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10 must-visit hotels in Miami ranging from affordable family resorts to oceanfront luxury

The best Miami hotels in 2021 based on our first-person reviews, from oceanfront rooms in South Beach to swanky downtown suites. ...

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The beach and pool at Sole Miami.
  • With great weather, culture, and beaches, visiting Miami and its surroundings is always a good idea.
  • There are hundreds of hotels in Miami, from glossy downtown towers to splashy beachfront resorts.
  • To find the best hotels in Miami in 2021, we stayed in and researched the city's top-rated hotels.

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With warm sunshine, vibrant art and culture, a buzzing dining scene, and of course, stunning beaches, Miami always impresses.

And while trendy South Beach is a major draw, it's only one of many alluring neighborhoods to discover. Places like Brickell or Coconut Grove have also emerged as must-see spots and incredible hotels can be found across the sprawling city.

To make our selections of the best hotels in Miami, I, along with a team of local travel writers, checked into, toured, and researched Miami's top-rated hotels to determine which offer the best value, rooms, location, and overall experience.

From five-star resorts to laid-back beachy motels, eco-friendly lodging and Art Deco masterpieces, these are the best Miami hotels.

Browse all the best hotels in Miami below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

Here are the best hotels in Miami, sorted by price from low to high.

Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort

The beach and pool view at Sole Miami.

Book Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort

Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort is a waterfront boutique hotel in Sunny Isles Beach that just completed an exciting renovation. Accommodations are laid back with purposeful, contemporary design for a vacation that’s just as refined as Miami Beach. It’s comes with the option for apartment-style living and is more affordable than you’ll find on other beachfront stretches of sand.

Oceanview rooms offer a gorgeous vantage point, and suites with kitchens and sleeper sofas are well-appointed for family vacations. Save time for dinner on the BALEENkitchen terrace during sunset; the food is delicious and the perfect complement to that Florida coastal view.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Solé Miami, A Noble House Resort

Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

The pool facing the ocean at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel.

Book the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

Staying at Kimpton Surfcomber is like checking into a funky beach house with plenty of great amenities on offer for a funloving crowd. The atmosphere is eclectic, yet laid back, and more approachable than many neighboring South Beach spots.

This beachfront hotel from the IHG family of hotels is also one of the more affordable boutique hotels directly facing the water in Miami Beach. It comes with guest perks like free daily happy hour, wellness classes, and activities meant to encourage socializing. It all curates a vibe that feels youthful and lively. But that also means it’s not necessarily a quiet luxury retreat either. But, it is a fun escape with a great pool (and free-to-use giant floaties!) for families and groups of friends.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

The Confidante Miami Beach

The penthouse suite at the Confidante Miami Beach.

Book The Confidante Miami Beach

Located up the coast from South Beach, The Confidante is a well-priced relaxing hideaway from World of Hyatt. The midcentury modern-inspired Art Deco hotel has all the amenities needed for a great beach vacation with two pools (one for families, one for adults), a colorful courtyard area to relax or play games, spa and gym facilities with wellness classes, bike rentals, good on-site food and drink, and of course, prime beach access.

It’s a full four-star boutique experience without the inflated prices found at similar hotels in South Beach, but if you crave that action, it’s a 20-minute walk away. For a balcony or ocean view, plan to spend an extra $40 for the upgrade, which is very much worth it. Or, a suite will come in around $300 per night to start midweek or offseason, which feels like a secret that’s too good to be true.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Confidante Miami Beach

SLS Brickell

The Altitude pool deck at SLS Brickell.

Book SLS Brickell

SLS Brickell is a luxury hotel in downtown Miami within the revived area of Brickell, now bustling with designer shopping, gourmet dining, and world-class art. The contemporary tower’s common spaces and guest rooms were designed by the legendary Philippe Starck, renowned for his distinctive, edgy approach. The rooftop pool is colorful and photogenic, and if you’re looking to stay somewhere that encapsulates Miami’s sleek energy before hitting the downtown nightlife scene, you’ll love this hotel. 

Though, those who prefer something more understated and minimal might find the room’s design approach to be a bit flamboyant, if not a tad gaudy, with mirrors everywhere including the ceiling.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of SLS Brickell

Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove

A guest room at Mr. C Miami Coconut Grove

Book Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove

Mr. C is a charming delight nestled in the equally charismatic area of Coconut Grove. The hotel is surrounded by inviting restaurants, intriguing boutiques, a marina, and views of sailboats in the distance. Most tourists overlook this hidden gem area in favor of the beach or downtown, but if you’re open to something new, looking to discover another side of Miami, or have business on the mainland, this is a solid option.

Everything is nautical themed, from the porthole-shaped windows to white sail tarps and glossy lacquered wood resembling the deck of a sleek Italian yacht. Furnishings are midcentury modern and staying here feels like you’ve set sail for someplace glamorous. A lush courtyard, sublime rooftop pool, and chic Italian restaurant with waiters clad in white tuxedo jackets only add to the appeal.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove

The Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Penthouse

Book The Betsy Hotel South Beach

The only Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond-rated boutique hotel in greater Miami, The Betsy Hotel South Beach is located across the street from the beach on buzzy Ocean Drive and earns high praise for impeccable hospitality, preserved historic architecture, beautiful interior design, and wonderful arts-driven cultural programming.

