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The best Miami Beach hotels for your next vacation

Skip South Beach and head north to the best Miami Beach hotels for the ultimate in oceanfront rest and relaxation

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Miami Beach hotels and South Beach hotels offer entirely different vacation experiences. The latter might cost you a small fortune and, should you find yourself at a South Beach club at the end of the night, leave you confined to one very plush bed for longer than intended. Life above 21st Street is tamer, though sometimes not on weekends when an epic Miami day party descends on your beachfront accommodations. Lodging options tend to be more upscale and provide amenities beyond a basic gym and beach access—think spas with all sorts of hydrotherapies and Vegas-style shows right on the premises. Need help deciding which Miami Beach hotel is right for you? Peruse our list of the city’s top properties for guidance.      

Best Miami Beach hotels

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  • Surfside
  • price 4 of 4

The Art Deco district may be miles away from this historic property but 1930s glamour is very much present at the storied Surf Club. Now part of the luxe Four Seasons chain, the boutique property is run like an intimate members’ club where you’re treated warmly and everything and everyone is seemingly at your service.

Time Out tip: Le Sirenuse isn’t like any hotel restaurant. The Amalfi Coast import is a glamorous affair offering gourmet Italian eats and sophisticated cocktails.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Miami Beach
  • price 2 of 4

Rolling through Miami Beach on a limited budget doesn’t mean you and your pals need to slum it. Book a bunk in a shared room at this hip, full-service hostel and sleep within feet of one of the best cocktail bars in the country: the Broken Shaker.

Time Out tip: More on the money-saving front. Freehand Miami hosts tons of free events and pool parties, where you can score anything from beer to cocktails to a stitching lesson for zero dollars.

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  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

The Miami hotel to best all properties, past and present. It’s where the stars mingled in the ’60s and where celebs still flock to bask in its luxurious poolscape or tuck into plush VIP booths at LIV. Morris Lapidus’ “less is a bore” dictum gave way to the Fontainebleau’s undulating curves, checkered marble flooring and that breathtaking chandelier we’re still smitten with decades later.

Time Out tip: Save the room service for your next hotel stay, elsewhere, and dine Bleau: Pick from award-winning StripSteak, upscale Chinese spot Hakkasan and Scarpetta from celebrity chef Scott Conant. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

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  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • North Beach
  • price 3 of 4

The next time you overdo it on a sightseeing vacation, escape to the Carillon for the relaxing experience you hoped to have on your getaway. As a wellness property, guests have access to more than 200 exercise classes, a full thermal hydrotherapy experience and food and drink options designed to nourish not cancel your diet.

Time Out tip: Hello, spa! The Carillon’s expansive wellness facility is the place for traditional pampering—massages, facials, manicures—and new-wave treatments like sound healing and reflexology. 

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  • Spa hotels
  • Miami Beach
  • price 3 of 4

This Fontainebleau-adjacent beauty was also designed by the famed Morris Lapidus, giving it the same glitzy, MiMo feel of its larger, sister property. It boasts four pools, a spa and an outpost of celebrated sushi restaurant Nobu.

Time Out tip: Touted farm-to-table restaurant Malibu Farm found a home at the Eden Roc, overlooking the beach. Book ahead (locals love this place, too) to tuck into avocado pizza and showy Bloody Marys.  

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  • Spa hotels
  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

Equal parts modern lair and historic hideout, the Confidante beautifully marries Miami Beach’s iconic aesthetics. Saturdays bring a low-key party vibe to the hotel’s dual pools that fill up with colorful floaties and guests cooling off with boozy popsicles.

Time Out tip: The Confidante offers one of the better deals on day passes for locals and non-hotel guests. As little as $40 gives you access to lounge chairs, the pool and beach areas, discounted parking and more.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Miami Beach
  • price 3 of 4

This ultra-exclusive property is only open to members and hotel guests. The latter have access to boho-chic accommodations, an excellent pool and beach loungers, complete with food and drink service practically round the clock.

Time Out tip: One way around Soho House’s members-only policy is Cecconi’s, the on-site Italian restaurant. It’s charming and scenic, and won’t kick you out if you don’t belong. 

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  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

What’s not to like about this Ian Schrager masterpiece? He hurled the landmark 1955 Seville Hotel into the 21st century and decked it with splendor, haute cuisine and next-level entertainment. The white-marble lobby is a beautiful meditation on classic modernism, offering an arresting preview of what’s to come upstairs.

Time Out tip: We’ll never tire of recommending Basement, Miami Beach’s three-in-one nightlife destination. You can drink, bowl, ice skate and dance in one neon-tastic place.

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  • Miami Beach
  • price 4 of 4

Before people started calling things extra, there was Alan Faena. From hiring world-renowned artists to deck the walls of his crimson palace and acquiring a massive, million-dollar work by Damien Hirst to adorn the poolscape to splashing gold on nearly everything, the Argentinean hotelier pulled no stops on his extraordinary Mid-Beach property. 

Time Out tip: Skip the clubs and head to the Faena Theater, the on-site cabaret that puts on shows, musical performances, concerts and more. 

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