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.
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. On Brickell you will find the Conrad Miami, Four Seasons Hotel, JW Marriott among others. Fine dining options include Morton's Steakhouse, River Oyster Bar, Atrio, Azul, Aqua among many more. For more casual fare along with drinks try Novecento, La Estacion, Archie's Pizza, Gordon Biersch, Indochine among many others. 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 tourist avoided the Downtown area in general . Today Brickell is one of Miami's hot spot 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. Conrad Miami is Hilton's luxury chain. It is the cheapest out of the rest. They have a impressive glass building, 25th floor lobby, modern design, but their elevator system is so complicated that you will forget all that and want to check out ASAP. Claudine (the concierge is worth her weight in gold).There is also the Four Seasons luxury hotel from Marriott. The building is shared with several firms. 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" There is also 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.