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The best hotels in South Beach for your next getaway

After a vacation that mixes up relaxation with nights out on the town? South Beach has got you covered. Here’s the best hotels to stay at

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Paula Akpan
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Perhaps you're a Miami aficionado after a swift splash in the top swimming pools in Miami after being invited to a great-looking Miami pool party. Or, maybe you're just visiting the area, searching for the best setting for your well-deserved break. Either way, South Beach is filled to the brim with stunning, exciting and top-tier hotels. We’ve drawn up a list of some of the best, to help you get the slice of Miami paradise you deserve.

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The 1 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. It’s also the proud owner of South Beach’s only water-facing rooftop and, even more uniquely, is one of the world’s only hotels selling a signature scent candle for guests to take home with them. Breathe deep and relax.

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In our opinion, 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–Thu, 4–6pm) 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. 

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Raise your hand if you book hotels based on their proximity to your favourite bars? Good, so we’re not alone on this one. If you like to scoot about town on a bike (the hotel lets you borrow one for free), you don’t care to stay on the shore and you’re a fan of Manhattan export Employees Only (which is on-premises), then this hip hotel is for you. Just a few blocks from Ocean Drive, Washington Park Hotel offers guests complimentary lounge chair rentals on the sand, comfortable lodging and accessibility to a number of South Beach sites, including Swizzle, Wolfsonian-FIU and others.

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This historic boutique property whose— once known as the illustrious Ritz Plaza Hotel—is a playground for the hard-partying out-of-towner. Hyde Beach provides many a late-night soirée and daytime pool parties, while restaurants Bazaar and Katsuya are the on-site hot spots to check out in between. If it ever gets to be too much, saunter your way upstairs to your plush suite for a well-deserved snooze. 

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Travelling 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 American at the Dutch or upscale Chinese at Mr. Chow. You'll be eating for fuel as a night of dancing at the W's fabulous club, the Living Room, is in order.

 

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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 the 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. Who cares about traffic when your itinerary for the day is tan, eat, repeat?

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Affordable luxury does exist in Miami and nowhere is it more obvious than at the Nautilus, the Art Deco hotel in the heart of South Beach. Following extensive renovations and upgrades to its 250 rooms, this spot exudes luxury beach-house vibes without the upcharge of neighbouring accommodations. Looking to make a weekend of it? Head downstairs to the namesake restaurant from one of the city’s best rosé brunches overlooking the pool. 

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This Ocean Drive hotel 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 here. The hotel’s gorgeous new wing and fresh restaurants—not to mention the breath-taking rooftop overlooking the ocean—is a welcome source of inspiration for all. 

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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 - the lap of luxury.

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