WHERE TO STAY
The event takes place at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, a large (In Manny's words, "large enough to accommodate Hispanicize's growth"), beautiful property on the Brickell side of town. The hotel boasts amazing bay views and an on-site spa, mySpa, which has tons of treatments including a 30-minute "Power Trip" massage and facial you can squeeze in between all those sessions and events you'll be running around to. If you're visiting the hotel specifically for Hispanicize, you can also get a discounted rate on rooms by visiting Hispanicize's site.
INTERCONTINENTAL MIAMI, 100 CHOPIN PLAZA, MIAMI, FL 33131; (305) 577-1000
If you can't resist staying on the beach while you're in town, try The James Royal Palm. It has one of the best pools and beach areas on the South Beach side and is about a 15 minute cab ride to everything going on at the Intercontinental. The chic all-white-everything rooms are literally steps from all the shopping, restaurants and fun on SOBE (The hotel also has its own amazing eaterie, Florida Cookery, with one of the yummiest paellas in town). The upside to staying on the beach? There are LOTS of parties going on for Hispanicize, and everyone inevitably ends up on South Beach, so you can stumble home instead of doign the back-and-fortht cab thing at night.
THE JAMES ROYAL PALM, 1545 COLLINS AVE., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139; (305) 604-5700
If you want to be close enough to all the action, but not literally in the middle of it all, the Viceroy Miami is another handsome place to stay and a short, 10 minute walk to the Intercontinental. The rooms are trendy, the pools (plural) gigantic, and the property arguably has one of the coolest looking spas in all of Miami.
THE VICEROY MIAMI, 485 BRICKELL AVE., MIAMI, FL 33131; (305) 503-4400
WHERE TO EAT
Miami's explosion of food will not disappoint your palette. Grab (or make) a friend at Hispanicize and make your way into one of these Miami hot spots:
Toro Toro: One of our favorite Latin eateries in the city by Chef Richard Sandoval is conveniently located inside The Intercontinental. Make sure to try the Ceviche Nikkei, Chicarron de Camarones and Arroz con Mariscos. 100 CHOPIN PLAZA (INSIDE INTERCONTINENTAL MIAMI), MIAMI, FL 33131; (305) 577-1000
Pubbelly: Croquetas and Cochinillo - what else do you need? The feel of Chef Jose Mendin's South Beach gastropub is casual, but the food is anything but. 1418 20TH ST., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139
The Setai Grill: Upscale dining at one of Miami's most upscale resorts...you may just rub elbows with a celebrity or two. The Asian influenced menu has hints of Latin ingredients. Do not leave without trying the Chili Passion Martini, made of chili-infused vodka, passion fruit-infused rum, ginger syrup and chili flakes. 101 20TH ST., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: Miami is technically in the South, right? Either way, the deep fried deliciousness at this popular boozy brunch place will definitely hit the spot. Best bets: Mama's Chicken Biscuits, Llewellyn's Fried Chicken and the Maple Glazed Bacon Donut. Yes, go hungry. 1600 LENOX AVE., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139
Khong River House: There may be a Cuban restaurant on every corner, but if you're feeling like a little Pad Thai, this is the place for you. The Southeast-Asian restaurant has a delicious cocktail menu, and in the back of the joint, you can read the secret and anonymous confessions of other diners like yourself. 1661 MERIDIAN AVE., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139
Still hungry? Check out more amazing Miami eats on The Latin Kitchen!