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We've written a few times about the b2 miami downtownin the Biscayne Boulevard area, but the question still remained--would it be a good place to stay given its location? Well, Angela "Big Ang" Raiola of Mafia Wives and Big Ang fame thought so! She was just there last week filming a scene for her new VH1 reality show airing in September called "Miami Monkey".
Still, in a region that courts both beach crowd and cruise customers, we needed to take a look for ourselves and see who b2 would best benefit.
Indeed, it's decent Downtown digs, but you have to know what you're getting into to make it work.
So, here are the good, the great, and the not-so-great when it comes to this hotel.
If you're a cruise ship passenger and arriving the day before your sailing, the b2 is in a top spot, just across the street from the Port of Miami. In fact, from most rooms you're looking directly out into the Bay and can see mega-liners set up and ready to go. It's super convenient. Also, if you're in town for a Miami Heat game or concert, it's less than a 10 minute walk to the American Airlines arena. There's no official biz center, but we loved the free WiFi and loaner iPads (even if they're only available for one hour if there's a demand for them). Plus one can print remotely to the front desk if you've brought your own laptop.
It's moments like these when we at HC just love our job. We can be minding our own business, doing super service-oriented thangs like checking out a hotel's WiFi for you, and then we get hit with unexpected tidings we can't wait to share.
That happened last week while we were scoping out the new b2 miami downtown. Don't worry, you'll soon get the full review on our experience there, but right now? We need to gossip!
The scene: We return from a tour of an up-and-coming neighborhood (more mystery, ooh) and was immediately visually assaulted by the super tanned woman with the gigantanormous breasticles you see above. She was puffin' on a stogie right on the b2 Miami steps and said out loud she had to "finish mah cigarette".
Listen. We've been around the world and ay yi yi, but we couldn't stare any longer, especially when, in all of her bosomy, raspy goodness, she began taking photos with hotel execs. That would have been rude and we have some manners.
So, we at HC know why b2 Miami is a pretty dope place to stay. But why was Big Ang there?
All will be revealed this week, friends!
[Photos: Chanize for HotelChatter/B2 Miami]
There's no shortage of hotel options in Miami these days but the newly-opened b2 miami downtown, across from the Bayfront Park and less than a 10-minute walk away from the American Airlines Arena, is one hotel that won't break the bank.
All 243 rooms at the b2 miami downtown offer either city or bay views and feature modern furnishings and amenities such as the B-branded Blissful Bed, interactive HD LED TVs with web capabilities, built-in docking stations with USB port and MicroSD cords and Aveda bath amenities. And don't forget the free WiFi!
The b2 hotel is the second hotel from B Hotels and Resorts. The first B Hotel opened two years ago in Fort Lauderdale while The B Hotel Disney World will open this Fall. b2, however, is the more affordable B brand, promising guests all the signature services of a B Hotel like free WiFi, in-room dining, mood-lighting and more but at more affordable prices.
This b2 also features a new eatery from restauranteur Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management called Biscayne Tavern. The spot is now serving up "the next evolution of comfort food" such as grass-fed beef burgers, oyster po-boys, short-rib pot roast and truffle popovers. (Don't fret, vegetarians. The menus has array of salads and pastas too.
We found a Chic City King for tomorrow night with free parking (normally $25) for just $128.15. Un-B-lievable! Perhaps we can trust this B after all.
Seems like this is the week for Miami, as the southern city rolls out more hotel news. This time we’re told a new kid on the block wants to play with the big dogs. It’s called the b2 hotel, a new concept hotel from B Hotels & Resorts.
We have to remember not everyone wants to be beachside when visiting Miami, so this Downtown property, which opens in March, is of interest, especially to those who want to be in proximity to Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami and the American Airlines Arena. Reservations opened yesterday for the 243-room hotel, which will court guests with its Blissful Bed (anyone ever slept on one of these?), free WiFi, and in-room Smart HD LED interactive televisions.
B2 will also feature a new restaurant from Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management. Called Biscayne Tavern, the casual resto will have over 30 craft beers available that will go along with dishes like Oyster Po-Boys and short rib pot roast with truffle popovers. Special introductory offers will give up to 25% off on the best available rate for stays from March 1 through September 30, 2013.
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Not long ago, we told you that Tempo Hotel Miami was getting a new name, along with a bit of a refresh. Well, update your bookmarks, because Tempo is no longer--this high-end, high-rise hotel in downtown Miami is now officially Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa.
If you're in Miami for business or are visiting for a good time but don't need to be right on the beach, Casa Moderna is totally worth a look. There are just 56 rooms, all with loads more space than your typical Miami Beach hotel room, and the hotel is only around 18 months old, so still pretty new. New operators Richfield Hospitality have also managed to give the spa a face-lift.
