For those of you who like your traditional North American luxury, the Ritz-Carlton brand is a sure bet without the pretentious edge and with excellent service standards. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is one of three hotels of the same group in Miami and is located in a quiet charming area brimming with art galleries and quaint bars and restaurants. The hotel is ideal for holidaymakers looking for some peace and quiet away from the buoyant South Beach scene as the pace is a lot slower here. The hotel itself is in the typical Ritz Carlton style, with traditional marble floors, heavy floral carpets and large airy spaces. The staff here is one of the friendliest bunch we have had the pleasure of coming across in the city; professional yet very friendly and bubbly, it makes a welcome change from the stiff batch of hotel staff we can sometimes encounter. Children are welcome here, although the Ritz-Carlton South Beach is a better choice due to its more extensive kids' programmes.