In a mostly flat city, the Downtown Miami skyline pulls focus with its glistening skyscrapers that are home to captivating condos, buzzing bars and high-end hotels. Fortunately, for the budget-conscious traveler, there are a few places in the heart of it all that won’t empty your wallet.
The Copper Door Bed and Breakfast
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The Copper Door is situated in Overtown | Courtesy of The Copper Door Bed and Breakfast / Hotels.com
Located in the historic Overtown neighborhood, this building has returned to its 1940s glory in the form of a cozy bed and breakfast. The Copper Door’s vintage-style rooms feature a full-, queen- or king-size bed. It also has three two-room suites with more of a boutique hotel feel than a traditional B&B. Many of the rooms feature accent walls or ceilings, with Instagram-friendly wallpaper, intricately tiled bathrooms and views of the garden. The complimentary daily breakfast always feels personal, with deftly fried eggs, freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sweet potato hashes. The Copper Door also hosts pop-up community events.
When one conjures the image of a Downtown Miami hotel, they typically see something like the glossy lobby and modern room design at YVE. From the lobby and the rooms to the yoga mats in the gym, bright accents from Miami’s signature color palette dot the hotel. Most guest rooms either look out at the skyline or Biscayne Bay. The hotel’s affordable bar and restaurant, Biscayne Tavern, caps off the list of on-site amenities with its American menu and more than a dozen craft beers. Location-wise, the hotel is a short walk away from Bayside Marketplace as well as the city’s basketball arena, which also hosts concerts.
Stay Alfred Brickell is like a home away from home | Courtesy of Stay Alfred Brickell / Hotels.com
Stay Alfred Brickell takes the best, coziest parts of an Airbnb or vacation rental and adds hotel amenities such as a luxurious pool and an on-site gym. Across the Miami River from Downtown Miami, the property’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units provide guests with well-styled rooms, a dishwasher and other top-of-the-line appliances. When venturing out of their lush rentals, guests are just a short walk from the free Metromover. When the fast pace of the city center becomes overwhelming, check out Brickell’s many bars and restaurants.
This Holiday Inn is just a couple of blocks away from the YVE Hotel. Its affordability and location make it a popular pick for those embarking on cruises at the nearby seaport. In addition to standard rooms, the hotel also has suites, which grant guests separate living rooms to lounge in during their stay. Suite guests also enjoy the use of a mini-fridge, but other travelers can rent one from the front desk if necessary. The outdoor pool is lined with stylish deckchairs, making it the ideal place to relax and catch some rays.
The SpringHill Suites Miami Downtown/Medical Center features spacious rooms with sectionals to help guests unwind at the end of the day. Also, guests can make the room even cozier by adding or setting pillow preferences. In the morning, the hotel offers a breakfast buffet and other hot dishes, too. If you want to get some exercise in, you can do so at the hotel’s fitness center or pool. When leaving this North Downtown hotel, travelers can take advantage of its proximity to the freeway to quickly get to Miami’s other popular neighborhoods.
There’s always something going on in the lobby of Aloft Miami. Music hums in this futuristic entryway while a bar draws in crowds with happy-hour offerings and a pool table. Many of the modernly designed rooms have a balcony overlooking the city, but the outdoor pool area is the place to be. Lined with palm trees, this space is perfect for relaxing, so grab a lounger and take in that Florida sunshine.