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Brickell, which includes the Financial District, is home to the majority of the major corporations and large businesses in Miami. Along Brickell Avenue, you will find headquarters for major banks, real estate companies 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.
Better known as Miami’s finance district with a great variety of international banks, Brickell also homes many of the best Miami vacation rentals. These are mainly preferred by tourists who want to enjoy a relaxing vacation away from the hectic Miami nightlife yet close enough to Downtown Miami and a 15-minute drive to South Beach. Business travelers from all over the world also prefer the Miami hotels in Brickell for their convenient location.
There are plenty of fine Miami restaurants in Brickell with the best menus by outstanding chefs. Brickell is also relatively close to the Miami International Airport as well as it is centrally located in the city of Miami. Beneath the towering architectural masterpieces that rise along the eastern edge of Brickell you will find quiet, shaded streets that offer a charm and relaxed atmosphere that is unheard of among major metropolitan areas. And accompanying the resurgence of this diverse Miami neighborhood is a substantial growth in the amenities available to its residents. Nowhere is this more notable than in the area of dining and entertainment. Whether you're looking for a sandwich at a sidewalk cafe or a sumptuous gourmet meal, you'll find something to satisfy your palate on the streets of Brickell.
The Miami Metrorail crosses through Brickell and allows tourists convenient transportation to anywhere in Miami along the line. The MetroMover Brickell Branch has a stop at the MetroRail station as well as a few other stations in the area, and goes to Downtown Miami . Brickell Village, as it has come to be known, is a constantly evolving collection of not only brasseries and bistros, but also unique shops and services that reflect the wonderfully eclectic nature of Miami. The growth of office and residential space has also brought with it new supermarkets, pharmacies, dry cleaners and video stores to meet the needs of its residents. But Brickell Village's greatest assets are surely the natural beauty that surrounds it and the friendliness of its people.
- Novecento is a very popular Argentenian -style food restaurant and bar. There are a variety of casual and fine dining options for you to choose from. This area has several luxury hotel chains due to its central location in Miami and its proximity Biscayne Bay.
- Morton's Steakhouse
- River Oyster Bar
- EOS at Viceroy Miami  The Mediterranean-inspired Eos by Chef Michael Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia combines dramatic design and award-winning cuisine to create a downtown Miami dining experience on the 15th floor of Viceroy Miami. Lauded by Miami New Times as "the new benchmark for Miami hotel restaurants," the Eos is a reflection of Miami: sexy, bold and rooted in health and lightness. The name Eos, which means "new dawn" in Greek, encapsulates the ethereal lightness of Psilakis' cuisine and alludes to his exploration and refined interpretation of the small plate style of dining, borrowing ingredients from the Mediterranean and creating modern expressions of his native Greek cuisine. An innovative wine and signature cocktail list adds an exciting element to the Eos dining in Miami experience.
- La Estacion
- Archie's Pizza
- Gordon Biersch
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.
- M-Bar, 500 Brickell Key Dr (in the Mandarin Oriental), +1 305 913-8288  – Mon-Thu, Sun 5PM–12AM, Fri-Sat 5PM-1AM. The 'M' in this bar’s name refers to its martinis, and this bar serves over 250 of them. The dress code is "Miami Chic."
There are many hotels in this direct area, especially luxury hotels.
- Hotel Urbano - Miami Florida Boutique Hotel, 2500 Brickell Ave. (trendy hotels in miami), +1 305 854-2070 (Reservation 1 888 657-3448) . Enjoy Hotel Urbano in downtown Miami, Florida near South Beach. Our urban boutique hotel features stylish accommodations and exceptional services. $119-$299 per night.
- Conrad Miami is Hilton's luxury chain.
- Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave (in the Brickell business district), +1 305 358-3535 (fax 1 305 358-7758) . Has a large pool deck at the seventh-floor lobby level with a view of Biscayne Bay. This hotel takes more on a art approach to impress you , having some rare paintings and the decor to go with it. Expect everything you will from any other Four Seasons. In your expectations include that the staff will have the "Miami-tude". $250-$3500 per night.
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel from the Mandarin Hotel Group. This is considered the most luxurious(and expensive)of them all. The facilites are top notch and so are the staff (depending on when you go, their turnover is way higher than it should be for a luxury chain of this size and reputation). It is commonplace to find rappers and A-listers in the pool or walking through the lobby. It is also isolated on it's own island (Brickell Key) which to some seems more of a hassle than an amenity.
- Viceroy Miami The Viceroy is the quintessential Miami luxury hotel, with its 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, oversized outdoor fireplace, and two-acre outdoor living room bedecked by a 300-foot long pool, the Viceroy Miami presents a glamour-infused Miami resort hotel created for business and leisure pursuits in downtown Miami.