The 9 Best Miami Hotels of 2017

Visiting Miami? Here's the lowdown on the top hotels

Ocean vistas, glamorous nightlife hot spots and Latin-inspired cuisine are all part of Miami’s considerable charm. Whether you’re headed to the bars of South Beach for spring break or to the corporate headquarters of Brickell on business, choose your accommodation from our list of Miami’s best hotels. From private island resorts to trendy youth hostels, there’s something here to suit a wide range of trip types and budgets. 

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    Located amidst the towering skyscrapers of the financial district, SLS Brickell is conveniently located for exploring the cultural and retail highlights of downtown Miami. Personally designed by Philippe Starck, it exudes understated contemporary style. Rooms ensure your comfort with a 55” TV, rainfall showers and high-speed WiFi. Relax on your private balcony, surrounded by panoramic downtown views. Suites offer a range of luxury additions, including a wrap-around balcony, a soaking tub and a Nespresso coffee machine.

    Throughout the day, savor uncomplicated cuisine at one of two award-winning restaurants. Bazaar Mar serves locally caught seafood in a white-hued space adorned with a maritime mural. Fi’lia is your choice for gourmet Italian fare and fine wines. On the rooftop, classic cocktails are served beside the pool and DJs spin relaxed tunes every Sunday. For a moment of true indulgence, book a treatment at Ciel Spa. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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    Quality affordable accommodation is hard to come by in Miami, but this two-star hotel manages to get the balance right. Located a stone’s throw from Downtown in sophisticated Brickell, it offers a choice of air-conditioned rooms and suites. All of them include free high-speed Internet and an HD TV with premium cable. Upgrade to a suite for higher-end amenities ranging from a wet bar to a whirlpool bathtub. Hampton Inn & Suites ensures value for money with plenty of complimentary add-ons.

    These include local calls, tea and coffee available around the clock in the lobby, as well as a hot breakfast. There are three restaurants on-site (a Chinese eatery, a spot for healthy subs and salads and a gastropub specializing in comfort food). You can workout at the fitness center or relax by the rooftop pool with a cocktail from the Pool & Lobby Bar. A selection of meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center makes this hotel ideal for the budget-conscious business traveler, too. Check user...MORE ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

  • 03 of 09

    Situated a few steps from the beach, The Betsy enjoys a refined atmosphere that belies its location in the heart of bustling South Beach. It is a fine example of Florida Georgian architecture with shuttered windows and slender columns. The130 ocean-inspired rooms and suites either channel the romance of the colonial era or offer Art Deco sophistication. All rooms have dark walnut wood floors, original artworks, carefully curated guest libraries and marble bathrooms.

    A highlight is the Ocean Front Deck, a spectacular space for early morning yoga or sundowners overlooking the Atlantic. It also boasts the only outdoor spa in Miami Beach. There’s a fitness center on-site, as well as two pools. In the evening, sample the finest surf and turf at LT Steak & Seafood restaurant or visit the Conservatory for cocktails. On Wednesday and Thursdays, the Lobby Bar hosts an atmospheric live jazz series. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

  • 04 of 09

    Loews Miami Beach Hotel is located on the South Beach oceanfront - allowing you to enjoy a wide range of activities, including snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat rides and surfing lessons. Guestrooms offer additional sleeping space in the form of cribs and roll-away beds, while suites include a living room with a pull-out sofa bed. Complimentary WiFi and a flat-screen TV keep kids of all ages entertained.

    The Loews Loves Kids program makes this hotel special. It includes a closet stocked with toys, books and parenting necessities such as night-lights and strollers. For teens, there’s an Xbox lending library and music download cards, while the SoBe Kids' Camp keeps younger children entertained with scavenger hunts, sand castle contests and more. The swimming pool includes a shallow wading area, while the spa is a sanctuary for weary parents. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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  • 05 of 09

    This exclusive resort is a seven-minute ferry ride from South Beach on an island that once served as a Vanderbilt retreat. Sculpted gardens and breathtaking ocean views make Fisher Island the ideal romantic getaway. There are just 15 suites, each with a decadent soaking tub and a separate living room with a sofa for intimate evenings in. For a truly indulgent experience, choose one with a private patio and Jacuzzi.

    Spend quality time with your loved one at the beach or on the nine-hole golf course. Alternatively, opt for luxury treatments at the spa. A dedicated concierge attends to your every whim, while a complimentary golf cart provides transport for the duration of your stay. In the evening, dine at cosy La Trattoria; or celebrate a special moment at the Beach Club Restaurant with sushi and cocktails overlooking Biscayne Bay. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

  • 06 of 09

    The five-star Mandarin Oriental enjoys an exclusive location on Brickell Key, resulting in breathtaking waterfront views of Miami’s glittering financial district. From the gold-toned lobby to the exquisite guestrooms, the decor is inspired by contemporary Asian opulence. All rooms offer a private balcony, a marble bathroom with designer toiletries and an interactive entertainment system.

    Choose the Oriental Penthouse Suite for jaw-dropping Atlantic and skyline views and a living room complete with a piano and fireplace. There are four gourmet dining options, including award-winning Peruvian restaurant La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Enjoy classic cocktails overlooking the water at MO Bar & Lounge. An infinity pool, a state-of-the-art spa and a Grand Ballroom all add to the feeling of decadence. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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    Designed by Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach is perhaps the most iconic of the area’s many party hotels. Start your revels at the hotel’s famous Rose Bar, where sultry decor and an inventive cocktail menu set the tone for the evening ahead. The party continues at Delano Beach Club. Here, sun loungers and private cabanas vie for space alongside an infinity pool thronged with beautiful people. In summer, Privileged Sunday pool parties offer live DJs and occasional celebrity sightings. Rooms and suites create a post-party sanctuary with 300 thread count linens and rainfall showers, while the spa is perfect for morning-after pampering. Head to Leynia restaurant for Argentinian steaks or Umi Sushi & Sake Bar for light bites before the next night’s festivities. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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    Located a six-minute walk from the Miami Beach Convention Center, The Raleigh Miami Beach is an excellent choice for business travelers with a penchant for unique hotels. At this Art Deco landmark, even the most basic rooms include Egyptian cotton sheets, a minibar and WiFi access. It is geared for business with a wide range of unique event spaces capable of hosting up to 1,200 guests. In between meetings, head to the beach or relax by the palm-fringed pool. The Coffee Bar keeps you caffeinated, while the Martini Bar offers a sophisticated setting for a drink with colleagues. All-inclusive meeting packages include all meals and snacks at The Restaurant at The Raleigh. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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    Posh South Beach Hostel is a block from Ocean Drive and the beachfront, and a far cry from your average hostel. It features co-ed bunk bed dormitories with memory foam mattresses, secure lockers, reading lights and privacy dividers. There’s a shuttle bus to Miami International Airport, high-speed Internet and complimentary fitness classes. You can cook in the hostel’s high-tech kitchens, and enjoy a free Happy Hour at nearby Whitelaw Hotel. The rooftop boasts a patio, sun loungers and a swimming pool. Your stay includes discounts to major attractions such as Miami Seaquarium and Bass Museum of Art. Check user ratings and prices on TripAdvisor |

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