Hot Hotel Hangouts In Miami Beach

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Beach is a playground when it comes to dining, nightlife, spas and restaurants. Many of the hottest spots on the beach are found inside hotels. Whether it’s a laidback local crowd, a glitzy see-and-be-seen scene or late night revelry, make your way to these Miami Beach hotels.

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Freehand Miami

The ultimate in Miami Beach cool, The Freehand is a hip hostel with a local pulse. It’s home to the now iconic Broken Shaker cocktail bar serving the most inventive cocktails in Miami Beach inside its kitschy and lush backyard patio and pool. Its 27 Restaurant and Bar is equally inviting, with eclectic cuisine inspired by Miami’s melting pot of cultures, ranging from Caribbean to South American and Jewish comfort food. The Freehand has some of the most affordable rates in town, with both stylish private and shared rooms available.

    LIV at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    When it comes to an epic party in Miami Beach, there’s no place like LIV. Located inside the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort, the 18,000-square-foot megaclub boasts a domed ceiling, impressive light show and VIP tables lining the dance floor and mezzanine. World-class DJs such as David Guetta, Steve Angello and Tiësto are regulars here, laying down the beats that make the crowd bounce. That’s when the confetti starts flying and glow sticks come out. Bring your A game and dress to impress—this is one of the hottest velvet ropes in town.

      Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION

      Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION takes nightlife to another level. Here, you’ll find Discobox, an intimate dance club spinning everything from nu-disco to house, inspired by hotelier Ian Schrager’s legendary Studio 54. There are also a couple of unexpected features: a four-lane bowling alley and a small ice-skating rink. From playful to high-energy, you’ll find the vibe you’re looking for at one of the many spaces in the club.

        The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

        Fresh Mediterranean fare, bright yellow umbrellas, a beautiful crowd and sweeping views of Biscayne Bay make The Standard Spa, Miami Beach a stunning waterfront destination. The Lido Bayside Grill menu features a variety of small plates and entrees—some with a healthy bent, some with a Latin flair—and creative cocktails, to match. It’s also home to one of the most beautiful pools in Miami Beach, overlooking Biscayne Bay, as well as a popular spa with hammam, yoga and fitness classes. They offer membership to locals, so you’ll always find a hip scene here.

          Watr at the Rooftop at 1 Hotel South Beach

          For the best oceanfront rooftop bar, head straight to 1 Hotel South Beach where you’ll find Watr at the Rooftop on the 17th floor. Book a poolside cabana by day or mingle with South Beach scenesters by night. Either way, the views stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to South Beach’s Art Deco rooftops and Biscayne Bay will remind you why you’re vacationing here. This is the place to live out your “rosé all day” dreams and nibble on creative sushi rolls, like the sea bacon made with warm scallop, smoked salmon and crispy salmon skin.

            Faena District

            There’s only one hotel with an entire eight-block Miami Beach district named for it and that’s Faena. Conceived by flamboyant Argentinean hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena District is home to two Faena hotels, luxury condominiums, the Faena Forum and Faena Bazaar art centers. The Faena Miami Beach Hotel is a fantastical world of contemporary art, lavish design and fine dining. With show-stopping works on display by legendary pop artist Damien Hirst and a gilded cathedral-like entrance with murals by Juan Gatti, the hotel is a work of art unto itself. Restaurants include Los Fuegos and Pao by James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui. And they’re some of the hottest tables in town.

              The Rose Bar at Delano

              The Delano was originally built in 1947 and became a modern day hotspot when hotelier Ian Schrager reopened it in 1995 with fabulous, surrealist interiors by star designer Philippe Starck. The hotel revived South Beach’s sizzle and introduced the lobby bar scene with celebrity splashed parties attended by Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. Today, you can get a taste of that with a cocktail at the Delano’s Rose Bar situated in the lobby.

                Mini Bar at Urbanica Hotel, The Meridian

                Mini Bar is found inside the boutique Urbanica at the Meridian Hotel, and the name pretty much sums it up. The miniature space is home to a small wraparound bar, a wall of banquette seating and a few high-top tables for a cozy cocktail bar. A courtyard crawling with bougainvillea expands the space and makes you feel like you’re in someone’s backyard. It’s a popular spot among locals with excellent cocktails, groovy DJs and intimate, approachable vibes.

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