The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Miami

Enjoy the tranquil oasis of Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove on your next trip to Miami
Enjoy the tranquil oasis of Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove on your next trip to Miami | Courtesy of Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove /
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27 January 2022

Fusing beaches, nightlife, art and culture, Miami is a coastal metropolis bursting with character. Whether you spend your days lounging on South Beach or exploring Little Havana, the vibrant Wynwood Arts District, the Design District or the Art Deco Historic District, make the most of your trip by staying at one of the best boutique hotels in Miami, Florida – all bookable with Culture Trip.

The Balfour Miami Beach, for a peaceful retreat

Retro hip guest room with wood furnishings, artful touches and khaki shades at the Balfour Miami Beach
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Tucked just off South Beach on buzzing Ocean Drive, this Art Deco boutique hotel has been in business since 1940. Inside, historic meets hip and classic meets modern in rooms and suites that combine classic tropical design – think wood furnishings, ceiling fans and muted khaki shades – with rainfall showers, plush beds and Lavazza coffeemakers. The U-shaped property hugs a peaceful inner courtyard where you can relax by the pool while nibbling Latin-inspired coastal dishes.

The Julia, for adults-only sophistication

Located in Miami’s affluent South of Fifth neighborhood, just blocks from the beach, this adults-only boutique hotel boasts elegant interior design, original artwork and 20ft (6m) ceilings. From shopping on Lincoln Road to strolling through the 17-acre (7ha) South Pointe Park, there’s plenty to keep you occupied within walking distance – though you’ll have to tear yourself away from the hotel’s cheese-and-wine happy hour first.

The Mutiny Hotel, for bayside bliss

Outdoor swimming pool area with coral-striped lounge chairs and palm trees at the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove, Miami
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Flanked by the clear waters of Biscayne Bay in upscale Coconut Grove, 5mi (8km) from Downtown Miami, this boutique hotel will draw you in with its lush landscaping and stunning sailing bays. After an adrenaline-filled day of boating and water sports just steps from the hotel, enjoy some well-earned yuca fries and seafood paella at Table 14 Bar and Restaurant or cook up your catch of the day in your suite’s full kitchen.

Circa 39 Hotel, for a cheery beachside getaway

Outdoor dining area with playful patterns and vibrant colors at Circa 39 Hotel in Miami Beach
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Located steps from the sand, this friendly boutique hotel in Miami Beach brightens your stay with playful patterns and vibrant colors, from the cushions to the curtains to the statement walls in each room. Embrace that vacation feeling with a rum-infused cocktail on the leafy poolside deck or grab a complimentary umbrella and beach chair on the seafront. The connecting rooms are ideal for trips with family or friends.

Hotel St. Michel, for a taste of Italy

Sleek dining room in tan and chocolate shades with green moss pillars and bar at Hotel St. Michel in Coral Gables, Miami
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Wrapped in leafy vines, Hotel St. Michel will have you stopping for a photo before you realize it’s where you’re spending the night. Once you’ve checked in, head to the Peloton-powered gym for an energizing workout or make a beeline for Zucca, where you can indulge in regional Italian cuisine – from delicate, cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms to succulent grilled meats – with over 2,000 wine pairings to choose from.

Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove, for cruising on dry land

Retro chic king room in shades of aqua blue with polished wood floors and balcony at Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove
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Views of Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline surround this tranquil oasis. The exterior resembles a cruise ship – a theme that continues inside with a breathtaking nautical motif by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and rooms with white-railed terraces and pothole windows. Head to the sun-splashed rooftop pool deck, where you can dig into Italian antipasti and paninis as you enjoy the view.

Palihouse Miami Beach, for beachy boho chic

Stylish seating area with curved couch, pink rug and large windows with tropical foliage views at Palihouse Miami Beach
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Sitting along the prestigious Indian Creek Waterway, this boutique hotel in Miami Beach blends beachy boho elements – pastel hues, nautical stripes, mix-and-match antique furnishings, leafy plants – with apartment-style amenities like kitchenettes. When you’re not sipping cocktails by the outdoor pool, take advantage of the complimentary Beach Butler service to transport your umbrella, chair and towel to and from your favorite local beach spot.

Life House Little Havana, for a Cuban adventure

Relaxed rooftop bar with rattan chairs, string lighting and abundant plant life at Life House, Little Havana, Miami
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Old Spanish mosaic tiles, woven mahogany chests and black-and-white photographs transport you to a Havana of yore at this boutique hotel in Little Havana. Make new friends at the hotel’s charming Cuban cafe or sociable rooftop bar before venturing out to nearby Ball and Chain for nightly live music or Tower Theater to catch an indie flick. When you want to explore further afield, Wynwood and Downtown are only a short drive away.

Gale South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton, for an Art Deco escape

Art Deco-style rooftop pool with marine blue-striped lounge and ocean views at Gale South Beach
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Think of the Gale as that swanky speakeasy hundreds of partygoers would be desperate to get into. Its classic-meets-cool cocktail bar is open nightly for both guests and Miamians, and regularly invites local jazz musicians to play into the early-morning hours. Its celebrated Italian restaurant, Dolce, pairs rustic Mediterranean food with an unbeatable daily happy hour. In the rooms, you’re guaranteed some peace and quiet, with cozy bathrobes and soft Italian linens welcoming you in for a restful night’s sleep. Located along Collins Avenue, this hotel offers convenient access to Miami Beach nightlife.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Nicole Martinez.

Still not found your ideal hotel in the Magic City? See more options by browsing our guide to where to book a stay in Miami, the best hotels in Miami, the best cheap hotels to book for your Miami trip, luxe boutique hotels to book in Miami Beach, or these luxurious stays, then book your stay with Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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