For a quick spin through some of the best of those amenities, click through our gallery.
We took a little peek at Tempo Hotel Miami the other day (more on that soon because it is quite lovely), and came away with some scoop: The hotel is getting a new name starting March 1.
Yep, after Rock Resorts failed to spend much more than a year running the new property and skedaddled out of town, Tempo is shedding its old image, ditching the Tempo, and will instead be called Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa.
It's all part of an attempt to re-brand the hotel as a more upscale place and, perhaps, wipe the slate clean.
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UPDATE: Confirmed: Richfield Hospitality will be running the Tempo Miami.
Yesterday we reported on how Rock Resorts dropped the Tempo Miami from their roster of hotels. Supposedly the split from the hotel owners was "amicable" which is always good news to hear. Yet our minds were already turned to the new management company that would be setting up shop in the hotel.
We asked and we received. A tipster let us know that Richfield Hospitality will now be setting the tempo for Tempo Miami. This is the same management company that's in place at The Joule in Dallas and the St. Regis Deer Crest in Park City as well as a few other full service and select service hotels (Hiltons, Four Points, etc.)
Like any good management company, Richfield promises "revenue-generating hotel operations" which is probably what the owners of Tempo Miami are looking for...quick.
Looks like what's happening with the Edition Waikiki has spurred a sort of mini-trend...at least in Miami.
Just a week after Fairmont Turnberry Isle was let go from their management contract by the hotel's owners, the Rock Resorts brand has decided that, after just a little over a year open, they no longer want to run the Tempo Miami. The company has even put out a press release saying so:
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that as of September 15 its subsidiary RockResorts will no longer manage Tempo Miami as part of its luxury hotel brand.
Ownership and RockResorts have mutually agreed that ownership's direction for the Tempo Miami hotel does not fit with the RockResort brand or its direction, and therefore the parties have agreed to amicably terminate their relationship.
The last we heard about the Tempo Miami Hotel, a Rock Resort, the hotel would not be officially opening until the fall, although it was soft-opened for guests in the meantime. But apparently, the official opening has been moved up to June.
We found rooms for this weekend going for $223 a night at the downtown Miami hotel but we also noticed this little note remained on the hotel's booking page:
Tempo Miami, is scheduled for a full RockResorts opening in June 2010. Prior to this date, the resort will be open, but only offering limited amenities. These will include: all room accommodations, complimentary continental breakfast, 14th floor sky pool deck, full lobby bar and concierge services.
Once the hotel officially opens it will include a full service RockResorts spa and a restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We're not so sure if room rates will continue to increase as the hotel unveils more of its offerings (in March you could get rooms for $179) but it is off-season in Miami now and this hotel is downtown, not on the beach. Let's hope it stays under $250.
The Marriott Biscayne Bay in downtown has been evacuated after a crane accident injured a construction worker yesterday.
The AP reports:
Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll says the arm extending from the crane became loose, but did not collapse or fall. A worker who was midway up the 212-foot crane was hospitalized with a broken arm. It was not clear how the worker was hurt.
The hotel was evacuated as a precaution. The Marriott is a tall high-rise building and is connected to the to Omni Mall by skywalk. Recent reviews called the hotel dated causing us to think maybe the construction work was for hotel renovations. Yet the Miami Fire rescue says the construction work was possible being done on a pier.
Know somewhere with open hotel rooms for Super Bowl weekend in Miami? Tip us off.
We got a tip yesterday after we posted our early report on the Super Bowl hotel rooms in Miami about an extremely affordable hotel offering rooms for $90 a night.
The Miami Sun Hotel located on NE 1st Avenue is near the American Airlines arena which isn't South Beach but it's close. The web site has hardly any pictures of the hotel or the rooms so we're not sure what this place is really like.
We also couldn't find any reviews or listing of this place on TripAdvisor but we did see some reviews on Travelpost:
The hotel was in the middle of downtown Miami and it was close to the buildings that I needed to do business in. America Airlines Arena was only 2 blocks away, so I caught a Heat game while I was there without having to fight traffic. The place isn't the Hyatt, but it was clean and at 50 bucks a night, I really can't complain. Overall, not bad.
Another reviewer said that the place was good if you needed to be near the arena and didn't need to stay a long time. On Yahoo the reviews were a little more mixed ranging from "good friendly staff" to "filthy".
Should you be desperate for a hotel room in Miami under $100 for Super Bowl weekend, you can take a chance on this place by calling 305-375-0786 for reservations.
· Early Word on Available Super Bowl XLI Hotel Rooms [HotelChatter]