6 Best Miami Hotels for Fashionistas

When it comes to fashion, style in Miami spans more than just clothing. Book a room at one of these seven design savvy digs built by and for fashionistas themselves. From the Marie Antoinette-style SLS to the modern-day version of Sleeping Beauty at Mondrian, hole up in one of these home-away-from-homes for a fashionable Miami stay—designer costumes, included.


1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach

If you drooled over the gem-encrusted costumes in Moulin Rouge or 1920s flapper looks in the recent Great Gatsby remake, you can sleep in a suite at Faena (pictured at top) just as stylish designed by director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin. Just as the director’s films are dripping in gold, so is the 1940s-era hotel, with its gold leaf column-lined lobby and floor-to-ceiling murals (also dabbed with gold) leading out to the garden where Damien Hirst’s 10-foot-tall wooly mammoth skeleton glitters in 24K gold. 

3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-8800 


2. SLS South Beach

With a design fit to please the ghost of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s chief mistress, the playful SLS South Beach blends 18th century French aristocratic vibes with more modern visions from the likes of music legend Lenny Kravitz, who designed the tower and villa penthouses in rock star royalty style. Think oversized soaking tubs, private rooftop terraces and a full bar that makes some of the ones on South Beach look tame. 

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;305-674-1701


3. Mondrian South Beach

The South Beach version of the L.A. hotel, Mondrian is like walking into a dream with a fashion savvy spin on Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. Dutch designer Marcel Wanders wanted to create the hotel equivalent of the princess’ fairy tale castle with its stark white interior and dreamy floating staircase. The Bay-facing pool is just as magical, dotted with living wall-encased cabanas and hanging chandeliers that make for the picture-perfect setting to catch the sunset.

1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1500


4. Delano South Beach

Renovated by French superstar Philippe Starck in the 90s, the Art Deco beauty is a staple on the Miami fashion scene playing host to shows during Swim Week, as well as the fashion elite when they come to town. The lobby is not only gorgeous with its sweeping floor-to-ceiling white curtains and oversized columns, it also makes for some of the best people watching on the beach. Pull up a seat at the sleek Rose Bar that’s oozing in Old World vibes from the draping red velvet curtains to the classic cocktails served up Prohibition-style. If you’re looking for an even chicer spot to sit, try the pool, where you can wade right in the water and pose on one of the wrought-iron chairs. 

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000



5. Shelborne Wyndham Grand

Fresh off a $150 million renovation, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand may seem new but the vibe here is retro chic all the way. Design superstar Meg Sharpe weaved elements of the hotel’s Art Deco heritage into the rooms and restaurants giving it the same style of glam it held back in the 1950s. The design isn’t the only element playing on this era, though. TV costume designer Carol Ramsey also worked with the 1950s theme when crafting the fashionable ensembles for the entire staff.

1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1271


6. Surfcomber

Think of the bohemian version of surfer girl classic Blue Crush and you have the design gracing South Beach’s Surfcomber hotel. The lobby is a blend of beach chic and Brigitte Bardot 60s vibes with gilded tree trunk coffee tables, Mid-Century modern couches and magenta-colored wicker Emmanuelle chairs. The pool deck is just as whimsical with its Pucci-inspired patterned umbrellas and life-sized cow sculptures “grazing” by the water.

1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-7715