Florida

Hotels in Florida

Commanding an enviable position on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom’s front gates, the South Seas–inflected Polynesian is a circa-1971 Disney original.

With at least 80 inns and B&B's squeezed onto the eight-square-mile island, Key West may well be America's most "inn" town. So what makes the Mermaid & the Alligator stand out?

Just two blocks from the St. Johns River, this three-story home has been carefully restored since it was built in 1902 as the home of a well-to-do entrepreneur. A pitched gable roof shelters the 600-square-foot main house, which has six uniquely decorated rooms.

The magnificent, flamingo-pink Don CeSar Beach Resort with its Moorish bell towers and turrets, has dominated the St. Petersburg skyline since 1928, but is often overlooked by travelers in search of Florida sun.

Art is everywhere in the 247-room Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, which has received numerous accolades, including the T+L 500. The Grand Bohemian Gallery features more than 100 pieces by artists like Odell Etim, Jean Claude Roy, Richard Hill, Danielle Miller, and Mitch Kolbe.

446-room resort on a barrier island 35 miles from Jacksonville. All rooms have private balconies with coastal views. A roster of daily activities includes guided nature walks along sand dunes and evening bonfires.

Over-the-top decor is this boutique hotel's trademark: crystal chandeliers and tufted throne-like seating in the main area complete the art decor decor. The three story hotel is located on South Beach's Collins Avenue, making it popular with those looking frequent the nearby party scene.

In addition to free bike rentals, the property has a range of accommodations—from a five-bedroom house (a.k.a. the Love Shack) to a cozy en suite room decked out in Old Florida florals and whitewashed antiques.

Miami's first W property is a major departure for the brand: all 408 spacious residences have a French bohemian aesthetic, and are done in various shades of white and gray.

From your balcony at this African-themed Orlando lodge, you just might spot a giraffe, bongo, or wildebeest roaming the surrounding savannah. Dinner stars Kenyan-coffee-braised short ribs and Swahili shrimp curry. At dusk, don night-vision goggles and tour the grounds by open-air truck.

One of the most photographed Key West homes for its accurately restored Colonial Queen Anne architecture, this Old Town hotel is known for its historic columns and gingerbread elements. This six-room guesthouse has been in operation for more than 30 years and now sports purple shutters and rockin

The quirky property features six airy cottages (and one regular room). Its eccentric owner will loan you books from her personal library for enjoying in the surrounding hammocks.

Rita Hayworth and Gregory Peck are among the stars who once stayed at this revamped 1920 compound, another product of Henry Flagler's bold vision.