Inter-Continental Miami completes phase two of refit

MIAMI -- The Hotel Inter-Continental Miami completed phase two of a three-phase renovation involving 320 of its 639 rooms and suites.

According to owner Atlanta-based Bass Hotels & Resorts, the second phase included units on the 19th through 34th floors. The 29th, 30th and 31st floors are Inter-Continental Club floors offering VIP services.

The rooms received new furniture; updated bathrooms; bed coverings; all-in-one fax, scan and copy machines; dual-line phones with voice mail and data ports for personal computers; writing desks with ergonomic chairs, and enhanced lighting.

The entire overhaul will be completed by the fall, according to Bass.

All guest units offer picture windows, bathrooms with separate showers and baths, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards.

This part of the renovation also included back-of-house and mechanical work, such as cooling towers, enhanced dehumidification systems and updated weatherproofing.

The initial phase of the renovation included the remodeling of the lobby, restaurant, bar and common areas, and the creation of the property's multifunction restaurant concept, Indigo.

Indigo brings together all of the property's dining establishments into one environment.

The first portion of the renovation also involved significant upgrades to the hotel's 62,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and banquet space. The hotel can accommodate 900 for conferences, 2,700 for receptions and 1,200 for banquets.

"This is an unprecedented investment in a hotel that has long been renowned as one of Miami's finest properties," according to Frederik de Roode, Inter-Continental regional vice president for southeast operations.

"Our intent is to create a property that is unmatched in the scope of products, services and meetings and convention facilities."

The Inter-Continental also features a fitness center, business center, concierge, in-house photographer and a multilingual staff.

The property is offering a winter package, subject to availability, called Miami Spectacular.

Priced at $189 per night, single or double, the package includes a superior room with a view of the Port of Miami and a Cadillac or Lincoln from Interamerican Car Rental picked up at the airport.

The hotel is in the heart of the downtown financial district. It overlooks Biscayne Bay and is adjacent to the shops and restaurants of Bayside Marketplace.

For information, call (800) 327-0200 or visit the Web site at

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