15 Best Hotels in MiamiJune 3, 2019
Both Miami and Miami Beach are home to a wide-ranging variety of top-tier accommodations to suit every need and bank account. Budget-focused travelers will always be pleasantly surprised by the prices at the Freehand, a luxury hostel that just happens to be home to one of the city’s most beloved bars (Broken Shaker), and a pretty formidable eating place (27 Restaurant). On the other end of the spectrum, there are places like The Miami Beach EDITION, Faena Miami Beach, Four Seasons at The Surf Club, 1 Hotel South Beach, and Acqualina Resort & Spa, luxury escapes with all the amenities expected of a beach-front resort. And there are the many, many places in between.
With so many hotels to choose from, the best way to approach booking one is to figure out what’s most important to you, whether that means serene surroundings (try The Setai) or a fabulous pet program (both the Loews Miami Beach and Mandarin Oriental).
Read our list of the best hotels in Miami & The Beaches to find the one that’s right for you…. the links above are your opportunities to make money as an owner of a Residence at one of the best Hotels in Miami.
HOTEL: Faena Hotel Miami Beach $$$
There’s a bit of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to the Faena, and this carries through into the rooms—particularly with the smaller accents and pieces of furniture you’ll find yourself “discovering” as your stay progresses. Outside, the hotel makes the most of its 100,000 square feet of private white-sand beach, and if you find yourself asking, “Did I just see a golden woolly mammoth skeleton in a glass cage?” the answer is yes—you can thank artist Damien Hirst for that one. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: The Betsy South Beach $
Blink and you might think you mistakenly hopped a plane to Savannah instead of South Beach: At the northernmost end of Ocean Drive, this hotel’s Florida-Georgia style of architecture sticks out like a colonial masterpiece in a sea of pastel-colored Art Deco gems. Inside, rooms are spacious and have mini libraries, writing desks, and oversized marble bathrooms; the hotel also counts two pools and a rooftop ocean deck among its attractions. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: The Miami Beach EDITION $$
Just as he did back in the 1990s with the Delano, Ian Schrager is reinventing the Miami Beach experience with the EDITION. Here, every amenity a person could want (or even know was possible) is there for the taking—ice skating rink included—and the hotel has five fabulous drinking and dining options, including Matador Room, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s innovative Latin fusion restaurant. There’s no detail in the rooms that hasn’t been scrutinized in an attempt to exceed guests’ every expectation, and the heavenly, low-slung bed—which sits atop a light oak frame that blends in with the walls, and is topped with a down comforter and pillows—is no exception.MAKE A RESERVATION
HOTEL: 1 Hotel South Beach $$
We’ve got a serious soft spot for any hotel that wears its eco-consciousness on its sleeve, and 1 Hotel South Beach does just that, from the organic bedding and reclaimed furniture to its sea-to-table Habitat restaurant. In addition to the five-star amenities and 600 feet of private beach, regular events—like sunset meditation and terrarium-building workshops—keep guests coming back. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: EAST Miami $$
Booking a suite at the fanciest beachfront hotel you can find on South Beach is easy; EAST, Miami caters to travelers who know that Miami’s beauty isn’t just skin-deep, and who are curious to live like a local. The sleek, 352-room hotel occupies the top floors of the fabulous (and still-evolving) $1 billion Brickell City Centre, and also has a giant pool deck, a collection of residential spaces, and Quinto La Huella, a rustic, wood-fired offshoot of Uruguay’s famed Parador La Huella.MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: Four Seasons Hotel Miami $$$
This glittering Brickell hotel offers all the impeccable service you’d expect from a Four Seasons outpost, but with a tropical, palm tree-lined twist. And while there are no real standout features beyond what you’d expect from a five-star hotel, one of the best reasons to book here is the two-acre “Main Pool” area: a glorious, palm tree-lined pool deck that sits on the hotel’s seventh floor and, as such, lets guests look down on the world around them. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: Mandarin Oriental, Miami $$
The bridge that connects Brickell Key to downtown Miami may not be a long one, but it’s enough to make guests of the Mandarin Oriental, Miami feel as if they’re entering their own little private sanctuary. Cutting a fanned shape into the skyline (an architectural element intended to evoke the brand’s logo), the hotel’s striking design and unique location set it apart from the get-go. Marble bathrooms offer both a deep soaking tub and a walk-in shower, and a gloriously plush bed and linens make it so you never want to leave (though we suggest you do, if only for the $95 all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, one of the best restaurants in the city). Even though it’s just a quick walk or drive to so many of Miami’s most bustling neighborhoods (including South Beach), the hotel’s “world’s away” vibe makes it a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, or even a staycation. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: The Setai Miami Beach $$$
