Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Brickell, Miami

Virgin rating

The hotel

Epic by name and epic by nature, the Kimpton Epic sits along the water’s edge, overlooking the glistening Biscayne Bay. Take a dip into one of the two rooftop pools, and sip on a cocktail in your private poolside cabana. Seeing as you’re set on the waterfront, seafood is a must, and you can dine looking out on the sea itself. In need of some me-time? Head to the spa for a treatment, or try your hand at a yoga class. And when the evenings roll in, head out and experience one of Miami’s cool bars, or retreat to your room for some down-time.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Close to Beach
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

In Downtown Miami, overlooking the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. A short walk from local bars, restaurants and shops, and a short drive from Port Miami. Transfer time from Miami International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

411 rooms and suites on 30 floors. All with air-conditioning, private balcony, Samsung smart TV, telephone, WiFi access*, yoga mat, mini-bar*, tea/coffee making facilities, iHome docking station, hairdryer, safe, and iron and board. Cityview Premier Rooms are 475 sq ft, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Water View King Premier Rooms are 475 sq ft and have and views of the marina, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suites are 700 sq ft and have floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious living area, 2 pool lounge chairs reserved daily, 2 bottles of water daily, outdoor Bluetooth speaker for use during stay, curated 'suite' playlist by Kimpton Director of Music Experience Laren Bucherie, and preferred restaurant reservations at Area 31. With 1 king-size bed and queen-size sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Waterview One Bedroom Suites are 950 sq ft and have 2 private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, separate living room, chilled bottle of premium bubbles or wine, 2 pool lounge chairs and a cabana reserved daily, 2 bottles of water daily, outdoor Bluetooth speaker for use during stay, curated 'suite' playlist by Kimpton Director of Music Experience Laren Bucherie, preferred restaurant reservations in all Miami Kimpton restaurants, 2 pairs of Samba Sol flip flops, Avant Gallery curated art tour (reservations required), and access to the 29th floor special event experiences in the lounge. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Valet parking $44 plus tax, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Area 31 (seafood-inspired menu, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch). Zuma (Japanese cuisine, open for lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, and brunch and dinner Sat and Sun). 24-hour room service*.

Two rooftop pools. Poolside cabanas*. Exhale Spa*. 24-hour fitness centre. Fitness classes* including yoga and HIIT.

Kimpton Kids Program*. Complimentary morning coffee and tea in the lobby. Daily hosted wine hour every evening. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge.

This hotel has a resort fee of $35 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

* Denotes local charge

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Upscale hotel aimed at the party crowd…

May 17, 2022 vedev Chelmsford, United Kingdom

This is an upscale hotel in a popular area with a vibrant bar/pool scene. However, as I was in town primarily for business that wasn’t exactly what I was after. After checking in I had to immediately ask to move rooms because mine was directly above the pool bar which had insanely loud music. I mean room shakingly loud. If you don’t intend to be… Read more
This is an upscale hotel in a popular area with a vibrant bar/pool scene. However, as I was in town primarily for business that wasn’t exactly what I was after. After checking in I had to immediately ask to move rooms because mine was directly above the pool bar which had insanely loud music. I mean room shakingly loud. If you don’t intend to be in your room on a Friday afternoon then no problem, but I had some work to do. The team moved me 10 floors up and was polite about it so no complaints there. However… come Sunday lunchtime even 12 floors above the pool bar the music was pretty loud (balcony door closed). Worth being aware of because if you’re not here to party then you’re not going to want a room with a sea view (that’s pool bar side). Traffic around the hotel can also be rough, not that this is their fault. Nice hotel with helpful staff and of course Zuma downstairs is cool but yeah the pool bar music… Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay at Epic

May 16, 2022 CGLNYC1 New York

Kimpton Epic is a one of a kind hotel- the rooftop oool and bar are incredible . Keyshawn at the front desk and the entire team were friendly, polite and professional. The Hotel gives off a 5 star vibe with great rates and fantastic views. Check out Area 31- their food is awesome and the out door vibes and breeze make for a lovely evening!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice enough hotel, but awful value for money

