Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is a paradise for electronic music enthusiasts, where the beats never stop, and the energy is electric. But with thousands of people flocking to the city for the festival, finding the perfect place to stay and dine can be overwhelming. That’s where this guide comes in – we’ve scoured Miami to bring you the best recommendations for where to stay and dine during Ultra Music Festival.
From luxury to affordable hotel, and from authentic Cuban cuisine to high-end Japanese restaurants, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to indulge in the best food, drinks, and accommodations while experiencing the ultimate music festival in Miami. It’s time to eat, sleep, rave, and repeat!
Best Hotels to Stay During Miami’s Ultra Music Festival
If you’re attending Ultra Music Festival, it’s important to stay close to the action. Luckily, Miami has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
InterContinental Miami, downtown’s top luxury hotel for 40 years, is a magnet for domestic and international visitors to Miami. Its attractions include spacious, elegantly appointed guestrooms, great meeting space, and wonderful amenities including mySpa, Toro Toro Pan-Latin steakhouse and a gorgeous 4th floor pool deck and SkyLawn overlooking Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. The hotel also happens to be just steps from the main stage of the Ultra Music Festival, an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place this year Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26 at Bayfront Park. Ultra boasts the world’s most elite DJs and incredible production and draws hundreds of thousands of fans each year. To celebrate all things Ultra, the InterContinental Miami offers a four-night package for music lovers, granting them amazing proximity to all the action (you can actually see the activity from the hotel’s SkyLawn roof deck). Starting Thursday, March 23, the hotel will feature DJs spinning nightly, center stage in the hotel lobby from 10PM – 2AM, creating the ultimate after-party.
Length of stay requirement is 4 nights; with check-in March 23, 2023 and check-out on March 27, 2023. Click here for more info and to book the package.
For those seeking luxury, EAST, in the heart of Brickell, offers distinctive experiences for those seeking innovation, style, and personalized luxury service. With 4 pools, an on-site restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center, there’s something for everyone at EAST, Miami. The hotel has 352-rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring breathtaking views of surrounding Brickell. Upstairs, there’s a series of pools and the rooftop Sugar lounge for Asian-style tapas and cocktails. Located in Brickell City Centre, EAST, Miami offers premium retail shops, a movie theater, restaurants & bars, spas, and more.
citizenM Miami Brickell
If you’re looking for something more affordable, citizenM is a great option. Located in the heart of the city’s bustling Brickell at 11 SE 10th Street, the 252-room hotel with this conversation-sparking art installation bridges citizenM’s playful personality with Brickell’s cosmopolitan atmosphere. Inside, eight societyM meeting rooms offer style, tech, and unlimited coffee to let ideas flow. citizenM Miami Brickell hotel also features the brand’s first rooftop pool, offering sweeping views of Miami’s downtown for in-house guests.
The Elser Hotel Miami
Located just steps from Ultra Music Festival in Downtown Miami, The Elser Hotel is an all-new 49-story, 646-room hotel with accommodations ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites and direct proximity to world-class entertainment, arts and dining. It shares the same bustling locale and glimmering views of Biscayne Bay previously enjoyed at Elser Pier, an early 1900s tourist attraction that ultimately shaped the vision for Downtown Miami and the thriving bayfront metropolis we know today. Guests enjoy access to an abundance of well-appointed amenities, including a two-story state-of-the-art fitness center and a 19,000-square-foot sun deck offering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, a 132-foot-long pool, a 16-foot LED screen and an expansive event lawn serving as the ultimate destination for outdoor celebrations.
The Gabriel Miami
Within walking distance to Ultra Music Festival, The Gabriel Miami is a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious rooms and suites and views of Biscayne Bay. Adjacent to the hotel’s palm tree-lined sun deck on the 14th floor is a rectangular pool with views of the Intracoastal waterway, Miami Beach, PortMiami and Biscayne Bay, providing guests with the ultimate venue for relaxation in the city’s cultural epicenter. Select rooms feature balconies with outdoor seating, perfect for watching the sunrise over the Miami skyline.
