Checking into the intimate embrace of a boutique hotel proves once and for all that size doesn't matter
Try something different next time you are in Miami by staying at a boutique hotel like the The Raleigh Hotel. Miami offers unique boutique hotels like the Shore Club that guests return to time and time again. Boutique hotels vary depending on owner and style of hotel. Some boutique hotels in Miami are theme based, while others just offer the luxury of a grand hotel in the privacy of a very intimate size. Discover which style of boutique hotel fits your needs by reading trusted expert and user reviews.
10 Hotel Urbano
The walls are lined with vibrant art. The color scheme screams Miami. It would be impossible for any guest staying in one of the 65 rooms here to know that this was a former Best Western. Nestled in a tiny corner off of Brickell Avenue, this hotel made our list because it is literally 15 minutes from Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove and the MacArthur Causeway (the gateway to South Beach). It is a fun, young, inexpensive place to stay and makes it incredibly easy to cab it to your desired destinations.
9 The Angler's Boutique Resort
Located on bustling Washington Avenue, this hotel is decidedly reserved, and yet it manages to stand out completely. The tiny nightclubs and restaurants surrounding the property seem shockingly out of place next to the classic facade and deep landscaping of the Angler's Boutique. While this is hardly the place for pin-dropping quietude, it is instantly relaxing and charming in a completely understated way. With only 45 suites, this classically chic hotel is a welcome break from the fluorescent trance of the Art Deco District. The last property to be renovated and developed commercially, the Angler's is not even Art Deco, actually. Nor was it eve one property. Rather, it was two Mediterranean Revival buildings designed by Henry Maloney. Back in the day, it was a haunt for Ernest Hemingway, among others. Today it's a favorite for guests who prefer an understated but luxurious suite life featuring 455 square feet of living room space with a full-size sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table and books; 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linens; an entertainment center and surround sound system including state-of-the-art audio-video system and plasma TVs; DVD Player; iPod docking station; and wet bar area with a stainless steel sink, refrigerator and mini-bar. The signature restaurant, 660 at The Angler, makes wonderful use of fresh, seasonal and local Florida ingredients, weaving them all together with a Mediterranean influence. Dinner and weekend brunches tend to be popular with nearby residents, so you might want to reserve a table ahead of time.
8 Prime Hotel
Perhaps the greatest aspect of this hotel is its association with the Myles Restaurant Group, which is responsible for five restaurants: Prime One Twelve, Big Pink, Prime Italian, Shoji Sushi, and Nemo. Aside from room amenities like private balconies, ocean views (for all rooms) Egyptian cotton sheets, and rainfall showers, guests are offered room service from any of the aforementioned restaurants. Upon delivery, a table for six can be set up upon request. As if that wasn't enough, complimentary refreshments are served on the rooftop pool deck. This hotel is simple, modern luxury at its finest.
7 Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach
With only five stories and 69 rooms, this red, white and blue clad hotel has been redesigned by Paris-based designer India Mahdavi. The extreme minimalism creates a pristine, casual environment with an air of fun flippancy. This is a hotel that will suit your every needs without breaking your budget. Downstairs, the BondSt Lounge remains true to its namesake restaurant in Manhattan, serving up some of the freshest sushi on the beach in one of the most intimate environments imaginable. Upstairs, the Rooftop Lounge has amazing DJs and one of the most laid-back vibes you will find in the city.
6 Avalon Hotel Miami Beach
Guests can spot this hotel instantly by the turquoise 1950's Oldsmobile permanently parked out front. This iconic and quintessentially Art Deco hotel is located directly on Ocean Drive, which makes this an incredibly popular place to stay. Its bustling lobby and signature restaurant, A Fish Called Avalon, are located steps from the beach, making this one of the top boutique hotels on our list for location, location, location. Rooms are simple and comforting, and the hotel offers complimentary European breakfast each morning.
