Miami Beach is world famous for its top-of-the line accommodations, the high-end service and the amazing views of the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. So many decisions go into choosing the perfect place to lay your head at the end of a busy vacation day - Do you want a big hotel or a small one? What amenities would you like? Is there onsite dining? Is it in a walkable location? Does it have a spa? Is it a beach-front property?
Let’s make it easy and break down some of the kinds of hotels you can choose from on famous Miami Beach. The rest is easy, just arrive, check in and enjoy.
Signature Miami Beach
Everyone has a different idea of a signature Miami Beach accommodation. To some, it’s a stay in a glam deco building, a throwback to a different time; to others it’s a hotel that has swanky health spa, or it's an international private members-only club on the beach. If you fall into the first camp, the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach are icons of the classic Miami Beach look.
The Eden Roc has a long history as a celebrity hot spot dating back to the 1950s. Since then it has hosted names like Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. This oceanfront hotel is a treasure of the area and an updated capsule of modern architecture. The Fontainebleau is the hotel of all hotels. In fact, it’s more like a village than a hotel - there are eight restaurants; eight lounges, bars and clubs; a spa; multiple pools; shops and more. The best word to describe the Fontainebleau is fabulous, where you can expect only the finest of everything from the service to the décor details. The Deauville Beach Resort has a long history of hosting shows for greats like Ed Sullivan and The Beatles and pop culture greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more. The Deauville has recently been renovated, but the original charm and glam remains and the sounds of music history are alive every night in The Deauville Lounge.
The Soho Beach House is the local branch of the international private club. This beautifully designed club is the hangout for the chicest group of international jetsetters. Book a treatment at the Cowshed Spa, make a reservation for a meal at the acclaimed Cecconi’s, or check the calendar of upcoming events for a screening or party to attend while in town.
The Spa at Canyon Ranch Hotel is a one-of-a-kind whole body experience. Keep your body healthy with fresh ocean air, medical services, healing energy treatments, life management resources and food and nutrition counseling.
For a bigger space with a kitchen or kitchenette, and an experience closer to a luxury apartment and less like an ordinary hotel room, check out the all-suite residences at the Grand Beach Hotel and Churchill Suites Crown Miami Beach.
The views from the Miami Beach Resort & Spa of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean shouldn’t be missed – and they won’t be with your room’s floor to ceiling glass windows. There’s a handful of restaurants on the premises with a variety of options and styles. Exciting water activities include deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and more.
Enjoy the perks of The Palms Hotel & Spa experience at the AVEDA spa, the gourmet cuisine at Essensia and the beautiful nature all around you at this beach resort.
Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach and Spa is an affordable way to spend time in the middle of it all on Miami Beach with all the amenities of a full service spa facility. This beachfront hotel has suites and rooms as well as a rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurant. Westgate South Beach is “More space. More amenities. More vacation.”
Want to stick with a hotel brand name that you trust? Just about every major name in hotels has an outpost in Miami Beach, one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. Check out the Holiday Inn Miami Beach, Courtyard By Marriott Miami Beach Oceanfront, Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort and Days Inn Miami Beach. At the Four Points Hotel By Sheraton Miami Beach they’ve preserved the historic Miami Modern (MiMo) facade of the building while renovating the inside to provide 216 clean and beachy fabulous guest rooms, junior suites and executive suites.
Claridge Hotel Miami Beach is a Spanish style home and true boutique hotel with stellar attention to detail and a convenient location just a block off the beach on famous Collins Avenue. Mimosa Hotel is a casual and chic oceanside boutique hotel on Miami Beach. Enjoy the onsite Café Frappe Bistro and the helpful and knowledgeable concierge staff. Ocean Spray Miami Beach Hotel is a reasonably priced boutique hotel in the heart of it all on Collins Avenue and 43rd Street.
Traditional Hotel Alternatives
Will you be in town for a while? Looking for a low key, more residential alternative to a traditional hotel? MIAVAC might be more your style. Plan your next vacation in a rental property to suit your needs and budget.
Whether you’re a fan of the traditional European hostel experience or not, The Freehand will make you a fan. This creative new concept for the “urban traveler” is a hybrid of chic boutique hotel (think: haute local cuisine, a bar specializing in fresh mixology and trendy art work) and raucous sleepover complete with bunk beds. Mix and mingle in a communal environment at the first upscale hostel in America.
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