Quiet on the Set!! The 37th Annual Miami Film Festival is Almost Here!

Following on the heels of awards season for the film industry, Magic City is getting ready to celebrate new and enduring voices in International and Ibero-American films at the 37th Annual Miami Film Festival. Here is what you need to know…

Film reel  popcorn  ticketsThe festival starts long before the screenings and awards are handed out. Hundreds of filmmakers first have to submit their films for consideration in a variety of competition categories. Over $150,000 in awards will be given out in the competition categories with the top award – the Knight Marimbas – presenting $40,000 to the jury-selected feature (60 minutes or longer) that best exemplifies richness and resonance for cinema’s future. Last year, throughout all of the categories, more than 170 feature narratives, documentaries, and short films of all genres were presented from over 40 different countries. 2020 is shaping up to be even bigger! 

The 37th Annual Miami Film Festival will run from March 6 - 15, 2020. As notifications have just recently been sent out to the selected filmmakers, the final program of films is still being complied. To learn about the full lineup be sure to visit the Festival’s website. Once you learn about the films you want to see, here is your NEXT step.

Find the closest or most convenient venue for you. The Festival brings their films to as many neighborhoods across Miami as they can from the historic Olympia Theater on E. Flagler Street to the Coral Gables Art Cinema to The Confidante in Miami Beach! Tickets can be purchased on the Festival’s site as single passes or pre-paid packages for a designated amount of films. For instance, their popular Buzz List Package ($116) gives you two tickets to the programmers’ personal top five, sure-to-be-talked-about films of the Festival. You may not know what you are going to see, but that makes it all the more fun! 


If visiting South Florida for The Miami Film Festival, book your room with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown! Our hotel is convenient to a variety of the venues, including Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College less than a mile from us down Biscayne Boulevard.


An Overview of Hilton Miami Downtown

Whether you are in Magic City for business or pleasure, Hilton Miami Downtown offers guests an unparalleled experience. 

Hilton Miami Downtown Views Instagram user @ceomatt.mtNo matter the time of the year, Miami, Florida is a travel destination. Whether for business or leisure, there is no off-season for Magic City traveling and Hilton Miami Downtown continues to provide our guests with an incomparable home base - complete with comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and a peerless location along Biscayne Bay. Besides the stylish, recently refreshed guest rooms that provide our guests with a perfect place to unwind after their own adventures in and around our vibrant Downtown neighborhood, there are so many other ways to enjoy some true Miami magic with our fantastic facilities, delicious cuisine, and inherent welcoming policies.

Our Rooms

All of our accommodations, from standard guest rooms to suites, are contemporarily appointed with stylish accents highlighting the recently refreshed modern image of our hotel. Each room comes with our signature Hilton Serenity Bedding, a 48-inch flat-screen TV, breathtaking views of either the city or Biscayne Bay, and a mini-fridge. We also cater to our business travelers with a fully-functional work station and plenty of USB charging outlets. Our suites add extra amenities from sofas and kitchenettes with microwaves or a full kitchen and second bathroom (Presidential Suite only).

Our Facilities

Our rooftop pool deck offers guests a variety of ways to relax and enjoy the Miami skyline. Of course, taking a dip in the water is a perfect way to cool off under the hot Floridian sunshine! Enjoy grabbing a drink or small snack from our City VU Pool Bar and take up residence in one of our stylish loungers to get that perfect tan with a frosty beverage in hand! 

Our 24-hour fitness center features a variety of state of the art equipment so you can keep up with your wellness routine even while traveling. From our LifeFitness® machines and free weights to tossing around our weighted exercise balls, you won’t have to worry about taking a day off and cheating on your fitness goals.

Our Dining Options

Yet if you wanted to cheat a little bit on your diet, our two on-site eateries have something to tempt your appetite. Celebrating the fusion of cultures that make up South Florida, Brisa Bistro’s New American menu has items that will satisfy most dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Certain dishes off this eclectic menu are available at our 1601 Lounge, along with their own bar-inspired menu. With popular events like our Thursday and Friday Happy Hours, this area of our lobby is always a vibrant hang out for guests and locals alike! 

Other Features

Being located so close to the Intracoastal Waterway, our property offers convenient access to Downtown Miami and PortMiami, making us an ideal starting or ending point for any travels on the high seas! With the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover Station nearby, access to both the Brickell and Downtown neighborhoods of Miami just a free ride away. You also never have to worry about leaving your furry family members at home. Both dogs and cats are welcome (two pets up to 75 lbs), but please be advised that they may not be left unattended in rooms.

