Miami's Top 10 Hip Hotels

 

The hotel scene in Miami is hotter than ever. Get in on the action at one of Miami's top 10 hip hotels.

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By Shayne Benowitz | shayne@shaynebenowitz.com

The hotel scene in Miami sizzles like no other city. With an impressive roster of glittering clubs, trendy restaurants, and award-winning spas, Miami’s hotels are much more than a place to rest your head at night. Here's our ranking of the top 10 hippest hotels in Miami.

1. The Miami Beach EDITION

The Miami Beach EDITION opened in November 2014 inside the historic, long defunct Seville Hotel. At 294-rooms, inclusive of 28 spacious, next-level luxurious bungalows, the hotel boasts a lavish oceanfront yard with two pools and the Tropicale Bar, as well as a tranquil, otherworldly spa. On the nightlife side, Basement has proven to be a hotspot with Discobox (inspired by EDITION collaborator Ian Schraeger's iconic Studio 54) for late night dancing, as well as a small iceskating rink and four-lane bowling alley. Celebrated Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten presides over Matador Room for eclectic fine dining inspired by Spain, featuring dishes as varied as Florida black grouper tacos to spinach pizza with manchego. The more casual Market offers a variety of counters with options ranging from raw bar to pasta to pastries. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4500; editionhotels.com/miami-beach.

2. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

With a nod to the glamorous, high-flying heydays of its original 1954 incarnate, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach today is just as opulent and flashy. From the lobby’s massive golden Ai Weiwei chandeliers seemingly dripping from the heavens to the “stairway to nowhere” designed explicitly for grand entrances, the Fontainebleau begs to be ogled. Its megaclub LIV routinely draws hordes of scantily clad clubgoers with marquee DJs, like Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, and Tiesto. With longtime fine dining strongholds, like Hakkasan and Scarpetta, Chef Michael Mina is keeping things fresh with subterranean lounge Michael Mina 74 (in the former Arkadia space) and the expertly executed Stripsteak (in the former Gotham Steak space). 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000; fontainebleau.com.

3. SLS Hotel South Beach

The masterminds behind sbe Entertainment Group, along with architect Philippe Starck, have translated their brand of Beverly Hills luxury with a touch of whimsy to their South Beach outpost on Collins Ave. With The Bazaar by José Andrés’ inventive menu of Spanish tapas veering towards molecular gastronomy, underneath an enormous white seashell-encrusted chandelier, and the Hollywood-adored Katsuya outpost serving mouth-watering sushi, the SLS hits all the hip dining marks. It’s also home to Hyde Beach with pool parties by day and a sexy vibe at night in an indoor/outdoor, kitschy surf shack-inspired space. And yes—there is a giant silver “rubber” ducky presiding over it all in the center of the pool deck. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701; slshotels.com/southbeach.

4. Gale South Beach

With a nod to old school glamour that permeates South Beach’s Art Deco District, the Gale Hotel South Beach is a hip hideaway for cocktail aficionados. Its plush Regent Cocktail Club draws a mélange of Miami scenesters sipping classic cocktails made with precision by some of the city’s most talented mixologists. When it’s time to kick it up a notch and hit the dance floor, they head to the subterranean lounge Rec Room. To start the night, Dolce Italian (winner of Bravo's Best New Restaurant title) dishes up sumptuous Italian fare in a setting to match. The Gale also boasts a rooftop bar and pool, and a prime Collins Ave. address in the heart of the scene. 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1019; galehotel.com.

5. W South Beach

From the high-energy lounge Wall tucked away through an outdoor labyrinth of seagrape trees and swamp lilies, to the Living Room lobby bar featuring artisanal cocktails by San Francisco-based mixologist Scott Beattie, there’s ample opportunity to lounge with a hip, fashionable set--not to mention celebrity sightings--at the W South Beach. There are two flagship restaurants, chef Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch for New American and Mr. Chow for haute Chinese cuisine. The hotel also boasts an impressive contemporary art collection. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000; wsouthbeach.com.

6. The Standard Spa Miami Beach

There are definitely perks to membership at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. With its idyllic Venetian Island location and dazzling views of Biscayne Bay from its dockside restaurant and pool, it’s a retreat at the junction of trendy and zen. These perks also come with a hotel stay, a spa treatment, or a $125 day pass on the weekends ($75 during the week). The spa offers a variety of wellness classes and workshops, as well as a hydrotherapy playground with a massive hamam, while Lido restaurant offers healthy eats and incredible views. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach.

7. Soho Beach House

Another member’s only retreat, accessible with a stay at the hotel or by dining at its open-to-the-public Italian restaurant Cecconi’s, Soho Beach House is notorious for its celebrity-splashed soirees. Its long, narrow pool is lined with cushy lounges and a tiki-style bar at the rear of the property, near the ocean. It’s a playground for the moneyed, fashionable, and creative set on the weekends. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900; sohobeachhouse.com.

8. Epic Hotel

Home to one of the hottest restaurants in Miami—the sumptuous Japanese stunner, Zuma—the Epic Hotel is a perennial hot spot. At 54 stories high with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, it’s truly made an epic imprint on the Miami skyline. Lilt Lounge provides another reasons for scenesters to swing by. Its 16th floor pool and Area 31 terrace bar seem to float in the clouds amidst downtown’s high rises. This is also where you’ll find Exhale Mind Body Spa, dedicated to results-oriented core fusion classes and spa treatments inside 12,000 square-feet of serenity. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5226; epichotel.com.

9. Mandarin Oriental

The novelty and luxury of this island retreat on Brickell Key, just across a bridge from downtown’s hustle and bustle, makes the Mandarin Oriental a favorite destination hotel. Offering unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay, a private beach club, and the fabulous waterfront outdoor lounge, it’s popular amongst a post-work and weekend crowd. La Mar by Gaston Acurio, serving sumptuous Peruvian fare, keeps diners coming back. It also boasts a Forbes Five Star Asian-inspired spa for serious relaxation. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami; 305-913-8288; mandarinoriental.com/miami.

10. 1 Hotel South Beach

New to the scene at the northern perimeter of South Beach, 1 Hotel  launched more than a hotel when it opened in March 2015, but a mission, according to its founder Barry Sternlicht. The eco-driven luxury lifestyle hotel, a LEED-certified project, celebrates nature by "bringing the outside in" through design touches like an 11,000 foot living garden running up its facade and terrariums by Plant the Future in every guest room. With a beautifully landscaped, elevated pool plaza, as well as a rooftop pool, 1 Hotel provides some of the most mesmerizing views in South Beach. While Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft restaurant opening has been delayed due to an electrical fire in the kitchen, the poolside Sand Box offers delightful fresh Mexican fare. Beachcraft is sure to be a hit once it's up and running. 2341 Collins Ave., South Beach; 866-615-1111; 1hotels.com/south-beach.

 

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