At the new Hilton Cabana, giant murals of Miami Beach history greet guests at elevator foyers.

At the new Hilton Cabana, giant murals of Miami Beach history greet guests at elevator foyers.

MIAMI BEACH – On July 21, Travel Update readers, sources and friends gathered for Travel Update’s second reader meet-up at the just-opened Hilton Cabana to mix, mingle, eat food from the hotel’s hot restaurant L’Echon Brasserie and – naturally – get an exclusive tour of the property. This is an historic Miami Beach hotel, by the way, that sports a stark, modern look with punches of vibrant color.

Below, you’ll find Travel Update’s visual report. It starts with four professional photos I requested from management; the rest, however, were taken by my guests who took pity on me for having a dead iPhone.

The Hilton Cabana’s 231 guest rooms and suites come equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, coffee maker, MP3 player, large desk with an ergonomic leather chair and windows that open. Some of the rooms have balconies. Expect views of the pool or ocean (in other words, you won’t find ugly hotel-room views here!).

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Frequent traveler note: If you’re a Hilton HHonors member who wants to redeem loyalty points to book a free stay, you should be aware that this is a “category 9” – the same category as luxury hotels such as the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria property in Key West, Fla.

Enjoy the pics!

 

Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

Meeting space. Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

A colorful suite. Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

A colorful suite. Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

 

Pro shot shows the interior courtyard where Travel Update readers met July 21.  Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

Pro shot shows the interior courtyard where Travel Update readers met on July 21. This photo’s
courtesy of the Hilton Cabana.

Hilton Cabana's beach chairs, with hotel in the background. Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

Hilton Cabana’s beach chairs, with hotel in the background. Photo courtesy of Hilton Cabana.

 

Lobby art at the Hilton Cabana.

Lobby art at the Hilton Cabana.

Room with double queen beds and an ocean view.

My son Joaquin checks out a room with double queen beds.

Here I am reacting to the first room we toured.

Here I am reacting to the first room we toured.

Desk space in a the Hilton Cabana room.

Desk space in a the Hilton Cabana room.

Desk space in room with double queen beds.

Desk space in room with double queen beds.

 

Part of Travel Update's group inspects a room at the Hilton Cabana.

Part of Travel Update’s group inspects a room at the Hilton Cabana.

 

Mini-bar snacks sold in rooms at the Hilton Cabana.

Mini-bar snacks sold in rooms at the Hilton Cabana.

 

Rooms at the Hilton Cabana contain a coffee maker.

Rooms at the Hilton Cabana contain a coffee maker.

Night-time view of the pool at the Hilton Cabana.

Night-time view of one of the two pools at the Hilton Cabana.

 

Colorful hallway at the new HIlton Cabana.

Colorful hallway at the new HIlton Cabana.

 

A guest bathroom at the Hilton Cabana. Women will appreciate the makeup mirror.

A guest bathroom at the Hilton Cabana. Women will appreciate the makeup mirror.

 

Large make-up mirror in a Hilton Cabana guest room.

Large make-up mirror in a Hilton Cabana guest room.