2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
1 Hotels have quietly been popping up in our favorite neighborhoods over the past few years—first in New York, and then in Brooklyn, but South Beach, with its laid-back pool scene right along the waterfront, might just be our favorite so far. The décor is decidedly minimalist, from the white-washed pool lounges and umbrellas to reclaimed wood walls and cozy white linens in the bedrooms. The light aesthetic feels at once at home in South Beach, yet more zen and relaxing than some of the other hotels in the area, so it's a perfect pick if you're in town on business, as the rooms feel like a complete escape from the city. Another major pull here is the food: With two Tom Colicchio restaurants on site, a newer, plant-focused debut by Matthew Kenney, a farm stand with local produce, a juice bar, and a rooftop bar, they've got all the bases covered. Plus, there's the serene British Bamford Haybarn Spa, a SoulCycle, and a legit 14,000-square-foot gym space (that's Spartan certified, if that's your thing).
3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
A spinoff of Alan Faena's famed Buenos Aires hotel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a reimagining of the 1947 Saxony building, which was an early lavish Miami hotel (Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and the like performed there). It blends old-school glam with a vibrant South American vibe, richly decorated in ruby red and cool teal and turquoise blues, with Art Deco touches and serious animal print accents throughout. For the hotel’s design, Alan Faena collaborated with film director/producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The expansive hall lobby (called "the cathedral") is lined with gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals done by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti. (Faena’s collaborator list goes on to read like a who’s who of the arts and entertainment world, and the result is visually stunning, not unlike a Baz Luhrmann movie set.) The rooms, which begin in the $700 per night range are generously sized, with the suites bordering on enormous. Rooms with an ocean view—another splurge—do not disappoint. The long, wide balconies are ideal for taking in the sea and the grand stretch of sand leading up to it.…
Miami Beach EDITION
2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The beautifully redone EDITION hotel (it was formerly the 1955 Seville Hotel) is kind of a one-stop-shop for all things Miami: There’s the fashionable, often hard-partying crowd, a palm-fringed lobby, a slick swimming pool, and even an underground “Basement” nightclub which includes both an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak furnishings, and all the tech-y trappings, including a Beats Pill wireless speaker to keep the party going long after you’ve left the pool scene. Matador Room, their upscale restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is the talk of the dining scene.
Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
On a stretch of what’s referred to as “Mid-Beach,” the private members-only club has brought a level of exclusivity to Miami with the opening of its 50-room, Latin-inflected property. (SoHo House operates as a private club, but hotel guests have a run of the premises.) For those familiar with the club’s amenities, there’s the Cowshed Spa, a rustic relaxation retreat, as well as Cecconi’s, which serves largely Italian fare in a scenic courtyard setting (light-adorned trees overhead, included). Rooms are generously sized, and in contrast to much of the minimalism seen elsewhere in Miami, feature gorgeously tiled Moroccan-inspired floors, raw concrete beams, and worn-in leather armchairs. A strip of private beach is lined with blue-and-white covered lounge chairs and Tiki bar, while the requisite daybeds flank the always-buzzing swimming pool.
1775 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Life Magazine named The Raleigh’s pool the most beautiful in America in 1947, and more than half a century later, it’s not difficult to see why—it’s certainly not the most extravagant pool in Miami Beach, but it does have old-school, Art Deco charm (and a great pool bar). The hotel’s rooms are fashioned in the same image, with vintage furniture and large windows to take in views of palm trees and sunsets. You can order locally sourced food through room service any time; Jose Icardi of Katsuya overhauled the Raleigh’s restaurant a few years back, so that’s an option, too. Plus, Raleigh harbors one of the city's best watering holes: Martini Bar.
2001 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The minute you pull up to the Setai, it's obvious from the gorgeous old Art Deco building that this is a place with history, and it's true that the original hotel (called the Dempsey-Vanderbilt, for boxer Jack Dempsey) was designed and built in the 1930s. 80 years later, the old-school hotel is best known for over-the-top service: think beach attendants who move your beach chair to the perfect angle, bring just-cracked coconuts, and keep loud partygoers from other parts of the beach away. The temperature-controlled infinity pool setup, which includes a 75-degree lap pool, 95-degree family pool, and 85-degree central pool, all looking out over the private beach, is a major part of the draw.
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