The Betsy Ross Hotel, South Beach | Courtesy of Phillip Pessar/Flickr
There are hundreds of hotels in Miami, but none are more enticing than these beachside beauties. Big, small, boutique, luxury, chic, retro…we’ve selected the best of the best on South Beach, and there’s something for everyone on our list. All our picks are within walking distance of the shops on Lincoln Road and the bars and clubs on Ocean Drive, and each features the latest amenities, knowledgeable and helpful staff members, and the kind of relaxed environment you’d expect from a beachside hotel.
This South Beach luxury hotel is a minute’s walk from the Collins Avenue bus stop, a mile from the bustling Lincoln Road, and 1.4 miles from the Miami Beach Architectural District. You can book a gorgeous room that looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Rooms with balconies and full kitchens are available if you choose to upgrade and live the truly opulent lifestyle that is representative of South Beach. Six hundred feet of beach belong to 1 Hotel, whose name reflects its commitment to and respect for nature—the hotel uses only recycled and sustainable materials in its sheets and towels and embraces local and organic foods.
The Breakwater in Miami Beach is famous for its colorful accents and furnishings, and the rooms come fully equipped with all the accessories that travelers these days have come to expect. Renowned for its Art Deco stylings, this beachfront boutique is less than a mile away from the shops of Lincoln Road as well as the lively scene at Miami Beach. Hotel amenities include a rooftop terrace, an upper-level pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and two on-site restaurants.
This upscale suite hotel is ideally situated on Collins Avenue and is within walking distance of the shops at Lincoln Road. It’s an elegant hotel with tasteful design and artwork and features everything you would want from an upscale luxury hotel. Visit the bar and lounge for a cocktail or relax in the spa. Of course, there’s always the sunny beach, where you can pass the hours soaking up the sun or playing in the waves.
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With a modern-chic interior and a classic Art Deco design, this beachside hotel offers the best of both new and old Miami. Excellent service and beautiful views are what you can expect if you book a night at the French-inspired Marseilles Hotel. Everything has been renovated, and amenities include beachside cabanas, hammocks, and floating water beds. An added bonus is that the Marseilles Hotel is just a mile away from the famous Miami Beach Botanic Gardens.
The Betsy is committed to being ‘green solution’ oriented wherever possible, with conscious decision making apparent both inside and out — from LT Steak & Seafood’s locally sourced products and farm-to-table ingredients, to organic, environmentally friendly cleaning products and eco-conscious appliances and interiors. The Betsy is one of the lone surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive today. Experience the colonial-chic design that was typical of the post-Great Depression era while enjoying the electric lifestyle of Miami Beach.
The South Seas Hotel has everything a luxury hotel on the beach should have. A beautifully decorated interior and chic pool deck design accompany luxurious rooms, fine dining restaurants, and top-of-the-line accommodations. There are plenty of meeting rooms and spaces to hold private events as well as the renowned Pilikia by the Pool, which adds a tropical touch to this beachfront luxury hotel. This relaxing indoor and outdoor café is the perfect place to unwind with handcrafted cocktails and casual American cuisine.
South Beach offers a chic and exciting selection of daytime and nighttime opportunities that are truly unlike anything you can experience elsewhere. You’ll soon see why booking a night at the Shore Club on South Beach — situated in the heart of Ocean Drive’s promenade and a 10-minute walk from Lincoln Road — is the best way to experience the fun and friendly melting pot of culture and excitement of Miami. This ultra-chic hotel offers all-new amenities, pools, lounges, and a complimentary breakfast, which you can enjoy on the airy terraces of their in-house Italian restaurant.