South Beach's 10 Best Hotels Range from Boutique to Ultra-Chic

With entire blocks of hotels on Ocean Drive and nearly every other lodging in South Beach within a few blocks walking distance of the water, the question comes down to this: What is it you really need?

For instance, if you're a writer or other creative, and seek inspiration and community, you'd do no better than to book at few nights at the The Betsy Hotel. Known for its commitment to the humanities, you'll find everything from live music and open mic nights to a dedicated writer's room and a rotating art gallery.

But what if what you're really searching for is the ultimate in South Beach night life? Your best bet then would be to check in to the Shore Club South Beach, with a reputation for being all about the high-end party life. Between its multiple indoor-outdoor clubs and bars, and the world-famous Nobu restaurant on-site, it'll be surprising if you ever even make it to your room.

Then, of course, there are those who seek the kind of opulence most only dream of. For the vacationer whose taste in luxury knows no limits, we suggest a place like the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach or the The Setai Miami Beach. You'll find all your needs met, plus more pampering than you ever thought possible, at these grandiose hotels. Figure out what it is you're looking for in a hotel and then consult the full list below before making your reservation.

Edgewater South Beach
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This gorgeous hotel will transport you from the excitement of SoBe nightlife to a peaceful Mediterranean villa. Just take the elevator up to the roof and listen to the crash of the ocean waves just a few feet away to see what we mean. You'll...  Read More

The Angler's Boutique Resort

Located on bustling Washington Avenue, this hotel is decidedly reserved, and yet manages to stand out completely. Nightclubs and restaurants surround the property, but with only 45 suites, this classically chic hotel is a welcome break from the...  Read More

The Crowne Plaza Z Ocean Hotel may not look like much from the outside, but rest assure that looks can be deceiving. The list of reasons to stay here is practically never ending: modern rooms with great sound systems, spacious showers, stylish...  Read More

This immaculately restored Art Deco hotel opened in 1940, and retains the original terrazzo floors and updated period decor. In keeping with the restoration, rooms and main seating areas are furnished with vintage-style wicker and teak...  Read More

Shore Club
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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, is so celebrated, along with signature restaurant Nobu, that...  Read More

The Standard Miami
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This hotel, just off the eastern end of the Venetian Causeway, provides a welcome retreat. Guest rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, high speed Internet, bathrobes, "Kiss My Face" bath products, a mini-bar filled with organic snack foods...  Read More

With the beach on one side and busy Collins Avenue on the other, you'll never be far from the action when staying at the Loews. An oceanfront pool and private beach are big draws, highlighted by the hotel's SOAK cabana program, which comes with...  Read More

The Betsy Hotel
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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...  Read More

Overlooking the oceanfront on South Beach, this stylish hotel, easily one of the most stunning designs on South Beach, is flanked by a 40-foot tower and beautiful Asian-inspired courtyard. Very exclusive, private, serene and sedate, The Setai...  Read More

The Art Moderne-style Ritz-Carlton is a gorgeous 1950s-era oceanfront property, highlighted by a stunning pool and an innovative full-service spa. The resort offers cheeky amenities such as a tanning butler - a nice-looking young man with a...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Priscilla

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