By: Shayne Benowitz
Check out these boutique hotels in Miami and Miami Beach.
Boutique hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Some are modern. Some are retro. Some are relaxed, secluded hideaways while others are hotspots for the see-and-be-seen. Some are full-service featuring every amenity under the sun and others focus on doing a few things really well while leaving the rest to the city you’re exploring.
The common thread amongst boutique hotels is that they all aim to create their own unique world for visitors with an attention to personalized hospitality. They’re typically independent hotels with significantly fewer rooms than big brands or lavish resorts. And they’re often a less expensive alternative.
The boutique trend has taken off and large hotels with hundreds of rooms are adopting the boutique aesthetic. It’s a response to what today’s travelers are looking for. They want a stylish hotel that reflects the city they’re visiting and not just the same tired lobby, room and dining experience that could exist anywhere. Hotel groups like Marriott, Thompson and W are responding by offering their hallmark service in unique hotel designs from city to city.
Miami is a prime city for boutique hotel stays with a collection of properties bursting with character and so much variety to choose from. Here are a few of the most dynamic and unique boutiques in Miami and Miami Beach.
Sense Beach House
Italian entrepreneur and real estate professional Ciro Campagnoli describes his 18-room Sense Beach House as a “micro-boutique.” Located in South Beach’s relaxed and residential SoFi neighborhood, his hotel is designed to feel like you’re checking into your friends’ beach house for the weekend—and a very chic one at that.
In soft shades of blue and sand with white-washed wooden tables and shelves stocked with nautical knick-knacks and hardbound books, the lobby vibe is more Hamptons cool than South Beach neon.
The onsite Local House restaurant is a favorite amongst locals, serving fresh, low-calorie fare (think, crispy octopus a la plancha, goat cheese croquettes and tuna tataki) inside and on the lovely wraparound front patio. It also boasts a game room, free paddleboards to borrow and a mellow rooftop pool with views of the ocean just across the street.
Rates start at $367 per night.
Fully renovated in 2014, Circa 39 is the new kid on the block once again on Collins Avenue across the street from the beach. With a pretty, bohemian design aesthetic, the 97-room hotel makes for a cozy, stylish stay. With plush loungers and floral umbrellas, the onsite pool is a great escape.
Benefitting from the guidance of sister property, The Palms Hotel & Spa’s executive chef Julie Frans, Jules Kitchen dishes up global comfort food from Thai lemongrass soup to Morrocan couscous salad to spaghetti Bolognese. WunderBar is also a destination for creative cocktails in a welcoming environment.
Rates start at $169 per night.
The Vagabond Hotel
One of the latest hotels to reinvigorate Miami’s Upper East Side neighborhood along Biscayne Boulevard, The Vagabond Hotel is a lovingly restored example of Miami Modern architecture. A former motel, the Vagabond has all the hallmarks of this space age aesthetic from its kitschy neon sign to playful acute angles, delta wing accents and an interplay between indoors and outdoors with catwalks, balconies and courtyards.
It also boasts a stellar destination restaurant, currently open for dinner, serving an eclectic mix of dishes from a mouth-watering cheeseburger to Hamachi tartate to ricotta gnocchi, by executive chef Alex Chang.
Rates start at $169 per night.
Vintro Hotel & Kitchen
A playfully chic art hotel on the periphery of South Beach’s Collins Park, Vintro Hotel opened in August 2014 with 50 rooms. Inside the former Park Ave. Hotel, Vintro honors the Art Deco history of the neighborhood’s past through the lobby’s “Memorabilia Mural” and other ephemera.
The property makes great use of its space with a rooftop deck and plunge pool complete with rainbow-bright hammocks for lounging. It also features a destination restaurant serving gourmet Mediterranean fare inside or outside on a beautifully landscaped patio with an unlikely waterfront view of the Collins Canal.
Rates start at $251 per night.
A cozy hideaway and rare Mediterranean Revival marvel on Washington Avenue, The Angler’s has been a boutique mainstay in South Beach since 2007. A lushly landscaped property with 49 extra-large rooms inclusive of duplexes and villas (some with private soaking pools or hot tubs), privacy and tranquility are the hallmarks here.
Featuring an interior courtyard pool and 660 Anglers restaurant serving modern pan-Latin fare and a delectable brunch, it’s easy to get comfortable at The Angler’s.
Rates start at $399 per night.
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