In the midst of a lifestyle revolving around exceptional, high-end meeting space in Miami, top-notch restaurants, designer shopping and art galleries, Coral Gables venues can offer groups a sophisticated, tree-laden, sedate environment with easy access to the pulsating nightlife and attractions in downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
Designed and planned in the 1920s by Miami developer George Merrick, Coral Gables is a lush, upscale neighborhood with exquisite Mediterranean-style, stucco homes and winding waterways. It is also home to the University of Miami and myriad Miami event venues.
Coral Gables is 5 miles from Miami International Airport and 8 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Hotel venues in Coral Gables adroitly blend with the surrounding homes and mansions. Meeting-oriented properties include the 275-room Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, with 76,000 square feet of meeting space, 250-room Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, with 13,700 square feet of meeting space, 157-room Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables with 23,000 square feet of meeting space, and 155-room Holiday Inn University of Miami, with several small meeting rooms.
For a truly, out-of-the-ordinary special event venue, The Venetian Pool, located in a quiet residential area, was formed from a coral rock quarry in 1923. The 820,000-gallon pool, fed with cool spring water daily, has two waterfalls, coral caves, grottos and Venetian style architecture with expansive loggias, porticos and a cobble stone bridge. Ideal for parties and receptions, the Venetian Pool can accommodate up to 150 people for an event. Other Coral Gables venues include the Coral Gables Woman's Club, which has a classic ballroom built in 1935 that can accommodate 240 guests, the 275-seat Riviera Theater and the 8,000-seat Bank United Center at the University of Miami.
After the general sessions, breakout meetings and multi-media displays have concluded for the day, downtown Coral Gables beckons with the Miracle Mile, a four-block, brick-paved district comprised of more than 200 shops, four theaters, art galleries and more than 70 restaurants. Heading the list of dining option are California Pizza Kitchen, Seasons 54 and Las Lenas Argentinian Steakhouse. For nighttime revelry, the choices include Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill.
Another option that is seemingly designed for spouse programs, shopping excursions and day trips, the Village of Merrick Park is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complex with, fountains, courtyards and lavish landscaping. Featuring more than 100 stores, the directory is highlighted by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Coach and Burberry and restaurants such as Villagio and Mariposa at Neiman Marcus.