Accommodation in Miami for the Savvy Traveler

Get social by Generator Miamis pool and bar
Get social by Generator Miami's pool and bar | Courtesy of Generator Miami / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Florida’s party capital is world-famous for its glamorous nightlife, art deco buildings and tropical beaches. These hotels make it easy to explore the multicultural metropolis.

Whether you need to be close to Downtown’s financial district or want to live it up in South Beach, Miami has the perfect hotel. The city offers a mind-boggling array of family-friendly resorts, glamorous adult-focused hotels, party-pad hostels and all-suite properties suitable for longer stays. Good weather comes at no extra cost.

1. The Miami Beach EDITION

Resort, Chain Hotel

Modern bar at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel, surrounded by seating and tall plants
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Miami’s diverse delights might be on the doorstep but you may never need to venture beyond this glossy fun-focused property north of South Beach. Dubbed an urban resort, the beachfront Ian Schrager-designed property has a cutting-edge spa, top fitness center, outdoor movie screenings and Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in charge of food. For nights out, the basement nightclub is a slick homage to Studio 54 with its own ice rink and bowling alley, complete with luminescent bowling balls and neon light show.

2. Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Modern foyer at Kimpton EPIC Miami, with triple-storey ceilings, sofas, armchairs and coffee tables
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Located in a sparkling 54-story tower in Downtown Miami, Kimpton EPIC knows how to make its guests feel special. From the private marina for no-hassle boat trips to the champagne brunches at celebrated Zuma, the hotel takes care of every detail leaving you to relax and enjoy. Join barre and yoga classes at the upmarket spa, book a massage in the poolside cabana or take in views of Biscayne Bay from the flash, 16th-floor infinity pool.

3. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Deck at The Standard Spa Miami Beach, with a hot tub, sun loungers and seats, surrounded by foliage
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The Standard may be within easy reach of Miami Beach’s party scene but wellness is the priority here. There’s a juice bar, sunrise yoga deck and extensive spa, while rooms are stocked with organic bath products and healthy minibar treats. Guests are encouraged to wind down by the fire pits and hanging chairs in the tropical gardens, or relax in the grassy solar circle. They can also while away hours in the pool area, complete with Arctic plunge pool, mud lounge and waterfall hot tub.

4. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Spa Hotel

Carillon
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Put your wellness woes in the hands of the experts at this extensive resort in North Beach and emerge feeling like a new person. The largest spa in South Florida, the all-suite resort offers doctor-led treatments as well as alternative techniques to target everything from ageing to pain. The onsite wellness concierge will help make sense of the 20 daily fitness classes, thermal experiences and array of treatments, including IV therapy, chakra balancing and cupping.

5. Marriott's Villas at Doral

Resort, Hotel, Villa

Marriotts Villas Item
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Fancy a little more space to spread out on holiday? These two-bedroom villas are ideal for families and groups traveling together, with a separate dining area, whirlpool bathtub and fully stocked kitchen with fridge, oven and dishwasher. Though a car is handy to explore the rest of Miami from this suburban location, guests can still access a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, small lakeside beach, games room and family barbecue area.

6. The Mutiny Hotel

Hotel

Outdoor swimming pool area with coral-striped lounge chairs and palm trees at the Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove, Miami
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Opened in 1969, The Mutiny was party central for Miami’s glitterati until it closed in the mid-’80s. It eventually re-opened as the all-suite property in Coconut Grove, ideal for those planning extended city stays. Contemporary one- and two-bedroom suites come with separate living rooms and full kitchens as well, as balconies overlooking the city or the idyllic bay below. There’s also a pool, spa, fitness center and Latin American-inspired restaurant.

7. Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown

Hotel

Lobby with double-height ceilings, Barcelona chairs and patterned tan carpet at Hampton Inn and Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown
Courtesy of Hampton Inn and Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown / Expedia

If you’d rather splash the cash on Miami’s upmarket restaurants and glitzy nightclubs instead of a bed for the night, this bright, eco-conscious hotel fits the bill. Close to Brickell’s restaurants and bars, the hotel has its own lobby bar, with nightly happy hour, plus Cuban and Asian restaurants. A rooftop pool means you can still make the most of Florida’s sunshine while local calls, a hot breakfast and 24-hour tea and coffee are thrown in free.

8. Generator Miami

Hostel

Generator Miami
Courtesy of Generator Miami / Expedia

Don’t compromise on location even if you want to cut the budget. The Generator offers same- and mixed-sex dorms as well as private twins, doubles and suites, but in a spot usually reserved for megabucks hotels. Just 100ft (30m) from the beach on trendy Collins Avenue, this lively design-led hotel has a pool with bar, skateboard and bike rentals, complimentary pool towels and the buzzing Jim & Neesie restaurant for homemade pasta, craft cocktails and Italian-inspired meat dishes.

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