Miami’s glitz and glamour are inescapable. We all knew about South Beach, but now downtown districts like Overtown are getting a look-in, too. The world-famous Port of Miami is also the starting point for a Caribbean cruise – though a few days in this cosmopolitan Florida city should not be missed before setting sail. Stay in one of the port’s best hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.
The Gabriel’s location in the Arts District means you can forget about the car – you’re only steps away from the Adrienne Arsht Center, Frost Museum of Science, Pérez Art Museum and American Airlines Arena. Dogs are welcome and will get the stylish boutique hotel treatment, just like their masters. Designer doggie beds and minimalist water bowls will make them feel like celebrities.
With the USA‘s highest income per capita, you know Fisher Island is a cut above. This private oasis is only accessible by yacht or 24-hour ferry transfer, offering suites and private cottages adjacent to the Vanderbilt Mansion. A golf cart is included to help you get around, while champagne greets every guest on arrival.
Every guest room comes with a balcony at Biscayne Bay hotel EAST, and every room is designed along feng shui principles by Miami architectural innovators Arquitectonica and New York interior designers Clodagh. A lavish art program brings a constant stream of new sculptures into the hotel, making it like a living gallery.
Miami’s history comes alive at Eurostars Langford, which inhabits a Beaux-Arts building from 1925 replete with many original features. It was once the headquarters of the Miami Bank & Trust, right in Downtown. Nods to that past come in the form of warm oak floors and retro writing desks with stylish paper and pens.
Abae’s cryptic moniker alludes to its address – the letter code for the numbers 1215, with the hotel situated at 1215 West Avenue. This is a prime spot for an all-suite hotel on South Beach, and the roof terrace – with a pool and sundeck – offers the perfect perch from which to survey the scene.
The Standard is all about health and relaxation – its spa provides numerous treatments, and there are wellness classes plus a pool and gym. The Morris Lapidus-designed building brings modernist cool, while the calm Belle Isle location, surrounded by water and zen gardens, offers respite from the pace of city life.
Longer stays will be a pleasure at Midtown Miami’s WhyHotel. Why? Because they offer hi-spec kitchens with wine fridges, so you can go gourmet without having to go out. Make the most of the huge walk-in closets, filling them with your purchases from the legendary Bal Harbour Shops mall, which isn’t far away. Rooms come with outside patios, too.
There’s no need to set foot outside of The Guild: an on-site coffee shop, a pool deck and sun terrace, and a spacious gym are among the facilities. When you do leave, make the most of its location near the Arts District and all those Downtown restaurants and attractions. Rooms are designed for stays of more than one night, coming with sofas and kitchens.
An interesting collaboration between boutique hotel brand, Life House, and online travel agent, Kayak, has resulted in the Miami Beach. This chic hotel is wired into the 21st century through apps and hi-tech solutions to guests’ needs, while the design features timeless hardwoods and wicker. The buzzy Layla restaurant and bar offers Middle Eastern sharing plates, such as cauliflower with honey, tahini and golden raisins.
Marriott’s AC Hotel chain originated in Spain, and that heritage is evident in the tapas plates at Elevar, the bar and restaurant on top of this Wynwood hotel. There’s also a pool and sundeck with cabanas and shady corners, if you want to read or work. Room design focuses on minimalism – whites and creams emphasize that Spanish summer vibe.