10 Luxe Boutique Hotels on Miami Beach

South Beach is the perfect escape from Miami Beach's city streets
South Beach is the perfect escape from Miami Beach's city streets | © Simon Dannhauer / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Writer10 November 2020

With Spanish-style retreats and Art Deco digs overlooking the ocean, Miami Beach is home to stylish, unique properties throughout the South Beach and Mid-Beach neighborhoods. These top boutique hotels on the stunning Florida coastline provide a unique atmosphere in a premier location.

The Betsy

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The Betsy
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Ideally located on Ocean Drive, the Betsy is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in a charming, colonial-style building. With high ceilings, chic striped sofas, and large potted palm trees, the atmosphere is both sophisticated and comfortable. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, recline in the sun lounge, or enjoy watching passers-by from the second-story veranda. The hotel’s 130 rooms feature walnut-wood flooring, dip-dyed curtains, and elegant Thassos & Carrera marble bathrooms. Using farm-to-table ingredients and sustainable fishing practices, the hotel’s restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, offers guests the freshest fillets, including a massive 36oz (1kg) porterhouse.

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The Redbury

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The Redbury has a vintage rock’n’roll feel
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In the heart of South Beach’s buzzing Art Deco district, the Redbury is a fun-spirited boutique hotel with a rock’n’roll soul. Signature red-velvet opera curtains frame the entry to the stylish lobby with bohemian-chic accents. The plush guest rooms feature an eclectic compilation of vintage concert posters, record players, and a curated selection of nostalgia-inducing vinyl. The famed on-site restaurant, Cleo Mediterráneo, serves shareable plates including snapper ceviche and Moroccan fried chicken in an intimate setting.

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The Plymouth

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The Plymouth invites you to kick back and relax
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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 swimming pool. The 110 sumptuous guest rooms are spacious and comfortable with whitewashed hardwood floors, muted heather walls, and pink tufted headboards. Serving omakase-style sushi alongside carefully crafted cocktails, the on-site Blue Ribbon Sushi restaurant attracts both visitors and locals alike. For a bit of culture, walk over to the nearby historic Bass Museum.

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Sense Beach House

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Sense Beach House, Miami, Florida, USA
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This welcoming micro-boutique in South Beach is designed to feel like a friend’s home rather than a hotel. Soft interiors and whitewashed wooden furniture help create a casual atmosphere. Guest rooms are cozy and inviting, with ocean-themed accents and small balconies with ocean views. Borrow a stand-up paddleboard and head across the street to the beach, less than a minute’s walk. 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.

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Hotel Breakwater

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Get comfortable at the stylish Hotel Breakwater
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The well-known Hotel Breakwater is a luxury boutique located across from Lummus Park on Ocean Drive. This Art Deco marvel effortlessly blends retro design with modern furnishings, creating a fresh and inviting atmosphere. The 99 guest rooms feature contemporary decor with lime-green and sky-blue accents and plenty of light. Downstairs, Havana 1957 offers authentic Cuban-style dishes, such as cured beef empanadas and succulent roasted chicken served with spicy black beans and fried plantains, all in a lively setting. With live entertainment nightly and a variety of imaginative cocktails, pop next door to Ocean’s Ten for a night of drinks and dancing.

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Casa Faena Hotel

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Casa Faena is the boutique sister property to the Faena Hotel
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Casa Faena is a slimmed-down, boutique version of its companion property, the luxurious oceanfront Faena Hotel. The Mediterranean-style inn features a breezy courtyard lobby with a lush garden terrace. The 50 guest rooms are bright and airy with the brand’s crimson and white accents. Handwoven Argentinian throws and pillows help create a comfortable, homey atmosphere. The on-site restaurant has a spacious promenade for dining and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Facilities include a dedicated beach service, and guests can access the main Faena Hotel to book appointments at its divine spa.

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  • Pelican Hotel

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    Pelican Hotel caters to an artsy crowd with its offbeat vibe
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    Overlooking Lummus Park on Ocean Boulevard, the Pelican Hotel is a storied boutique with classic charm and a whimsical flair. Unique retro furnishing and one-of-a-kind props give the interior a kitschy art-house appeal. Catering to an imaginative and artistic clientele, the 29 guest rooms are individually decorated, each with its own theme. Grab a seat on the oceanfront patio and enjoy Italian fusion served alongside seafood favorites including a shareable fish-grill platter. Special features include free breakfast, complimentary cocktails, and live entertainment.

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    Marlin Hotel

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    The Marlin Hotel, Miami
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    Built in 1939, this deluxe Art Deco boutique exemplifies South Beach cool. With terrazzo flooring and geometric design touches, the hotel maintains its vintage charm while embracing modern glamor. The 33 guest rooms have original hardwood floors, contemporary furnishings, and framed coastal artwork. The hotel’s famed Osteria Del Teatro serves up award-winning Northern Italian cuisine, alongside a variety of fine wines in an intimate and classy setting. Make sure to stop in for happy hour from 5pm to 7pm to try signature cocktails and plates such as handmade black squid ink ravioli or meatball sliders on focaccia.

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    Washington Park Hotel

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    The Washington Park Hotel is surrounded by an acre of gardens
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    Spread out over four newly restored Art Deco buildings, the Washington Park Hotel offers a tranquil respite from the crowds while remaining close to the action. The large property offers fresh and bright accommodation with streamlined decor, soft-gray walls, and wood and leather furnishings. The retro pool with yellow-and-white-striped umbrellas is surrounded by an acre of lush gardens – stretch out on the grass and enjoy games like giant Jenga, or take a nap in a cozy hammock. Services include complimentary yoga classes, stylish Martone bicycles, and a courtesy golf cart shuttle.

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    Impala Hotel

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    The Impala Hotel occupies a building that dates to the 1920s
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    Occupying an original 1920s Spanish Mediterranean revival-style building, the Impala brings European beauty to central South Beach. The luxurious boutique boasts Greco-Roman frescoes, rich wood furnishings, and a serene garden. The 17 deluxe guest rooms are intimate, with warm colors, brass and Murano glass fixtures, and Florentine-style headboards. Ideal for couples, the attached Spiga Ristorante serves Italian dishes like baked rigatoni and fettuccine with shrimp and asparagus in romantic, candlelit surroundings. With the charm of the Italian seaside and the privacy of a Mediterranean retreat, this discreet lodging is the perfect tropical getaway.

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    These recommendations were updated on November 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.