New hotels in Miami are a dime a dozen, but that doesn’t mean they’re all worth talking about, or, for that matter, staying in. After the Las Vegas Strip, Collins Avenue is the street most known for its large number of hotels. Historic buildings during the Art Deco era of the ‘20s and ‘30s put Miami Beach on the architectural map and earned the coastal city its land of neon reputation. Landmark buildings have shuddered their doors through the years and undergone facelifts, leaving their iconic façades untouched while converting the insides into contemporary wonders. Last year, new additions to Miami’s hospitality roster included The Gale & Regent Hotel, The James Royal, The Trump in Doral, and the swank SLS. This year showed no signs of slowing down, with a bounty of humble abodes luring visitors to land of neon streets and pink flamingos. These are the ones worth settling in to.
Metropolitan by COMO
Nestled in historic South Beach, the Metropolitan opened in March after a renovation that took the 1920’s Art Deco building from retro to urban modernity. The 74 guest parlors are flooded with natural light and awash with sea-foam green, just in case you missed the whole oceanfront memo. Head up to the rooftop spa and hydrotherapy pool for an uplift of the soul. When you feel like coming back down to earth, there’s the private beach—only a few feet away.
South Beach Hotel
Don’t just walk by this hidden gem that’s tucked away adjacent to Collins Park and a block away from the Atlantic—stay a while. Local artists furnish the cozy 51-room guesthouse via an Artist in Residence program. Feel right at home in the mod-ish but restrained digs where you can order room service right to your bed from the in-house restaurant, Orange Blossom.
Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
The novel Hilton Cabana Miami Beach sits pretty on millionaire’s row and is surrounded by a plethora of upscale eateries and entertainment venues. Oversized rooms are disguised as beachside cabanas and pixie dusted with a dash of 1950’s glamour. Floor-to-ceiling windows remind you that the ocean is mere feet away and the in-house French brasserie, L’echon, takes your taste buds on a trip to Paris.
Hippies will feel right at home upon entering Vintro and finding an air stream in the middle of the first floor garden. You’ll think you’re walking into a library when entering the elevator that’s wallpapered with books from top to bottom. Then let loose in your psychedelic chamber where nothing but glass separates the bed from the voyeur shower.