Hotels in Florida

There’s more than just the appealingly retro name: the basic but clean rooms have kitchens, and the parking spaces are big enough to accommodate both a car and a boat.

South Florida hotel spas trembled at the arrival of Canyon Ranch in Miami in 2007, when they annexed and renovated the old Carillion Hotel.

Miami has been a city of big, brash hotels since the 1950’s. Although the landscape is always changing, a few properties rise above the rest, including South Beach’s Tides.

This luxury resort sits on 300 acres in Aventura, a suburb of Miami. The hotel’s terracotta roof and lush landscaping lend the feel of a Mediterranean villa, and the guest rooms and suites are decorated in a soothing neutral palette with red-orange and pale green accents.

The oceanfront property newly reopened with its stellar snorkeling program intact. Stay in one of 212 tropical-chic rooms then dine at the Atlantic's Edge restaurant, where the chef will prepare your own catch.

The most sophisticated digs in this part of the Gulf Coast, with citrus-hued rooms and apartment-like suites.

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Situated on nearly 500 acres of powdery, white-sand beaches and secluded pine forests, the David Rockwell-designed WaterColor Inn & Resort contains 60, cheerfully appointed beachfront rooms with walk-in showers and balconies.

Spanish-colonial-style hotel on a barrier island with an intimate feel, thanks to a high staff-to-guest ratio.

This grand South Florida resort, set on 26 palm-shrouded acres along the quiet Estero Bay in the Gulf Coast, is known for family-friendly features and activities galore.

The 44-unit motel has brightly colored rooms, an on-site heated pool, and free cooked-to-order breakfasts for guests at one of two local diners.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa is located on a 20-acre private island in Biscayne Bay.

This 109-suite hotel at the southern tip of Ocean Drive (the quieter end of South Beach) couldn’t be closer to the ocean. The sumptuous suites, only 10 per floor, come with kitchens or kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, and gilt- and-upholstered headboards.