Four Seasons looms over Miami

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MIAMI -- The Four Seasons Hotel Miami, which opened this month in the tallest building south of Atlanta, was built to capture big chunks of the business and leisure travel markets.

The 70-story building on Brickell Avenue in the financial district houses the 221-room hotel as well as residential and office space above the hotel. The property is located eight miles from the Miami airport.

The central outdoor gathering space of the hotel is the Palm Grove Terrace, a two-acre landscape with three swimming pools, palm trees, an Italian restaurant, a lounge serving light meals and cocktails, a pool bar serving snacks and drinks and a whirlpool.

The Acqua Italian restaurant overlooking the Palm Grove Terrace seats 100 inside and 60 outdoors. The hotel's signature restaurant, it serves northern Italian cuisine with a menu created by chef Marco Bax, who built his reputation at the Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf in London and the Four Seasons Hotel Milan.

Also on the premises is a piano bar called the 1435 Bar, which seats 60 and offers live piano music and snacks.

Rooms are equipped for business travelers, with high-speed Internet connections, large desks, dual-line speaker phones and lines for both fax and modems.

The business center and concierge operate 24 hours a day. On the leisure side, the guest rooms also offer both CD and DVD equipment.

To accommodate families, the hotel offers Kids for All Seasons, a complimentary program for children ages 4 to 12. It runs daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The property also houses a 400,000-square-foot spa and a fitness facility. Certain fitness equipment is available for use in the guest rooms. The spa has 10 treatment rooms, couples massage rooms, a wet treatment room, a salon and manicure and pedicure services.

The 5,830-square-foot Grand Ballroom holds up to 670 people. The sixth floor of the building is dedicated to business meetings space, with 14,210 square feet that can be configured in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of any group. The meetings area is equipped for PowerPoint and video presentations and teleconferencing.

Rates range from $325 per night, double, for a Superior room to $1,150 per night for a one-bedroom bayview suite.

Package information is available on the Web at www.fourseasons.com/miami. For reservations or more information, call (305) 358-3535.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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