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The 10 best cheap hotels in Miami

Save on your next stay in the Magic City with our guide to the best cheap hotels in Miami, plus Brickell and the beaches

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A South Florida vacation can seem expensive, but it’s actually quite affordable when you consider the multitude of cheap hotels in Miami. With options in the heart of Art Deco Miami, along with downtown Miami and in neighborhoods in-between, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Not sure what to do with all that cash you’re saving on accommodations? Spend it eating your way through the Magic City, tasting all the delicious food served at the best restaurants in Miami. Now that's money well spent!

Best cheap hotels in Miami

1

Freehand

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Small, intimate and quirky, the Freehand has more character than many of its South Beach competitors. The interior is a whimsical Pueblo-Deco blend, dotted with vintage pieces from flea markets. Pleasant rooms—choose from shared rooms for four or eight or private rooms for two—offer tasteful touches such as writing desks—indeed, the whole place has a homey feel. Not so retro is the Broken Shaker, the hotel’s bar—which is as popular with locals as it is with guests—where handcrafted cocktails are the drinks du jour. 27 Restaurant, the adjacent locavore concept from Bar Lab, serves up dishes inspired by Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Minimum: Pay as little as $60 a night when you book a shared room.

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South Beach
2

The Vagabond Hotel

Draped in the neighborhood’s signature MiMo-style architecture, this charming, 44-room hotel features modern amenities with retro accents. At the center of the bi-level property is a pristine mosaic pool, whose iconic tile mermaid was restored from the original. Most of the rooms are small, fitting only an armoire rather than a full closet, but comfortable and contemporary. Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, the restaurant on property, serves modern gastro fare and a lively brunch on Sundays.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally, starting at $109 a night for a standard king room.

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Upper East Side
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Hotel Victor

Adjacent to the Versace Mansion, the Victor is every bit as rich and opulent as the designer label itself. Another designer, however, Jacques Garcia (the man behind Paris’s Hôtel Costes), is responsible for beautifully adapting the 1930s into the Victor’s modern structure. He based the interiors on warm beige tones and distinctly accented the lobby with bold ox blood, magenta and emerald furnishings. The mosaic-tiled pool—while small—is similarly striking, as are the spa (with hammam) and Bice Ristorante. Luxurious guest rooms have a touch of boudoir about them, plus infinity bathtubs and huge walk-in showers.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $229 a night.

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South Beach
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Atton Brickell Miami

Chilean hospitality company Atton Hotels’ first U.S. outpost does not disappoint. The rooms at this flagship property are sleek and airy, particularly suites, which are nearly 1000 square feet. For incredible views of Brickell and downtown Miami, head to the pool deck. Atton receives its share of business travelers, given its proximity to the airport and financial institutions headquartered nearby, but it's also convenient for families who wish to stay close to a number of popular Miami attractions.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $152 a night.

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Brickell
5

El Paseo Hotel

Feel like you’ve been transported to the Ramblas of Barcelona when you stay in this charming boutique hotel right on Española Way. From the Mediterranean-style architecture to its location on one of the area’s busiest pedestrian strips, El Paseo offers a taste of Europe in South Beach. Rooms are clean and spacious, and some even feature a small kitchen. You won’t find a pool (or an elevator!) but the beach and shopping are mere steps away.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $152 a night.

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South Beach
6

Casa Claridge’s at Faena Miami Beach

How does an apartment-style hotel stand out in beautiful, Art Deco-driven Miami Beach? First, it needs a notable patron, which you have in Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, who purchased the property, restored its 520 rooms and christened it Casa Claridge’s at Faena Miami Beach. The Mediterranean-style hotel features contemporary rooms, a sun-drenched courtyard and a garden terrace, where guests can relax and sip cocktails. It's on the western side of Collins Avenue, but the beach is but a mere two-minute walk away.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $152 a night.

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Mid Beach
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7

Circa 39

This boutique hotel brings the South Beach party north to Mid-Beach. The airy lobby ticks the trendy boxes: white walls, Starck-style furniture and artsy light fixtures. Purple corridors and a red elevator liven up the minimalism. Wunderbar, off the lobby, is where guests congregate at happy hour. The vibe is generally lively, especially by the small pool and courtyard, which has curtained beds for canoodling. Rooms range in size but are all generally spacious and comfortable.  

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: average $150 a night. Receive two-for-one cocktails at Wunderbar when you book directly on the hotel's website.

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Mid Beach
8

Hotel Urbano Miami

You don’t always get what you pay for, like in the case of Hotel Urbano, a surprisingly affordable hotel in the residential part of Brickell. One would expect to shell out hundreds for accommodations that are just a short drive away from Key Biscayne and its numerous attractions, as well as Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Port of Miami. To that end, Hotel Urbano is a perfect place for cruisers looking to spend a few days in the city before sailing to the Caribbean. You won’t find sprawling downtown views at Hotel Urbano, but you will get stellar service and a convenient location.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: average $100 a night.

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Brickell
9

Hotel Breakwater

This Art Deco beauty is one of the most well-known boutique properties in the area. You’d recognize that grand, nautical-inspired spire anywhere. If it seems like the ocean-facing hotel is about to set sail, well, that’s the point. Though stylistically in the past, the Breakwater’s amenities, restaurant and lounge position it rightfully in the present. Not to be missed are the aquarium-style plunge pool and scenic rooftop.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $189 a night.

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South Beach
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10

YVE Hotel

With downtown Miami’s nightlife and dining scenes on the upswing, staying in South Beach puts you far away from the action. YVE Hotel, located just across the street from Bayside Marketplace, is near it all: head north five minutes to Wynwood, drive over the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach and walk south on Biscayne Boulevard to Brickell, where you’ll find some of the hottest restaurants and rooftop bars. Location comes at the expense of amplitude, as rooms tend to be on the smaller side. Basic amenities are included in the price of your stay, but valet is extra and rather expensive. Compensate for parking with discounted drinks at Biscayne Tavern, the downstairs pub offering a daily happy hour.

Minimum: Rates fluctuate seasonally; right now: $130 a night.

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