Hotels on the North Miami Beachfront

by Jane Ellis

The north Miami area is blessed with white sand beaches, a turquoise sea and a tropical ambience, mixed with city amenities and lots of lodging options. An interesting place to visit in this area is a 12th-century monastery, the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, which was brought over from Spain and rebuilt in Miami.

Trump International Beach Resort

The 390-room Trump International Beach Resort is located in the city of Sunny Isles in northeast Miami-Dade county. This oceanfront resort's guestrooms have microwaves and mini-fridges, and each of its suites features a full kitchen and a separate living room. Resort amenities include two restaurants, two pools and a spa. If the heat gets to be too much, you can rent an air-conditioned oceanfront or poolside cabana. The Trump's hotel shuttle can take you to nearby South Beach where you can enjoy shopping or the area's hot night life at clubs such as Mansion or LIV.

Doubletree Ocean Point Resort & Spa - Miami Beach North

All of the 152 guestrooms and one- and two-bedroom suites at the beachfront Doubletree Ocean Point Resort & Spa boast ocean views. Each of the guestrooms contains a refrigerator and a microwave, while the suites come equipped with full kitchens and washers and dryers. The Doubletree Ocean Point Resort has a full-service spa, and you can choose to have a massage by the water in one of the hotel's cabanas. The Doubletree is only three miles from the upscale Avenura Shopping Mall, home to many top brand-name retail stores, and also to the upscale Bal Harbour Shops, which is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Grand Beach Hotel

The all-suites, oceanfront, 20-story Grand Beach Hotel was built in 2009. All of the hotel's 430 one- and two-bedroom suites feature marble bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access and flat-screen televisions, and are decorated with contemporary furnishings. The Grand Beach Hotel is home to the Chez Gaston restaurant and to seven pools. Small pets that weigh under 30 lbs. are welcome at the Grand Beach Hotel, for a deposit and additional fee. South Beach and its Art Deco Historic District is only three miles away, and Parrot Jungle, with its over 3,000 exotic animals and tropical garden setting, is only eight miles away.

Marco Polo Beach Resort

The oceanfront Marco Polo Beach Resort has 250 guestrooms that measure 400 square feet and offer complimentary wireless Internet access. Rooms with kitchenettes are also available. Guests can start their mornings with the Marco Polo Beach Resort's complimentary breakfast buffet, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the beach or the hotel's pool. This hotel also has a fitness center and a spa on site. When you get tired of the beach, head to Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino or the Mardi Gras Casino, both of which are less than five miles away, or take in a game at Sun Life Stadium, home to the Florida Marlins and the Miami Dolphins.