Hotels in Miami, South Florida

by Tricia Chaves
Miami's South Beach is known for its art deco-style lodging along the coast.

Miami's South Beach is known for its art deco-style lodging along the coast.

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Choosing the right location is essential for getting the most enjoyment from your Miami trip. Popular neighborhoods include South Beach, which is perfect for club-going and people-watching; Mid-Beach, which is quiet but conveniently near nightlife; Downtown, which is close to cruise ship ports and trendy restaurants; cafe-lined Coconut Grove; and ritzy, historic Coral Gables.


If you are in Miami on an overnight stay or layover, the Miami International Airport Hotel is conveniently located right inside the airport’s Concourse E, past the security checkpoints. Access other terminals easily via the adjacent skywalk and let the hotel take care of your baggage check-in. Dining options include a sushi bar and Top of the Port Restaurant with panoramic airport and skyline views.

Coconut Grove

Try the 205-room, boutique-style Sonesta Bayfront Hotel for Miami flavor at a more wallet-friendly price. Guest rooms and common areas are dressed with museum-quality contemporary art pieces. The on-site Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge serves Peruvian and continental cuisine, and the rooftop fitness center, lounge, swimming pool and whirlpool overlook the Biscayne Bay. The property is just steps from the open-air CocoWalk retail and dining complex.

Coral Gables

According to Fodor’s, the 28-room, European-style Hotel St. Michel is one of the city’s most romantic options. When you arrive at the hotel, built in 1926, you’ll be welcomed with fresh fruit and there's a complimentary continental breakfast daily. The Gaetano's Ristorante is owned and operated by chef Gaetano Ascione, a native of Naples, Italy. The hotel partners with PetsHotel to offer daycare and overnight accommodations for pets within walking distance.


Fodor’s says, “If you can afford to stay here, do” about The Mandarin Oriental, Miami hotel, downtown’s only lodging with a beach, albeit man-made. Enjoy excellent views from either side of the hotel — the ocean facing east toward Miami Beach and the downtown skyline to the west. The hotel offers a full menu of services at the Forbes five-star spa and fitness classes and personal training sessions in the fitness center. Other amenities include boutique shopping, restaurants Azul and Café Samba and the M-Bar with a 250-martini menu.


When the 1930s-era Fontainebleau reopened in 2008 after a $1 billion renovation, it was Miami's biggest hotel with more than 1,500 rooms. The hotel offers 11 dining and lounge choices, a nightclub, outdoor oceanfront pools surrounded by cabana islands, a 5,800-square-foot fitness center and the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa. The hotel welcomes up to two vaccinated, non-aggressive pets per room for a $100 fee each and offers a pet park with benches.

South Beach

According to Budget Travel, the Mediterranean-style Prime Hotel Impala is “a worthy splurge.” The hotel offers deluxe double rooms and two suite options. Frommer’s warns that rooms 102 and 206 are the smallest of the 17-room boutique hotel’s offerings, which are accented with sisal floors and bathrooms with coral rock detailing. Some private patios offer views into the fountain and foliage-filled courtyard. The hotel is located on Collins Avenue, two blocks from Ocean Drive and the beach.

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