Bursting in 2013 onto a local hotel scene not known for stylish, upscale-feeling, centrally located bargains, the B2 is a snazzy revelation, and not just because of the colored-light show playing across its facade nightly. It’s got the chic boutique-hotel thing down pat, with white and pearl-gray tones throughout, plus all the cushiness and mod cons you’d expect in the rooms (phones with MP3 capability, even). Add several compact but top-notch on-premises amenities such as a spa treatment room; fitness room; and Biscayne Tavern, run by restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill fame, serving artery-busting but delish updated comfort food; only a pool is lacking. Crown it with a primo location: front and center on downtown’s waterfront, across from Bayfront Park and Bayside mall, around the corner from the cruise port, and down the street from the fancy new art and science museums and the arena where the Miami Heat play and world-class entertainment acts do their thing. South Beach is over the causeway, and everything else in Miami is pretty easily accessible from here, too.
- David Paul Appell