Although the fitness center didn’t particularly wow me, it was clean, had all of the basics and everything was in working order. So, it was fine for a basic hotel workout.
When I am at a hotel, in addition to going to the gym, I like to go exploring the area by walking or running. Often, I head out in the direction less traveled, because that is the part I’m usually more interested in, and then I see where it takes me. That’s one of my favorite things to do when traveling.
So, I walked out of the hotel and turned right. Every few blocks the scenery changed. At first, I walked besides the bay (which reminded me a little of Cartagena), then there were no longer sleek tall buildings. Rather, the area was filled with local residential buildings, a little older than the shiny Brickell structures. And then the scenery turned lush and green with local paths and parks. And then I made my way back to the hotel in time for breakfast, only getting a little lost along the way.
On another day, I dragged Dave all the way to Wynwood. It was a hell of a walk, but the art was so worth it (see, Wynwood Walls – A Sampling of Photos from Miami’s Street Art Scene).
Additionally, the hotel has a lovely rooftop pool, that is perfect for lounging (think pina coladas with little umbrellas in them) or lap swimming, or both.
Miami is a perfect place if you feel like mixing a little fitness into your vacation. Having a good hotel gym makes it a breeze!