, Coral Gables is perhaps best known for its immaculately landscaped gardens in the historic Vizcaya Museum and the famous Venetian Pool. This mostly residential area is also home to the University of Miami and many multimillion-dollar homes.
Styled in the spirit of the hotel's first year, 1926, these classic, B&B-style guest rooms are a huge departure from the sleek minimalist looks found everywhere else in Miami.
A Peruvian restaurant opened in 2012, and an Italian eatery is in the works.
Vivaldino serves Peruvian fare, such as ceviche and lomo rufino, for dinner. The restaurant has two other locations in Peru, and this is its first venture in the US. Since it opened in late 2012, it has garnered solid reviews and attracts a lively crowd.
A second restaurant, Portofino, is in the works. It will serve Italian fare.
Built in 1926, this 28-room B&B-style property in upscale Coral Gables -- about a 25-minute drive from the beach -- is a unique departure from the sleek minimalist hotels found just about everywhere else in Miami. Rooms are a bit worn, however, and features are scarce (no pool and no gym). Vivaldino restaurant, serving Peruvian cuisine, opened in 2012 and a second restaurant, Portofino, is in the works as well.
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