The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Miami

Miami's boutique hotels offer a more intimate glimpse into the unique personalities of the city's many neighborhoods
Miami's boutique hotels offer a more intimate glimpse into the unique personalities of the city's many neighborhoods | Courtesy of the Standard Spa Miami Beach / Expedia
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23 October 2020

After exploring Miami’s diverse neighbourhoods like Overtown and Little Havana, or maybe spending the day soaking up rays on South Beach, complete your trip to the Floridian city in style by booking one of these handpicked boutique hotels to stay in.

Choosing the perfect place to unwind after a long day of gallivanting isn’t exactly an easy feat. You might decide to stay in Miami Beach for easy access to the shoreline and nightlife, or perhaps you’d prefer to be closer to the city’s artistic and cultural core. Maybe you’re more focused on amenities and want to find a place that offers attractive wellness facilities or a homey, community-type feel. Whether you’re looking for luxury or design-focused accommodations, something budget-friendly or a laid-back vibe, these are some of the best boutique hotels to check out in Miami.

Life House Little Havana

Boutique Hotel
4/5 (138 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $198 per night

Located in the heart of Little Havana, the Life House wants its guests to imagine they are fearless expeditionists on a worldly journey. Each room is brimming with exotic textiles, trinkets and treasures unique to Little Havana’s tropical, verdant landscape. Old Spanish mosaic tiles, crisp white bed linens, woven mahogany chests and black-and-white photographs transport guests into a Havana of yore. With a charming Cuban café plus a rooftop bar and restaurant, Life House encourages its guests to make friends. Its ideally located, only minutes from nightly live music at Ball & Chain and the indie-film haunt Tower Theater, and is just a short drive from Wynwood or downtown.

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Mayfair Hotel and Spa

3.2/5 (1144 Reviews)
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Made famous by a legendary performance from Jim Morrison and the Doors, Coconut Grove is a hippie hideaway in Miami’s otherwise suburban South Miami community. Located in Cocowalk – Coconut Grove’s recreational artery – the Mayfair Hotel and Spa is a luxury boutique hotel. In addition to its world-class spa, the hotel also features a rooftop pool and lounge. With a tropical modern aesthetic, the Mayfair is a quiet respite from the somewhat buzzing streets outside, yet it’s perfectly located to access some of the area’s best dining, including seafood joint the Spillover and Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Glass & Vine. As Coconut Grove is known for its sailing community, staying at the Mayfair means you’re just a short trip away from climbing aboard a vessel of your own.
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Gale South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton

Boutique Hotel, Business Hotel, Hotel
4.2/5 (964 Reviews)
Gale South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton, Miami
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Price Drop
Now from $163 per night

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, offers a rustic and simple Mediterranean fare, plus an unbeatable daily happy hour. Upstairs in the hotel, you’re guaranteed some peace and quiet, with cozy bathrobes and beautiful Italian linens welcoming you in for a restful night’s sleep. Located along Collins Avenue, this hotel offers convenient access to all of South Beach’s most compelling nightlife destinations.

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  • The Copper Door B and B

    Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
    4.4/5 (229 Reviews)
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    Overtown is one of Miami’s most historic black neighborhoods, and the area is regaled for launching the careers of some of the world’s most prominent jazz musicians. The Copper Door B&B pays homage to Overtown’s historical roots, with 1940s-style appointed rooms, an Art Deco architectural aesthetic and frequent events. The in-room breakfast, though, is the real draw – the B&B offers guests chef-inspired meals, often featuring perfectly cooked eggs, avocado toast and local bread from Zak the Baker. Perched just outside of downtown Miami, and conveniently located next to a major highway, the Copper Door B&B is a great option for travelers eager to explore the city from its historic core.

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    The Vagabond Hotel

    Motel, Hotel
    Vagabond Hotel
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    This 1950s Miami Modernist classic recently got a major revamp, taking the property from frumpy motel to boujee hotel. Its on-site pool is likely the biggest draw, with a Botticelli-esque sculpture welcoming guests in for a swim. The pool is a local favorite, as is the newly renovated sushi restaurant located near the lobby of the hotel. Situated in the heart of the MiMo District, the Vagabond is a perfect crash pad for exploring Miami’s more eclectic side. Little Haiti is just around the corner; you can check out its colorful Caribbean-themed town center, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, for a show, explore the area’s many galleries or even try your hand at improv at the Villain Theater.
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    Freehand Miami

    Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hostel, Hotel
    3.7/5 (964 Reviews)
    Price Drop
    Now from $89 per night

    A bohemian hostel located on a quieter strip of Miami Beach, Freehand offers affordable and on-trend digs and plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with other guests. Head down to the courtyard pool and snag some cocktails at Broken Shaker, repeatedly recognized as having some of the best libations in the city. Alternatively, grab a bite at 27 Restaurant & Bar, which fuses Florida cuisine with Caribbean favorites at dinner and brunch; the daily eggs benedict, an ever-changing mash-up of flavors to cure any hangover, is a must-try. With four- or eight-bed quads plus intimate suites, Freehand is perfect for solo travelers and groups alike.

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    The Standard Spa Miami Beach

    Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.1/5 (776 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $185 per night
    This 1960s-era property got a dose of cool when the Standard took over, complete with a renovation that now makes it one of the most enviable stays in the city. There’s plenty to gush over at this unique hotel, including the mid-century modern furnishings, the pool deck overlooking Biscayne Bay or the lush garden courtyards and outdoor bathtubs perfect for soaking in the Miami heat. The spa, however, is the real draw. With a built-in marble hammam, arctic plunge mud lounge and Finnish sauna, it’s easy to spend your entire stay holed up in its quarters. The Standard’s Juice Café & Terrace is a perfect treat after a long soak.
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    These recommendations were updated on October 23, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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