Miami is, of course, much more than a fabulous beach. The downtown scene is bustling with amazing food, architecture, art and business. Visitors who are looking to become immersed in the best the city has to offer will be thrilled to check into EAST Miami. Part of Hong Kong’s luxury Swire Hotels, EAST Miami adds a bit of Asian flair to one of the most vibrant hotels in one of the most diverse and sophisticated cities.
Art is prevalent at this property. Modern murals greet guests in the spacious lobby and colorful sculptures create an upbeat vibe. Work by local artists is on display and nurtured in a special Urban Remix program. Natural light and lush greenery are abundant and expert Feng Shui practices might explain why everyone appears to be happily floating through the public spaces.
The rooms are spacious and feature floor to ceiling windows, walk-in rain showers and some have cozy balconies. Those who want extra privacy, extra space, or both, can indulge in one of the one, two- or three-bedroom residences. These residences offer a separate entrance, a huge living and dining space, a fully stocked kitchen, a laundry room, multiple 50” smart TVs plus all the hotel amenities. The residences are a terrific choice during Covid—and beyond.
EAST Miami has some of the city’s best food. Quinto la Huella is a classy take on a Uruguayan beachside restaurant. Starters include tuna crudo, octopus salad and beef empanadas. The open fire hearth perfectly cooks Argentinian rib eye, U.S. skirt steak and New Zealand lamb. A local catch of the day is also available. Pizzas are popular and desserts include a dulce de leche ice cream volcano. If you want a cocktail, try the pisco sour or a pitcher of sangria. For something completely different, visit Sugar, the hotel’s 40th floor rooftop bar where Asian-inspired food goes with the perfect drinks’ menu. This is the place for amazing sushi, pork buns or a salmon or Thai beef satay. My favorite are the alcohol infused ice creams. Where else can you have a rich, chocolate ice cream made with Jack Daniels or a crème brulee sundae infused with Maker’s Mark? It’s hard to choose between drinks, but the East of Miami made with gin and green tea is hard to pass up.
If you are feeling guilty after indulging in all that terrific food, EAST Miami boasts one of the best hotel gyms. Beast, as it’s called, is a 24-hour wellness center that has rows of Technogym® equipment, and four outdoor swimming pools. You can also join a curated workout or borrow a bike to explore the city.
In addition to being endlessly pampered, you will feel good that your hotel choice is environmentally conscience and LEED certified. My favorite green feature is a “carbon ribbon” sculpture that traps sea air, recycles rainwater and reduces the need for air conditioning.