Hotels in South Beach
While known for its ultra-luxurious beachfront resorts, there are hotels in South Beach to fit every budget. For example, the pocket-friendly Catalina Hotel and Beach Club offers VIP passes and free happy hour cocktails so that guests can party like rock stars without breaking the bank. Another affordable alternative to the high-end chains on the beachfront is the Clinton Hotel, just two blocks from South Beach's white sands.
One of the best hotels in South Beach is the SLS Hotel South Beach. Money not a problem? Book the Lenny Kravitz-designed Penthouse Suite. Other upscale lodgings include The Ritz Carlton, The Mondrian and The Standard.
For art connoisseurs looking for a South Beach hotel, the Albion offers guests private tours of their famous contemporary collection, while the Art Deco style of the Delano will impress architecture focused travelers.
A great gay-friendly South Beach Hotel is Lords South Beach. The hotel's App provides guests with a run down of what to do and where to go in the area.
With the words sleep with me emblazoned on its front windows —as well as on the T's worn by the buff staff—Aqua is bound to attract a sexy crowd. Besides the blue condom waiting for you on the bed, another turn-on is the impressively big and stylish rooms.
Nearly 10 years after its splashy opening, the Shore Club remains one of the top spots in Miami to ogle beautiful people modeling the latest designer swimwear.
With an art deco exterior, the Albion hotel sits on James Avenue on Lincoln Road Mall, right in the middle of South Beach's hotspots. Having undergone a total renovation in 2005, the interior boasts modern touches like clean lined white sofas accented with orange and green pillows.
Set apart from the teeming ocean side of South Beach, the Mondrian holds a plum spot on the isle’s opposite shore along Biscayne Bay, with views of the glass towers of downtown.
When Ian Schrager opened the Delano, a revamped 1940s Art Deco building, in 1995, it was considered a brave, even misguided move, as South Beach was then seedy indeed. But the hotel changed local narratives of design and geography.
The Catalina takes the value-added approach to South Beach nightlife and succeeds without feeling cheap or cheesy. Guests receive free VIP passes to clubs like Mansion and free frozen mojitos during the daily cocktail hour, served under the thatched roof of the Tiki Bar or in the sleek Red Bar.
Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami′s best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids′ programs, and a pristine beach.
Picturesque, serene and located on Miami Beach, the Standard spa offers the perfect wellness getaway. At the spa, you can revel in all types of hydrotherapy at the Aroma Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Roman Waterfall Tub, and more.
Opened in 1998, this sprawling beachfront hotel is located on South Beach’s famed Collins Avenue, lined with historic Art Deco hotels built in the 1960’s.
A 1940 Art Deco masterpiece that served as a backdrop for many Esther Williams films, this hotel delivers the grace and pure fantasy of old-line Miami. After an Andre Balazs update in 2002, it's now filled with wicker furniture and done in a color scheme of muted tans and olive greens.
With some 40 floors, the Setai rises over South Beach like an opulent obelisk, serving as a playground for damn-the-expense visitors.
Located just two blocks from the beach and a five- to ten-minute walk from local clubs and restaurants, the Clinton Hotel has become popular with vacationers in their twenties and thirties.
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.