Locally known as the MiMo district (Miami Modern), Miami’s Upper East Side is rich with art, ranging from the 1950s to the present. Much of that art can be discovered in boutique hotels, many of which – though recently renovated – maintain their classic charm and chic style. Read our list to discover five great hotels on Miami’s Upper East Side.
Hotel New Yorker
In 2009, a husband and wife converted an old 1950’s motel into a modern classic with charm. Hotel New Yorker perfectly melds the chic style of old New York with the now trendy Miami beach. Rooms are a good size and each one is decorated in a unique way, with colored walls, retro artwork, and modern furniture. The boutique hotel is located in the MiMo district, making it a great location for exploring the nearby arts district. Wake up and enjoy a tasty, free continental breakfast out on the adorable outdoor nook, and then set out for some sites, or just relax by the pool for the day. The staff is extremely cordial and is happy to help you with anything you need during your stay.
Hotel New Yorker, 6500 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 759 5823
Vagabond Hotel Sign | ©Phillip Pessar/Flickr
The Vagabond Hotel is a new hotel established in the Upper East Side Miami area. The beautiful modern rooms are the perfect place to get some rest after a long day exploring the city or hitting up the beach. Don’t worry if you don’t make it to the ocean right away, as the Vagabond pool is one of the hottest spots in the neighborhoods. The deluxe pool features a mermaid fountain and is the location of frequent live musical performances, and a popular pool bar for happy hour. After having a couple of drinks, head inside and enjoy a delicious dinner in the contemporary dining room and restaurant. Menu items include sweet and sour shrimp, beef tartare, and endive salads. Be on the lookout for the chili pepper cocktail!
Vagabond Hotel, 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 400 8420
Hostel Lounge | ©Wugging Gavagai/Flickr
Enjoy your stay at this casual Miami hotel. Perfect for a quick weekend away, Hotel Mimo offers large rooms with a soft, soothing atmosphere that makes it easy to relax. The lounge is often bustling with activity, as it is a community space for dining, using the free wifi on hotel computers, and more. There is free private parking available, as well as air-conditioning in all of the rooms to stay cool from the warm Miami heat. The rooms are smoking free zones, but each one is equipped with cable, perfect for a movie night in. Ask the friendly staff about local things to do in the area, many of which include historical sites, beach activities, shopping, and sports events. Look out for special group discounts and other reservation packages.
Hotel Mimo, 7126 Biscayne blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 456 7233
Comfortable Outdoor Lounge | ©Niall Kennedy/loridalickr
Motel Bianco brings a fresh, new look to the hotels of the Upper East Side of Miami. The boutique lodgings were renovated in 2009, complete with trendy interior design, modern décor, and a comfortable ambiance in a premium, up and coming neighborhood. The hotel rooms are available within a U-shaped courtyard, which is a great place to enjoy the sun in a beautiful outdoor lounge. The staff is helpful, friendly, and bi-lingual! Guests receive a special discount at Idol’s, a famous gym located nearby, featuring with state of the art equipment and certified trainers. There are at least ten delicious restaurants in walking distance, including a sushi bar, health food store, and cozy café. Be on the lookout for bright orange architectural features.
Motel Bianco, 5255 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 751 8696
Motel Room | ©Oakridge Camp & Retreat Center/Flickr
If you’re just passing through this Miami area, the Midtown Inn is a great place to stay for the night. The inn features large rooms, spacious showers, and new furniture. Receive a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, which is perfect to enjoy in a cabana by the outdoor pool, or out on the patio. There are a few casual restaurants nearby, as well as a gas station to fill up to continue on the rest of your journey. Midtown Inn is an older hotel, well established in the Upper East Side area, but it has free wifi, cable TV, and laundry service. Ask the staff at reception about local tourist attractions and fun things to do in town.
Midtown Inn, 3400 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 573 7700