Save Your Pennies At These 10 Best Budget Hotels In Miami

If you've ever seen a TV show or movie based in Miami, you're probably convinced that it's a place of extreme wealth. And if you've ever visited areas like Coral Gables and Brickell, you might believe that this city is wholly unaffordable to the average joe. After all, there are stunning high rises, posh restaurants, and luxury cars throughout this town. But local know that while there is an incredible amount of affluence here, it's not entirely impossible to get by on less than stellar means, even when visiting. 

In fact, there are plenty of places in which you can stay that won't have you breaking the bank. Take the New Yorker Boutique Hotel, for example. This kitschy little place in the heart of MiMo is the perfect place to stay if you simply need a nice place to rest your head while visiting town.

Or if you'd rather stay beach side, one thrifty place to shack up in is the SoBe Hostel. It's right in the middle of the commotion and will save you tons of money, as beds frequently go for as low as $20 a night.

Before booking your next flight and hotel stay, read through this list and see if we don't save you an extra buck or two.



For those looking for a long-term stay without spending a fortune, Habitat, a combination condo and hotel, might be the place for you. Located in the posh neighborhood of Brickell, these apartment-style accommodations offer short and long-term stays, from daily to weekly and even monthly. Aside from finding yourself in a prime location (close to shops, restaurants, even grocery stores), you'll also get free wifi and parking with your stay in your brightly lit, modernly furnished room. If you're staying longer, you'll certainly appreciate the fully equipped kitchens plus the on-site gym and pool. Those in town on business might also enjoy use of the conference room and events space.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: While not the cheapest accommodations in Miami, Habitat Residence makes it possible to visit like you live here, with ample space at a bargain.

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Wishes Hotel provides adults-only accommodations at an affordable rate, perfect for anyone dropping into Miami for a night or two who isn't looking to be in the midst of South Beach nor so far removed from the nightlife. This modest hotel is relatively close to the airport and just a few blocks from the Little Havana sector of Calle Ocho (eighth street), meaning not far from rich Cuban culture and cuisine. Amenities include free parking and free wifi, with jacuzzis in executive suites. Those celebrating a romantic getaway can also enjoy added perks like champagne (with keepsake flutes), chocolates, flowers, and candles.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: If you're looking to go budget while in the company of a significant other, Wishes is an excellent option.

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Being a chain hotel, this Holiday Inn Express is required to meet certain standards in order to continue operating under the HI brand. But while some locations might exhibit less than stellar customer service or subpar cleanliness, this Holiday Inn Express is one of the best (if not the best) in all Miami Dade. If you're only visiting briefly and don't really anticipate much time on the east side of town, or if you rather stay relatively close to your hotel, this is a great spot for you to land in. Rooms are spotless and spacious, with in-room wifi and a gym and pool--the standard hotel amenities.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Those looking to go budget while staying close to the airport would be wise to book a night or two at this Holiday Inn Express.

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When it comes to relatively cheap hotels in downtown South Beach, Miami, this all-suite boutique hotel is one of the classiest and most reasonably priced. Registered as a National Historic Monument yet boasting a sleek, modern interior, the hotel offers 22 impressively spacious suites featuring fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets and gorgeous decor. Guests at the Nassau also enjoy free beach towels and beach chairs to use at the beach across the street, complimentary continental breakfast, and even VIP access to certain nightclubs. With all this plus an on-site move theater and plenty of attractions within walking distance, it's difficult to believe the rates at this sensational SoBe treasure.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: While the Nassau isn't as cheap as a hostel bed, it is a steal for the size of their rooms. Plus, in-house movie theater!

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It's hip, it's hot, and for under $100 a night, you can call it home--at least, temporarily. The Whitelaw Hotel has a reputation for being something of a party spot, especially during high tourist season. Party-lovers flock to this cheeky and contemporary hotel. Their rooms are right out of a boudoir photography session, mainly white with black and hot pink accents, crystal chandeliers, and the occasional loud pattern, plus fully stocked mini-fridges, marble bathrooms, and the coziest duvets ever. Get the party started with complimentary nightly drinks from 7-8pm, or if you're looking to stay healthy, try the complimentary yoga class on Saturday mornings at 10:30.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Whitelaw is the budget hotel for the 24 hour party people of SoBe. It's in the thick of the action, yet doesn't sacrifice comfort. Bravo!

