From Beach Glitz to Urban Ritz, Miami's Hotels Shine

Miami's hotel scene can be described by the same word that describes its climate: hotter than hot. All over the Magic City, you'll find accommodations ranging from the ever-so-shady hourly motel to the world-class, five-star resorts that attract celebrities and business moguls from all over. From Sunny Isles to Coconut Grove, there are hotels for every taste and budget in Miami. While some places may simply offer perks like airport shuttles and fitness centers, you'll quickly discover that in many Miami hotels, it's just as easy to find everything from poolside cabanas and private hot tubs to in-room spa treatments and fine dining experiences.

Art Deco boutique hotels like The Betsy boast proximity to the fast-paced nightlife of South Beach while giving their guests all the comforts of higher-end hotels at a fraction of the cost. Each of these hotels has its own personality and therefore attracts a different type of guest altogether, from life-of-the-party jetsetters to poets and artists looking for inspiration among the neon lights of Ocean Drive.

High rises abound on Miami's Midbeach and North Beach neighborhoods, but there is only one hotel that always stands out above the rest: The Fountainbleau. With its decades of notoriety as a prime spot for celebrities and film shoots, not to mention its above-the-rest accommodations, dining choices, and on-site nightclub, it continues to be the preferred hotel in our metropolis.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel sits on an ideal spot centrally located along seven miles of Fort Lauderdale's golden coastline, across from the tranquil Hugh Taylor State Park and the beautiful Bonnet House and Gardens. Sonesta Fort...  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

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

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
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For the ultimate posh hotel experience, the Mandarin Oriental is out of this world. Your every wish is granted at this five-star stunner, whether you are completing an important business transaction or simply looking for the ultimate experience...  Read More



Original art, oceanfront gardens, and rooms with a chic urban vibe combine to make The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour one of the top hotels in Miami. A highly desirable Collins Avenue address puts Miami's finest shopping just moments away; the...  Read More



Acqualina Resort & Spa is based in what some consider Florida's Riviera, a stretch of pristine beaches along Sunny Isles. This high-end destination features 188 residences and 98 rooms and suites along 4.5 acres of Miami beachfront property....  Read More



The Mondrian South Beach is situated in Miami Beach's West Avenue. This hotel, designed by Marcel Wanders, offers sweeping views of the Biscayne Bay, Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami. The Lincoln Road Mall and the Miami Beach Convention Center,...  Read More



The legendary Fountainbleau first opened its doors in 1954, in a Miami Beach that would be unrecognizable today. What started as an 11-story building with 554 guest rooms is now an epic resort housing 1504 rooms and suites; a 40,000 square-foot...  Read More

The Betsy - South Beach
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A lot of bang for the buck, The Betsy offers a SoBe home base that's right on the beach, but also within walking distance of bars, restaurants and entertainment. Although just a short walk from busy Lincoln Road, the Betsy's tranquil, cool...  Read More



Built in the mid 1930's, the Setai's handsome, modern look is consistent throughout this gorgeous hotel. A pared-down Asian design sensibility gives guests room to breathe. The landmark Art Deco building is a touch of the classic in comparison...  Read More


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