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The 10 Best South Beach Hotels in Miami

Laine Doss | April 18, 2018

South Beach is famous for its Art Deco hotels, festooned in ice cream pastels that face the beach. Yet, the city is much more than Ocean Drive. Miami Beach's most southern neighborhood dances to a Latin beat as palm trees sway. Eat at some of the finest restaurants, party until dawn, and take in a concert at New Work Symphony. With so much to do, you'll need a comfortable hotel room to rejuvenate. Luckily there are properties that match every style and budget. These are South Beach's best.


W South Beach

Why it made the list

A giant Hello Kitty fountain greets guests at the W South Beach. The hotel hosts a collection of contemporary art by Warhol, Basquiat, and Schnabel among others -- and that's jut the tip of the iceberg. Guests will also enjoy a pool area that virtually wraps around most of the property. Diners can indulge in celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini's American fare at the Dutch before drinks at the Living Room. Accommodations are suites that range from an impressive 500-plus square feet to nearly 3,000 square feet of space -- appropriately called the Wow suite.

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Shore Club

Why it made the list

An expansive white lobby is dramatically lit with what seems like thousands of lanterns. Beyond, lies a lush garden that turns into an expansive pool deck known its afternoon rose-fueled parties. Most of the outdoor area turns into Skybar on weekends, with lively music under the stars. After dancing until the wee hours, relax in a simply elegant room before heading out to the beach and starting all over again.

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Sagamore, the Art Hotel

Why it made the list

With Art Basel taking over the city each December, Miami Beach has quickly become a mecca for contemporary art. The Sagamore has capitalized on the ever-growing art scene by turning into a rotating gallery. A resident art advisor curates the art and hosts events during Miami Art Week. The restaurant serves dishes with an artistic flair and the all-suite hotel offers accommodations that you can spread out in.

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Delano Hotel

Why it made the list

The Delano is the hotel that put South Beach back on the map. The Delano still charms with billowing white drapes, mismatched and oversized seats, and the Rose Bar -- a cocktail lounge bathed in pink lights. A long pool is well suited for lounging and rooms decorated in cool white are welcoming places to rest after a long day in the sun.

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Mondrian South Beach

Why it made the list

Located on South Beach's residential west side, the Mondrian is fashioned to resemble Alice in Wonderland's world -- a staircase fit for royalty leads to multiple seating areas, while outside, hedges and greenery lead to kissing areas -- private nooks meant for sharing a smooch. Rooms face the bay for spectacular sunset views and the pool is so large and expansive, you won't miss the fact that the hotel isn't on the beach.

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The Betsy-South Beach

Why it made the list

The Betsy is one of the most unique hotels in South Beach. While other Ocean Drive properties are decked out in ice cream pastels, the Betsy takes its cue from Colonial times and its namesake, Betsy Ross. The hotel is also a :literary" hotel, hosting frequent writing salons and workshops and musical performances. The Betsy also hosts writers-in-residence. If all that creativity leaves you hungry, there's LT Steak and Seafood, Panther coffee for a morning boost, and The Alley, which serves lighter fare and pizzas.

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Dream South Beach Miami

Why it made the list

Close to all of Ocean Drive's action, the Dream South Beach is a beautiful reinterpretation of the original Tudor Hotel. A small lobby leads to a rooftop pool that frequently hosts parties and sunset celebration complete with live DJ's. Downstairs, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano serves up tacos and tequila at his Naked Taco restaurant.

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SLS Hotel South Beach

Why it made the list

The SLS is a unique mix of luxury and whimsy in the middle of South Beach's most vibrant neighborhoods. The hotel boasts two celebrity driven restaurants -- the Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya by Katsuya Uechi. The Philippe Starck designed rooms are a combination of function and fantasy -- look for the signature monkeys around the property and even your room -- they might just be swinging from the light fixtures. Hyde Beach is an adult's playground complete with giant rubber duck poolside.

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The Setai

Why it made the list

Once the famed Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel, the Setai has added a gleaming high-rise tower to its luxury all-suite accommodations. The Setai boasts a courtyard filled with water elements -- a frequent setting for charity functions and home to a lavish weekly Sunday jazz brunch. With three infinity pools, the beach just beyond, and a spa that features treatments based on various tea services, guests are refreshed and pampered.

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