Find the best hotels and resorts to stay in Miami, from South Beach to Downtown, in our guide.
So you are looking for a hotel in Miami. After a fantastic day in which you ate your fill at one of Miami’s best restaurants, spent a couple of hours at a fancy cocktail bar, partied at one of Miami’s best clubs, and even escaped to one of the city’s beaches, you’re exhausted and now all you want to do is rest in a comfortable place… Have no fear, dear traveler: from the mega-resorts of South Beach to boutique hotels that will surprise you, we have a wide variety of hotels perfect for you. Check-in, relax, and get ready to repeat this routine one more time.
1. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
Richard Meier’s architecture and Joseph Dirand’s interior design come together to transform the historic Surfside Surf Club into a work of sublime luxury for the Four Seasons group. A perfect combination of minimalist ocean-view balconies protected with floating glass railings, rooms with mind-blowing marble floors, and a former ballroom restored in the most charming way after which it became a luxurious champagne bar.
Time Out Tip: A new American nouvelle cuisine restaurant from celebrity chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley) will soon join Le Sirenuse, the sumptuous restaurant hailing from the Amalfi Coast. This will be the legendary chef’s first foray into Florida, so stay tuned.
2. Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Faena is a holistic experience splashed with gold, red elements and animal print created by the flamboyant and visionary Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, who achieves a harmony between all these wild brushstrokes from the very moment you enter the golden cathedral-like lobby, until you lay your head on the soft pillow of a luxurious suite.
Time Out Tip: This hotel is home to amazing contemporary art, such as Damien Hirst’s ‘Gone but not forgotten’, a work worthy of documenting on your Instagram. The iconic woolly mammoth skeleton cast in gold is immortalized inside a glass box on the pool deck. Don’t forget to take a selfie.
3. Miami Beach EDITION
Modern elements, understated elegance and luxury design are the hallmarks of this fashion-forward hotel: the result of a collaboration between boutique hotel guru Ian Schrager and Marriott International. Adding to the hotel’s cool vibe are two restaurants by the inimitable chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the exclusive Matador Room and the casual Market.
Time Out tip: In addition to the DJ-driven dance floor, the semi-subterranean Basement lounge also features a small ice-skating rink and four bowling lanes.
4. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Immortalized by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack during its 1950s heyday, the Fontainebleau, with its modern design, remains a Miami classic today. You’ll feel megawatts of entertainment, whether you’re lounging on the expansive poolside deck or dining at one of the property’s three restaurants: Scarpetta, Hakkasan and StripSteak.
Time Out Tip: LIV still provides the South Beach mega-club experience you dream of, with no shortage of confetti showers, light shows, top-notch DJs and a packed dance floor that vibrates until the wee hours of the morning. Be prepared to spend some serious bucks on table service.
5. 1 South Beach Hotel
The 1 Hotel is eco-friendly and has a design that brings the outdoors inside the hotel, such as white linen-covered lounges, romantically sea-worn wood, and vertical gardens. This LEED-certified hotel is home to some of the largest and most tranquil rooms in all of Miami, with ultra-modern beds and spa-like bathrooms.
Time Out Tip: The hotel’s four pools offer multiple options for an unforgettable time. We recommend going up to the rooftop pool, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Miami Beach. Also, don’t miss the lively atmosphere and delicious food and cocktails at the Asian fusion restaurant Watr.
6. St. Regis Bal Harbour
Located across the street from the famous Bal Harbour Shops, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, a five-diamond hotel, is the pinnacle of luxury. From its luxurious suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg and its exceptional 4,000-square-foot Remède spa to the sumptuous poolside cabanas decked out with top-quality Roche Bobois furnishings, the property has everything to offer guests a truly sumptuous experience. There’s even a nightly champagne tasting ritual to start your evening in style.
Time Out Tip: If you have $30,000 and don’t know how to spend it, you’ll probably want to spend the night in the Grand Palace Suite on the 23rd floor, which features eight bedrooms, a private balcony, multiple living rooms, kitchens, a poolside house and butler service.
7. EPIC Hotel
The Kimpton EPIC, located in the heart of the financial district, is an exquisite downtown hotel, strategically located at the mouth of the Miami River, offering a panoramic view of Biscayne Bay. It is also home to the famous Zuma restaurant, where all the people of Miami with exquisite palates and deep pockets go to enjoy luxury Japanese food.
Time Out Tip: The 16th floor of the hotel is home to the Exhale Spa, which offers wellness treatments, yoga classes and stretching. Next to the boutique spa, there’s a stylish pool on a deck with a fun restaurant offering all kinds of delicious tapas.
8. Mandarin Oriental
Located on a man-made island east of downtown Brickell, the Mandarin Oriental is a fantastic resort. With unique service, the staff will make sure you have everything you need at the pool, in the five-star spa or in your luxury suite with a spectacular view of Miami.
Time Out Tip: Make a reservation for Sunday brunch at La Mar by Gaston Acurio restaurant, one of Miami’s best. Experience hours of endless champagne, pisco cocktails, a prodigious Peruvian buffet, delicious starters and an adorable dollhouse full of desserts to finish. The best part: it all happens on the terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay.
9. SLS Brickell
Philippe Starck’s surreal design is a big part of the reason why the SLS Brickell looks like a work of art. Inside, the hotel deserves to be designated a museum thanks to the private collection of contemporary art it houses, owned by Jorge Perez. As part of the lifestyle brand born in Beverly Hills and quickly spreading throughout Miami, the SLS Brickell is a fashion statement amid the somewhat staid atmosphere of the financial district.
Time Out Tip: The SLS Brickell is home to not one but two James Beard Award winners: Spanish revolutionary José Andrés of Bazaar Mar and acclaimed Miami native Michael Schwartz of Fi’lia.
10. Delano South Beach
Delano is the boutique hotel that put South Beach back on the map in the ’90s thanks to wild lobby parties frequented by Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, and famous models. With its iconic ‘Alice in Wonderland’-inspired Philippe Starck design, the vibe is still alive, so if you’re looking to party, you’ll find it just below the lobby in the Doheny Room club.
Time Out Tip: Leynia, the latest manifestation of Delano’s signature restaurant, stands on the tiered terrace overlooking the pool. It specializes in wood-fired Argentine asado with an Asian twist, and it’s a hit!