Bored of staying at your run-of-the-mill chain hotels? Had enough with the Holiday Inns and Howard Johnsons? Miami has so many unique overnight options to choose from, it'd be a shame to settle for anything less than a quality boutique hotel experience. That's why we've compiled a list that explores the very best our city has to offer, with choices for everyone's taste and budget.
Places like Hotel Victor and The Angler's offer affordable accommodations with cool and convenient extras like free access to beach bikes, complimentary yoga mats in every room, complimentary breakfasts, and happy hours that include drinks at no extra cost. These boutique hotels know how to make their guests feel welcomed and appreciated.
Then there are places like The Standard, who are anything but what their name suggests. In fact, the Standard is all about offering their guests an above-average stay by granting them access to incredible luxuries like acupuncture, tai chi and pilates classes, saunas, steam rooms, a mud lounge, and plenty of other things catered to living a health-conscious lifestyle...even if only during your vacation stay.
Next time you're in search of accommodations in Miami, why not book a night or two at one of these choice boutique hotels?
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 include soft bedding with high thread counts, plush bathrobes, free wifi, and colorful orchids to brighten your stay. The hotel offers complimentary European breakfast each morning plus pool privileges at the South Seas Hotel in case you don't feel like getting sandy at the beach.
The walls are lined with vibrant art. The color scheme screams Miami. Young couples and busy business folk make their ways in and out of the front doors, heading into or back from the high rises and restaurants of Brickell. You've arrived at Hotel Urbano.
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.
The Angler's Boutique Resort
Located on bustling Washington Avenue, the Angler's Boutique Resort 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 hotel. 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. While there, enjoy their complimentary wine happy hour happening nightly from 5 - 6 p.m., take a dip in their secluded and private pool, and unwind using the free yoga mats they include in every room.
Prime Hotel's reputation precedes itself. Perhaps some of this has to do with its association to 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, breathtaking 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 stunning rooftop pool deck. This hotel is simple, modern luxury at its finest.
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 need without breaking your budget. Downstairs, the Bond St 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.
Part of the Morgans Hotel Group, this posh, modern 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.
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.
The Standard Miami
Nestled in a predominantly residential neighborhood near the Venetian Causeway, The Standard is a quiet, casual refuge from the insanity that often defines 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. Maybe that's because no children under 14 are allowed on the premises. 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.
The Villa By Barton G.
Design legend and restauranteur Barton G. Weiss transformed the former Versace mansion on Ocean Drive into a Mediterranean paradise. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District, each room in the Villa is drenched in luxurious opulence. These are not your typical high-end hotel rooms but rather more closely resemble rooms within a millionaire's home--each room having a personality all its own, with colorful bedding, bright wallpaper, and antique furniture. Understandably, with only 10 rooms in total, the extravagance is unparalleled and the suites are highly coveted. Guests enjoy two private lounges, one private restaurant, a mosaic pool, and their own personal butler. Valet parking $25/day.
The Betsy Hotel
Amidst the Art Deco landmarks of South Beach, this unique boutique hotel stands apart, given its stately colonial architecture. The 61 rooms and suites are serenely white, with one or two splashes of color, and are furnished with modern upscale amenities. The rooftop deck offers expansive ocean views as well as a Wellness Garden and Spa with a Zen-like setting. Private cabanas and giant sails provide shade and privacy for luxurious, paraben-free spa treatments, including Coconut Hot Towel Facials and Wood Stone Ritual Treatments. The Betsy's owners are philanthropists who are heavily involved in the local and national arts scene. 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. 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.
About Priscilla Blossom
Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.
She spent the bulk of the past decade taking trips on a whim, falling in love with and in such places as New York City, New Orleans, and a large portion of Nicaragua.
In 2011, she took off on her own and traveled around the U.S. via bus, bunking with strangers thanks to the power of CouchSurfing. She is currently writing a novel about this.
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