It must be hard for airport hotels; all guests want to do is leave.
Lost in transition, somewhere between their departure and destination, visitors want nothing more than to while away the time before they can get back on the road.
But what if a hotel can offer something more? A property with a sense of place in its own right, not just a waystation on a long journey?
Pullman Miami Hotel is just such a place – a surprisingly rounded hotel a few moments’ drive (by free shuttle) from the runways at Miami International Airport.
Instead of just offering a bed for the night, the Accor-operated location caters to the spirit of today’s cosmopolitan business and leisure nomads, offering best-in-class service with a unique identity.
For those keeping up with the hierarchy of brands in the French-owned company’s portfolio, the hotel used to be Sofitel Miami Hotel.
While it might seem a step down to have been rechristened under the Pullman flag, it does reveal the level of luxury here, with standards far higher than might be expected from the $100 a night or so price tag.
In the halls installations, paintings, photographs and sculptures by respected local artists come together to showcase the hotel’s creative personality.
True to its commitment to contemporary art, the hotel is building an eclectic collection to pay homage to the extravagant design and art traditions of Miami.
Outside a steamy, tranquil blue lagoon-pool is a great space to really get away from the rigours of the road.
The bar is well stocked with craft beers, including local favourites Monk in the Trunk and the Funky Buddha Hop Gun – both well worth checking out if you have the time.
The vibrant hotel is comprised of 281 guest rooms and suites, all stylishly appointed with the best of the Pullman experience.
Modern furnishings, including large desks with comfortable chairs, a personal safe, Keurig coffee machines and bathroom amenities from C.O. Bigelow New York make this a great place to spend some time.
Feather pillows make it easy to grab 40-winks before heading out.
A variety of amenities are also available, including the 24-hour Fit Lounge, tennis courts and jogging trails.
Homely touches – including a pet cat and contemporary music in the bars – are also nice flourishes.
Guests with a bit more time can enjoy a luxurious wine-tasting experience with an expansive worldwide selection, available by the glass, thoughtfully chosen through consultations with a cellar master.
The hotel offers an international variety of dining options and settings for travellers of all backgrounds and cultures.
La Riviera, led by executive chef Enyelber Castro, serves New American cuisine with Latin influences available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hotel seeks to nurture the local Miami culture internally in an effort to bring it in house for a homegrown cultural destination in an urban environment.
Pullman Miami Hotel is centrally located just minutes from Miami International Airport and various urban epicentres such as the Design District, Wynwood Arts District and South Beach.
Find out more information on the official website.