5 The Standard Miami
Emphasizing beauty and simple pleasures, this hotel, set just off the eastern end of the Venetian Causeway in Biscayne Bay, provides a soothing place of retreat. White walls and linens and blond wood accents characterize the guest rooms, which are equipped with flat-screen TVs, high speed Internet, bathrobes, "Kiss My Face" bath products, robes, a mini-bar filled with organic snack foods and outdoor living room with a soaking tub. Without doubt, the spa facilities are the highlight of the hotel. Calling itself a "hydrotherapy playground," the Standard takes "the ritual of bathing, which enlives both mind and spirit," seriously. To that end, there are steam rooms, cold rain showers, a Roman waterfall hot tub, a mud lounge, a falling water column, Arctic plunge, a sound shower and an Infiniti pool, among other dripping devices. Integrated wellness is also offered via workshops and retreats, fitness services including yoga, pilates and paddle boarding classes, a gym, acupuncture, juice cleanses and self care clinics. Among other amenities are a waterside restaurant, the Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill, where executive chef Mark Zeitouni's organic, unprocessed and wholesome fare wholly impresses, and lounge and 24-hour room service. Meeting space available. Parking valet: $22/day.
4 Shore Club
This trendy Ian Schrager-managed property has a super-hip pool and bar scene. Skybar, the umbrella for several indoor-outdoor settings that include Redroom, Redroom Garden and Rumbar (as well as the private Sandbar), is so celebrated, along with signature restaurant Nobu, that it's easy to forget that the Shore Club is actually a boutique hotel as well. Decor, both inside and out, ranges widely, covering many ethnicities: French Antique Napoleon III slipper chairs covered in silk jostle Italian tables on Mexican tile, complemented by African throw pillows. Lots of billowing white curtains and metal lanterns lighten everything up. Meanwhile, tropical landscaping, featuring flowering bougainvilleas, and throbbing beats from world-renowned DJs add an exotic feel. With all this going on, and the beach, too, you probably won't want to spend much time in your room, but here's a rundown - all rooms and suites are comfortably austere and equipped with high-speed Internet access, BOSE Wave CD player, mini-bar and Egyptian cotton linens. 384 rooms, suites and bungalows. Event space for 250. Valet parking only, $34/day.
3 Hotel Victor Miami Beach
Along the pastel facade lining Ocean Drive, the Hotel Victor stands out instantly. Designed by Jacques Garcia of Hotel Costes fame, the giant U-shaped building houses 88 rooms, all with ocean views. At the central hub is the cabana-lined pool, which gets amazing beach breezes and is a destination spot for locals. And if the cabanas do not present enough of a community feel, the Turkish bathhouse inspired spa certainly will. However, the most notable aspect of the hotel must be the rooms, which break from the traditional style of more casual boutique hotels by including luxe marble accents and a full bar. Valet parking $32.
2 The Betsy Hotel
Amidst the Art Deco landmarks of South Beach, this unique landmark hotel immediately stands apart, given its stately British Colonial architecture. The 61 rooms and suites are serenely white, with one or two splashes of color, and are furnished with the appropriate upscale amenities. Located on the rooftop, The Deck offers expansive ocean views as well as a Wellness Garden and Spa, featuring a Zen-like setting created by bamboo, wood, stone and natural fibers. Private cabanas and giant sails provide both shade and privacy for luxurious, creative and paraben-free spa treatments, provided by Miami City Massage; the concierge can help you arrange everything from a pedicure to a Coconut Hot Towel Facial or Wood Stone Ritual Treatment with chilled stones. The Betsy's owners are philanthropists who are heavily involved in the local and national arts scene, and they sponsor poets, writers, artists and musicians 365/24/7. One of the highlights here is heading downstairs to the speakeasy-style B Bar to catch the latest reading or viewing from an artist-in-residence, sipping the bartender's carefully crafted mojito. Following such a double blast of art with a steak and a popover at Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, located in the lobby, is simply divine. Valet parking $34/night.
1 The Villa By Barton G.
Design legend and restauranteur Barton G. Weiss transformed the former Versace mansion into a Mediterranean paradise. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District, each room is drenched in luxurious opulence. Understandably, with only 10 rooms in total, the extravagance is unparalleled and the suites are coveted. Guests enjoy two private lounges, one private restaurant, a mosaic pool, and their own personal butler. Valet parking $25/day.
About Maria Arroyave
Maria Arroyave is a Miami native. She left only briefly, to attend Florida State University. She earned a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Miami and has held an associate editor title with two local luxury lifestyle publications. Maria has also been a senior editor for an international travel publication company, during which time she oversaw print and online publications for local and international clients, including the travel and tourism boards of Bermuda, St. Martin/St. Maarten and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Travel has been instrumental in Maria's writing and identity. She is happy to have the opportunity to convey her personal experiences to others on 10Best, knowing her tips will make a Miami visit all the more enjoyable and comfortable.
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