Casa Moderna Miami

1100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida | Tel: 786-369-0300

The Casa Moderna Miami is located just minutes from both the Port and the airport. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Casa Moderna Miami is located just minutes from both the Port and the airport. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Situated within a stone’s throw of the American Airlines Arena  in Miami and within easy reach of both the cruise piers and South Beach, the Casa Moderna Miami used to be known as the Tempo until a rebranding in early 2012. Outside of the hustle-and-bustle of the downtown Miami core, you’ll think you’re in your own little private oasis when you check in – and indeed, you may never want to leave!

HISTORY

Formerly known as the Tempo, the property underwent a name change and rebranding in March 2012. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Formerly known as the Tempo, the property underwent a name change and rebranding in March 2012. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Since their 2012 name change, Casa Moderna has won a steady stream of awards, including Tripadvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” award. But what I really enjoyed about this property is how decidedly “un-hotel-like” it was. Guests enter off of an unassuming entrance on NE 11th Street, where an attractive but equally unassuming elevator lobby waits.

Up on the reception level, service is personalised and friendly, without the large, dominating check-in desks that adorn most similarly-sized properties. Because of that, Casa Moderna immediately exudes a wonderfully boutique feel; it’s like checking into your own, private condo for a few days!

During my stay just a few days after the rebranding, service and accommodations were flawless.  I was there to attend a convention and found myself wishing I could just cancel it and spend the whole day in the hotel – it was that nice.

ROOMS

Rooms at the Casa Moderna are soothing and modern (not to mention spacious!) Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Rooms at the Casa Moderna are soothing and modern (not to mention spacious!) Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The hotel’s own marketing says, “There’s Nothing Standard About It” when viewing the page for their Standard Rooms on their website – and they’re right. Measuring 500 square feet and including amenities like a king-size bed, grand entry foyer, a glass-enclosed shower and separate, free-standing soaker tub bordered by a vanity with a television built-in to the mirror. Fans of luxury cruising will love the Bulgari toiletries!

Bathrooms include separate vanity areas, along with separate showers, standalone tubs and waterclosets. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Bathrooms include separate vanity areas, along with separate showers, standalone tubs and waterclosets. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

From there, the spaciousness just increases. My Deluxe King Superior room, for example, measured nearly 800 square feet and featured a balcony that offered 180-degree views of Miami and the harbour.

At the top end of the scale is the sumptuous, 1300-square foot Biscayne Suite, with separate dining and living areas and a private terrace and balcony, perfect for hosting your own little slice of paradise.

AMENITIES

Amenities at the Casa Moderna are numerous and plentiful. And, I love the note paper! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Amenities at the Casa Moderna are numerous and plentiful. And, I love the note paper! Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • Amuse Restaurant and Lounge is situated on the hotel’s 3rd floor. With views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, it’s the ideal place to stop in for an enjoyable dinner or to perhaps sample the extensive martini list (my recommendation: it’s tough to go wrong with the Cucumber Lemonade Martini for $12.)
  • 14th Floor Sky Pool Deck is the place to go for relaxing atmosphere or a few drinks taken poolside. In fact, high above the hustle of Biscayne Boulevard, it’s hard to believe you’re in Miami at all!

HIDDEN GEMS

Standalone showers and Bulgari toiletries. Need I say more? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Standalone showers and Bulgari toiletries. Need I say more? Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • Unexpected Amenities including Bulgari toiletries, homemade nighttime pillow treats and one of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept on. You won’t want to leave. Really.
  • Blazingly-fast Wi-Fi access. Every hotel these days offers Wi-Fi access; Casa Moderna’s is so effective that it makes you wonder if the telecommunications company shares the same building. Huge plus for business travellers. Did we mention it’s free of charge?
  • Unobtrusive, friendly service. It’s almost like owning your own condo right in the heart of Miami. Service is exceptional across the board. I’ve never had a bellman at any hotel personally chase down a taxi for me, but I did at the Casa Moderna.

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE…

Literally all of Miami is within reach from the Casa Moderna Miami. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Literally all of Miami is within reach from the Casa Moderna Miami. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • American Airlines Arena: is across the street – literally. If there’s a concert in town, treat yourself to the most convenient access ever. If not, learn two words everyone in Miami knows: Go Heat!!
  • Bayside Marketplace: is a short, 12-minute walk away. From here, you can shop, dine, or take part in a number of oceangoing activities (jetboat, anyone?).
  • Port of Miami: So close, you could touch it. You probably could walk here, but if you’re not used to the heat – or are pulling luggage – we wouldn’t recommend it.
  • South Beach. Okay, you can’t really walk here – but you can take a city bus that stops just across the street and be in the heart of South Beach in less than 20 minutes.

AIRPORTS AND CRUISE PORTS

The mammoth Norwegian Epic impresed me with its amenities and all-around "cool" factor. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic is just one of many ships that call Miami home during the Caribbean season. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • From Miami International Airport: Approximately 20 minutes. During my stay, cab drivers seemed absolutely incapable of finding the hotel despite being given cross-street and exact address instructions. I don’t know why, but I hope they now know where this gem of a hotel is.
  • To Miami Cruise Piers: Approximately 5 minutes. If you feel adventurous, you could walk it in 15 minutes – but it might take a while to reach your ship!

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