Epic Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Opened in 2009 by the Kimpton hotel group, this is a relaxed, luxurious alternative to humdrum Downtown business hotels like the Hyatt or Intercontinental. With in-room desktop computers, a prime downtown location, and some of the best service in the area, the Epic is an excellent choice for business travelers. The guest rooms and suites start on the 18th floor, so that every guest can enjoy breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay or the soaring glass towers in the area while relaxing in the hotel's well-equipped rooms. The broad terrace, the three pools and the excellent Italian restaurant on the 16th floor are worth checking out.
Viceroy Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Business travelers wanting to stay within walking distance of Brickell's corporate offices will find the Viceroy to be a great pick. The hotel features a huge luxury spa, a fitness center with yoga and Pilates classes, a beautiful rooftop pool and lounge with poolside service, same-day dry cleaning and laundry service, and casual and top-notch dining options, including a Mediterranean restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Michael Psilakis. Its big rooms, designed by Kelly Wearstler, have everything from free in-room Wi-Fi service to iPod docks and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
JW Marriott Hotel Miami Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A fine-tuned hospitality machine, Miami's JW Marriott nears perfection -- flawless service, comfortable rooms, and great amenities. (Or at least it beats the Conrad, Hilton's competition down the road.) Sure, it's styled like an office building (rooms even come equipped with desktop computers), but that makes it easy to get some work done.
Hyatt Regency Miami Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Miami, this business-focused hotel features everything you might need on a business trip: a huge convention center, a small 24-hour gym with cardio and weight-training machines, Wi-Fi service and spacious clean rooms. Though it is several blocks away from restaurants and bars, there is an on-site restaurant and a lounge with multiple flat-screens. The hotel is quite far from the beach, but you can lie in the sun next to its small swimming pool overlooking the high-rises.
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 601-room Downtown Marriott is a cheaper alternative to other business hotels in the area, but it features similar amenities and has all the essential comforts. The hotel has a modern staffed business center with desktop computers, printers and fax machines, a heated outdoor pool looking over Biscayne Bay, a brand-new fitness center with beautiful views, and free Wi-Fi throughout the complex. Renovated in December 2008, all rooms have spacious balconies, comfortable beds, and large, functional work spaces. Start the day with the hotel's good breakfast buffet and don't miss the bay-view deck.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Mandarin Oriental's location on beautiful Brickell Key is convenient to Miami's corporate offices, and the hotel's extremely comfortable beds with high thread count sheets will help ensure a good night's sleep before a busy day. The hotel also has a gorgeous spa and a fitness center to help you relax after a long day of meetings and business meals. However, save some room in your stomach (and some dollars in your pocket) for the classy and delectable restaurant Azul.
Four Seasons - Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Rooms date back to 2003, but with two acres of rooftop pools (Downtown's best), the city's top gym -- Sports Club/LA -- in the building, and the above-and-beyond service that the Four Seasons is known for, this is a premier choice for Miami's boring business district.