Checking in at Miami’s Viceroy Hotel

The entrance

The entrance

When I was called to Miami for work and heard we’d be staying at the Viceroy, I was super excited. It was my first time at this hotel, and I’d heard good things. Since I’m usually in Miami for pleasure over work, I often stay in South Beach. I was excited to see a different area of the city, and this Brickell location was the perfect place to do it.

I arrived in the late morning and was unexpectedly greeted by the Easter Island moai that line the entrance. Once inside, I fell in love with the modern lobby and it’s funky accessories. Abstract sculptures, ornate furniture and bright colors keep your attention. The chandeliers are to die for. I want one in my foyer.

I ventured up to my room after check-in. The modern, elegantly decorated room was exactly my style. Did the interior designer know I was coming? There was colorful artwork on the wall, tufted furniture and a beautiful lattice room divider. The marble bathrooms and an in-room espresso machine were a nice touch. (By the way, why can’t all hotel rooms have espresso machines?). The beautiful view of the Miami skyline (especially at night!) was not too shabby either.

Since I was in town for work, I was bummed that I didn’t have time to check out the pool or spa. I was told the spa was designed by Phillipe Stark, which would explain why it looked so amazing. The breakfast at 15th & Vine was tasty and satisfying, with pretty quick service.

Overall, I have no complaints about the Viceroy. This hotel attracted a sophisticated crowd of what looked like both business travelers and tourists, which I take as a good sign. I’ll be trying to make it back again soon, although this time for leisure!

The lobby

The lobby

My room

My room

viceroy pool

The rooftop Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge

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Where I Stayed in Paris: Marriott Champs-Elysees

When our one year anniversary rolled around, my husband and I had little doubt where we wanted to spend it. There was no better place in my mind to celebrate than one of the most romantic cities in the world. But when the time came to choose a hotel, we were overwhelmed with options. Modern luxury hotel or small boutique location? What arrondissement would be best?

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Jay Z may talk about staying at “Le Meurice for like 6 days,” and while that wasn’t necessarily in our budget, we did have a fabulous time at the Marriott Champs-Elysees. We chose it after a recommendation from a friend, who actually saw Marriott Chairman Bill Marriott when there. Hey, if it’s good enough for him, it’ll work for me. You can see the Arch de Triumph once you step out of the hotel, and the numerous trains within walking distance make for a great central point to explore the city. The area is pretty touristy (obviously since it’s on the Champs-Elysses), but it wasn’t unbearable. The marble bathrooms (complete with l’occitane goodies!) were the epitome of luxury, and the staff’s complimentary anniversary bottle of champagne was a wonderful touch. Overall we had a wonderful stay, and I’d stay again during my next trip to Paris.

Marriott Lobby