Guests from around the world, local Floridians, and celebrities all book here to immerse themselves in the arts and tour the Art Deco District. There’s a distinctly beach chic-meets-British tea room design vibe happening, and it’s so different from any other hotel in Miami right now.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Betsy Hotel South Beach

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

loews miami beach hotel

Book Loews Miami Beach Hotel

The Loews Miami Beach is a sprawling resort that impresses with a grand entrance, sweeping lobby, and manicured gardens and fountains leading down to an attractive pool and beach area. It’s high-end but doesn’t feel stuffy or pretentious, making it approachable for families, but still attractive to adults and couples seeking a refined getaway. The sophisticated hotel also has a large spa and fitness facility, kids club, well-curated boutiques, and multiple on-site dining venues in addition to waterfront fun. Lure Fishbar specializes in delicious fresh-caught fish dishes and great cocktails.

Rooms are spacious, nicely appointed, and well-priced, though the best rooms face the ocean, which quickly rises into costly territory. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Loews Miami Beach Hotel

1 Hotel South Beach

1 hotel south beach

Book 1 Hotel South Beach

Staying at 1 Hotel South Beach was such a serene experience, I often forgot I was in South Beach at all. The minimal look of soft neutral white and beige fabrics alongside leafy green plant life and reclaimed driftwood was light and calming and made me feel transported to a remote island oasis. The on-site offerings and amenities were also varied and attractive; it’s easy to stay here for days and never need, or want, to leave. Your hardest choice will be deciding between rooftop or terrace pool, beach club or beach chair.

The Zen-like sanctuary also promotes a sustainable mission that offsets your carbon footprint while still delivering a luxury experience.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of 1 Hotel South Beach

W Miami Brickell

The pool deck at W Miami.

Book W Miami

While the W in South Beach might be a quicker sell, it would be a mistake to overlook its equally impressive sister across the bay. I was impressed by the fashionable property that blended traditional luxury with modern amenities, soothing Asian-inspired decor, and a great on-site restaurant, Addikt, which was among my top meals in Miami.

Then there’s the massive 15th-floor pool deck, which is the size of a football field, and perhaps the only property in all of Miami where you don’t have to wake up at the first sign of daylight to secure a lounge chair.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of W Miami Brickell

The Setai Miami Beach

The Setai Miami Beach

Book The Setai Miami Beach

The Setai is a polished jewel in Miami Beach with an east meets west aesthetic merging Asian design and five-star hospitality with classic Art Deco heritage and architecture.

The all-suite hotel is often booked by celebrities and posh-minded travelers seeking a private and pampering experience. The thoughtful Zen-like design is inspired by Feng Shui practices where every accent and detail is purposeful and intentional.

Rooms are spacious with deep soaking tubs in the middle of Studio and One Bedroom City Suites in the historic Art Deco main building, while a gleaming tower houses contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom oceanfront apartment-style suites. Three sleek pools are heated to varying degrees year-round, on-site dining is delicious and experiential, and the Valmont Spa offers remarkable treatments inspired by Swiss medicine and practices. This is top-tier luxury.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Setai Miami Beach

FAQ: Miami hotels

What is the best time of year to visit Miami?

Miami is a gorgeous, warm place to visit for most of the year. However, weather can be volatile in the summer, cooler in early winter, and crowds descend in droves around periods such as spring break or events such as Art Basel.

Which is the best area to stay in Miami?

If you simply want to hit the beach, head straight to Miami Beach. South Beach is filled with glitzy resorts, ultra posh luxury hotels, retro-inspired motels, and Art Deco-infused boutique gems. 

For more space on the sand, cheaper prices, and a calmer crowd, head uptown to Mid Beach or Sunny Isles.

If you’re not tied to a beach vacation, Brickell in downtown Miami is a booming center for art, food, shopping, and business. It’s also close to Wynwood, a hip neighborhood filled with breweries, indie shops, and colorful murals covering most of the buildings’ walls, painted by impressive local artists.

Or, for something further, afoot, look to neighborhoods like Coconut Grove, which feels peaceful yet in the know, and is just a quick car ride to all the action.

Is it safe to stay in hotels?

The CDC said that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

And while vacation rentals continue to be popular, hotels are now open and poised to make a big comeback as travelers become fully vaccinated. 

However, you may encounter other people in hotel common spaces such as lobbies, gyms, pools, spas, restaurants, and bars. Thankfully, experts said that with added caution, it is safe to stay in hotels. Just remember to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask in public, wash hands and use sanitizer, and follow social distancing.

What are the best hotels in Miami Beach and South Beach?

While we detail many of the best oceanfront hotels in Miami and South Beach in this list, we break down the best places in Miami Beach further in our guide to the best hotels in South Beach, available here.

What are the cheapest and most expensive times to visit Miami?

If you seek blue sunny skies and perfect weather, aim to pay a premium for it (and navigate more crowds) as visits in early winter, late winter or early spring will see more of the peak prices mentioned for each hotel on this list. However, you might find cheaper rates in midwinter after the holidays, but before spring break — just avoid long three-day weekends.

For the typical starting price, look to visit in summer. You’ll experience higher humidity and afternoon thunderstorms, but the prices will be cheaper and the city may feel less crowded.

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