Luxe Boutique Hotels to Book in Miami Beach

A luxe boutique hotel in Miami Beach is the perfect escape from the hectic pace of Miami city life
A luxe boutique hotel in Miami Beach is the perfect escape from the hectic pace of Miami city life | © Simon Dannhauer / Alamy Stock Photo
Dominic Bertolami

Freelance writer

With Spanish-style retreats and pastel-colored art deco digs overlooking the ocean, Miami Beach is home to gloriously unique properties throughout the South Beach and Mid-Beach neighborhoods. These top boutique hotels in Miami Beach – bookable with Culture Trip – will put you close to the dreamy Florida coastline, sizzling nightlife and the city’s innovative arts scene.

1. Blue Moon Hotel, for a soothing setting close to the action

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Cream-colored exterior of Blue Moon Hotel on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, lit up at night with row of palm trees in front
Courtesy of Blue Moon Hotel / Expedia

Despite its location on Collins Avenue, just a three-minute walk from Muscle Beach, this whitewashed boutique hotel in Miami Beach has a tranquil vibe. Its light-filled rooms and two-bedroom suites reference the nearby ocean with inky-blue motifs on the soft furnishings and wall art. You’ll sleep so soundly that you’ll need a strong and sweet café Cubano to wake you up before a shopping spree at those nearby designer boutiques.

2. Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar, for partying by the pool

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Front outdoor bar of the Clevelander Hotel and Nightclub in South Beach, Miami, lit up in reds and purples with palm trees
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This fun-filled South Beach boutique hotel sits on the oceanfront and embraces the energy of Miami. Two rooftop terraces mean twice as much space to socialize and toast your good fortune with a minty mojito before letting your hair down on the dance floor. The airy rooms nod to the sea with pops of blue, while the Rockstar Suites are the ones to book for VIP service by a seasoned Rock Star Host – much needed after a night on the Miami Vice cocktails.

3. The Villa Casa Casuarina, for sleeping in the former Versace Mansion

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Ornate interior of king room with gold accents, painted trompe-loeil ceiling and antiques at Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Villa Casa Casuarina / Expedia.com

Among the low-rise art deco beauties of Ocean Drive, the former Versace Mansion is now a glitzy boutique hotel in South Beach with 10 over-the-top suites. Stay in the Aviary, where parrots, hummingbirds and doves adorn the walls, or the red-and-cream Mosaic with its Italian mosaic floor and patio overlooking the lavish, gold-lined pool below. Dine at poolside Gianni’s restaurant on handmade spaghetti pomodoro with San Marzano tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Pass the selfie-snapping tourists outside the gates as you mosey over to the South Beach, a two-minute walk away.

5. The Betsy, for Ocean Drive sophistication

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Luxe bedroom with wood floors, white walls, chandelier and shelves with books and colorful vases at the Betsy, Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Betsy / Booking.com

Ideally located on Ocean Drive, the Betsy is a luxury boutique hotel in Miami Beach housed in a colonial-style building. Soaring ceilings, chic striped sofas and large potted palm trees make the place feel sophisticated yet comfortable. Take a break from the Florida sun in the rooftop pool before reclining on a lounge chair, rum-filled Hemingway cocktail in hand. Nosy? You’ll love watching passers-by from the second-story veranda. Rooms feature walnut-wood flooring, dip-dyed curtains and mid-century furnishings. Using farm-to-table ingredients and sustainable fishing practices, the LT Steak and Seafood restaurant serves guests the freshest filets and juiciest steaks, including a massive 36oz (1kg) porterhouse.

6. The Redbury, for bohemian rooms

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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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In the heart of the historic art deco district, this boutique hotel in South Beach is fun-spirited with a rock ‘n’ roll soul. Red velvet opera curtains frame the entry to the bohemian-chic lobby. The plush guest rooms feature an eclectic compilation of vintage concert posters, record players and a curated selection of nostalgia-inducing vinyl – anyone for Bob Marley? The lauded on-site restaurant, Cleo Mediterráneo, serves shareable plates, including snapper ceviche and Moroccan fried chicken in an intimate setting.

7. The Plymouth, for a tropical treat

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Retro-chic outdoor pool area with plants and palms, pale orange lounge chairs and cabanas at the Plymouth, Miami Beach
Courtesy of the Plymouth / Booking.com

Across from the lush Collins Park in South Beach, the Plymouth is a gleaming art deco gem with a tropical clubhouse feel. The lobby is outfitted in jewel tones and opens up to a playful courtyard with black-and-white checkered tiling and a secluded courtyard pool. The oversized rooms are cool and comfortable with whitewashed hardwood floors, muted heather walls and pink tufted headboards. Guests and locals alike flock to the on-site Blue Ribbon Sushi restaurant, serving omakase-style sushi alongside well-mixed cocktails. Don’t miss the nearby contemporary art-filled Bass Museum.

8. Sense Beach House, for coastal cool

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A stylish white and pale blue room at Sense Beach House, Miami Beach, with two beds, a desk, a TV and a balcony
Courtesy of the Local House / Hotels.com

Designed to feel like a friend’s home rather than a hotel, this welcoming micro-boutique is lined with soft sandy shades and whitewashed wood furniture. Rooms are cozy and inviting, with coastal accents and bijou balconies with ocean views. Borrow a stand-up paddleboard and head across the street to the alluring beach, less than a minute’s walk away. Extending from the lobby onto the sidewalk, the Local House restaurant serves Southern-style fare and cocktails. After a pre-dinner drink, mix and match small plates such as buttermilk fried chicken and Creole-style red snapper.

9. Marlin Hotel, for vintage charm

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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
Courtesy of the Marlin Hotel / Expedia.com

Built in 1939, this Art Deco boutique hotel in Miami Beach exemplifies South Beach cool. With terrazzo flooring and geometric design touches, the hotel maintains its vintage charm with an added sprinkle of modern glamour. Rooms have original hardwood floors and framed coastal artwork, while memorabilia from the building’s former use as a recording studio reminds guests that stars such as Bob Marley and Beyoncé once trod these very floors. The famed Osteria del Teatro serves up revered Northern Italian cuisine. Make time for happy hour to try signature cocktails and plates such as handmade black squid ink ravioli or meatball sliders on focaccia.

10. Impala Hotel, for European-style relaxation

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A queen room in yellow and rust hues at the Impala Hotel, Miami Beach, with carved-wood headboard and stone floors
Courtesy of Impala Hotel / Booking.com

Occupying a 1920s Spanish revival-style building, the Impala brings more than a touch of Europe to central South Beach. If you’re in search of themed hotels in Miami, head here to kick back among Greco-Roman frescoes, rich wood furnishings, brass and Murano glass fixtures and Florentine-style headboards. Foodies and romantics will love Spiga Ristorante, with Italian classics like baked rigatoni and fettuccine with shrimp and asparagus served in a romantic, candlelit setting. With the charm of the Italian seaside and the privacy of a Mediterranean retreat, this discreet lodging is the perfect tropical getaway.

Francesca Paul contributed additional reporting to this article.

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