Oceanfront Motels and Hotels in Miami

by Alison Merfeld

From its prime location on the Atlantic Ocean to attractions such as the Seaquarium and Miami Museum of Science, Miami has plenty to offer tourists of all stripes; and its oceanfront accommodations range from luxury to budget hotels. Whether you prefer to stay near the nightlife and upscale eateries or enjoy the quiet of your balcony, you'll have many oceanfront hotels to choose from, and many of these offer concierge services to make your stay comfortable. Options include hotels that cater to families with children, budget and luxury hotels and boutique accommodations.

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Kid-Friendly Hotels

Loews Miami Beach Hotel provides camps geared toward children and teens. The Pottery Barn Kids Camp, for children between 4 and 12, offers daily afternoon and evening programs that include making sandcastles, scavenger hunts, sports games on the beach and water balloon competitions. For teens, the hotel provides cards for downloading music and a teen lounge with video games, food and music. Families can also participate in a sushi cooking class on-site. The 790 rooms feature iPod docks, minibars and sitting areas. The Trump International Beach Resort's Planet Kids is a complimentary program that offers activities ranging from water sports to music programs and craft projects. On-site hotel facilities range from a fitness center to a grotto-style outdoor swimming pool.

Budget Hotels

The two-story Lombardy Hotel provides smoke-free dorm-style guestrooms that include kitchens, free Internet and private bathrooms. Parking can be expensive by the beach, but the hotel provides complimentary parking; there's also an on-site restaurant with beach views and indoor and outdoor seating. The 10-story Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach and Spa offers an on-site 1960s rock and roll-themed restaurant that prepares burgers and fries. The 225 rooms have free Internet and double beds. An outdoor swimming pool, spa, poolside bar and sundeck add to the amenities. The hotel provides a shuttle service to Aventura Mall, three miles away.

Luxury Hotels

The smoke-free Ritz-Carlton South Beach, less than one mile from the Filmore Theater on Lincoln Road, provides 375 rooms with iPod docks, minibars, goose down pillows and Internet access. Decorated in deep purples and browns, the on-site spa has 14 rooms for massages, facials and various treatments. Additional hotel amenities include limousine service, two restaurants with ocean views and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by umbrella-covered daybeds. Built in 1936, the Setai provides a serene environment with its clean lines and with dark brown, white and gray hues accenting guestroom walls. Rooms feature Irish linens, black granite bathrooms and two vanities; suites include separate living rooms and full kitchens. Guests can enjoy three outdoor swimming pools lined by palm trees and hedges.

Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels are generally smaller, with a bed and breakfast-like feel. Located on Ocean Drive, the Penguin Hotel provides 44 individually decorated guestrooms with earth-tone hues of reds, blues and tans. Rooms offer wet bar, kitchen and plasma TV. The Penguin's location across the street from the ocean and steps from shopping, theaters and fine dining is an added bonus. The 19 suites in the red-roof tiled and stucco exterior Sun Harbor Boutique Hotel include full kitchens, Internet access and living rooms decorated in soft whites and tans. Rooms overlook the outdoor swimming pool in the courtyard area.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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