In the Scene: Hot Hotel Hangouts
on Miami Beach

FDR Bar at the Delano
FDR Bar at the Delano

By: Kara Franker

Where to stay in the scene on Miami Beach.

From its chic South of Fifth neighborhood to the sandy shores of Sunny Isles Beach, Miami is packed with a range of boutique and high-rise hideaways that promise everything from trendy spas and world-renowned dining, to swank lounges and haute pool parties. Check out these Miami Beach mainstays for a fabulous day or night like you’ve never had before.


Sleek Sophistication

The Bazaar by Jose Andres 

Located in the heart of Collins Avenue, the sexy-meets-sophisticated SLS South Beach is a Philippe Starck masterpiece. With 140 hotel rooms, delectable dining at The Bazaar by José Andrés, and panoramic Atlantic Ocean views everywhere you turn, the SLS is where people go to see and be seen. Nestled by the pool, Hyde Beach is Hyde Lounge’s first-ever oceanfront location.


Classic Pool Party Scene

The Delano pool at night 

One of the hottest hotels on South Beach, the Delano is where A-listers, celebrities and Miami’s finest go to sip cocktails by the pool and experience a taste of the good life. Adorned in white, this Ian Schrager gem sits right on the sand, and boasts flowy linen drapes, Alice-in-Wonderland gardens, a dazzling cabana-lined pool, contemporary furniture and some of the best service around. Join the beautiful people and start your day with spa treatments at Agua, hang with DJ’s by the pool, have dinner at Bianca, and spend your night drinking Manhattans at the posh FDR lounge. Once you’re at the Delano, you never have to leave.


Historic Luxury

LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau 

Sporting decades of historic charm and an architectural aesthetic that impresses even the most discerning travelers, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a destination all on its own. The spacious hotel has 1,504 luxurious guestrooms, 20 acres of oceanfront property, world-renowned pools, a 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa, and 12 fine-dining and casual restaurants, bars and lounges. You won’t want to skip a meal at StripSteak by Michael Mina and Hakkasan. After dinner, dress to impress and head to LIV. Located in the lobby of the Fontainebleau, its where celebrities, A-listers and top DJ’s from across the globe come to pop bottles at VIP tables, dance and be fabulous.


The Newest Hotspot

Seagrape restaurant at Thompson Hotel 

A trendy spin on Old Florida, the Thompson Miami Beach is where casual glamour meets boho-chic. Inspired by the beach, it boasts 380 guestrooms and suites, two heated pools, vibrant poolside cabanas and bungalows, an open-air rooftop spa and lush, tropical surroundings. When it comes to food and drinks, the Thompson doesn’t disappoint. James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein opened her signature Floridian brasserie, Seagrape, and just across from it, Top Chef alum Dale Talde has his namesake Asian-American concept, TALDE. After dinner, there’s nowhere more exclusive than 1930’s House. Occupying a real house built in the 1930’s, this Spanish-inspired cocktail bungalow promises live music, couture cocktails, sexy Spanish vibes and beautiful people-watching all night long.


Tourist Mecca

Clevelander Rooftop Terrace 

An Ocean Drive icon, the historic Clevelander Hotel is known for its high octane pool parties, large menu of frozen drinks, and classic Art Deco vibes. Home to 60 rooms, two rooftop terraces, four poolside bars, a world-famous pool patio stage, and views of everything from the downtown skyline to its own backyard – the Atlantic Ocean – this is one hot and touristy hangout that never cools down.

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