Miami’s really not a “quaint inn/bed-and-breakfast” kind of town, nor does it have practically anything left dating as far back as 1906. So that makes this little oasis of olde South Florida, on the National Register of Historic Places, a rara avis indeed (and if you’ve seen Marley & Me, you’ve already had a glimpse). The former Miami River Inn is a cluster of wood-clapboard buildings amid palms and lignum vitae trees with 38 rooms and 14 apartments. Rooms are classic B&B—pastel colors, striped wallpaper, wainscoting, hardwood floors, floral prints, white wicker, and stuffed 19th-century-style furniture—while apartments are sleek and modern. Out back off a grassy, lantern-encircled oval (croquet, anyone?) are a pool and a Jacuzzi. The other quirky thing is its location, west of downtown’s Brickell area in a working-class section of East Little Havana. There’s little of interest within walking distance, but no biggie, because it’s fairly central to quite a bit of the Miami that is, from Coral Gables out west to South Beach east, over the causeway.
Historic Miami River Hotel
437 SW 2nd St (at S. River Dr.), Miami, Miami, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Phone 800/468-3589, 305/325-0045 Prices Winter $87–137 double; $127–187 apartment; off-season $67–$107 double; $107–$157 apartment. Rates include continental breakfast. Free onsite parking. Amenities Pool; Jacuzzi; free Wi-Fi Units 52 units Web site Historic Miami River Hotel
Map437 SW 2nd St Miami
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