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Miami’s 10 Best New Hotels

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For one of the hottest hotel scenes in the country, look no further than Miami. Adding to its already dazzling lodging portfolio, the city has ushered in a new era of hotels, with many big openings in the past year and plenty more to come in 2015 and 2016. Among these newcomers are boutiques and big brands, but each one is stunning in its own right. For your next jaunt to Miami, consider booking a stay in one of these outstanding new properties.

By Kate Donnelly

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Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

The recently opened, 74-room Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is situated in a 1930s art deco landmark, where award-winning architect Paola Navone is responsible for the soothing tones of grays, whites, and dusty greens. There’s a beachside pool and a rooftop spa with a hydrotherapy pool; The four treatment rooms are perfect for the Sun Soother to heal the drying effects of sea, sun, and salt. With a seafood-focused restaurant, a Gin Club featuring more than 30 artisanal gins, and a juice bar, there’s no need to even leave the property.

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Miami Beach EDITION

A marriage between hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott, the high-end Miami Beach EDITION is an exercise in glam. The lobby retains its original gold mosaic columns, and there’s a plethora of leafy potted greenery among white sofas and a chic marble pool table. Outside, there are two swimming pools, and downstairs, you’ll find a bowling alley and nightclub. Inside, the luxe 294 rooms’ clean lines and neutral dressings are compliments of designer Yabu Pushelberg. It’s hard to miss the two Jean-George Vongerichten restaurants: comfortable Market that has a new menu (now including sushi), and the low-lit, sexy Matador, with sharable Latin–style tapas plates.

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1 Hotel South Beach

From the moment you walk in, the eco-chic 1 Hotel feels like as a bona fide lifestyle brand—think a living green wall, a lobby farm stand, a terrarium shop, a fashionable boutique, and Tom Colicchio’s newly opened Beachcraft. The airy, spacious 426 rooms are warm cocoons of repurposed wood and soft, calming white and nude linens. A table terrarium serves as a welcome pop of the outdoors. There are four pools, and the breezy sixteenth-floor rooftop is a tranquil oasis where you can escape the crowds and sip something refreshing.

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Hotel Croydon

The lovely, earth-toned rooms at the boutique Hotel Croydon are paired with dark mahogany porcelain-tile floors, gel-memory-foam mattresses, and C.O. Bigelow products. Originally designed in 1937, this Mid-Beach property houses a pool peppered with chic black-and-white-striped umbrellas, a rooftop deck and solarium, and a bistro called the Tavern, which spills out onto a patio (with a great happy hour to boot). A rooftop “yoga spa” gives guests a relaxing place to stretch, and the hotel offers complimentary round-trip shuttles to and from the airport.

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Thompson Miami Beach

The vibrant rooms at Thompson Miami Beach are all about sporty 1950s Miami, thanks to the design of London’s Martin Brudnizki, who takes a playful approach with bright poppy colors, floral upholstered chairs, and retro wooden headboards. Sit outside on the balcony with a cold drink and book, or check out Seagrape, where local chef Michelle Bernstein serves Floridian cuisine. The hotel’s open-air spa with six treatment rooms is a quiet retreat from the Miami hustle, and the 1930s House, a cozy vintage Spanish–style bungalow, serves craft cocktails and small bites.

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Circa 39

Housed in a classic 1939 building, the charming boutique hotel Circa 39 is a quiet spot across the road from Miami Beach. Its 97 rooms, overlooking a tropical courtyard, are a mod flare of blue and white tones with wooden floors, plantation shutters, and Aveda-stocked bathrooms. The swimming pool has a cool sundeck, and Wunderbar includes light bites and a nice selection of cocktails that lean heavily on rum. On Fridays, Vino & Vinyasa allows you a proper stretch followed by sips on a rotating wine menu.

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Aloft South Beach

This small stretch of Collins Avenue has never looked so great. Following the renovation of a 1954 motel, Aloft preserved various art deco architectural elements and revamped 235 rooms that command both canal and city views. Inside, there’s a takeaway market and a hip bar with a custom chandelier made of 1,000 acrylic lighting rods. There’s a retro-looking pool with private cabanas, an ongoing music series, an herb garden lending ingredients for craft cocktails, and a soon-to-be Stephen Starr 70s–style restaurant called Continental.

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Villa Bagatelle

Stylish Villa Bagatelle features 31 suites dressed in white-and-cream Frette linens and decked out with marble baths, C.O. Bigelow toiletries, and a Geneva sound system. A fashionable rooftop pool lets you linger poolside with bottles of French rosé or a glass or two of bubbly. A retreat in the zen courtyard provides some downtime before you head to the popular French–Mediterranean Bistro Bagatelle, known for its buzzy Champagne brunch party. If it’s the ocean you crave, a beach chair, umbrella, and a good book on the white sandy beach at Collins at 18th Street are calling your name.

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Casa Claridge’s

Low-key and stylish, three-story Casa Claridge's (from hotelier Alan Faena) is a perfect haven for boho literature, art, and relaxation. It’s easy to feel intoxicated by the design-savvy, residential-style vibe and rich pinks and blues. Fifty airy rooms are outfitted with carved beds, pillow-top mattresses, and Frette linens. The “living room” is a cool place for gathering and glancing at artist Manual Ameztoy’s enveloping paper-cutout celling installation (art exhibits will rotate). Although there’s no swimming pool, there’s easy beach access, but a spot this enchantingly charming might just have you hanging casa-side.

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AC Hotel Miami Beach

In Mid-Beach, just across from the beach on Collins Avenue, Marriott International’s “high design,” cosmopolitan AC Hotel Miami Beach (currently with locations in Portugal, Spain, and Italy) has opened with 150 boutique rooms. It’s all about Milan-fashion-house–inspired urban design and taking a mod stance, with clean, simple lines and artwork from the Dina Mitrani Gallery in the wildly popular Wynwood District. A rooftop pool opens up for stellar Atlantic Ocean views, the AC Kitchen is perfect for breakfast and iced coffee, and the lounge serves local craft brews and draft wines.

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