Ah, Miami. You evoke images of scenic beaches, high fashion, fresh international flavors, warm weather… and traffic. And what’s one of the worst ways to spend time on your vacation? Stuck in traffic. Even the most riveting of podcasts or ultra-friendly Uber drivers won’t make up for losing precious vacay time in stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic.
That’s why we’re rather obsessed with the location of our properties. We want our guests to have access to the best of what downtown neighborhoods have to offer. Step outside, and within minutes you can find restaurants, shopping, necessities and nightlife - and our Miami properties are no exception.
We have Stay Alfred Little Havana that offers major local flavor just minutes from famed and historic Calle Ocho. These modern, new-construction travel apartments will make you feel right at home in the middle of one of Miami’s most beloved communities.
But then there’s Stay Alfred Brickell in a neighborhood known as “the Manhattan of Miami.” And if you want to make use of the city’s handy dandy (not to mention kinda posh?) public transit system - Stay Alfred Brickell is the property for you.
Stay Alfred operates the entire Brickell property, which includes two sky-high towers with floor after floor of travel apartments. Guests enjoy on-site amenities like a pool, gym, and conference room, plus a variety of unit options from a 1 bedroom / 1 bath that sleeps up to 4 people to a 3 bedroom / 2 bath that sleeps up to a whopping 8 people.
Just like every Stay Alfred travel apartment, each Brickell unit features free wifi, laundry and a full kitchen. There’s also a great little bistro right downstairs - check out Le Marché Café for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up (we highly recommend their croissants and empanadas).
Brickell has been known as a business district, but the past few years has brought about a renaissance with new restaurants, shops and the epic Brickell City Centre, not to mention the extremely convenient Miami Metrorail station.
Located just a 10-minute walk from Stay Alfred Brickell, the (aptly named) Brickell Metrorail station serves both the Orange and Green Lines and is a recommended transfer station. What’s the difference between the two lines? We asked ourselves the same question - and here’s the big difference: the Metrorail Orange Line is the one that goes to the Miami International Airport. Besides that - both lines travel north and south, and you can get well-acquainted with the map here.
Now that you’ve made the measly 10-minute walk and have found yourself at the Brickell Metrorail station, let’s get you a ticket to ride.
Payment options to ride Metrorail include the EASY Card, EASY Ticket, and EASY Pay app, but cash is accepted at all ticket vending machines located at each station. As a traveler, we highly recommend getting a pre-paid and rechargeable EASY Ticket at the station: they can be loaded with an unlimited 1-day pass or 7-day pass, and trip fares start at $2.25
Insider tip: every Metrorail train offers free wifi (so share your journey with #stayalfred) and there’s an app for that! Download the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app for schedules and more.
Alright! EASY Ticket is in hand and you’re ready to start exploring… so, where to go? Here’s a few of our favorite neighborhoods and places you can get to on the Metrorail:
- Historic Overton / Lyric Theatre - when planning a trip to Miami, be sure to check the schedule for the historic Lyric Theatre; the Overton neighborhood is also home to great restaurants and shops and is just a fun area to explore.
- Vizcaya - one of the most bonkers / amazing landmarks in Miami, step back in time at this stunning estate home turned museum.
- Coconut Grove - explore Miami’s original neighborhood, founded way back in 1873 - this is a fantastic area to just start walking, get lost and feel like a local.
The folks over at Visit Florida did a great job painting the picture for you:
But wait... there’s more! Now that you’re pretty much an expert at the Miami Metrorail, we’re throwing one more transit option your way: meet the Metromover.
The Brickell Metrorail station is one of two stations (the other being Government Center) that also offers access to the Metromover. This 4.4 mile electric-powered people mover loops around some of the best neighborhoods near downtown, including American Airlines Arena, Bayside Market Place, and Brickell City Centre. The best part? It’s free! Simply hop on and off and get around with ease - heads up that it does sometimes get a bit crowded around rush hour times.
We’d love to see you on the move in Miami! Share your travels with #stayalfred.