On behalf of all of us at Hilton Miami Downtown, we look forward to welcoming you soon for a stay that will live up to our city’s nickname - enchanting you with comfort, convenience, and true Magic City style!

Photo Credit: Instagram user @ceomatt.mt


Art Wynwood 2020 This Presidents’ Day Weekend

Contemporary Modern ArtworkHilton Miami Downtown knows that art is an experience, not an object. Discover this for yourself over Presidents’ Day weekend.  

For many, art is neither a profession nor a hobby, but a true way of being. There is no better place to experience this firsthand than in the former warehouse district of Miami. Wynwood has been transformed into a true hot-spot for street art that takes its visitors on a journey through creativity within the colors, lines, and shapes that adorn the facades of buildings. Since 2012, this influx of contemporary expression is showcased during Art Wynwood, a premier winter art fair produced by Art Miami, taking place this year over Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb 13-17, 2020!

What is Art Wynwood 2020?

Debuting its ninth edition, Art Wynwood will open on Thursday, February 13, with an invitation only VIP Private Preview. This will kick off in the opening of the modern art fair that showcases a vast array of street art, murals, pop surrealism, and other emerging genres from contemporary artists at One Herald Plaza in Downtown Miami. Smaller and more intimate than many larger scale art showcases, you will get a chance to truly experience the work for yourself with dozens of exhibitors displaying hundreds of artistic pieces. For anyone familiar with the area, you may realize that this location, which is also the home of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, is actually not in Wynwood. Recently, Art Wynwood moved to be along Biscayne Bay to run along side the world-renowned Miami Yacht Show, which also takes place annually over the long holiday weekend.

Planning Your Trip

The fair is open to the public from Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17, 2020. Opening at 11:00AM each morning and running to nightfall at 7:00PM (6:00PM on Monday), the Art Wynwood Pavilion is located between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways. Parking will be available, and the pavilion is only one block away from the Adrienne Arsht Metromover station. The Metromover is a free public transportation service connecting Brickell and Downtown Miami and is always the best way to see Magic City with ease. Ticket packages are available for one day, ($35.00), multi-day ($60.00), and VIP ($200.00) admission with children under 12 FREE! 

Relax After Your Art Wynwood Experience

Remember the convenience of the Metromover… how about having a home base for Art Wynwod that is only a few blocks away? That is what you will find when you stay with us at Hilton Miami Downtown, only a half a mile from One Herald Plaza. Enjoy a creativity-inducing day at the fair, then walk back and relax in style in the heart of Downtown Miami! Take advantage of our rooftop pool and enjoy spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of styles to suit every traveler’s needs.

 


Make The Most of Your 2020 Valentine's Day In Miami

Roses are red. Violets are blue. For a Valentine’s  Hilton Miami Downtown is here for you!  

The most romantic day of the year is almost here! Whether you truly believe in the amorous beginnings of the holiday or have come to find it as a commercialized celebration fueled by card companies and florists, planning you own Valentine’s Day festivities can be hectic. And with a nickname like the Magic City, Valentine’s Day in Miami has a tendency to take on a truly enchanting feeling if you let it!

Heart in the sky above palm treesFalling on a Friday this year, February 14th has no shortage of special events occurring in and around our Downtown area of Miami. A true romantic treat for your significant other would be the Moonlight & Music Valentine's Day Concert at Deering Estate. The outdoor venue right on the edge of Biscayne Bay (and less than 20 miles from our hotel) is perfect for a romantic night of music under the stars. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase food from the variety of local vendors on hand for the event.  Then, get ready to cozy up on a blanket with your sweetheart and listen to the sensual fusion of Pop, R&B and Soul of Trinidadian songbird Keba. 

We know everyone has their own view of Valentine’s Day, so special events such as this concert may not be for you. February 14th may just be another day on the calendar… but the truth is that there may be no better time of the year to take advantage of one of our special deals to experience the magic of our city for yourself. This is where Hilton Miami Downtown and our variety of special packages come in! 

Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or just an evening out on the town with friends to celebrate Galentine’s, we have a offers that will help make your Valentine’s Day truly sweet! From our exclusive FLORIDA RESIDENT RATE for those looking for a local staycation to those coming to the city for a full weekend of romantic magic (WEEKEND GETAWAY) and our LGBTQ friends who we are proud to celebrate every day of the year with our STAY HILTON. GO OUT package, we will ensure that your stay is personalized for you! 

