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5 Downtown Miami Hotels with Pool Decks, Perfect Views, & Picturesque Ballrooms

Photo Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental, Miami

by Amanda Elliott, Writer

In the heart of Miami you’ll find Biscayne Bay, the Miami River, and some of the most spectacular hotels for your wedding day. We love how these downtown Miami hotels have beautiful pool decks and palm trees for an outdoor wedding reception or a tropical garden for something more exotic. Each beautiful ballroom has something unique to offer, from blown-glass lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows to marble floors and romantic backdrops. Whatever your dream wedding entails, you’ll find the perfect setting at one of these beautiful downtown Miami hotels.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Wedding in front of palm trees and beach
Photographer: Divine Method Photo

Enjoy your perfect wedding day at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental in Miami. This wedding venue is located in the coveted Brickell Key Area, a gorgeous spot that’s also convenient at less than 10 miles from Miami International Airport. This downtown Miami hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furniture, and some of the most exquisite dining options in the city. We love how its 200-plus rooms have private balconies overlooking the bay and Miami skyline. From the ballrooms to the Bay, the Mandarin Oriental offers flexibility; we love how this couple utilized the lawn for their ceremony, making use of the water views, then hosted a luxe ballroom reception.

Beach Capacity: 300 (seated) – 450 (standing)

Ballroom Capacity: 650 (seated) – 835 (standing)

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Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Lit up walkway at The Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Photographer: Jonathan Scott Studio

Whether you’re looking for an outdoor garden wedding or a formal ballroom wedding, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami delivers. The Four Seasons makes a big statement with its mid century modern style at 70 stories high in the heart of downtown Miami. This couple created an intimate garden wedding for the ceremony and had their photos taken among the tropical tree-lined sidewalk. Other couples have chosen to have an outdoor experience with white-clothed tables next to the pool and palm trees for a breezy night to remember. With 12 event spaces to choose from, you can customize your ideal wedding experience.

Palm Grove Capacity: 250 (seated) – 350 (standing)

Grand Ballroom Capacity: 456 (seated) – 525 (standing)

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Kimpton EPIC Hotel

City view from The Kimpton EPIC Hotel
Photo courtesy of Kimpton EPIC Hotel

The Kimpton EPIC Hotel location is ideal, on the banks of the Miami River where it meets Biscayne Bay. Its oversized pool deck offers water and city views; this couple had a lovely rooftop wedding with oversized bouquets of red roses overlooking the river. Besides the stunning urban decor at this Miami hotel, the food is both locally-sourced and adheres to any dietary restrictions. We adore the Metropolis ballroom with its statement-making blown-glass lights and wraparound balcony.

Metropolis Ballroom Capacity: 300 (seated) – 400 (standing)

Pool Deck Capacity: up to 520

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W Hotel Miami

Couple dancing under twinkly lights
Photography: LuvRox Photography

The W Hotel Miami is where modern meets elaborate. Its event spaces boast floor-to-ceiling windows and mod, graphic floors. We love the pool area, with its greenery walls and grass decks, high above Biscayne Bay on the 50th floor. Another draw of this hotel property is the fine dining — namely Mr. Chow’s, a Pan-Asian restaurant known to attract foodies and celebrities alike. The hotel’s Great Room is perfect for larger, stylish gatherings. This couple hosted a glamorous wedding in the space by adding rich red roses and mirrored surfaces reflecting every luxurious detail.

Great Room Capacity: up to 275

WET Lounge and Rooftop Terrace: up to 350

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Intercontinental Miami

Beach view from Intercontinental Miami
Photo Courtesy of Intercontinental Miami

A premier luxury Miami hotel, the Intercontinental Miami is as historic as it is iconic. Its signature style starts immediately with the Sir Henry Moore Spindle sculpture in the atrium. This glass-topped atrium offers a unique wedding venue complete with Italian marble and African wood. With five breathtaking event spaces, the largest of which can seat 800 guests, the Intercontinental Miami offers flexibility galore. The hotel has hosted Super Bowl champions, heads of state, and its Presidential Suites were designed in honor President Ronald Reagan and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Chopin Ballroom Capacity: up to 250

Grand Ballroom Capacity: up to 800

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