The Best Beachfront Hotels in South Beach, Miami

The Betsy is one of the lone surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive today
The Betsy is one of the lone surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive today | Courtesy of The Betsy / Expedia
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4 November 2020

There are hundreds of hotels in Miami, but none are more enticing than these beachside beauties. Big, small, boutique, luxury, chic and 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. Each features the latest amenities, knowledgeable and helpful staff members and the kind of relaxed environment you’d expect from a beachside hotel in Miami.

1 Hotel

This South Beach luxury hotel is a minute walk from the Collins Avenue bus stop, a mile from the bustling Lincoln Road and 1.4mi (2.3km) 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. A fabulous 600ft (183m) of beach belongs to 1 Hotel, and this spot uses only recycled and sustainable materials in its sheets and towels, as well as embracing locally sourced and organic foods.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
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
Terrace
Smoke-free property

The Breakwater

The Breakwater in Miami Beach is famous for its colorful accents and furnishings, and the rooms come fully equipped with all the accessories that discerning travelers have come to expect. Renowned for its Art Deco stylings, this beachfront boutique is less than a mile 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 restaurants.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

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

The Sagamore Hotel

This upscale suite hotel is ideally situated on Collins Avenue and within walking distance of the shops on Lincoln Road. It’s an elegant hotel with tasteful design and artwork and features everything you could want from an upscale luxury hotel. Visit the bar and lounge for a cocktail or relax in the spa, or head for the sunny beach, where you can pass the hours soaking up the sun or playing in the waves.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

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

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  • Marseilles Hotel

    With a modern-chic interior and a classic Art Deco design, this beachside hotel offers the best of both new and old Miami. With excellent service and beautiful views, everything has been recently renovated and amenities include beachside cabanas, hammocks and floating water beds. An added bonus is that the Marseilles Hotel is just a mile from the famous Miami Beach Botanic Gardens.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Betsy

    The Betsy is committed to being green and 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 also one of the lone surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive. Experience the colonial design while enjoying the electric lifestyle of Miami Beach.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    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

    South Seas Hotel

    The South Seas Hotel has everything a luxury hotel on the beach should have: a beautifully decorated interior and chic pool deck design; luxurious rooms; fine dining restaurants and top-of-the-line accommodation. 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.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

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

    Shore Club South Beach

    South Beach offers an exciting selection of daytime and nighttime opportunities that are truly unlike anything you’ll 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 melting pot of culture and excitement that is Miami. This ultra-chic hotel offers all-new amenities, pools, lounges and a complimentary breakfast, which you can enjoy on the sunlit terraces of the in-house Italian restaurant.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on November 4, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.