So, no matter if this year you are celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day, Hilton Miami Downtown can’t wait to make some magic with you! 

 


Variety of Special Offers Available at Hilton Miami Downtown

Staying with us at Hilton Miami Downtown can be more than just booking a room for a night.

GhOCQHOQBooking a room at Hilton Miami Downtown always means a night of comfort and classic Miami charm. Whether it's the modern furnishings and decor, upscale amenities, or peerless views of Biscayne Bay, each guest room has the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. But, you don’t just come to Miami to stay in your room! Even if you're planning a local staycation, you want a full hotel experience tailored to you! And if it could come at a great deal… perfection! 

Here is a quick overview of our Miami hotel packages and special offers that can make a simple getaway a truly memorable experience:

When The Most Important Meal of the Day is Just That… IMPORTANT!

If you need to have your morning meal to start the day off right, we have two separate packages where it's included complimentary with your room: BREAKFAST INCLUDED and BREAKFAST & WI-FI. As we're sure you can surmise from the name, the latter of these packages also includes complimentary premium, high-speed Wi-Fi internet access as well.

Members Only…

And we are not just talking about our own cherished Hilton Honors Members. It is true that HHonors Members can save up to save up to 20% off our Best Available Rate by booking with us in advance (HONORS DISCOUNT ADVANCE PURCHASE) or take advantage of getting bonus points (2X POINTS PACKAGE). Yet even if you have yet to sign up for our loyalty program, we offer packages for members of our Armed Forces (MILITARY FAMILY RATE), various travel associations (AAA/CAA MEMBER DISCOUNT), and AARP (AARP MEMBERS SAVE 5%). And, if you're a fellow member of the Sunshine State, we have an exclusive FLORIDA RESIDENT RATE! 

Family Fun or Date Night?

Your whole family can enjoy a memorable Magic City vacation when daily breakfast for four and Wi-Fi access is included with your room (FAMILY FUN PACKAGE). If your visit is more amorous in character, STAY HILTON. GO OUT. (LGBT OFFER) and enjoy Wi-Fi, two complimentary welcome beverages, and a late checkout. If you're making a WEEKEND GETAWAY to our area, you can start each day off right with complimentary breakfast, a late check-out, and premium Wi-Fi. Or, make it a three-day weekend and save 50% your Sunday room rate! 

While many of these packages are available all-year-round, we are continually adding new seasonal specials. Be sure to check out all of our Hilton Hotel offers before planning your next visit to Miami!


Off Menu Cocktails from Apartment Bartender Available at 1601 Lounge

This exclusive menu will only be available at select properties, including Hilton Miami Downtown, for a limited time! 

Hilton Off Menu Cocktails from Apartment BartenderNew Year, New You! Your New Year Resolutions may already be long forgotten, but here at Hilton Miami Downtown we have a way to get you back on track toward new discoveries in 2020. Available for a limited time, our 1601 Lobby Lounge will feature an exclusive secret menu of four new takes on classic cocktails, mixed up by renowned mixologist, Elliott Clark. Known as the Apartment Bartender, Clark has taken his hobby and turned it into a full-blown career, making spirits bright while also being accessible to the most novice barista.

Just like those pesky resolutions, his four off-menu creations aren’t major changes on the classic cocktails, but a few minor tweaks that make all the difference. So even though you may be partial to always ordering your weekly Gin & Tonic or Martini when you swing by our lobby to unwind at 1601 Lounge, explore these four limited-time offerings and make sure to try one before they disappear:

Paloma 

(Seedlip Spice 94, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Brown Sugar Syrup, Soda Water)

If you find yourself celebrating a Dry January or live a straight-edge lifestyle, this zero-proof variation of the classic Paloma was mixed just for you! 

Tamed Tiki

(Coconut Water, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Maple Syrup, Ginger Beer)

While Tiki cocktails are generally made with rum, this other zero-proof entry on the menu substitutes the spirit with ginger beer, taking away the alcohol but not the intense flavor.

Urban Bourbon

(Bourbon Whiskey, Hibiscus-Lemon-Mint Syrup, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters, Soda Water)

Tasting like the tropics in a glass, the blend of floral hibiscus, zesty lemon, and fresh mint makes this Whiskey Sour quite sweet.

Café Cognac

(Cognac, Coffee Liqueur, Vanilla Syrup, Angostura Bitters)

A variation of an Old Fashioned, this drink blends the trending flavor profiles of coffee and vanilla with the classic cognac to create a sweetly bitter treat! 

