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The best hotels in South Beach for your next getaway

After a vacation that mixes relaxing with nights out on the town? South Beach has got you covered.

Written by
Virginia Gil
&
Paula Akpan
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Georgia Evans
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Whether you’re a Miami native or a tepid tourist exploring Vice City for the first time, South Beach is an ideal neighborhood to base a well-deserved break. Renowned for its beach (obvs), fantastic club scene and tip-top restaurants, SoBe is also packed with fantastic hotels. Below we’ve listed the area’s very finest establishments, to make sure your stay in one of Miami’s most glamorous ‘hoods is as paradisical as it should be.

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Best hotels in South Beach

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The 1 Hotel offers grade-A luxury you can feel pretty good about accepting. This whole resort is eco-friendly, as the reclaimed wood used throughout will keep reminding you. As for entertainment? You've got four glistening pools to choose from, watersports activities, and a sublime spa. It’s also the proud owner of South Beach’s only water-facing rooftop with a pool (which is adult-only) and, even more uniquely, is one of the world’s only hotels selling a signature scent candle for guests to take home with them. Even more reason to breathe deep and relax.

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In our opinion, The Standard properties—including our London favorites—never fail to deliver, so it should come as no surprise to learn that this one on Belle Isle is also an unmissable spot. It’s only a short cab ride from the main part of South Beach, but it’s also far enough outside to feel ultra-relaxed. Get into the holiday feeling by sipping frosé served at the Lido, especially during its High Tide happy hour (Mon to Thu, 4pm until 6pm) when it’s just $7. Oh, and you probably don’t want to miss the hotel’s pool parties.

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It’s tall, dark, and handsome—your type on paper but, you know, the luxury hotel version. Thankfully, a room at the South Beach property is probably easier to land than a date in Miami, plus you’ll feel great after spending the night here. Book one of the Setai’s fabulous suites and prepare for the five-star treatment, luxury amenities, and a private pool area where spotting celebrities is almost guaranteed.

Some people like huge, swish hotel brands and others prefer smaller, more boutique-y type places. That’s just the way the world works. The Redbury certainly fits into the latter camp, a very pretty establishment with eclectically styled rooms, a chic aesthetic and a romantic Mediterranean restaurant. Oh, and we wouldn’t want to forget the pool. Up on the roof, it’s a perfect spot for cocktails, canapes and working up a good tan.

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This historic boutique property – once known as the illustrious Ritz Plaza Hotel—is a playground for the hard-partying out-of-towner looking to explore the Art Deco historic district. SLS South Beach provides many a late-night soirée and daytime pool party, while Spanish restaurant Bazaar and haven for Japanese sushi Katsuya are the onsite foodie hotspots to check out in-between events. If it ever gets to be too much, no bother. Just saunter your way to your plush suite for a well-deserved snooze or soak in one of the massive tubs.

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Traveling with pets? Bring your pampered pooch to the W, where they'll be spoiled like the furry kings and queens they are. You'll get the royal treatment too, staying in rooms that boast floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting areas, and multiple balconies for views of Collins Avenue and the beach. Guests get complimentary beach chairs and plenty of shaded areas to sit poolside. Come dinnertime, head downstairs for modern Italian-American at RWSB or upscale Chinese at Mr. Chow. End the evening with a nightcap at the Living Room, the hotel's vibey lobby bar.

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If you’re a Miami driver, you likely dread this corner of South Beach for being one of the ’hood’s busiest intersections. But Gale’s central location is partly what makes it so attractive to tourists. You'll find a rooftop lounge, a tasty Italian restaurant, and a sexy cocktail bar, the Regent, all under one roof. Found minutes away from the beach, this plush pad will have you strolling along the shoreline and cooling off in the pool when temperatures rise. Who cares about traffic when your itinerary for the day is tan, eat, repeat?

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The best thing about Nautilus isn’t just that it’s in a ridiculously gorgeous 1950s-era Art Deco building, nor that it’s got a fabulous outdoor pool surrounded by cabanas and offers tons of spa services. The absolute best thing about Nautilus is its price. Nowhere else in Miami can you get quite so much luxury at quite such reasonable prices.

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If you're looking to be right in the buzz of Ocean Drive's shopping and entertainment opportunities, look no further. This place has become somewhat of a literary haunt thanks to its Writer’s Room, a program that offers creatives temporary lodging and a platform to share their finished products. But, fear not, you don’t need to be writing the next great American novel to stay at The Betsy. This hotel’s gorgeous new wing and fresh restaurants, not to mention the breath-taking rooftop overlooking the ocean, offer a welcome source of inspiration for all who visit.

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Situated opposite Miami Beach, this popular resort features a full-service spa alongside six restaurants and lounges, so you're sure to be well looked after during your stay. Though the Loews is known for hosting the odd convention,  you’ll see more swimsuits than three-piece suits. While it caters to business types, families and large groups love it for its spacious rooms and plentiful space for lounging and relaxing. There’s a gigantic fitness center and luxury spa, an oceanfront swimming pool, and 20 butler-serviced cabanas – talk about living in the lap of luxury.

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