Historic Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Hotel Review – Balancing Business with South Beach Buzz


Marriott hotels have a well-deserved reputation for catering to business customers with amenities like meeting places aplenty in work-friendly lobbies. 



Walk into the lobby of the Marriott’s historic Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Hotel and you know immediately that something beyond business-friendly is at work in the concept and execution of this recently expanded historic hotel property.   You will be greeted by a background disco beat that seems of ‘80’s vintage and reminding you of the club scene of South Beach just a few miles away. 



Yes, you will look down the long lobby hall and be able to see the business-friendly areas that are a Marriott trademark, but you’ll notice that these are a cut above design-wise and in keeping with the Art Deco architecture a la Cadillac by Roy France, an architect credited with helping shape the iconic Miami Beach skyline. 


This combination tells you in an instant that if you’ve come to work with a bit of party you’ve come to the right place.  Or, if you’ve come to party with a bit of work on the side you’ve come to the right place too.



Finding that right balance between party and work extends beyond the lobby  to every hotel detail.  You’ll find not only a Bible but a Book of Mormon in your room. 



You will likely also see the enthusiastic chief mixologist at work in the lobby bar designing a new temptation. 



You’ll see a work group having a cocktail while informally meeting in the Tiki Bar at poolside.  You will also see lone swimmers hanging at the pool’s ledge seeming to do yoga breathing in the heated waters. 



Taking a tour with ever so genial Assistant General Manager Ivan Castillejo and Group Sales Manager Maria Libreros we learned that Courtyard Cadillac is also a top destination for Quinceañera celebrations of the well-heeled from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and other Latin American countries. 



That this hotel would appeal to such parties and their chaperones makes total sense. 



The two pools and private boardwalk to the beach tell you that this is a place for family fun too.



In a word, Courtyard Cadillac is festive.  It’s a long walk or short ride to the South Beach scene.  If you want to party hard and then escape to something hip but soothing this could very well be your spot. 



If you are on a business trip one suggestion is to NOT send your boss photos of the hotel.  He or she may think you were having way too much fun and not giving work its fair due.





Photos:  Peter Kachergis unless otherwise indicated

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