Key Biscayne Travel Guide

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This is The Only Time You Can Get a $10 Room at a Ritz-Carlton

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive [map], Key Biscayne, FL, United States, 33149
May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Party time! The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne turns 10 this summer, and to celebrate, they've got a slew of promotions priced at just ten bucks--yes, even guest rooms. It's also offering an Insane Hotel Package for $60,310, but let's cover the cheap stuff first, eh?

The $10 rooms are clearly the prize present in this lineup, and they will be available July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25, 26. There are only 10 rooms at this rate--naturally--so you'll have to be fast when the reservations line opens on June 10. (The number to call is 305-365-4582.)

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Will Give You The Keys to the Beemer

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive [map], Key Biscayne, FL, United States, 33149
May 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of hotels have tricked-out house cars these days, but how many offer you the choice of eight different models--of BMWs, no less? That's what's happening over at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne this month, as part of The Ritz-Carlton BMW Driving Tour, which will also travel to properties in Amelia Island, Reynolds Plantation, Charlotte and Naples later this year.

They're not just offering rides into town either--guests are given the keys and told they can take their BMW of choice for up to three hours.

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is Serving Andy Roddick to Guests

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive [map], Key Biscayne, FL, United States, 33149
March 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (2)

Now that the Winter Olympics are over, it’s time for some sunshiney sports, no? The kind where you can see a bit more skin, a bit more sweat, and maybe even some sideline swearing. Yes, it’s time for tennis! And thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne even us regular Joe Schmoes have the chance to volley with Andy Roddick.

Miami hosts the Sony Ericsson Open from March 22–April 4, and The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne draws a lot of the players thanks to its massive Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center. On March 23, the hotel will hold its Ultimate All-Star Tennis Experience, where 40 people will play in a Round Robin tournament, culminating in the chance to play against Roddick, Kim Clijsters, and Guillermo Canas.

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Serves Art With a Side of Rum

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Dr. [map], Key Biscayne, fl, United States, 33149
November 13, 2009 at 1:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Art galleries and wine go together like rum and cigars. But in Key Biscayne, they like to shake things up. So when the folks at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne decided to do something special for Art Basel, they decided to pair it with their Old Havana-style den, RUMBAR. That’s where the hotel is hosting a private pre-Art Basel cocktail soiree for artist Carlos Estevez on December 1st. It’s invitation only but if you happen to be a guest at the hotel we bet you can sweet-talk your way in.

The party marks the unveiling of the largest work Cuban artist Estevez has ever created—an 8-foot circular painting on canvas—so you should be able to find your way to the festivities without too much trouble. (You could also follow the sounds of RUMBAR’s resident Latin band Grupo Nostalgia, who will be jamming at the event.)

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An Epic Year for Miami Ends With the Opening of Epic Hotel

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  Site Where: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way [map], Key Biscayne, fl, United States, 33131
December 15, 2008 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (4)

2008 has been pretty big for the Miami hotel scene: the Mondrian and who could forget the much-hyped reopening of the Fontainebleau?

And today, another one for the books: the first property in Miami for Kimpton Hotels, The Epic Hotel & Residences opens in Biscayne Bay on this oh-so-epic Monday.

The hotel is located on floors 18-30 of the building (hola, potentially-killer views of the bay), and on the 29th and 30th floors are club level rooms and a club lounge. We also know that the 15,000 square-foot Exhale Spa won't be done until January, and the website provides absolutely no details about the property's restaurants or lounges (but we gather that they will have at least one of each).

Rates for tonight start at $299 and it looks like there's still some availability — that is, if you can deal with the fact that the hotel has hopped on the inexplicable unique capitalization train and insists on printing its name in ALL CAPS everywhere, thus reminding you of a frat-tool college boy who tends to refer to every person, place or event as "EPIC."

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Miami Guidebook Piggyback: The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive [map], Key Biscayne, fl, United States, 33149
January 18, 2007 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Travel writer Michael de Zayas is in Miami on an assignment--30 Miami hotels in 30 Miami nights. You will be able to find his detailed travel musings in Miami and Miami Beach books later this year. HotelChatter asked Michael to let us know his minute-by-minute thoughts on the Miami hotel scene during his guide book mission, which he will be doing over the next two weeks. During the fortnight, Michael will share with us every bed, maid, drink, pool, henhouse and outhouse that comprise the Grove, Gables, Sunny Isles, North Beach, South Beach and the Key Biscayne hotel scene in 2007. If you wish to ask him a question during his jaunt, shoot it our way.

I was going to report to you today on Casa Casuarina, the big black gate on 12th street that everyone takes photos of.

I had been informed that the gate occasionally opens, rare as Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and inside are 12 magical rooms. And yes, I was going to spend the night. The hotel is a member-driven machine, however, and a member, I was told via a dramatic last-minute text message to my phone, had booked all the rooms for the week. Sorry, Michael.

Sorry, dear reader.

Fortunately I had a backup plan - stay put. After all, I was quite wonderfully ensconced at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. And I was feeling the happy being far from the siren calls of Miami Beach. I was feeling, you know, lazy. And this is a fine place to embrace that feeling.

More on the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne after the jump.

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Diamonds Are A Ritz Guests' Best Friend

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Dr [map], Key Biscayne, fl, United States, 33149
January 5, 2006 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)


We thought we'd heard it all... but apparently we haven't.  Imagine lying down on your Ritz-Carlton bed, only to feel a lump under your pillow. A diamond necklace-like lump.

To celebrate being Miami's only AAA Five Diamond Resort, the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, a diamond necklace from SABBIA will be placed randomly under a guest's pillow. There will be one necklace every month from now till May (five diamonds, five months, get it?)

Each necklace will have 5 diamonds, and a blue sapphire-- the Ritz's signature color. The diamonds total one carat, and the necklace is valued at over $3,000!  To win it all you do is book a room at the published rate.  And if you know you aren't like the Princess And The Pea, do yourself a favor and check under the pillow.

Of the 50,000 properties that AAA evaluates each year, less than one-half of one percent earns the Five Diamond distinction. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is the only Miami property added to the list.

Related Stories:
·   Guests May Find Diamonds in Guestrooms at The Ritz-Carlton [PR News Wire]
·   The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Named Miami's First and Only AAA Five Diamond Resort [Ritz-Carlton]

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Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Review: Living Up to its Name

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  Site Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive [map], Key Biscayne, fl, United States, 33149
July 27, 2004 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Settled on a beautiful tropical island off the coast of Miami, the Ritz Carlton is a delight for any traveler. Whether an international VIP or someone who just wants to fly from the weekly grind, all of your desires will be fulfilled at this luxurious island resort.

Luxury does come with a price tag as you might well imagine. You can be sure that this hotel and its ammenties will cost a pretty penny but you can also be assured of their worth. With a reputation for impecable service and a location that rivals Fiji, even the most hard to please adventurers can be wowed. If your wallet allows it or you have a good credit history, the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne is your spot to enjoy South Florida.

From the cuisine to the backdrop, this hotel has been developed to perfection.

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