The vibe and culture of Hialeah is decidedly Cuban, with the city boasting the highest percentage of Cuban American residents of any city in the U.S. Not surprisingly, planners will find a great selection of Cuban-flavored event venues in Hialeah, which is also home to the famous Hialeah Park Race Track and Telemundo, the popular Spanish-language television network.
Hialeah is situated six miles from the Miami International Airport, 10 miles from downtown Miami and 13 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Hotel venues in Hialeah are midscale chain: Among the selections are the 259-room Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Airport, with 11,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 146-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Miami-Hialeah, with 1,000 square feet of meeting space. For a nearby resort setting, the 205-room Shula's Hotel & Golf Club in Miami Lakes has 15,000 square feet of meeting space and a golf course.
Headlining the choices for off-site events is Sun Life Stadium, nine miles from Hialeah, a 75,000-seat, multi-purpose facility with 350,000 square feet of event space that can host special events, theme parties, concerts, new product launches, corporate meetings, company picnic, tradeshow and convention events and teambuilding programs. The Hialeah Park Racing & Casino complex has 10,000 square of indoor space and a million square feet of flexible outdoor function areas.
For after-meeting entertainment, the shopping venues in Hialeah include the Westfield Westland Shopping Mall, and the Miami International Mall and Dolphin Mall are less than a 20-minute drive. For casino gaming, the Hialeah Park Casino, which overlooks a horse track and beautifully manicured gardens and fountains, has 882 slots and 23 poker tables.
Some of the Miami area's best family-owned Cuban restaurants are located in Hialeah. For national chain dining, head to the West 49th Street corridor, which is lined with restaurants like Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and Chili's.