Best Miami-area Hotels for Super Bowl LIV

Check Out These Miami Area Hotels for Super Bowl LIV

a large body of water with a city in the background: Fort Lauderdale's new Conrad hotel is an all-suite property.

© Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Fort Lauderdale’s new Conrad hotel is an all-suite property.

Super Bowl LIV will kick off Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

While the teams that will compete in the ultimate game in North American football are yet to be decided, many Miami-area hotels are already planning for Super Sunday.

Travelers should know that hotel rooms for the weekend are at a premium because of the game. A number of hotels have already fully committed their inventory of rooms, but there are some with rooms remaining and ready to sell to football fans visiting the Miami Area.

Here’s a list of Miami-area hotels that still have availability for Super Sunday, although it may be necessary to contact properties directly for new bookings.

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

This luxury hotel located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale has starting rates during Super Bowl weekend from $1,899 per night. A minimum four-night stay applies.

The hotel is located directly on Bal Harbour Beach and features an expansive spa and fitness studio, two restaurants, and an outdoor pool with oceanfront luxury cabanas. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s $3.5 million collection of original art when not at the game or using the services of the hotel’s personal shopper at the nearby Bal Harbour Shops.

Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort

Fronting Sunny Isles Beach is Solé Miami, where rates start at $799 per night during the Super Bowl dates. The rate is nonrefundable and requires full prepayment.

Guests can take to the beach’s enticing white sands and turquoise waters, lounge by the oceanfront pool or dine at the hotel’s restaurant BALEENkitchen. All rooms have plush bedding, rainfall showers, and private terraces.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

This newly-opened property on Fort Lauderdale Beach has rates from $1,599 per night, with a four-night minimum stay.

Guests at this all-suite hotel will enjoy expansive accommodations regardless of room category, and the 6th floor Sky Deck overlooking the beach with poolside cabanas and daybeds available for rent. Football revelers can also unwind and relax at the property’s full-service spa.

Aloft Miami Aventura

Located in Aventura, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the Aloft Miami Aventura is offering rates from $599 per night. Stays between 1/31 and 2/2 require full prepayment at the time of booking.

The hotel is close to Aventura’s shopping, dining, and golf. Onsite, there’s an outdoor pool and all the brand elements standard to Aloft, like the W XYZ Bar and Living Room, Re:fuel by Aloft grab a-and-go for snacks or a takeaway breakfast, and W Hotels-inspired bedrooms.

Eagles Super Bowl Worthy?

Eagles look Super Bowl worthy, but only if Carson Wentz stays healthy: Weinberg

The Eagles are supposed to be good this season.

The Moneyline Sports Book at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa lists them as co-favorites with New Orleans to win the NFC. Several national analysts already have predicted there will be another Lombardi Trophy in the trophy case at Philadelphia’s NovaCare Complex after Super Bowl LIV.

The hype has been building throughout the offseason and training camp. Carson Wentz is leaner and maybe a little bit meaner after finishing the last two seasons on the sideline. There’s a bevy of offensive talent around him at wide receiver, tight end and running back.Your Morning Kickstart is delivered to your inbox 7 a.m. daily. Make sure you don’t miss out on the latest in news, entertainment, weather, and sports. SUBSCRIBE HERE

No reason they can’t put up 40 points every game.

“I think everyone’s really excited because we know we have a lot of talent,” Wentz said. “We know we have the ability to do something special.”

The players are just as eager as the fans to finally get the season rolling.

Coach Doug Pederson opted to hold out most of the starters during the preseason. Their only semblance of competition occurred during a pair of joint practices with Baltimore.

Sunday’s opener against Washington will be their first real action, their first opportunity to live up to the hype.

“Everyone’s talking about how this is the year (to win the Super Bowl),” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “Now we’ll get to see what we are. All the talk is over. It comes off the paper and is now on the field.”

The Eagles should win the NFC East, though Dallas will also challenge for the division. But there are some issues that need to be resolved before they can be considered legitimate contenders.

The main one is a defense that has more question marks than actor Jim Carrey’s Riddler costume in the “Batman Forever” movie.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox underwent offseason foot surgery and practiced with the team for the first time Wednesday, as in four days before the first game. Same goes for defensive end Derek Barnett.

Middle linebacker Nigel Bradham had surgery on his big toe that kept him out until last week. The other projected starting linebacker, Kamu Grugier-Hill, is out with a knee injury.

The secondary is also in flux. Cornerback Ronald Darby is getting over a knee injury, and cornerback Jalen Mills is starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

The offense also has its issues.

Right guard Brandon Brooks is coming back from a torn Achilles. Right tackle Lane Johnson missed the preseason with a knee injury. Left tackle Jason Peters is at the end of the line both literally and figuratively.

The most impressive Eagles place-kicker during training camp was Carli Lloyd.

Of course, everything depends on the quarterback.

Wentz changed his diet and his workout regimen in the offseason. He looked good in training camp, but that injury history can’t be ignored.

If he gets hurt again, the Eagles are toast. Neither 75-year-old Josh McCown nor Nate Sudfeld is capable of duplicating what Nick Foles was able to accomplish the last two seasons.

That’s why I’m reserving judgment as to just how successful the Eagles will be this season.

With Wentz, they should be able to live up to the hype as Super Bowl contenders.

Without him, they have no shot.

David Weinberg’s Extra Points column appears Wednesdays and Sundays in The Press.

5 Best Latin American Spots in Miami

The 5 best Latin American spots in Miami

a close up of a plate of food with stew: Versailles Restaurant | Photo: Lynn S. /Yelp

© Photo: Lynn S./Yelp Versailles Restaurant | Photo: Lynn S. /Yelp

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Latin American fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Latin American spots around Miami, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.1. Versailles Restaurant

a white plate topped with meat and vegetables: photo: lynn s./ yelp

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Topping the list is Versailles Restaurant. Located at 3555 S.W. Eighth St. in Alameda – West Flagler, the Cuban and Latin American spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is the most popular Latin American restaurant in Miami, boasting four stars out of 4,414 reviews on Yelp.2. Fiorito

a plate of food on a table: Photo: Philip t./ Yelp

© Photo: Philip t./Yelp Photo: Philip t./ Yelp

Next up is the Little Haiti’s Fiorito, situated at 5555 N.E. Second Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 343 reviews on Yelp, the Argentine, Latin American and Spanish spot has proven to be a local favorite.3. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

a close up of a glass cup on a table: Photo: Emily H./ Yelp

© Photo: Emily H./Yelp Photo: Emily H./ Yelp

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, located at 2550 N.W. Second Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the New American and Latin American spot, which offers tapas and more, four stars out of 1,122 reviews.4. Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen

a bowl of food: Photo: samantha i./ Yelp

© Photo: samantha i./Yelp Photo: samantha i./ Yelp

Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen, a Latin American and Peruvian spot, is another go-to, with four stars out of 846 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3067 Grand Ave. to see for yourself.5. Sushi KONG Miami

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And then there’s Sushi KONG Miami, a Coral Way favorite with four stars out of 509 reviews. Stop by 3000 Coral Way to hit up the sushi bar, Japanese and Latin American spot next time the urge strikes.