Just opened in November 2022, Arlo Wynwood is the first-ever hotel in Miami’s preeminent creative and cultural district, which is home to the largest concentration of street art in the world. An experience-driven 217-room boutique hotel, Arlo Wynwood serves as the cultural hub for residents and visitors while offering savvy travelers prime access to the best of the region. Designed by Meyer Davis, an award-winning firm at the forefront of global, upscale commercial design, Arlo Wynwood draws on the neighborhood’s bold and curated artistic nature while embracing an eclectic industrial aesthetic where organic meets modern. Arlo Wynwood has an all-star culinary team led by award-winning Bar Lab and James Beard alum Chef Brad Kilgore. The hotel also has more than 250 works of art throughout the property and offers guests multiple complimentary wellness activities and live music programming.
W Miami is an urban oasis centrally located in Miami’s trendy Brickell District. The downtown hotel has 146 rooms, each boasting a private balcony with views of the city or the Miami River as well as floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms with W-signature Bliss amenities. Like the vibrant neighborhood that surrounds it, W Miami creates the perfect getaway for guests to energize and explore the heart of the city. W Miami is home to ADDiKT, the hotel’s signature restaurant located 15 floors above Brickell Avenue, that redefines New American cuisine. Whether it’s detoxing at the on-site spa, lounging on the WET Deck, an indoor/outdoor rooftop pool deck and lounge, or sipping on signature cocktails before exploring downtown Miami, W Miami offers the ultimate city experience.
SLS Lux Brickell’s sister hotel, SLS Brickell, is a stylish masterpiece unto itself, thanks to a powerhouse team of collaborators including hotelier Sam Nazarian and interior designer Philippe Starck, along with Pérez. It boasts an incredible contemporary art collection, lavish and playful room design, a rooftop pool and a luxurious spa.
Kimpton Epic Hotel
Positioned on the Miami River where Biscayne Bay meets Downtown Miami, Kimpton EPIC Hotel is the epitome of impressive urban style. Operating on a grand scale as a boutique hotel, the property features Exhale Spa, the adjacent pool deck and Area 31 restaurant, all boasting panoramic views of the city and the bay from the 16th floor. The lobby is also home to Zuma, one of the city’s trendiest and most delicious upscale Japanese restaurants.
Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami
Enjoy the Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami hotel located in the heart of the business and financial district of Miami with views of Biscayne Bay. Spread out in rooms and suites, all of which feature a private balcony with sweeping bay and city views. Unwind at the hotel’s rooftop pool that overlooks the bay or enjoy a meal or a drink in our Cuban inspired restaurant and lounge, Cana Restaurant. Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami features over 12,000 square feet of versatile meeting and wedding space.
Hotel AKA Brickell
Located in Miami’s Business District overlooking Biscayne Bay, this 36-story luxury hotel offers on-site dining and rooftop pool. Hotel AKA Brickell provides accommodations with marble bathrooms and modern furnishings. A gym and hot tub are open for guests to enjoy at this Miami hotel. Hotel AKA Brickell’s guests can enjoy a meal at Nativo Kitchen + Bar. The Bar at LVL 25 offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails and selected wines and champagnes. Bayfront Park is 15 minutes from the hotel.
Novotel Brickell Miami
Modern design and Latin elegance combine in the heart of Downtown Miami at the Atton. Convenience, comfort, service and warm hospitality make the Atton Brickell Miami the perfect choice for savvy travelers. As soon as you step in to this Miami hotel, the premier U.S. flagship hotel of Atton Hotels, you will know that everything there is designed to make sense.
Best Restaurants to Dine During Miami’s Ultra Music Festival
Miami has a thriving culinary scene, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
Smorgasburg Miami, the 50,000 square-foot food market adjacent to the Wynwood Walls and what the Miami Herald dubbed as “Disneyland for food”. Open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7PM, the market, located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District at 2600 NW Second Avenue, draws thousands of visitors every weekend in search of a great afternoon of eating, drinking, and meeting up with friends.
Sushi by Bou
With an ever-growing list of locations, Sushi by Bou is changing the sushi scene across America, combining high-end omakase experiences with fun, speak-easy environments. At Sushi by Bou at SLS Brickell, the timed omakase (30- and 60-minute options) is served at intimate 4- to 12-seat counters and features the freshest fish, both locally sourced and brought in from all over the world. Seasoned sushi chefs serve guests directly, guiding them through the meal for a truly exclusive experience. The elegant cuisine is complemented by a selection of handmade cocktails, imported sake and rare Japanese whiskeys.
