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 un-flashy 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.
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
Nestled in a predominantly residential neighborhood, The Standard is a quiet, casual refuge from the insanity that can become South Beach. This garden-style hotel has an incredibly simplistic design, and an eclectic style. Rooms feature outdoor vintage bathtubs, and there is a sense of communal serenity among guests gliding through the gardens from the spa to the sun-drenched pool deck. The funky attitude exuded by this hotel is evident in the hula hooping classes and "raunchy bingo" offered in the hotel lobby, where guests compete to win spa services and bar tabs.
4 Shore Club
Part of the Morgans Hotel Group, this property has a super hip pool and bar scene, and is a more secluded option in relation to its neighboring competition The Delano and The Sagamore. Sunday pool parties by day lead into dinner at the famed Nobu by night. The eclectic décor inside and out is colorfully stylish and globally influenced - throw pillows from Africa complement Italian tables and Mexican tile, with lighting provided by a plethora of metal lanterns. For the ultimate extended stay, check out the Beach House, a private villa with its own pool. Valet parking only, $32/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, featuring an air of 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. The Deck located on the rooftop offers expansive ocean views and features a Wellness Garden, featuring luxurious spa treatments. Enjoy a drink at the speakeasy-style B Bar and a bite at Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak. 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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