Miami Beach is a coastal city in Florida and is situated on a mixture of man made and natural islands. It has been one of the United States’ premier beach resorts for many decades, indeed since the beginning of the twentieth century. The city has a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters. Indeed, other than the Florida Keys, Miami Beach has the the warmest winter in the entire United States. It also has the warmest ocean surf on the US mainland. It is no wonder then that Miami Beach attracts millions of tourists every year, both domestically and people coming from abroad.
There is therefore no shortage of places to stay and no matter your budget or expectations you will be able to find something that you will think is absolutely fabulous. This article looks at the top ten hotels in Miami Beach. They are all incredible although this should not stop you from searching around and perhaps looking at other options. Make sure you book early if you do want to stay at any of the hotels listed below. Due to their incredible service and facilities they often get booked up quickly.
Gale South Beach (from $183 per night)
Link to website – http://hotel-rn.com/
If you are looking for art-deco and for a building that stays true to its roots then the Gale South Beach hotel will not disappoint you. It combines comfy furnishing with modern style and has marble bathrooms and rainfall showers. iHome docking stations are treated as normal across all rooms and there are also LED televisions. Try out the rooftop pool area which has plenty of lounge chairs so you won’t ever be searching which happens at other hotels regularly. The on ite Dolce Italia restaurant provides a range of pizza and pasta dishes. You could also try out the Regent cocktail club. There is an on site Rec room with dDJs playing through the night so those guests who are looking for something a bit quieter are advised to book a room that is higher up in the hotel where you are less likely to be disturbed from the noise.
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach (from $189 per night)
Link to website – http://www.shelbornewyndhamgrand.com/
The Shelborne provides a quintessentially typical Miami Beach experience and is very retro. It is located right on South Beach, in the center of the city’s art-deco district and you could well be back in the 1940s. Nonetheless, although this hotel is typically 1940s in style, it is also modern and has all the modern facilities you would wish for. It has 42 inch interactive Smart TVs, complimentary wifi access and iHome docking stations. The decor is inspired by the 1950s. The pool is fantastic with a diving board and pool bar and some say that the service here is the best they have ever had anywhere. It is just moments from the beach which must be this place’s best asset.
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami (from $420 per night)
Link to website – http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/bal-harbour
You travel to the Ritz-Carlton not to go mad and experience the hustle and bustle of South Beach but to shut away and relax. The hotel has a 10,000 square foot spa as well as a great bistro restaurant and a wonderful pool. It is situated in Bal Harbour, about 10 miles from South Beach. A great place if you want a bit of luxury.
Carillon Miami Beach (from $395 per night)
Link to website – http://www.carillonhotel.com
This is the place you go if you want a wellness retreat. There is a hige array of spa treatments and fitness classes available. One of the reasons why the price is higher is because they expect you to make the most of the facilities. It is located on the bustling Collins Avenue but guests still get a great night’s sleep. Rooms feature private balconies and deep soaking tubs as well as kitchens and appliances. The service is second to none here.
The Confidante (from $199 per night)
Link to website – https://theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Another hotel that is 1950s style and it enjoys semi-isolation up the beach. It is located in the northern end of South Beach which tends to be a lot quieter. There are two pools and an on site spa as well as several bars and restaurants. Free wifi is available. If you want good views then go for a balcony room.
The Betsy, South Beach (from $460 per night)
Link to website – http://www.thebetsyhotel.com/
This boutique hotel is much quieter than other hotels in the area. The facilities are brilliant with Thassos marble bathrooms, walk in showers and rainforest shower heads. You can get high speed wifi across the complex and there are even tvs in the bathroom mirrors! There are even orchids put in each room to welcome you. It is quite pricey but the facilities speak volumes.
The Miami Beach EDITION (from $293 per night)
Link to website – http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach
Located right on the beach but away from many of the other big resorts, the EDITION hotel has a wealth of amenities, including a basement nightclub, an ice skating rink, a bowling alley and a spa. The beach is simply stunning and the bars and restaurants make the place really good. A fine hotel which is especially good if you want to party when you are on holiday.
The Setai Miami Beach (from $489 per night)
Link to website – http://www.thesetaihotel.com
A very classy establishment with a strong art deco theme. It also has Asian influences to its design which makes it quite unique. Rooms include flat screen tvs and rainfall showers. The in house spa is brilliant and there are 3 infinity pools. The hotel has an Asian inspired restaurant and a Mediterranean one. Both highly recommended.
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (from $525 per night)
Link to website – http://www.acqualinaresort.com/
The Acqualina is pricey but they don’t take their 5 stars lightly. The service at this spa resort is impeccable. The rooms have private balconies and double sinks. There are four outdoor pools and 3 indoor eateries.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (from $649 per night)
Link to website – http://www.stregisbalharbour.com/
The St Regis is the most expensive hotel on our list and it is also the youngest, having been founded in 2012. It has quickly gained a fantastic reputation however. It has an unbeatable location and the rooms are spacious and well furnished. There are four on site restaurants which are all highly recommended and the hotel has several infinity pools. A great place for couples to stay.