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Best Hotels in Miami Beach

Best Hotel Rankings We've ranked the top hotels in Miami Beach based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 63 luxury hotels, 19 were named award winners on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Miami Beach. Of these, four scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.

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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Bal Harbour, FL
Best Hotels #1 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Bal Harbour, FL
Best Hotels #1 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Although it only opened its doors in 2012, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has made a lasting impression on Miami Beach-goers. Travelers describe their experiences here as phenomenal, primarily due to the property's attentive staff and prime location. Overlooking the Atlantic from its seat in Bal Harbour (about 7 miles north of South Beach), this member of the St. Regis Hotels family provides a less frenzied setting much appreciated by couples and travelers with children. Guest rooms are spacious and feature pastel hues, five-fixture marble bathrooms and private furnished balconies, as well as high-tech fixtures like flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. When you're not bedding down, you can pass the time at one of two outdoor infinity pools, at the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa or at one of the nearby golf courses (the concierge is happy to schedule tee times). The resort also features four on-site restaurants, as well as a wine vault. And because The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort resides under the Starwood Hotels umbrella, members of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program are welcome to cash in points here. more

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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Best Hotels #2 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Best Hotels #2 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the hotel staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach has only 98 hotel rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come flat-screen TVs and private balconies as well as with double sinks and glass-enclosed showers in the bathrooms. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four outdoor pools, a spa and beach amenities. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach. more

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The Setai Miami Beach

Miami, FL
Best Hotels #3 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

The Setai Miami Beach

Miami, FL
Best Hotels #3 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Setai blatantly spurns Miami Beach's neon reputation in favor of a classier ambiance, and recent guests appreciate it. Rather than funky decor and bright colors, the Art Deco era property is filled with classy Asian-inspired design elements. Meanwhile, guest rooms house a muted beige and brown color palette and are outfitted with amenities like Frette Linens, flat-screen LED TVs and rainfall showers. Although The Setai's environment may induce relaxation on the spot, previous guests highly recommend a visit to the in-house spa, which offers a wide array of massages and skin treatments and houses a private bath, a steam room and a fitness center. Also on the property, you'll have access to not one, but three infinity pools, as well as gourmet Mediterranean or Asian cuisine at The Setai's two restaurants and two bars. But don't plan on spending all your time at the hotel: Travelers praise The Setai for its prime location near the beach and the Bass Museum of Art. more

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The Miami Beach EDITION

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #4 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

The Miami Beach EDITION

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #4 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Slightly removed from the noise and action of South Beach, The Miami Beach EDITION is a 3.5-acre beachfront resort-style hotel with a wealth of distinctive amenities. The hotel features the unique BASEMENT complex that includes a nightclub, a bowling alley (both are open until 5 a.m. on the weekends) and a 2,000-square-foot ice skating rink — all accessible for an additional charge. If you're more interested in relaxing, you can schedule a treatment at the spa, meditate in the relaxation lounge or at the outdoor Sandbox, lounge by the 1950s-inspired pool deck or play in the sand on the hotel's 70,000 square feet of shoreline. Other activities include a 24-hour fitness center that offers group classes and personal training (for an extra fee), the Limited EDITION boutique gift shop and two additional bars. After working up an appetite, guests can enjoy Latin cuisine from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Matador Room. Or, for something more casual, grab a bite at Market at EDITION or the hotel's alfresco eatery, Tropicale. When it's time to sleep, guests can retreat to their rooms where they'll find rainforest showers, flat-screen TVs, BEATS Bluetooth speakers and complimentary Wi-Fi access. While recent visitors were impressed with the style and ample amenities at the hotel, they provided mixed reviews of the service; some said they were greeted with a smile, while others said staff members seemed aloof.   more

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The Betsy, South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #5 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

The Betsy, South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #5 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Miami Beach travelers appreciate that the beautiful Betsy isn't like the other hotels along Ocean Drive. As opposed to poolside parties and a lobby that doubles as a runway, this boutique hotel is decidedly quieter and more laid-back than its competition. And the 61 rooms and suites here definitely aim for substance rather than stylethough that isn't lacking, either. In the accommodations here, you'll find Thassos marble bathrooms, Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms feature the basics such as high-speed Internet access to the over the top with TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras, like fresh orchids for every room. Despite some complaints of high room rates, recent guests claim to have thoroughly enjoyed their stay here, chalking their good experiences up to the excellent customer service. The Betsy's rooftop bar and in-house restaurant, BLT Steak, also garners praise, while previous guests say that lounging in the Wellness Garden and Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay. more

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Thompson Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #6 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

