The Most Beautiful Boutique Hotels 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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2 December 2020

Florida is well known for its natural beauty, tropical climate and Southern charm. As a popular vacation state, there is never a shortage of accommodating hotels. From bed and breakfasts and inns to historical mansions, here is our selection of the most beautiful boutique hotels for you to enjoy in the Sunshine State.

Hotel Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea sits inside one of the most famous South Beach buildings. Housed in an art deco gem built in 1936, this boutique hotel brings things up to date with 300-thread-count linen, walnut beds and velvet drapes, all designed using Feng Shui orientation. After a hard day on the beach, head back to the hotel for the daily happy hour (beginning at 6pm) and dinner at the nearby Cuban restaurant, El Pescaito.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Fitness facilities
Bar/lounge

The Redbury South Beach

Old-school cool is the dish of the day at the Redbury South Beach. 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, with a sky-brushing rooftop pool, beach club access and complimentary airport transfers. Retro chic guest rooms and suites come with a record player, complete with a Capitol Records-curated vinyl collection to set the soundtrack to your South Beach getaway.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Betsy

A luxurious beachfront boutique hotel, the Betsy has thought of everything when offering an extraordinary stay. 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), and food lovers 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 hotel’s arts and culture program where the Betsy truly shines. The hotel’s owners – the Plutzik family – curate art exhibitions, readings in the Writers’ Room and the musical program, including live jazz and chamber music performances.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Gale South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Gale South Beach is a 1941 art deco jewel; it’s so special that it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a masterclass in classic beach chic, with an infinity pool that graces the rooftop with ocean views. The hotel restaurant – La Dolce Vita – aims to capture the timeless elegance of Fellini’s 1960s masterpiece, bringing a slice of Rome to South Beach. Meanwhile, the Regent Cocktail Club will have you dreaming of Havana nights with live music and a specially crafted cocktail menu.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Pillars Hotel

Privacy reigns at the Pillars Hotel. 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. Meanwhile, gourmet dining is an exclusive event, as it’s only available to hotel guests and members of the hotel dining club.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Deco Boutique Hotel

Overlooking the harbor and just minutes from the beach, the Deco Boutique Hotel combines comfortable, contemporary guest rooms with deluxe amenities, creating an ideal place to stay in Fort Lauderdale. You can sunbathe by the shoreline, followed by a short drive to the city’s museums and the NSU Art Museum, featuring works by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Back at base, this boutique hotel delights with outdoor pools, outdoor lounge areas, a rooftop terrace and, in great Floridian tradition, a barbecuing facility.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Seaside Amelia Inn

Amelia Island and the historic Fernandina Beach were once home to pirates, bootleggers and Gilded Age millionaires. Nowadays, this quiet coastal retreat is home to the charming Seaside Amelia Inn. With just 46 rooms and set on one of Florida’s most secluded beaches, the inn is a tranquil hideaway in the Sunshine State. Its walls are lined with local artwork available to purchase, and its guest rooms are cozy and welcoming.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

Hotel Indigo Jacksonville-Deerwood Park

Set in a green enclave near the Florida coast, the Hotel Indigo in Jacksonville offers a peaceful lakeside retreat, just minutes from a buzzing town center filled with upscale shopping and dining. The stylish, modern suites feature unique murals depicting local life. For a tranquil evening, dine at the hotel’s restaurant, 98FORTY East Bar & Bistro, serving up Floridian flavors with lakefront views.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Little Palm Island Resort and Spa

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.
Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Bar/lounge

Florida House Inn

The Florida House Inn sits in the heart of the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Built in 1857, it was originally a boarding house for David Yulee, who wanted to create a railroad from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key. Every day here begins with complimentary coffee in the parlor room, followed by a home-cooked breakfast, including french toast with home-made peach jam. Order an old fashioned at the Mermaid Bar when it opens at 5pm.
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Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Terrace
Bar/lounge

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  • Orchid Key Inn

    The Orchid Key Inn sits on Duval Street, the most happening street in Key West. Upon entering the inn, brick paths lead you through a lush tropical garden that surrounds 24 elegant, amenity-filled guest rooms and suites. As a guest, you’ll receive a complimentary breakfast, have access to on-site parking for a small fee and can participate in the daily happy hour. Various national publications, including the Miami Herald and Forbes, have consistently listed this inn as one of the top boutique hotels in the US.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge

    Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

    Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is a luxurious, Nantucket-style bed and breakfast that offers a seaside experience on Amelia Island. Owners Brandon and Tarah Dunlop have thought of every detail here – from complimentary all-day coffee and freshly baked cookies to champagne picnics. Enjoy 13mi (21km) of pristine beaches before returning to the lodge for complimentary wine as well as hot and cold hors d’oeuvres from 5:30pm.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Amsterdam’s Curry Mansion Inn

    The Curry Mansion was named for William Curry, a penniless Bahamian immigrant who made his fortune by salvaging shipwrecks in Florida’s pirate-infested waters. Curry attained status as Key West’s first millionaire and built the mansion in 1869. The architectural details incorporate the widow’s walk of New England, the elaborate trellises of New Orleans and the colonnades of the Deep South. The inn offers daily breakfasts, a hot tub and a swimming pool, afternoon open-bar cocktail parties around the pool with live music, off-street parking and wifi.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    The Chesterfield Palm Beach

    The Chesterfield blends Palm Beach’s regal architecture with timeless English attentive service. In a residential neighborhood two blocks north of the Worth Avenue shopping area, the hotel boasts 53 uniquely decorated guest rooms that feature elegant decor and lavish amenities – check out the white-and-pink candy-striped presidential suite. Enjoy meals at the Leopard Lounge, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and wine bar.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Postcard Inn on the Beach

    Set on a quiet strip of white sand 35 minutes south of Tampa, the Postcard Inn on the Beach makes you feel like the Florida Keys have washed up onto the mainland peninsula. The 196 rooms have been wallpapered with surf photos and accented with vintage lamps. The casual vibe stretches out into the garden, where Adirondack chairs surround a firepit. Meanwhile, the beachfront bar serves mahi-mahi sandwiches and Japanese-style calamari alongside frozen margaritas for sundowner drinks.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

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

    These recommendations were updated on December 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.