Brickell, which includes the Financial District, is home to the majority of the major corporation and large businesses in Miami. Along Brickell Avenue, you will find headquarters for major banks, real estate and law firms. In contrast to South Beach, Brickell tends to be more "buttoned-up" during the day. However, there are plenty of places to eat and relax by beautiful Biscayne Bay. Brickell Key, also known as Claughton Island, is a small community attached to Brickell by a pedestrian friendly bridge. It is home to the famed Mandarin Oriental hotel. Strollers along Brickell Key often spot one of the many giant iguanas that make the island their home.
This particular area is bustling with tourist and "white collar" workers during the day. It is pretty desolate and quiet at night. Due to downtown's previous shady reputation, for many years locals and tourists avoided the Downtown area in general. Today Brickell is one of Miami's hot spots for good restaurants, dynamic nightlife, and luxurious hotels. Many celebrities and A-Listers choose to stay in Brickell hotels because it is centrally located in Miami (15 min from South Beach) yet it's away from all the noise and partying that is South Beach. It is a very interesting area with lots of history and even more to do. If you are in the area and have no clue what to do, enter any of the hotels in the area, say you're a guest and ask for recommendations.
There are many hotels in this direct area, especially luxury hotels.