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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

455 Grand Bay Drive | Key Biscayne, FL 33149 [See Map]
#4 in Best Miami Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
Property Type Resort hotel with 490 rooms, 14 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Families, Couples
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

The five-star Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is pleasantly decorated, pleasantly staffed and pleasantly placed. It's true that the barrier outpost of Key Biscayne is a bit removed from Miami's activity, but the resort is close to area sights like the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park or the isle's Miami Seaquarium. On the hotel grounds, you'll find two cabana-laced heated outdoor pools, the romantically lit Cioppino restaurant (and three other on-site dining options) and the tranquil Ritz' spa — an ideal venue for a little extra R&R. And recently, this member of the Ritz-Carlton hotel group upped the ante with a renovation of its 490 guest rooms and suites. Accommodations are now bright and sunny with tropical decor, plush fabrics, custom furnishings and ample space for lounging. Recent guests highly recommend specifically requesting an ocean-view room when booking; otherwise, you may be gazing out over the parking lot. No matter which room you stay in, you'll find it equipped with amenities like Frette linens, mother-of-pearl bathroom vanities, LCD flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

“Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami's best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids' programs, and a pristine beach.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels

Fodor's

“The property's four eateries take you through the gastronomy and beverages of Cuba (RUMBAR), Mexico (Cantina Beach), Italy (Cioppino), and back to Miami (Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge).”

Frommer's

“In addition to superior services and amenities, this British colonial-style version of the Ritz rises above its casual Key Biscayne surroundings, with a stellar view of the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention an equally impressive 20,000-square-foot spa.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 782 guests have reviewed the The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 4.0 (based on 782 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

With the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton property, this resort stands out with its beach access and island setting. The beachfront resort is roughly 10 miles south of downtown Miami on the 7-mile barrier island Key Biscayne. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is sandwiched between Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park, each about a mile from the resort with additional beach areas. Bill Baggs also has a historic lighthouse, and Crandon Park boasts a tennis center and municipal golf course.

  • Miami Seaquarium is 4 miles north
  • Car service to restaurants on Key Biscayne is complimentary on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Miami International Airport about 15 miles northwest
  • 24-hour valet parking ($38)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms, renovated in 2009, are done in cheery tropical decor and include marble bathrooms, mother-of-pearl wall coverings, Frette bed linens and hardwood floor entryways. All rooms have a balcony (though some have a French balcony that you can't walk out on). All accommodations are also equipped with flat-screen LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and coffee/tea makers. A resort fee is automatically added to the room rate, covering privileges such as beach chairs, Wi-Fi access, non-motorized water sports equipment and phone calls.

  • Most rooms have views of tropical gardens, the Atlantic Ocean or Biscayne Bay
  • Guest rooms come stocked with Asprey bath products
  • Turndown service includes a breakfast menu, laundry bag, water bottles and slippers
  • Daily resort fee is $28

Standard room size:

420 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

The hotel has four restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine choices. Italian eatery Cioppino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual environment, with indoor space and an ocean-view terrace. Cantina Beach is an oceanfront oasis with Mexican fare and a 110-bottle tequila collection. Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge is also beachside and offers tapas and burgers near the adult pool. RUMBAR, an Old Havana-inspired bar with live Latin music, pours more than 85 rums.

  • On Sunday afternoons, a DJ spins European lounge music at Dune
  • Scoop ice cream parlor, near the family pool, serves ice cream and smoothies

Number of restaurants:

4

Cuisine types:

Italian, American, Mexican

Awards:

AAA/CAA
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

A pair of pools located just next to the beach caters to guests of the hotel. The kid-friendly gradual entry pool on the hotel's south side has a waterfall feature, and pingpong and foosball are nearby on the deck. The tranquility pool for guests ages 17 and older is on the north side.

  • Beach and pool cabanas are available
  • Lounge chairs and umbrellas available at both pools
  • The kids pool has an ice cream shop

Number of pools:

2

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Located on the hotel's first floor, the 17,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa was renovated in 2013. The spa offers 21 treatment rooms, including a couples suite. There's also a hydrotherapy room for bath treatments in a jetted tub.

  • Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room combo for men, and a separate one for women
  • Spa guests must be 18 years or older

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Ritz Kids, for children 5 to 12, is partnered with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society for a kids program with an environmental focus. Full- and half-day options are available. Children can also be pampered at the hotel spa with special manicures and pedicures geared toward kids ages 6 to 10.

  • Ritz Kids has a pet turtle in its indoor space and also a resident mascot macaw
  • An enclosed outdoor space and other areas of the hotel property are also used for Ritz Kids programs
  • Beyond the resort, there are many kid-friendly destinations nearby, including the Miami Seaquarium and Jungle Island
  • Kids club ($120 per day)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The property's 11 tennis courts, designed by Cliff Drysdale, make this the largest tennis center at any Ritz-Carlton. The hotel also features a 24-hour fitness center, complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and weight-resistance machines. Additionally, guests receive two free fitness classes per room per day. Classes are held indoors, outdoors and in the pool.

  • Spin and yoga classes are on the grand lawn when there's a full moon, starting just before sunset and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Paddleboards, kayaks and floats are available for guests at no extra charge
  • Windsurfing, sailing and motorized water vehicles can be reserved through the hotel
  • The tennis center offers clinics and lessons
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The hotel can accommodate business events for up to 1,000 guests in its 12 indoor and six outdoor meeting spaces spread across more than 20,000 square feet. The hotel business center has computers and printers that can be used for a fee.

  • Audiovisual equipment available
  • Groups can book team-building and volunteering activities
  • The Brain Breaks meeting package provides stair steppers and stationary bikes in the back of meeting rooms, as well as healthy snacks

Number of meeting rooms:

18
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Golf

Less than 3 miles away from The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, the par-72, 18-hole Crandon Golf Key Biscayne course features mangrove forests and seven saltwater lakes. The municipal course showcases views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.

  • Crandon also has a lighted driving range and practice chipping and putting greens
  • Because it's a municipal course, Crandon's prices are reasonable
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop

Wedding

With an expertise in planning culturally authentic weddings, the hotel hosts many large weddings on its grand lawn and smaller weddings on its oceanfront lawn. A 10,000-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out toward the ocean is used for indoor weddings (as are two smaller ballrooms).

  • Weddings with Kosher fare are available
  • Ceremonies are often performed on the beach
  • Outdoor receptions must end by 10 p.m. due to city ordinances

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

500
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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455 Grand Bay Drive | Key Biscayne, FL 33149 [See Full Map]