These cocktails will be available at Hilton Miami Downtown for a limited time this winter. Don’t miss your chance to reinvigorate your taste buds by trying something new to ring in 2020!

Cheers!


World Cup Sailing in Miami Returns for Its 31st Year!

2020 is an Olympic year, making the races that take place on Biscayne Bay later this month vital for all those who dream of competing in the Tokyo Games!

Sailboat RegattaThe 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami is one of four stops on the World Cup Sailing tour. Round 1 of this year’s tour has already been completed in the waters off Enoshima this past August. Now, the eyes of the sailing world fall on Miami for Round 2 of the Series, the premier competitive circuit for sailors who have aspirations of taking a medal this summer at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Yes – this year is an Olympic year making the final round of the Series (Round 4) back in Enoshima as part of the Games themselves. For those land lovers who wouldn’t know the difference between Finn and Laser to the most ardent helms on the Seven Seas, Hilton Miami Downtown has an overview of the upcoming competition getting ready to launch off the shore of Biscayne Bay later this month.

World Cup Series

This four-round series is an annual circuit of Olympic-style sailing open to professional and elite sailors in a variety of disciplines. Since its inception in 2008, over 2,000 sailors from 75 nations have competed in the Series. With the first round completed, Round 2 is set to start on Sunday, January 19 through Saturday, January 25, 2020. Racing starts on Monday, January 20 with all of the prestigious medal races being held on Biscayne Bay on the final day of the competition. As World Sailing is the governing body for the sport of sailing across the globe, they are officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), making the events this year a part of the Olympic Games. 

Round 2 Hits the Waters of Biscayne Bay

Now in its 31st year of Olympic racing on Biscayne Bay, the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami will be the only North American regatta to be included in the Series this year. For those campaigning to get into the next Olympic Games, the regatta is a needed part of their winter training. The competition is five days of fleet racing in all of the classes with medals being award to the top three boats in each class on the final day (Saturday, January 25).

Eye on the Future of Sailing?

A new offshore event is in the works for the 2024 Olympic Games. To get a glimpse of what this competition will be all about, for the first time, the World Cup Series Miami is hosting a Double Handed Class event in conjunction with the SORC Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race. The teams in this event will start south of the Everglades before finishing alongside the other classes competing in Round 2 on Biscayne Bay. This total course length will be approximately 300 miles and give the sailing world a sneak peek at what the future can hold for the sport.

Round 2 is almost here, so it is time to start planning your own trip to the Bay. Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days of action on the water, then come back, kick off your shoes, and relax in Magic City style at Hilton Miami Downtown. Take advantage of our peerless location, only 6 miles from the US Sailing Center Miami where all the launching will begin, and enjoy spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations to ensure your own personal World Cup experience wins the gold!


Take a Trip Back in Time During Miami Design Art Deco Weekend

The longest-running community cultural festival in Miami returns this January and Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide! 

Miaim Art DecoSouth Beach, Wynwood, Little Havana – all of these are famous neighborhoods that reside is the magical city of Miami. One that may not be as known to tourists is the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Also known as the American Riviera, this area of Magic City contains over 800 historic buildings, constructed in an iconic, pre-war style. Being the largest concentration of what is considered Art Deco buildings in the world, it is only fitting that once a year, the Miami Design Preservation League throws the longest-running FREE community cultural festival in the city! Lovingly referred to as the best 3 days on Ocean Drive, the Miami Design Art Deco Weekend returns this year on Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2020!

Why celebrate Art Deco? 

Even if you don’t know the difference between the strong geometric details of this style of architecture and the more refined designs of olden times, Art Deco Weekend celebrates the ingenuity of the pioneers who were trying to reinvent the world, instead of just recreating what came before. To honor these innovators and their innovations, the Miami Design Preservation League created this special weekend to help preserve and promote Miami by showcasing the Art Deco buildings and save them for future generations to enjoy!

How do you celebrate Art Deco?

Simple – with almost 85 events over three days each and every year! For 2020, the theme focuses on Sheroes: Women Who Made a Difference, celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage. The event list is staggering, containing everything from a suffragette parade, live music and guided walking tours to antiquing and car shows. There are sketch, wellness, and dance classes, a film festival, and a variety of kids’ activities for the young and young-at-heart. The furry members of your family also have their own event during the weekend – the appropriately titled Arf Deco Dog Walk! Be advised that many of the panels and performances are ticketed and spots are beginning to fill up. So, plan your weekend NOW!

Where do you celebrate Art Deco?

