The Most Beautiful Boutique Hotels to Book in Florida, USA

Enjoy a unique seaside experience at Elizabeth Point Lodge in Fernandina Beach, Florida
Enjoy a unique seaside experience at Elizabeth Point Lodge in Fernandina Beach, Florida | © Universal Images Group North America LLC / Alamy Stock Photo
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Florida is well known for its natural beauty, tropical climate and Southern charm, not to mention such epic attractions as DisneyWorld, the Kennedy Space Center, endless miles of white-sand beaches and the Everglades’ tranquility. As a popular vacation state, Florida is not short of hotels, and there are plenty to choose from if you’re looking for something outside the resort or chain hotel scene. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best boutique hotels in Florida, the Sunshine State, ranging from bed and breakfasts and inns to historic mansions, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. WaterColor Inn, for a family beach vacation in Santa Rosa Beach

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Beach and outside view of the WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Santa Rosa and its sugary sands are a pristine setting for the WaterColor Inn, which sits between the Gulf of Mexico and a coastal dune lake overseen by a longleaf pine forest. Sizable 500sqft (46.5sqm) standard rooms awash in soothing blues stir up oceanfront serenity at entry; outdoor cabana showers with impeccable sea views couldn’t be more relaxing on the first floor. With the beach and kids’ clubs, multiple restaurants and other big resort infrastructure, this isn’t necessarily an intimate choice but rather a rousing option for discerning families and groups.

2. The Gardens Hotel Key West, for a secluded stay in a historical 19th-century property in Key West

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Outdoor pool area surrounded by lush foliage at the Gardens Hotel, Key West
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It doesn’t get more Conch (the Key West colloquialism for locals) than this whitewashed tropical getaway whose rich history is rampant with astonishing detail. The home dates to the 1880s and sits surrounded by tropical landscaping which evokes a palpable sense of place. Some 87,000 century-old bricks from Cuba, Honduras, and England were used to build the winding pathways. Four one-ton earthenware jars called tinajones peppering the property were once used by Spanish settlers to catch rainwater for drinking. The 21 guestrooms, cottages, and suites are lavishly-appointed with Bahamian-plantation-style furnishings in yew and mahogany and feature private entrances and outdoor verandahs.

3. The Perry Hotel Key West, for industrial chic and mangrove views in Key West

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Cavernous lobby space with exposed concrete pillars, wood floors and long couches at Perry Hotel in Key West
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An industrial-chic seaside retreat may seem out of place in Key West, but don’t be so stodgy: The Perry gets the blend of contemporary and rustic just right and piles on a sea-fueled sensibility which leaves no doubt to the tropical location. Oversized private balconies, open-air outdoor showers, outdoor fire pits and two waterfront swimming pools frame marina and mangrove views in all directions; inside the 100 rooms, wood-paneled headboards, coastal-inspired furnishings, wooden ceiling fans and local photography nurture a nautical Stock Island vibe. And there’s fresh seafood with a Southern accent.

5. The Miami Beach EDITION, for proximity to the action in Miami Beach

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The lobby area with lounge chairs at The Miami Beach EDITION in Florida
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The one and two-story oceanfront bungalows at the Miami Beach Edition sit a comfortable walk north of the South Beach boundary (24th Street), allowing guests to tuck away in slightly less rambunctious environs without sacrificing being near the heart of the Miami Beach action. You won’t find the usual kaleidoscope of wild tropical colors here but rather more subtle earth tones still evoke a beach aesthetic (khaki, sand and light hardwoods). If you aren’t into the idea of a private plunge pool in your oceanfront bungalow, Edition features some 266 additional rooms, all of which honor a similar soothing color palette.

6. The Pearl Hotel, for a romantic getaway with a Hemingway-inspired restaurant in Rosemary Beach

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Outdoor deck with rattan patio furniture, yellow umbrellas and turquoise pillows at The Pearl Hotel in Florida
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The Pearl calls the easy-on-the-eyes, West Indies-style community of Rosemary Beach home. Its peaked clock tower pointed turrets, sun-soaked terraces and black-and-white striped awnings offer a point of reference in the idyllic village which is less famous than its neighbor to the west, Seaside, but every bit as postcard-perfect. Though the 55 rooms, decked out in elegant coastal style, skew less than some boutique options, the spa, the adults-only pool, and Hemingway-inspired restaurant make the Pearl an upscale romantic getaway for choosy couples.

