Hotels In Miami Beach’s Mid-Beach Neighborhood

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

While South Beach might get all the glory, it’s now thriving neighbor known as Mid-Beach — which extends north from 23rd to 63rd streets and east from Indian Creek to the Atlantic — is a must-see destination. Don’t underestimate its quiet location. The area is now packed with a unique mix of new high-end resorts, boutique gems and high-end hostels that boast buzzy restaurants, energetic nightlife and entertainment.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

If you want to know where the recent revival of Mid-Beach began — the iconic Fountainebleau hotel lays claim to the bragging rights after a billion-dollar reimagination in 2008. A longtime symbol of Miami’s glamorous golden era, where cool kids like the Rat Pack used to hang, the hotel is once again bustling with activity day and night. The sprawling resort built by famous architect Morris Lapidus offers 22-acres of nightlife, great restaurants and plenty of space to relax or meet for business. Retreat to two-story Lapis Spa known for its soothing water features or join the sun-soaked parties and concerts that happen at the expansive poolscape. In the evenings, a well-heeled crowd moves across the lobby’s bow tie-pattern floors to have cocktails at Bleau Bar, dine at a dizzying array of restaurants like Michael Mina’s Stripsteak, Pizza & Burger, Scott Conant’s Scarpetta, or Hakkasan, or to party the night away at Liv. 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

    Faena Hotel Miami Beach

    Considered one of the most over-the-top additions to the neighborhood, the luxe hotel Faena is the brainchild of Argentine developer and hotelier Alan Faena who is turning the surrounding blocks of 32nd to 36th Streets into the culturally focused Faena District. From a dramatic red-carpet entrance to jaw-dropping art pieces like a 24-karat-gold mammoth by Damien Hirst, and rooms and suites draped in bright red, this hotel offers a glam stay. Dining is elevated thanks to Asian-fusion Pao by Paul Qui, live-fire cooking at Los Fuegos by Argentine super-star chef Francis Mallmann and Tree of Life, an outdoor tropical retreat with hand-painted mosaic seating and columns made of seashells. Mingle with other locals at the Living Room, which gives off the glam vibes of an old Hollywood movie; settle into a seat at intimate Saxony Bar; or reserve a table at Faena Theater, where shows range from a seductive cabaret to a jazz series. Book a spa day at colorful Tierra Santa Healing House for shaman-inspired treatments and body-healing rituals. 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

      Miami Beach EDITION

      Ice skating rink in Miami? Yep, this cool hotel has one, and it’s a playground for nightlife and upscale dining. With the feeling of a boutique hotel, but the amenities and perks of a resort, EDITION offers 294 guestrooms and suites, including 28 private oceanfront bungalows and a posh rooftop penthouse. Michelin-starred chef and culinary genius Jean Georges Vongerichten developed the dining scene with his signature restaurant Matador Room for a modern take on Latin cuisine and stunning views of the ocean, inventive and delicious pizzas at the casual Market, fun cocktails served in copper pineapples at Matador Bar and al fresco dining at Tropicale. Bounce between two large pools during the day, revitalize at the spa, and then hit Basement — a nightclub, hip bowling alley and indoor ice-skating rink all in one hub. 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

        The Confidante

        Housed in a building constructed in the 40s, The Confidante is a beachside retreat that celebrates its retro-glam roots with 345 rooms and suites (some with wraparound balconies) decked out in mid-century modern décor. The airy hotel is all about bright colors and will just make you happy. One of Miami’s top chefs, Richard Hales, will set your taste buds on fire with his hot fried chicken and mouth-watering burgers at Southern-inspired restaurant Bird & Bone. Also available are beachside bites and drinks served in coconuts at The Backyard and authentic Cuban coffee at Cafecito Bar. Rejuvenate at the rooftop spa for a treatment in an air-conditioned cabana and choose from their epic floatie menu to float in one of the resort’s two pools that are lined with cabanas for rent and chairs adorned in bright colors and stripes. 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

          Generator Miami

          This shiny new upscale hostel by the hip UK hospitality brand Generator is a looker — meaning it doesn’t look like most hostels you’ve probably seen before. Your eyes will be drawn to all of Generator Miami’s design details meant for Instagrammable moments. The hostel is also packed with plenty of places to hang out. A stay here means all 103 rooms come with a view, whether it’s the Atlantic Ocean, Miami Beach canals, Downtown Miami or the pool, and guests can choose between private and shared rooms. Kick back at the poolside bar Driftway for frozen cocktails and a photo of the bar’s giant iguana mural, then indulge in top-notch food at Jim and Neesie, the intimate lobby bar and restaurant that’s always buzzing with activity. 3120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

            Freehand Miami

            While not as new as the Generator, Freehand Miami’s hip hostel still knows how to draw a lively crowd of world travelers as well as locals. Known for being light on the wallet, thanks to a wide selection of shared and private guestrooms meant for every budget and style, it’s heavy on award-winning food and drinks. After a laidback day by the pool, mingle in the tropical courtyard of Broken Shaker, a sceney staple for inventive drinks concocted with fresh-pressed produce and garnishes from the property’s onsite garden. For one of the best and most creative meals in the area, snag a candlelit table at 27 Restaurant, where the menu rotates seasonally and plates are served family-style. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL


              While located on busy Collins Avenue, just steps from the beach, this bright boutique hotel feels like a secret enclave tucked away from the masses. Circa39 offers a mix of vintage and tropical touches throughout, the ambiance immediately sets the tone for a laidback getaway — like you’re staying at someone’s beach bungalow. The centerpiece of the hotel is WunderGarden, where locals and visitors gather in the lush courtyard filled with palm trees, exotic plants and plenty of spots to relax; expect weekend events like barbeques and yoga classes. You’ll want to grab a chair at the cheery WunderBar where the cocktails are focused on rum — more than 80 different brands — and then indulge in global comfort food at whimsical Jules Kitchen. 3900 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

                Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

                Now under Marriott's luxury chain banner, Autograph Collection, this recently refurbished, 357-room hotel on the ocean offers mid-century architecture and sea-inspired design for a true coastal getaway. Hang under the palapa-roofed Bungalow by the Sea for cocktails and frosé made with fresh strawberries, then dine at gorgeous Donna Mare Trattoria — an authentic Italian trattoria that serves seafood including traditional branzino, Neapolitan pizzas and house-made pastas. Make a splash at the main pool, unwind in a cabana at the adults-only pool, or choose one of the Cadillac Signature Experiences, where guests can engage in curated experiences from a seaplane adventure to the beautiful Florida Keys, a private luxury yacht filled with a day of sailing and snorkeling or a chartered fishing trip. 3925 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

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