Rosie’s: The Backyard
Rosie’s: The Backyard, located in Little River, was conceptualized by power couple Jamila and Akino West. The soul food concept is known for its Southern-inspired dishes, with a nod to the couple’s formal culinary training in award-winning kitchens across the globe. With a quaint and uniquely beautiful dining and patio area, Rosie’s: The Backyard has an array of traditional brunch and breakfast food dishes with an elevated touch for all to enjoy.
The Deck at Island Gardens
The Deck at Island Gardens is Miami’s most treasured waterfront restaurant. From innovative brunch bites to a weekday Sunset Happy Hour, private cabana service, special events and more, this unparalleled setting is the perfect space to dine and dance the day – or night – away. Guests can sit comfortably at reservable full-size dining tables or cabana lounges while enjoying a decadent menu of fresh seafood, brick-oven pizzetta, pastas, meats, large plates, desserts and more and taking in the mega views of Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.
Located on a rooftop above Meridian Ave, MILA Restaurant is a swanky upgrade to the Lincoln Road dining scene. It has a sexy vibe and is a place to see and be seen. The outdoor area features a koi pond, a small bar perfect for enjoying the view, and retractable awnings for unpredictable Miami beach weather. The interior is designed to create a luxe lounge atmosphere. Mila’s cuisine is “MediterrAsian”, a Japanese and Mediterranean menu with dishes meant to be shared.
ASTRA is the ideal open-air rooftop restaurant and lounge for spectacular sunsets, Greek-emphasized Mediterranean cuisine, live entertainment and more. The sky garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure, showcasing overstuffed sofas, wooden accents and Mediterranean plant species such as olive and lemon citrus trees. Sip on fine wine and handcrafted cocktails while making new friends and taking in sweeping 360-degree views of Wynwood, the most Instagrammable spot in the area. Must-try dishes include the Paidakia, charcoal-grilled baby lamb chops, Swiss chard and gremolata, and Kotopoulo, marinated organic grilled chicken skewers on pita bread with homemade fries and tzatziki sauce. Come for Sunset Hour and Happy Hour to taste $10 cocktails and wines by the glass and $14 bar bites, including a Greek take on calamari and homemade lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce and pita.
Red Rooster Overtown
Located in the heart of Overtown, Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. At Red Rooster we want to share the story of Overtown with our guests, and offer a platform to celebrate local artists, musicians, and culinary talents. We embrace today’s Overtown with the spirit of inclusiveness and community by hiring our family of staff from within the community; inspiring better eating through buying from local purveyors.
If you’re a fan of sushi, you won’t want to miss Zuma. The internationally acclaimed celebrity hotspot first launched into the American market with the opening of Zuma Miami in 2010 bringing Zuma’s signature style of contemporary Japanese izakaya dining, and promptly setting the stage for the Magic City’s extravagant culinary scene. The famed waterfront terrace, which overlooks the Miami River is the perfect place for a night out with friends.
Sexy Fish opened its first U.S. outpost in Brickell Miami this fall. The restaurant serves a Japanese-influenced menu created by chef Bjoern Weissgerber, who helped lead the kitchen at Zuma Miami when it first opened in 2010. The restaurant features plenty of its popular dishes from its original location such as duck salad, vegetarian sushi, smoked tuna belly, black cod, King crab, and cheesecake.
The founder of Miami Beach’s first and oldest Neapolitan pizzeria Fratelli La Bufala recently opened Sunset Harbour’s Casa Bufala, a first-class Italian trattoria and pizzeria complete with a handcrafted cocktail bar. Designed to evoke the welcoming spirit of traditional Italian casas, the restaurant draws in guests with its warm, honey-toned woods, plush leather banquettes, industrial ambient lighting and hand-painted, contemporary Italian artwork by Neapolitan artist Antonio Montariello. Casa Bufala serves a selection of gourmet wood-fired pizzas freshly prepared in-house with buffalo mozzarella, as well as antipasti, pasta, calzones and more. A daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. pays tribute to Italy’s cultural ritual of aperitivo.
Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world, and the lineup is always packed with the biggest names in the industry. But the festival is more than just the music; it’s a full sensory experience. From the laser shows to the pyrotechnics, every moment of Ultra Music Festival is designed to transport you to another world.
In conclusion, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is an event that should be on every music lover’s bucket list. From the accommodation options to the restaurants and the festival itself, Miami offers a full package that is hard to beat. So pack your bags, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to eat, sleep, rave, and repeat.
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