7. Marlin Hotel, for Art Deco stylings and Northern Italian food in Miami

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A king room at the Marlin Hotel, Miami Beach, with a large square sofa, white desk, dark wood floors and chic array of pillows
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Located on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, Marlin Hotel is a completely revamped Art Deco landmark in the center of the hottest hood in Miami and sits a tempting two blocks from its sun-kissed sands. The 33 contemporary rooms ooze style and homespun comfort across hardwood flooring, custom furnishing and fixtures and agonizingly-curated throw pillows, rugs and artwork instill a coastal-inspired ethos throughout. In-house restaurant Osteria Del Teatro serves up some of the best seafood-heavy Northern Italian cuisine in the city. Together, the rooms, the food and the architecture are a sizzling South Beach trifecta.

8. The Redbury South Beach, for curated vinyl in Miami Beach

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Spacious room in tan hues with artwork on the walls, a double bed and a striped blue carpet at the Redbury South Beach
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Redbury South Beach exudes old-school cool. This upscale boutique hotel brings the allure of its sister property in New York to the Sunshine State. You’ll be well looked after here; guest perks include a rooftop pool, beach club access and complimentary airport transfers. Retro chic guest rooms and suites come with record players, complete with a Capitol Records-curated vinyl collection to set the soundtrack to your South Beach getaway.

9. The Betsy, for on-site art shows and live music in Miami Beach

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A bright white bedroom at the Betsy, with splashes of brown and a black-and-white image above the bed
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A luxurious beachfront boutique hotel, the Betsy exemplifies excellent attention to detail. Guest rooms and suites are tropical-luxe sanctuaries, while the two outdoor pools, wellness garden and spa help you unwind. Fitness fanatics can hit the on-site gym (complete with Peloton classes), while foodies are spoilt for choice with five dining venues – from steak and seafood on the grill to grabbing quick bites from La Ventanita. However, it’s the arts and culture program where the Betsy truly shines. The owners of the hotel – the Plutzik family – curate art exhibitions, readings in the Writers’ Room and the musical program, including live jazz and chamber music performances.

10. The Pillars Hotel, for gourmet dining in Fort Lauderdale

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Two sofas and a fireplace at The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
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Seclusion reigns at the Pillars Hotel. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and with a private whistle stop for the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi service, this hotel prides itself on highly personalized service. Elegant guest rooms and suites frame the hotel pool. Gourmet dining here is an exclusive event, as it’s only available to hotel guests and members of the hotel dining club.

11. Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, for an adults-only island retreat in the Florida Keys

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A cabana and sun lounger with a bath at the Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys
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Selected as the number seven resort in the US by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2020, the adults-only Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is an intimate retreat in the Florida Keys, accessible only by seaplane or boat. It’s exactly what you picture when you think of a private island. It features an oceanfront pool, a tiki-style candlelit lounge and plush bedrooms with rainfall showers. You’ll also have access to a world-class spa and private dining on the beach.

12. The Chesterfield Palm Beach, for award-winning dining in Palm Beach

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A double queen room at the Chesterfield Hotel and Suites with champagne
Courtesy of The Chesterfield Palm Beach / Expedia
The Chesterfield blends perfectly with the regal architecture in Palm City with the timelessness of attentive service. In a residential neighborhood two blocks north of the Worth Avenue shopping area, the hotel boasts 53 uniquely decorated guest rooms with elegant decor and lavish amenities; check out the white-and-pink candy-striped presidential suite. Enjoy meals at the Leopard Lounge, the award-winning restaurant and wine bar within the hotel.

For a luxury coastal stay, check out the best resorts in Key West or even the best beach hotels across the Florida Keys, bookable with Culture Trip. If you’re traveling elsewhere in Florida, read our guide on the best resorts in the Sunshine State.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Audra Clemons.

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