Drive up Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, past the high-rises of downtown and the shops of Midtown, and you'll start to find an assortment of boutique stores catering to fitness- and fashion-lovers; up-and-coming and high-end restaurants; and even a few small hotels on either side of the street.
That's when you know you've hit the Miami Modern Architectural District, or "MiMo" for short.
This is one of Miami's most colorful rising neighborhoods. And it's also where you'll find a kitschy little hideaway known as New Yorker Boutique Hotel.
Unique, comfortable accommodations at affordable prices are what you'll find at New Yorker Boutique Hotel — Photo courtesy of Priscilla Blossom
From its big, neon sign on the outside announcing vacancies and air conditioning, you'll already know that this isn't your standard Miami hotel. It's not glitz and glam, yet it's far from a Holiday Inn. Instead, it's an insider's secret with a whole lot of personality.
The New Yorker has been around in some capacity or other since the 1950s, but it was purchased in the '80s by a family committed to its restoration. They re-opened the vintage motel in 2009, adding some much needed modern comforts while maintaining its old-school looks.
Go for a swim in the pool, or catch up on some reading and tanning during your stay at the New Yorker — Photo courtesy of Priscilla Blossom
While the rooms aren't quite honeymoon suites, they're perfect for a weekend getaway or a short trip in town. Cozy and comfortable, each room has a personality all its own, with retro art on the walls and the usual amenities like cable television, free WiFi and a relaxing bed to crash on.
Outside, you'll find the pool, a tranquil area with beach chairs surrounding it, giving you a chance to catch up on your tan or take a dip.
And close by, there's an outdoor garden area, with tables and chairs underneath the shade of trees, where free breakfast is served daily. Enjoy the usual continental goodies like cereal, fruit, coffee and bagels with cream cheese to start your day off right.
New Yorker Boutique Hotel's garden is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and plan your day — Photo courtesy of Priscilla Blossom
The biggest draws of New Yorker Boutique Hotel are its location and affordability. The New Yorker is in close proximity to all of Miami's most popular tourist spots. Staying at this boutique hotel means easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods: trendy MiMo, historic Little Haiti, the ever-popular Midtown and the Wynwood Arts and Design District.
In fact, the New Yorker is a popular spot to stay at during Art Basel every December, maintaining reasonable accommodation rates when most hotels become wholly unaffordable.
Located just five minutes north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway, New Yorker Boutique Hotel makes getting to South Beach a breeze. And I-95 is just as close, which can transport you south into downtown, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables or any of Miami's other suburbs.
And if you're flying in and out, the 836 expressway is moments away; it can take you straight in to Miami International Airport.
When seeking a charming hotel stay in Miami for the right price, it's hard to beat the New Yorker.