From stunning skyrises to intimate boutique hotels and historic Art Deco beauties, the best hotels in Miami don’t fit into one defined box—and each hotel is a destination in itself.
The Best Hotels in Miami
Choosing among the many stunning Miami luxury hotels isn’t an easy job, but these seven are known to be some of the most jaw-dropping in the city.
The centerpiece of Coral Gables, the historic Biltmore Hotel was modeled after the Moorish Giralda bell tower at the Seville Cathedral in Spain and serves as a classic example of Miami’s Mediterranean architecture. Built in 1926, the 275-room hotel sits on 150 acres and maintains its Old World charm even today. Indulge in afternoon tea or the legendary Sunday Champagne brunch spread, or play a round of golf at the hotel’s historic 18-hole golf course, designed by Donald Ross. South Beach may lie just a 25-minute drive away, but once you check into this piece of paradise, you won’t want to leave your room except for a trip to the BABOR-branded beauty spa.
Amenities: Rooms with views of the golf course, pool, or city; Donald Ross-designed golf course; activities for children like golf and tennis; a culinary academy with workshops and classes; and private poolside cabanas for up to eight people.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
There are many Miami luxury hotels, but nothing quite screams decadence like Damien Hirst’s 24-karat gilded woolly mammoth sculpture sitting in the garden at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. Faena’s 180 rooms—which includes the $50,000-per-night, two-level penthouse suite—take on an even more whimsical touch thanks to the over-the-top design of director Baz Luhrmann, known for films like “The Great Gatsby and “Moulin Rouge!” Faena is one of the best hotels in Miami for indulgence; book a shaman-inspired treatment at the Tierra Santa Healing House, a 22,000-square-foot spa sitting on the third floor, or splurge on a meal from award-winning Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann at Los Fuegos.
Amenities: Ocean or bay views, soaking tubs, Carrara marble-lined bathrooms, furnished balconies, private beach, one of the largest hammams on the East Coast, the 150-seat Saxony Theater with concerts and performances, craft cocktail bars, and three restaurants.
Soho Beach House
Soho House is a members-only club based in London, and its Florida location is on the ocean in South Beach in a restored Art Deco building. The 14-story 1940s structure features 49 guestrooms, each individually decorated with vintage pieces hailing from the West Coast and bathrooms modeled after British design. Exclusivity is part of the draw here, with access granted only to guests and members.
Amenities: Club dining and two restaurants, Cowshed-branded spa, gym, cinema, 100-foot Art Deco-inspired pool, 8th-floor plunge pool, private beach club, and screening room.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
When The Surf Club debuted on New Year’s Eve 1930, it was the kind of place where Elizabeth Arden directed poolside fashion shows and Winston Churchill came to paint in his cabana. Guests took kayaks in the pool, and galas included everything from elephants to hundreds of tables made entirely of ice. Five oceanview cabanas still pay homage to The Surf Club’s cabana culture, while new restaurant Le Sirenuse transports a taste of Italy’s southern coast to Surfside.
Amenities: Italian restaurant, Champagne bar, oceanfront spa, three heated outdoor pools (including a quiet, adults-only pool), beach with non-motorized watersports, complimentary bike rentals, complimentary house car, family excursions, and sandcastle competitions.
1 Hotel South Beach
Wellness is a theme that reigns throughout the 425-room 1 Hotel South Beach, making it one of the best hotels in Miami for relaxing. Elements of its beachfront locale (with a stretch of 600 feet of white sand) are present in everything from the driftwood-heavy furniture to the panoramic views of the sea from the expansive oceanfront presidential suite. You’ll find all kinds of ways to recharge, from four pools—including the largest rooftop pool and lounge in South Beach—to stylish fitness studios like SoulCycle and Spartan Gym.
Amenities: Four pools, Seedlings kids’ program with lunch for ages 4 to 12, SoulCycle studio, Bamford Haybarn-branded spa, gym partnership with Spartan Race, Joel Warren concept salon, six dining venues (including the adults-only rooftop Watr), meditation practices, and health retreats.
This hotel in Brickell City Centre feels as if it’s a city itself. All 255 rooms, eight suites, and 89 residences (which act as long-stay hotel rooms) boast floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that look out across Miami and Biscayne Bay. Take a dip in the 20,000-square-foot outdoor pool, which features a hot tub and cold plunge, or head up to the 40th floor where you’ll come across another scene entirely at Sugar, a rooftop garden hideaway that serves some of Miami’s best craft cocktails.
Amenities: Largest average room size in Miami, rooms with mood lighting and balconies, 24-hour Technogym-equipped fitness center, outdoor pool, lobby bar and cafe, signature eatery Qunito La Huella, and rooftop bar Sugar.
The Standard Spa
Tucked away on Belle Isle, local favorite The Standard Spa is more of a spa with rooms than a traditional Miami luxury hotel. Since part of the property is clothing-optional with soaking tubs that encourage communal bathing rituals, it’s not surprising that guests must be 18 years or older to stay. What makes this one of the best hotels in Miami is the holistic element, with workshops like stand-up paddleboarding, body-aligning yoga, and meditation led by some of the best instructors on the globe.
Amenities: Juice cafe, Danish modern bar and lounge, bayside restaurant, outdoor soaking tubs, pet-friendly rooms outfitted with spa rain showers and organic amenities, saltwater sound pool, hydrotherapy spa, and a fitness center featuring Pilates machines and Peloton bikes.
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