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Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach
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If you're looking for cheap without going the motels route, Miami, Florida has just the place: Townhouse Hotel in South Beach, 30 seconds from the Atlantic. Described by the designer as "a happy, unpretentious place for people who have style but don't need to spend a lot of money," this cheerful, no-frills hotel offers 69 minimalist rooms with bright, fresh decor. A complimentary Parisian breakfast, body pillows in each room, relaxing rain showers, well-stocked mini fridges, a gift shop (for those last minute items to take home), an award-winning sushi restaurant and a rooftop terrace with plenty of relaxed seating (and even a bar, because hello, South Beach!) complete this perfectly-priced package.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Townhouse is as aesthetically pleasing as it is pleasing to the wallet. Enjoy the sound of waves crashing (from your room or the terrace). Perfection.

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The New Yorker Boutique Hotel located in the MiMo district of Miami displays a kitschy combo of contemporary decor and 1950s era accents. And it's no wonder since its technically housed within an old 1950s motel. The hotel is just minutes from most of Miami's popular attractions, including South Beach, Downtown Miami (where you'll find the American Airlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace), Wynwood (Miami's arts district), and Little Havana (the ultimate location for a Miami experience). As far as amenities go, the hotel has a swimming pool (open 24 hours a day), free parking (a luxury in this town), washer and dryers on site (plus a free pick up and delivery dry cleaning service), free wifi, and a delicious continental breakfast served in their outdoor patio (weather permitting), plus free coffee all day long in their lobby.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The New Yorker's modest rates, pleasant perks, and excellent location make it a favorite among 10Best readers.

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Visitors seeking cheap motels for an economical Miami, Florida vacation can raise their expectations without raising their price range at the award-winning Essex House. Just one block from the ocean in the Art Deco District, this boutique beauty is ideal for budget-minded travelers, with off-season rates under $100. The rooms and lavish courtyard suites are polished and pristine, while the picturesque veranda, pool and lounge offer a respite from the boisterous bustle of South Beach. On-site dining options include Zen Sai Restaurant, with poolside dining available and a lively happy hour nightly from 4-7pm. Complimentary delux continental breakfast is also available for guests, where you can nosh on muffins, danish, and more.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Essex House provides beautiful accommodations in the thick of the SoBe action while allowing you to spend more of your cash on jet-skiing and bar-hopping.

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The Freehand has been the spot to land in for years–"a happening spot located on the quieter Indian Creek strip of lower mid-Beach that attracts lovers of no fuss good times. Featuring an array of accomodations ranging from King Suites and private Bungalows to shared dorms and more, you'll find the right room for your free (or free-but-still-more-reserved) spirit. On site, you'll find a pool and two superb spots for cocktails and more (Broken Shaker and 27). Those who want to wander off property can do so using one of the hotel's complimentary bikes–"and those who don't ride can just hop conveniently located public transit around the beach area.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Freehand has been the wallet-friendly choice for locals and tourists alike for nearly a decade, and shows no signs of faltering.

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Lovely and laid-back, this satisfyingly cheap hotel's location in the heart of South Beach, Miami delights, while the playful lobby design, down-to-earth staff and simple, chic rooms bring a smile to every guest's face. Visitors can unwind in a poolside cabana or head across the street for a swim in the ocean. Once the sun sets, guests can enjoy cocktails and board games at Play Bar and Lounge followed by a delectable dinner on the front porch, an experience that embodies SoBe style without SoBe prices. Check out their website for various specials, like their Would You Wynwood package deal, which includes 10% off their best rates, plus daily breakfast buffet for two, complimentary cocktail for two, a full-day's bike rental in Wynwood (also for two), plus Wynwood Brewing Tour and Tasting (once again, for two).

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Circa 39 allows for a comfortable stay with plenty of activity nearby to keep you entertained. Suitable for the young (at heart) and budget-minded traveler!

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