Whether an understated Art Deco gem teeming with nightlife or a colorful boutique hotel with a sunny view, these top budget-friendly hotels in Miami offer the best in affordability and variety.
The Lord Balfour Hotel
On the south end of Ocean Drive across from the beach, The Lord Balfour Hotel is a witty boutique hotel. With avant-garde interiors and a sculptural scroll climbing the ceiling, this intimate lodging is just as punchy as the former British prime minister himself. The hotel’s 81 rooms have an old-meets-new motif, with studded leather banquettes and murals inspired by tattoo art. While there is no restaurant, a complimentary breakfast is offered until noon, and a trendy bar serves cocktails, beer and wine. A stay at this hotel means you will have the many shops and nightlife of South Beach directly at your doorstep.
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Situated in the Mid-Beach neighborhood, Circa 39 Hotel has a colorful and youthful spirit. Inside, teak and white finishes complement accent walls with orange-patterned wallpaper. The hotel’s rooms are spread between two buildings and feature vibrant custom furnishings, beach-inspired themes and hardwood floors. When it comes to happy hour, visit WunderBar, where the mixologists serve handcrafted cocktails using top-shelf rums from around the world. The restaurant, Jules Kitchen, keeps with the well-traveled theme, serving comfort food such as tacos and hummus. The poolside scene is generally lively with curtained beds for privacy.
The AC Hotel by Marriott is a modern-style hotel located in Mid-Beach with 150 rooms and elegantly understated decor. A gallerist curates the rotating collection of local contemporary art on display in the lobby. Guest rooms are spacious with a minimalist design and feature comfortable beds and floor-to-ceiling windows. Classic cocktails are served alongside tapas at the hotel’s Gin + Collins lounge, featuring tall, tufted banquette seating and a stylish marble bar. A rooftop patio boasts ocean views, cabanas and a small but chic infinity pool. Enjoy all of the area’s attractions while staying in one of Miami Beach’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.
This trendy boutique hotel in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is the perfect location to revel in Miami’s hedonistic tendencies. Dream South Beach’s 108 uniquely designed retro rooms are moderately priced and have the atmosphere of a moody nightclub, complete with colorful lights and brocade-upholstered cushions. Catering to a younger crowd, HIGHBAR – a 1970s-inspired rooftop pool and lounge – has guest DJs and high-energy parties most nights. The in-house restaurant, Naked Taco, serves elevated Mexican food in a casual and lively setting with a variety of margaritas to complement your meal. Rejuvenate at the on-site Shala Spa, which offers massages, facials and even a daily chakra cleansing.
Originally built in 1939, this historic oceanfront hotel is a South Beach legacy. Located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District, the National Hotel exemplifies vintage style, from its original terrazzo floors and curvilinear recessed ceilings to its iconic 205-foot (62.5-meter) swimming pool. Adding to its throwback appeal, the guest rooms are adorned with rich cherry-wood headboards and polished chrome bedside lamps. The hotel’s famous Blues Bar recalls Miami’s golden era, slinging crafted cocktails coupled with live jazz on the weekends. Serving classic French cuisine, Tamara’s Bistro offers elegant dishes such as grilled oysters and sirloin au poivre. With reasonably priced rooms, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
This budget-friendly lodging is set along the quaint walking street Española Way, a few minutes from the ocean in South Beach. With a pink-stucco facade and Spanish-tile roofs, El Paseo Hotel comprises five three-story villas. Painted in pastel hues of turquoise and seafoam green, the guest quarters are surprisingly spacious and contain Juliet balconies overlooking the bustling avenue below. Although services are limited, there are plenty of options for dining and entertainment at the restaurants, bars and shops directly downstairs. Head down to the sand where the dedicated Beach Club offers chairs and towels for guests.
Casa Faena – the sister property of the luxurious Faena Hotel – is an affordable Spanish-style boutique hotel with a lovely garden terrace. The bright and airy guest rooms feature handwoven Argentinian throw blankets and pillows, creating a comfortable atmosphere. Serving bold Mexican flavors, the spacious on-site restaurant, Gitano, is open for lunch and dinner. Guests also have access to the facilities at the Faena Hotel, including the Tierra Santa Spa.
Located close to the southern point of South Beach, The Local House feels like a home rather than a hotel, complete with soft blue interiors and whitewashed wooden furniture. The cozy guest rooms feature ocean-themed accents, and some even have balconies with lovely ocean views. For local cuisine and cocktails to suit every palate, visit The Local House Restaurant, and for exploring the area, the hotel offers complimentary bikes.
The contemporary rooms at Kimpton Angler’s Hotel have vintage charm | Courtesy of Kimpton Angler’s Hotel / Hotels.com
This historic Mediterranean Revival property was first built in the 1930s, and although it’s undergone a redesign with contemporary touches, a vintage charm still shines through. Two blocks from the beach on Washington Avenue, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel has plenty of lush landscaping, creating an atmosphere that is private and serene. It has a total of 132 guest rooms, including modern-style suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and modest original lofts. Adjacent to the lobby is the Minnow Bar, adequately stocked for cocktails and wine. The adults-only rooftop pool is the perfect spot to take in a sunset or soak up the sun. The hotel also offers complimentary bicycles for exploring the city and yoga mats upon request.
Sister to the luxurious Shelborne Hotel, the Gale South Beach is a laid-back alternative. Located just across the street on Collins Avenue, enjoy Miami’s finer side without the hefty price tag. Set in a timeless Art Deco-style building, the vintage glamour is tastefully accentuated with a color palette of cream and navy blues and dark hardwood flooring. The hotel’s 87 guest suites play on its classic appeal with vintage-style furniture and framed black-and-white photos. Downstairs, Dolce Italian is a local favorite serving creative cuisine, such as ricotta cavatelli. With throwback drinks and live jazz, The Regent Cocktail Club is a Miami nightlife mainstay.