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Madonna are all fans of The Setai—and it’s no wonder: It’s hard not to feel a wave of relaxation wash over you as you walk through The Setai’s two-story, zen-inspired lobby, which uses elements like black granite floors and French limestone to create an environment that is at once quite sleek and modern, but somehow also timeless. Think the lobby has a chill vibe? Try spending a night in one of the Ocean Suites, which touts handmade Swedish DUXIANA beds and—you guessed it—views, views, views. MAKE A RESERVATION
HOTEL: Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach $$$
Looking for all of the beauty and beach without any of the crowds? At Acqualina, you’ll have all that and much, much more. A few of the highlights: oversized rooms with oceanfront views, three pools, and relief from the see-and-be-seen restaurants that populate Miami Beach. Serenity-seekers unite. MAKE A RESERVATION
HOTEL: Freehand Miami $
The Freehand is a “luxury” hostel, and it rents a range of private rooms, which means you won’t have to share a bunk bed with a stranger—at least if you don’t want to (shared rooms that sleep four or eight, and are either co-ed or all female, are available at about a quarter of the price). Still, the decision to stay here seems to go beyond budget; there’s a deep feeling of kinship among the (largely millennial) guests, and it’s that sense of community that seems to be the Freehand’s greatest ally. While there’s no room service to speak of, there are two standout places to grab a bite or meet other travelers: 27 Restaurant and the Broken Shaker bar, which serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: Loews Miami Beach Hotel $$
Though the hotel recently completed a $50 million renovation, it still elicits that feeling of having one foot planted in the past and the other moving quickly toward the future. As one of Miami Beach’s biggest hotels (there are nearly 800 rooms), the Loews attracts as diverse a clientele as Miami welcomes as visitors. Families with kids, couples with dogs, business travelers with laptops—everyone happily coexists and gets what they need from the hotel, which counts adults-only poolside cabanas, a beachfront location, and Lure Fishbar, a South Beach outpost of the popular Manhattan eatery, among its draws. MAKE A RESERVATION
HOTEL: The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami $$$
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is unique in that it lets you enjoy all the benefits and privacy of staying at a secluded resort, yet you’re always just a quick drive to the heart of South Beach—and just as close to the airport. Popular with families or couples who would rather not be in the heart of the city, this outpost of the Ritz-Carlton also draws Miami locals for dinner—and tequila—at its popular Mexican restaurant, La Cantina. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: Nautilus by Arlo $
Everything old is new again at Nautilus, an expansive beachfront hotel that was originally designed in the 1950s by Morris Lapidus, the famed “Miami Modern” architect behind the Fontainebleau. The hotel’s many stunning neo-Baroque features were preserved during its revamp and have been carefully integrated to complement the SIXTY Hotels brand’s standard hip and sexy style. Beds have down pillows and bedding with custom Sferra 400-thread count sheets, there are vintage steamer trunk-styled mini-bars, and in a city full of very cool hotel pools, Nautilus has one of the coolest: a nearly 2,000-square-foot heated, saltwater pool that overlooks the beach. If Marilyn Monroe had had a Miami beach house, it probably would have looked a lot like this. MAKE A RESERVATION
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HOTEL: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort $$$
Stepping into The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort feels a little bit like entering an abstract art gallery: the entryway is a largely empty room, save for an enormous metal sculpture hanging from the ceiling and a few tufted chairs and couches that you may or may not be allowed to sit on. But check into your butler-serviced, Yabu-Pushelberg-designed suite, outfitted in a neutral palette, and you’ll feel right at home. The four restaurants, two pools, cabana-lined beachfront, and adjacent Bal Harbour shops offer a bevy of entertainment and leisure. MAKE A RESERVATION
HOTEL: Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club $$$
Over the years, guests here have included Elizabeth Taylor, Wallis Simpson, and the Shah of Iran. Winston Churchill used to rent two cabanas, one to paint in and one “for naps.” (And drinks, as during Prohibition spirits were served illegally here.) Set in Surfside at the less-developed northern end of Miami Beach, this hacienda-style hotel has been brilliantly extended by Richard Meier, whose 12-story glass towers seem to float above the terra cotta tiles of the original 1930s Mediterranean-style pantile roofs, and interiors by Joseph Dirand.
The cabanas now house part of the charming spa, where even the brushed-brass key pads on the lockers are a thing of beauty, as well as a handful of Cabana Studio bedrooms, each a pale-but-interesting essay in contrasting textures: canvas, rattan, and travertine. Of course, the restaurants are as much of an attraction: The Surf Club by superchef Thomas Keller opened its doors in summer 2018, and Le Sirenuse Miami comes from the owners of its namesake hotel in Positano.
Densely planted with exotic palms, the latter evokes a cultivated jungle, a setting that is almost as memorable as Antonio Mermolia’s deft cooking, where the attention to detail extends to dyeing the ice over which they serve oysters the bluish-green of an iceberg. Try the Kumamotos, flown in daily from Washington state and dressed in a zingy citronelle emulsion. “Spectacular” was the word the Miami Herald ran in a headline for the Surf Club in November 1959. And so it is, nearly 60 years on.