Where to Book a Stay in Miami, USA

Your relaxation is a top priority at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Your relaxation is a top priority at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort | Courtesy of Carillon Miami Wellness Resort / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Headed to the party capital of the Sunshine State to enjoy sun-soaked beach living, oceanfront dining, and art deco delights? Take a look at the best places to stay in Miami, bookable with Culture Trip.

From the white sands of South Beach to the gleaming skyscrapers of Brickell, Miami is a thriving 24-hour city of contrasts. Family-friendly beach days merge into hedonistic party nights, while visitors can choose to stay in luxe sprawling resorts, stylish spa retreats, sociable hostels, or suburban hotels with more space for families. Florida sunshine is thrown in for free.

1. Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor pool area with dark grey lounge chairs and rattan daybed pod with view of Miami buildings at Kimpton EPIC Hotel
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Live the Miami dream downtown in this sparkling 54-story tower, where every room has a balcony overlooking either Biscayne Bay or the city skyline. Head out on boat trips from the hotel’s very own marina, feast on handmade sushi at celebrated restaurant Zuma or sip rare spirits at the lounge in Maison FP Journe. There are barre and yoga lessons, two flash infinity pools, and, of course, the Kimpton’s famous nightly wine hour for socializing over complimentary drinks.

2. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Airy bedroom with light wood furnishings and floors, exposed beams and large windows at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach
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Set on a beautiful bay-side island between Miami and Miami Beach, the Standard is a hip haven for wellness warriors and recovering party animals. From the bayside soaking tubs and a sunrise yoga deck to the juice bar and grassy solar circle, this hotel makes taking it easy a breeze. The pool has underwater music, the restaurant serves immunity shots alongside frozen pina coladas and the spa offers sessions in hypno-coaching, astrology, and celestial alignment.

3. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Spa Hotel

Glassy surface of outdoor pool rimmed by palm trees and view of sunrise over ocean at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
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Expect more than a holiday at this sprawling North Beach resort, where all roads lead to wellness. Guests can enjoy bike rental, a climbing wall, over 20 fitness classes a day, and daily access to the extensive thermal experience, including a herbal laconicum, tropical rain showers, and Miami’s only igloo. Treatments range from the cutting-edge (such as Botox-alternative Jeuveau) to the alternative (onyx meditation soak, anyone?); the spa-shy can luxuriate on one of the city’s largest stretches of beachfront instead.

4. Marriott's Villas at Doral

Resort, Hotel, Villa

Exterior of entrance to modern hotel building with porte-cochère and palm trees at Marriotts Villas at Doral, Miami
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Families and groups traveling together looking for where to stay in Miami can make themselves at home in these two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas. All have a separate dining area, whirlpool bathtub, and a fully fitted kitchen with a fridge, oven, and dishwasher, so whipping up dinners after long days out is a doddle. Guests will also enjoy a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, small lakeside beach, games room, and family barbecue area.

5. The Mutiny Hotel


Live like a local in Coconut Grove at the Mutiny. The hotel’s one- and two-bedroom suites come with separate living rooms, balconies, and full kitchens, though the Latin American-inspired restaurant may tempt you away from self-catering. Ideal for extended stays, the Mutiny is at the heart of this lively area, one of the best areas to stay in Miami, packed with independent cinemas, small art galleries, and local restaurants and cafes.

6. Hampton Inn and Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown


Covered outdoor lounge with aqua-cushioned white rattan furniture at Hampton Inn and Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown
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Get more bang for your buck at this affordable hotel, in walking distance of Brickell’s buzzing restaurants and bars. Local calls, a hot breakfast, and 24-hour tea and coffee are all included, while a nightly happy hour starts every evening with a bargain. Recover the next day by the rooftop pool with cabanas and its own whirlpool overlooking the city.

7. The Gabriel Miami


Luxury king room with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, designer furniture at the Gabriel Miami
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Location is everything at the Gabriel Miami. The colorful, contemporary hotel is right by Highway 1, within half a mile (0.8km) of the American Airlines Arena and close to some of Miami’s best museums, including the Pérez Art Museum. Guests can also curl up with a book in the tranquil third-floor library lounge, relax by the outdoor pool or dine on zingy Latin American-inspired shared plates at the Cvltvra restaurant.

8. Freehand Miami

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hostel, Hotel

Laid-back, eclectically decorated lounge space with yellow-print couch at Freehand Miami
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Social butterflies, foodies, and budget-minded travelers will love this impressive hostel, a five minutes’ walk from Miami Beach and less than a mile (1.6km) from South Beach. There are both communal and standard rooms, so you don’t need to share unless you want to. Enjoy sunrise yoga classes and a tropical-themed backyard with a pool. Evenings should be spent at the Freehand’s craft cocktail bar and excellent restaurant 27, which serves zingy global dishes such as crispy Haitian pork with chayote spicy coleslaw.

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