Hotel at a Glance: YVE Hotel Miami
With an easy-to-reach downtown location not far from Miami Beach, YVE Hotel Miami connects guests with all the city has to offer. The hotel’s recommendations span everything from the best place to go for a classic cuban sandwich (Versailles) to great spots for live music (Bardot). Though it’s a gateway to the Design District and the beach, YVE also offers plenty of reasons to stay in, such as high-definition LCD smart TVs in every room and in-room dining from the onsite Biscayne Tavern.
- Churrasco steak is on the menu at Biscayne Tavern, which specializes in casual American cuisine.
- City or sea: Every room comes with a view of either bustling downtown Miami or the azure Atlantic.
- Beach body: Head to the 24-hour fitness facility or grab an outdoor-jogging map to stay in prime sunbathing shape.
Miami Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches, Glamorous Nightlife, and Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach is a small barrier island situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, a shallow lagoon that separates the beaches from downtown Miami. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by mid-morning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum. There’s also a handful of vibrant ethnic enclaves to explore here, and Little Havana is among the most notable. The neighborhood is lined with family-owned restaurants and Caribbean-style marketplaces, making it a great place to discover some of the country’s most delicious Cuban food, from sugary guarapo juice to pastelitos, or Cuban pastries.