Over the last couple of years, a slew of bright and shiny lifestyle hotels have sprung up across Miami Beach—and that’s good news for you.
So what exactly is a “lifestyle hotel?” That’s hospitality speak for a stylishly designed hotel with a hip vibe at an affordable price point. You might not have Italian Frette linens or a marble soaking tub, but you will have a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing room, a cool bar/restaurant scene and a solid Miami Beach location. Oh, and you can actually afford to stay there—especially this summer when prices are rock bottom.
So get that South Beach vacay on the calendar. Here’s where you’re going to stay.
Tucked away on the southwestern corner of Collins Park across the street from the Bass Museum, the 110-room Plymouth Hotel brings a touch of the South of France louche life to South Beach (or so designer Fernando Santangelo’s cites as his inspiration). Inside a restored Art Deco hotel from the 1940s, he’s created a sublime courtyard pool with a black and white checkered tile deck, a cool indoor tiki bar and an outpost of New York City’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. Ask for a room with the claw foot tub at the foot of the bed and get creative after a few sake bombs.
Current rates from $139.
336 21st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
At Washington Park Hotel, an entire city block’s worth of historic Art Deco buildings have been renovated to create a cheeky, welcoming hotel campus anchored by a retro kidney-shaped swimming pool and lawn facing Washington Avenue. While rooms are rather “no frills,” an effort’s been made to add warmth with a leather headboard, painted accent wall and Beekman 1802 artisanal bath products. The true draw of the property is the moody, intimate Employees Only cocktail bar (by way of New York City’s West Village). It’s the kind of place you want to tuck into late at night and lose track of time over Billionaire cocktails, made with single barrel bourbon, absinthe bitters, fresh lemon juice and grenadine, and bone marrow poppers in a pastry shell.
Current rates from $103.
1050 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Just a block south of Lincoln Road, The Hall is bringing local flavor to what’s long been a tourist-saturated stretch of South Beach. This is owed, in part, to the laidback, surf-themed restaurant Sunny’s, as well as Campton Yard beer garden facing Washington Avenue. Rooms are equally chilled out in mint green and natural wood with a kitschy, mid-century SoCal aesthetic designed by Robert McKinley of Montauk’s Surf Lodge. Kick back at the 50-meter swimming pool for maxing and relaxing.
Current rates from $111.
1500 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Part of Hilton’s boutique Curio collection, Vintro Hotel South Beach is tucked away off Collins Park on the Collins Canal near the Bass Museum. The 50-room hotel is awash in Art Deco ephemera and contemporary Pop Art for a bright and playful aesthetic. Rooms feature peek-a-boo glass showers, portraits of classic screen sirens like Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe and a minimalist aesthetic. The property features a rooftop lounge with a plunge pool and cozy Mediterranean restaurant.
Current rates from $127.
2216 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Redbury is the rock ‘n roll little brother of SLS Hotels. Its original LA outpost on Hollywood and Vine was designed as an affordable, extended stay hotel for the neighborhood’s musicians and creative types. Its South Beach counterpart reflects the city’s 1950s heyday with black and white photos from the era, as well as vintage rock posters. Rooms are bright and spacious, each equipped with a record player and vinyls collection. There’s a small rooftop swimming pool, and guests also have access to the amenities of sbe Group’s sister hotels, SLS South Beach and The Raleigh. The Redbury is home to Cleo restaurant—an import from the LA hotel—devoted to Mediterranean and Greek fare in a hip, high-energy setting. The mezzes and labneh are heavenly and you can’t go wrong with any of their lamb dishes.
Current rates from $170
1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The AC Hotel is a Marriott brand imported from Europe with a limited service hospitality philosophy. They aim to provide their guests with “everything they need and nothing they don’t.” In the case of the AC Hotel Miami Beach, this means stylish, modern rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the sophisticated Gin & Collins bar and tapas restaurant and a rooftop pool. It’s located directly across the street on Collins Avenue from The EDITION Miami Beach, which is also a Marriott brand hotel.
Current rates from $115.
2912 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Gates South Beach draws inspiration from Wynwood with colorful murals while honoring its historic MiMo bone structure (they restored the 1950s Ankara Motel) with a delightfully retro pool deck overlooking the Indian Creek Canal. It’s home to Stephen Starr’s buzzy The Continental restaurant specializing in a modern (and delicious) twist on comfort food from around the world. Think, cheesesteak eggrolls, Korean fried chicken and tempura cauliflower tacos. Rooms are bright, contemporary and refreshingly new.
Current rates from $165.
2360 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hyatt Centric is a new lifestyle brand designed to encourage their guests to get out and explore. That’s why they’re always located in the city center, hence the name. Hyatt Centric South Beach is smack dab in the center of South Beach, just a block south of Lincoln Road and across the street from Loews Hotel and the Atlantic Ocean. The design is fresh and modern in shades of slate and navy with pops of yellow. There’s a rooftop swimming pool and the casual, yet sophisticated Deck 16 Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar in the lobby.
Current rates from $147.
1600 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tucked away on a tree-lined avenue in South Beach’s tranquil South of Fifth neighborhood, The Meridian Hotel is the first in the U.S. by burgeoning Argentinian hotel group Urbanica. The 71-room boutique hotel features an airy lobby with ferns hanging from the ceiling, a cafe featuring a large butcher block communal table and a reception desk made of vintage luggage. Miami street artist AholSniffsGlue contributes his trademark half-mast eyelids in greyscale up a staircase wall leading to the second floor terrace where a small plunge pool and air-conditioned “chill out room” awaits. A speakeasy-style bar is forthcoming.
Current rates from $147.
418 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
One could argue that the Freehand Miami ushered in South Beach’s stylish and affordable hotel trend. Anchored by the interminably hip Broken Shaker and 27 Restaurant, it’s been a cool hangout for locals from day one and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The hotel, itself, is technically a hostel—but it’s a cool hostel—with quad rooms designed by Roman & Williams with a nautical aesthetic starting at $40 a head. Private rooms are also available. There’s a big swimming pool and a party every day and night.
Current rates from $93.
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140