During my recent trip to Miami for SWIM Fashion Week I wanted to be away from the hustle and bustle yet be close to the action and South Beach and definitely be on the water. My research led me to the Sonesta Hotel Coconut Grove.
Coconut Grove is located in Miami in a lovely bayside community on the coast of Biscayne Bay and adjacent the Coral Gables right in the middle of an artistic community.
Getting to the Sonesta Hotel was very easy right off the main highway with easy access to their entry where friendly valet’s were there to take my car and my luggage.
Upon entering the grand, modern, beautifully decorated lobby replete with authentic contemporary art and decor,
I was greeted by the hotel manager Mari Maya and front desk agent Adrian. Check-in was painless, my luggage was escorted along with me to my beautiful room overlooking the splendor of Biscayne Bay.
My room was complete with a full kitchen including a large refrigerator, stove, microwave, sink, complete with dishes, silverware, pots and pans, everything that I would need to be self-sufficient during my trip and did I mention a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay.
During my stay I needed to drive to South Beach several times and found the process to be painless. I called the valet for my room and by the time I got downstairs my car was ready along with friendly instructions on how to best get to South Beach or any other location I was interested in. No matter how late I got back to the hotel, there was always both a security guard as well as a friendly valet to take my car. The time it took to get to South Beach was minimal and I enjoyed the serenity of getting away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach.
**Side Note: the cost of the valet service is $25 a day
The Sonesta Hotel offers a beautiful rooftop pool and sky lounge on the eighth floor boasting phenomenal views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami . There is also a fully featured business center offering, for an extra charge, fax transmissions, laser printing and photocopying.
**Side Note: The charge for using the computer workstation with Internet connection is $6.95 for a 15 min. session.
The Sonesta hotel is a 22 story boutique style hotel offering 205 guestrooms and suites offering both the panoramic bay and city views, two-line telephone, complimentary Internet access, 42" wall-mounted cable television, bathrobe, hair dryer, safe, iron/ironing board, CD/clock radio and coffee maker. I had a One Bedroom suite and that and the Two Bedroom Suites offer full kitchen and living room. They also offer meeting facilities offering 12,500 square-feet of function space for groups up to 300 people. A dedicated convention services and catering team is available to handle all details for those of you who need such services. Audio-visual equipment is available.
Although I did not use it, also offered is the Rooftop Fitness Center offering spectacular views of Miami and features a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, sauna and private locker rooms. There are also two international size squash courts are located on the 8th floor.
**Side Note: Same day guest reservation requests may be made at the front desk. The Squash Courts are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day.
Points of Interest
Miami Museum of Science, Vizcaya Museum, Miami Art Museum, Children’s Museum, Parrot Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, Miami Metro Zoo, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, South Beach, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne. The hotel can offer suggestions and information on all of the ‘must-see’ attractions.
Aventura Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, CocoWalk, Dadeland Mall, Dolphin Mall, Sawgrass Mills and The Village of Merrick Park.
Additional Information and Reservations
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12 noon
Credit Cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and Diners Club
Currency: US Dollars
Electricity: 120 volts
Taxes and Gratuities
Rooms: 7% sales and 6% occupancy tax
Restaurant & Lounge: 9% sales tax and 19% service charge
Room Service: 9% sales tax and 20% service charge
Banquets & Catering: 9% sales tax and 21% service charge
Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove
2889 McFarlane Road
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Learn more at the Sonesta Hotel Coconut Grove website