On Ocean Drive and with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. Our downtown hotel is conveniently located less than five miles from Ocean Drive and all of the festivities during the weekend. And, while our Biscayne Bay property may not be Art Deco in style, our modernly-appointed accommodations and upscale amenities are still inherently Miami, providing you with a perfect home-away-from-home for the festival!


Miami Arts & Heritage Months continues into January 2020

Join the celebration of Miami’s heritage with some help from Hilton Miami Downtown.

Latin Themed Painted MuralNo matter where your travels take you, your destination will be full of rich and diverse traditions that make up its cultural heritage. From Small Town, USA to the most urban cities, their unique soul is always on display. When it comes to Miami, our neighborhoods radiate this vibrancy to such a degree that we take two whole months to honor and throw a spotlight our culture – Miami Arts & Heritage Months! Both December and January on our annual calendars are devoted to highlighting our city’s cultural landmarks with a variety of tours, exhibits, and events. As it continues through the New Year, discover our top destinations to immerse yourself into all things Miami!

Visit Little Havana

Cuban-American history abounds in Little Havana, a true cultural touchstone of our city. The great Cuban migration was the foundation to welcome all different Latin cultures to Miami. Thus, this beloved neighborhood is teeming with the vibrancy of this Latin melting pot, from the street art to the cuisine to the historical landmarks. Our suggestion would be to start at the heart and soul of the area – Calle Ocho (also known as southwest 8th Street). Grab some of the famous Azucar ice cream, take in a game of dominoes at Domino Park… or just let your feet take you on a journey through the magical Hispanic heritage. 

Take a Trip to HistoryMiami Museum

What heritage month would be complete without a trip to the premier cultural institution committed to celebrating the history of Miami? Currently, HistoryMiami has a variety of exhibits that blend the past with the present while also keeping an eye on the future. As our area will be hosting the Professional Football Championship game this year (yes, that Game), the museum is honoring Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with a special focus on the contributions of Miamians. Other permanent attractions are the Folklife Gallery, History & Ourselves, and Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida!

As part of the Miami Temptations Program, these two cultural heritage months (along with six other annual events) are designed to tailor the Magic City experience to each visitor. Another way to ensure that your visit is genuinely personalized and authentically Miami – book a room with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. Our hotel is conveniently located near many of the city’s major attractions, either by foot for the free public transportation system, MetroMover. And this convenience is perfectly matched by the comfort of our spacious accommodations and variety of upscale amenities, giving you the chance to experience Miami as you like it! 


Double Your Fun With 2x Happy Hours at 1601 Lounge

Your go-to for starting the weekend early can be found with us at Hilton Miami Downtown.

Sure – Saturday and Sunday may still be the official days of the week that we all look forward to the most. Yet, our own 1601 Lounge has raised the bar by offering guests and local Miamians a way to get a head start on the good vibes brought on by the weekend with our double dip of Happy Hours, running from 4pm to 8pm each Thursday and Friday. These bi-weekly events are transforming Happy Hour in Miami by combining Magic City flair with quintessential Hilton charm. 

Thirsty Thursday Hilton Miami Downtown Happy Hour Flyer

It is not just a hashtag on social media, as we know you'll also be tempted to Tweet or Instagram a photo of your lovely libation! Each Thursday evening brings a slew of happy hour specials featuring a variety of flavors. Yet the beer and cocktail specials, along with delicious appetizers, are only the beginning of this Thirsty Thursday. Each week features live entertainment, fun games, dancing, and mingling with other guests!

Latin Vibe Fridays

Just as Instagrammable but with a true Miami twist, Friday nights bring a distinctly Latin flavor to 1601 Lounge. The Mojitos, Margaritas, and Sangria will be flowing while the Argentinean Beef Empanadas and Peruvian Grilled Chicken Wings are steaming… and not just in warmth but from the spicy heat of the Chimichurri and Aji Amarillo sauces. There is simply no better way to herald in the weekend in style than with this perfect pair of classic cocktails and delectable dishes, all enjoyed to the sweet sounds of DJ KIWI. 

The weekend doesn’t start on Saturday at Hilton Miami Downtown. The party never ends in Miami and we are proud to keep the good vibes rolling with these two weekly happenings right here in our lobby lounge. The best part? You don’t have to be our guest to enjoy these special 1601 events. But truthfully…  after all of the thirst quenching revelry, why not just take an elevator home for the night? Our comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities are just a few steps away… so what are you waiting for? Book your stay today! Cheers!