The Best Hotels to Book Near the Port of Miami

Gazing out from the Port of Miami, you might not want to leave
Gazing out from the Port of Miami, you might not want to leave | © Manfred Muenzl / Alamy Stock Photo
Chris Beanland

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.

1. The Gabriel Miami, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hotel

An outdoor pool at the Gabriel Miami Downtown, with bay and city views
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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.

2. The Fisher Island Club

Boutique Hotel, Resort

The private pool and outdoor furniture in a hotel room at Fisher Island Club and Resort, Miami
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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.

3. EAST Miami

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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.

5. Abae Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Abae Hotel
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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.

6. 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 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.

7. WhyHotel Midtown Miami

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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.

8. KAYAK Miami Beach

Boutique Hotel

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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.

9. AC Hotel Miami Wynwood

Chain Hotel

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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.

Find more options for a convenient Miami stay with the best hotels close to its International Airport; they’re bookable now through Culture Trip. If you want a package to let you truly unwind, try one of the best resorts in Miami, too. Take an adventurous tour of Miami’s blue waters, then broaden your horizons with the best towns you can visit on a day trip.

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