May 15, 2022 3750chris Cambridge, United Kingdom

We stayed for two nights before a cruise from Miami. We paid for our stay with points as rooms were priced at $800/night for that weekend! Checkin was quick and we were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a junior suite for our stay, which was a good way to start. Unfortunately we felt that the hotel was let down by the "small stuff": - The… Read more
We stayed for two nights before a cruise from Miami. We paid for our stay with points as rooms were priced at $800/night for that weekend! Checkin was quick and we were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a junior suite for our stay, which was a good way to start. Unfortunately we felt that the hotel was let down by the "small stuff": - The internet connection in our room was unusuable and the hotel were unable to resolve this - The hotel leave $10 bottles of water on bedside tables with a *very* small sticker showing that this is not free, i think this is pretty poor for such an expensive property. - We were charged the usual nonsense "resort fee" at checkout for services that are included either in the price of the room or our IHG membership tier. Can't see how this is justified, especially on a points stay. Otherwise, our room was nice enough (if a little tired in places), the pool deck was a nice area, but is in shade all afternoon which makes it quite cool when windy. There is a huge building under construction adjacent to the hotel, so we experienced a fair bit of noise during our stay too. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An incomparable, once-in-a-lifetime experience

May 13, 2022 rodiferous New York City, New York

I wasn't sure where to stay, so I asked friends living in Miami. Everyone said Brickell has for years been the best area, and that Wyndham was also good. Specifically about hotels, the name that came up most often was the Epic. Everyone seemed to have hung out there but never actually stayed. I ended up with a longer list of visitors than I… Read more
I wasn't sure where to stay, so I asked friends living in Miami. Everyone said Brickell has for years been the best area, and that Wyndham was also good. Specifically about hotels, the name that came up most often was the Epic. Everyone seemed to have hung out there but never actually stayed. I ended up with a longer list of visitors than I expected. First things first. Booking a hotel you're going to be looking at prices. Maybe it was the short notice, or that my travel arrangements fell during spring break; they were high, but not much higher than many if not most of what seemed like similar hotels in the area. I'm told it's very, very seasonal so check there before you book flights. Anyway, based on what my friends said, the Epic was by far the best, so I booked it. Now, all that becomes a second thought the minute you step into your room. I actually ended up staying in a few different rooms: the King, a Junior Suite, and a water-view One Bedroom. All are extremely well-appointed and each time the room was totally spotless. There's a modern look to them that still feels warm and gives them life. As I couldn't help myself but upgrade as I went along, every single room blew me away. But I have to say that even the so-called base King room feels pretty big, maybe because of the configuration. It's has really clever, clean layout with views that are to die for. If you happen to be able to afford some of the other rooms, those are also worth every penny. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing off the accommodations; just the sheer number of video walkthroughs makes it pretty obvious that they're all amazing. I like the official video for a good sense of exactly what you'll get as you walk in. It's not retouched, and the frame catches a better part of what you normally would than the hand-held amateur ones. Whether they advertise it or not, every single room has a private balcony. The balcony on the King room is the entire length of the room; all the balconies have floor-to-ceiling windows. That's a huge plus when you want to step outside in a flash with a cold drink in hand. There are ice machines on every floor and a mini fridge in every room that make beverage preparations for your stay a once-and-done deal. Plenty of high-end, five-star try to upsell you at every turn. Not here. No fumbling around with a stocked mini fridge. There are dozens of outlets in every room in just the right places. Noticing that was one of my first clues there's a level of detail and thought put into the accommodations beyond what you'll find elsewhere. Check out the photos and videos, but just to put it simply, the accommodations at the Epic are unmatched. Still, nothing I write here will prepare you for the joy and experience of the Epic as a whole. Just walking back into the room gave me a little bit of a rush. I don't know about you, but I don't usually get that. As you walk in you're always facing the best view in the house. Details like that add up. It's an exciting place buzzing full of energy and class. In a hotel review I'd focus on the rooms more, but I'll just mention what a friend said about the one bedroom I stayed in and took a video of. The only word out of her mouth, over and over, was "wow", and that "it looks like something out of a movie set." I think that sums things up just right. It's a one-of-a-kind experience for sure, and I think by the time I left the Epic actually changed my expectations of what a five-star hotel should be. Not just in terms of accommodations. There are so many little details. I called down a few times and had a staff member show up with what I asked for, at my door, faster than it takes me to get to the room using the elevator. That's cool, and those little details add up. One of the bigger things about the hotel after the pool, a happy hour, or a night out, was having that knowledge that I have these unmatched accommodations to come back to. That's a great feeling everyone deserves to experience. Maybe it can be pricy during peak times, but book it once and you'll be hooked. I'm still thinking about it 3 months later. I don't usually go back to the same hotel twice, but the Epic gets an exemption. The center jewel of the Epic is on the 16th floor. The moment you step out onto the pool area, you realize you're found someplace special. It's massive: 3 huge pools, probably a hundred