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8 Of Miami's Best Boutique Hotels

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There are people who, when on vacation, choose to stay at luxury resorts or 5-star hotels with sumptuous suites and grandiose entrances. There are also people who will look to be as economical as possible and choose to stay in place that allows them to save their money for other things. Then, there’s a third category: those who stay in boutiques, small hotels within unique urban environments that offer a comforting mix of simplicity and upscale accommodations. The good thing for those who want to visit Miami is that all three options are bountiful. Here we take a look at the third category, as we profile some of Miami’s most popular boutique hotels.

Residence Inn Miami Coconut Grove

First, we take you to Coconut Grove, a city with plenty to do, see, and eat. Hidden among the palms and oaks of South Miami is a lovely little boutique that is centered around a courtyard pool, known as the Residence Inn. Here, guests are welcomed by a friendly staff and are shown to their rooms, all of which are fully furnished and provide a relaxing atmosphere. Together, the perfect location and the myriad of helpful amenities allow guests to optimize their time in Coconut Grove.

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The Angler’s Hotel

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel close to Miami Beach, then the Angler’s Hotel is the place for you. Only a four-minute walk from the ocean, this chic hotel in the Art Deco district is a mile from the shops on Lincoln Road. Featuring bamboo floors, yoga mats, balconies, and terraces, the Angler’s refined studios and bi-level lofts have separate living areas complete with flat screen TVs, minibar, and other awesome accessories. The hotel also offers bike rentals for those who want to work up a sweat as they ride up and down the beautiful Miami Beach coastline.

An old postcard featuring the Angler's Hotel, Miami Beach, circa 1935 | Boston Public Library/Flickr
An old postcard featuring the Angler’s Hotel, Miami Beach, circa 1935 | Boston Public Library/Flickr

Sense Beach House

The white sands and electric atmosphere of South Beach are less than a two-minute walking distance from the Sense Beach House. This refined boutique hotel sits amid the shops, dining, and nightlife of South Beach’s Art Deco district. Bright, airy rooms feature iPhone docks, 46-inch flat-screens, minibars, and free WiFi. Guests have the option to pay a little extra for a balcony with a view of the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Sense Beach House also features a rooftop pool and terrace, a casual tapas-style restaurant (open all day), and a game room with ping pong and foosball. There is even a lovely parlor and a veranda to complete the sophisticated South Beach look.

Vagabond Hotel Miami

A block from US-1 in Miami’s Upper East Side, this retro-inspired boutique hotel is set in a legendary former motel built in 1953. Decorated with mid-century modern furnishings and geometric wall art, the room décor at the Vagabond is purposefully made to look a little outdated as an homage to its glory days. But don’t be fooled — the hotel has been renovated and is always ready to serve up a good time to its guests. Make sure to take a dip in the mermaid pool!

The Marlin Hotel

The Marlin Hotel is yet another South Beach classic located in the Art Deco district. Perfect for those who want to shop, go to the beach, and eat fantastic Floridian fare, this boutique is only a two-minute walk from Ocean Drive and the beach. It has been rated as one of the most high-tech hotels in Miami Beach, even though it was built in 1939. The 15 sleek rooms come with personalized iPads to control all in-room features, and the hotel even has two on-site studios and recording rooms for musicians.

The Marlin Boutique | Wikipedia Commons
The Marlin Boutique | Wikipedia Commons

Ithaca South Beach Hotel

If you are looking for a chic boutique with colorfully decorated rooms, exquisite dining, and close proximity to Ocean Drive, then look no further than the Ithaca South Beach Hotel. Wooden floors, contemporary art, modern furniture, and all the amenities and accessories that you may need are waiting for you inside one of Ithaca’s newly refurbished and redesigned suites. The moment you walk through the doors, you will recognize the luxury and charm of this unique hotel.

The Pelican

Overlooking Lummus Park, the Pelican boutique hotel was opened by Diesel Jeans, a highly successful denim retailer. It lies less than one mile from both Miami Beach and Lincoln Road. Quirky, retro-chic rooms feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Some rooms have ocean views and the downstairs common area is complete with a trendy restaurant serving the finest South Florida seafood. The Pelican also comes highly recommended by business travelers due to the spacious and well-equipped meeting facilities.

The Pelican Hotel at night | Carsten Titlbach/Flickr
The Pelican Hotel at night | Carsten Titlbach/Flickr

The Breakwater

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The Breakwater Hotel, Miami Beach
The Breakwater Hotel, Miami Beach | Courtesy of Phillip Pessar/Flickr

The Breakwater

The Breakwater in Miami Beach features contemporary rooms with colorful accents, as well as all the furnishings and accessories that travelers these days have come to expect. Another Art Deco-style boutique hotel, the Breakwater is less than a mile away from the shops of Lincoln Road as well as busy Miami Beach. Hotel amenities include a rooftop terrace, an upper-level pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and two on-site restaurants.

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