Thompson Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #6 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Thompson Miami Beach wows guests with its impeccable service, 1950s style and semi-isolated beachside location. Nestled in the quieter, northern end of South Beach (about 3 miles north of Ocean Drive), this 380-room property also features two pools. If you're looking to relax indoors, check out the on-site spa, which offers massages, aromatherapy treatments and anti-aging facials in one of six open-air treatment rooms. Should you crave something to eat or drink, the Thompson Miami Beach features several bars and two restaurants, including James Beard Foundation-awarded chef Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape. Previous guests recommend the craft cocktails at the 1930s House, although they caution that prices at all of the on-site eateries and bars are a bit high, even by Miami Beach standards. Once you're ready to bed down, tuck yourself into your retro digs, which all feature 400-thread-count linens, rain showers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi access. For better views, upgrade to an Oceanview Balcony or Balcony Suite. more

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Carillon Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #7 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

Carillon Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #7 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Carillon Miami Beach caters to those seeking more of a wellness retreat than a simple vacation. Here, you'll find a mind-boggling array spa treatments and intense fitness classes available, plus many nutritionists and physicians on staff at this Northern Miami Beach beach property. But despite its location on the bustling Collins Avenue, guests say the Carillon Hotel & Spa has all the makings of a good night's sleep. The hotel's accommodations feature such high-end amenities, such as 400-thread-count Mascioni linens, deep soaking tubs, private balconies and HD TVs. Rooms are also outfitted with kitchens equipped with granite counters and KitchenAid appliances, but recent guests rave about the beach service and nearby eateries so much that you might not even use this part of your suite. One thing guests couldn't stop talking about was the incredible service, with many saying it was one thing that made their stay truly unforgettable. more

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The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

Miami, FL
Best Hotels #8 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

Miami, FL
Best Hotels #8 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

You'll have to adjust your expectations when staying at the The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. This isn't where you book if you want to stay in the nucleus of South Beach activity to shop all day and party every night. Rather, this is where you come for a little R&R with a taste of luxury. The deluxe and standard rooms boast flat-screen TVs and Bose sound systems, while suites bump you up to two flat-screens TVs with surround sound. The hotel also features a 10,000-square-foot spa, a beautiful outdoor pool and the Bistro Bal Harbour restaurant, which earns mixed reviews from recent diners. Some guests said the food and service was superb, while others were disappointed in the food quality and high prices. And if you couldn't tell from its name, this hotel sits in the Bal Harbour neighborhood, a little less than 10 miles outside of exciting South Beach. more

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Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #9 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #9 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Shelborne is retro heaven for those looking for a quintessential Miami Beach lodging experience, in case the hotel's location right on South Beach isn't enough. Situated in the city's Art Deco District, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand was built in the '40s and features vintage decor throughout, while still making room for modern amenities. The Shelborne's 200 rooms feature 46-inch interactive Samsung Smart TVs, iHome docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi access, with decor and furnishings inspired by 1950s automobiles. Along with the impressive interiors, guests loved the lively atmosphere of the property (especially the chic Drawing Room bar) and the staff, with some guests saying it was the best service they've ever experienced at a hotel. The pool is also a stunner, featuring lounge chairs, cabanas, a pool bar and an old-fashioned diving board (which is just for show) surrounded almost entirely by palm trees. But guests said the hotel's location (just steps from the beach) is its best asset. After you've had some fun in the sun and sand, unwind with a treatment at the Blue Harmony Spa or refuel at one of (or all) three on-site eateries. Business travelers take note: the Miami Beach Convention Center is two blocks away. What's more, Wyndham Rewards members can earn and use points at this property because of its Wyndham ties. more

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Gale South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #10 in Best Miami Beach Hotels

Gale South Beach

Miami Beach, FL
Best Hotels #10 in Best Miami Beach Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

The Gale South Beach honors its history by featuring glamorous decor from the 1940s and preserving its vibrant art deco accents. But this boutique hotel embraces the present with chic room furnishings and modern amenities like marble bathrooms, rainfall showers, LED TVs and iHome docking stations featured in all of the accommodations. When you're ready for some sun, check out the rooftop pool area — it boasts 5,000-square-feet of space and plenty of lounge chairs. If you'd rather hit the beach, you'll have complimentary access to a private beach club that provides amenities such as beach chairs, towels and umbrellas. Once you work up an appetite, whet your palate at the Dolce Italian restaurant with savory dishes like pizza and hearty pasta. Those who are looking for a light bite and an endless choice of cocktails can try Regent Cocktail Club. Meanwhile, the on-site Rec Room offers guests a place to party with rotating DJs and a bevy of libations. Guests do note that music from the club can find its way into the rooms and suggest booking a room on a higher floor to get the best night's sleep. more

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