deck chairs, and day beds between two of the pools. My travel partner loved thee day beds. But there's so much more to it than that. The vibe with the music, the eclectic furniture, the food service, the skyline, The whole experience of the pool area is nothing short of incomparable to any other pool I've been to. The configuration of the hotel and the way the sun rises makes 10:30-11 the perfect time to head over, at least in the Spring. If I was feeling like I didn't want to be on a clock, I was able to look down from the balconies on both the city-side and water-side rooms and see the pools. I was there for 5 days during a one of the busiest weeks of the year, and it was never hard to find great seating. Since I was with a travel partner we loved the daybeds, situated right between the two of the pools. The way the sun rises and the configuration of the building means that if you show up by 10:30 or 11 and you'll catch peak sun times and with lots of available chairs; almost always, at least half the daybeds will be open. The music is always great, but they really turn it up a notch on Sundays. The pool experience is peerless all on its own. Add in the breathtaking accommodations, plus amenities at every turn, and you start to get a sense of what the Epic is all about. There are multiple happy hours including free wine in lobby daily at 6 PM, and another right after at Area 31, an outside lounge area on the 16th floor with a great vibe. I was with my travel partner but the atmosphere there is so much fun and conducive to just being social that I ended up meeting some of the coolest, friendliest, most interesting people that I have while traveling anywhere. One of the great social opportunities is the daily happy hour at Area 31, the outdoor deck/lounge area. It's an excellent addition that made the trip all the more worthwhile. I'm a fitness buff and not only does the fitness center have lots of treadmills and a nicely sized yoga studio, but also some really unique, more modern resistance training equipment. I've never seen anything like it at a gym; you just have to try it to appreciate how it both full freedom of range and can top out as much resistance as you can handle. Most hotel gyms don't even have free weights; here they go up to 100. Usually a hotel is someplace you basically stay at night. At the Epic, it's a destination, an experience and a journey all in one. You still have the best neighborhood in Miami steps away, but even knowing that I found it hard to tear myself away for a night out with my friends from Miami. Next time I'll definitely do a more thorough checkup on the nightlife scene with the concierge and gladly sacrifice some sleep. I can always catch up at the pool; but to be honest it's so enjoyable being out there that you'll probably be taking it all in the whle day. Whether it's people watching in the cool breeze, taking a dip in the crystal clear water or checking out the 360 degree views of the downtown Miami skyline. It's halfway between a vibed out pool party and a chill, don't ever want this day to end. Last point I want to make is that the Epic changed what I expect from a five-star hotel. Nothing could have prepared me, not my other travels. The Epic is everything, all at once, planned to perfection, executed beautifully, with a support staff of guest services folks that stepped in at the first sign of anything possibly going askew and fixed it in some outstandingly disproportionate way. I got a feeling probably about half-way through my stay that literally nothing could go wrong. It's incredibly peaceful to feel that you're in such an idyllic environment where hassles practically don't exist. The real world and its daily anxieties starts to feel like it fades away. Going into it, nothing could have prepared me for the experience. A few other travel experiences, botique international hotels, have some of the cool parts of the Epic, but nothing even really comes close to the experience of staying at the Epic as a whole. It's that feeling where everything seems just right. It's such a rarity to find a place that exudes classy fun the way this hotel does, and it's really a gem that I'd recommend to any of my friends as a vacation destination I feel so confident about that I know I can guarantee would exceed all their expectations, no matter how high. I've stayed at other hotels since then, and with the exception of a standout in New York I haven't posted about yet, it seems like it's pretty much business as usual everywhere else. Most places get it mostly right, but I don't come away with that great sense of awe and excitement. Coming back from the Epic I felt that for weeks. It seemed like a good idea to see how I felt after a while, and it still feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's just one of those things where I'm just grateful to have experienced it. I stayed a good amount of time and waited long enough to post a review so I know it's not just a fluke or that I got the impression I did for any other than the whole experience that is the Epic all on its own. I'm pretty sure just about anyone would come away with the same feelings of awe, amazement and gratitude as I did. Read less
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Apr 29, 2022 edum920

Me and my wife went to a concert near by and planned to have dinner at Zuma restaurante afterwards so we left our car with the valet and paied extra for the entrance spots. As soon as we got back from the concert and ready to enter the hotel for Zuma to have dinner I looked to my car and noticed someone inside. I ran to see closer and there was a… Read more
Me and my wife went to a concert near by and planned to have dinner at Zuma restaurante afterwards so we left our car with the valet and paied extra for the entrance spots. As soon as we got back from the concert and ready to enter the hotel for Zuma to have dinner I looked to my car and noticed someone inside. I ran to see closer and there was a thief taking all my belongings locked inside. I screamed for help and it took a while for someone to show. Nobody took responsability for the situation or apologized to us. That was the most bizarre situation ever. We were almost robbed inside the parking lot of Epic. Manager told us she was busy taking care of other customers. No attention at all. Inside the hotel but alone dealing with police. Be careful with that place 🤮 Read less