Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Florida

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    The Betsy South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    Free WiFi

    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 130 rooms and suites (some of which were recently added in late 2016) definitely aim for substance rather than style – though that isn't lacking either. In the accommodations, you'll find Thassos marble bathrooms with Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms and suites feature the basics, such as high-speed internet access, plus over the top perks like TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras, including fresh orchids in all accommodations. 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, LT Steak & Seafood, also garner praise, while previous guests said that lounging in The Wellness Garden & Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Chesterfield Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Upon arriving at this charming English-style hotel, you'll be greeted with a glass of sherry and a smile. Though some recent guests found the traditional interior to be too much of a kitschy throwback, others enjoyed the vintage atmosphere. Despite being best suited for couples, families and pet owners will find their travel needs met here: Parents have access to a selection of board games, coloring books and toys, and babysitting services can be arranged for a fee. Pets are greeted with a welcome basket filled with toys and treats; meanwhile, owners can sign up for dog-walking and grooming services, and leashes and litter boxes are available upon request. This boutique hotel seems almost tailor-made for couples, with stylish guest rooms and the Leopard Lounge & Restaurant, which provides a nice atmosphere and live entertainment for date night. You'll find The Chesterfield Palm Beach on Cocoanut Row, less than 2 miles from West Palm Beach attractions like Clematis Street and the Norton Museum of Art.

    Palm Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Plymouth South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    Free WiFi

    Housed inside an art deco building that sits steps from the beach, The Bass and the Miami Beach Convention Center, The Plymouth Miami Beach offers a convenient address for both business and leisure travelers. This Miami Beach, Florida, property impresses visitors with its comfortable digs and location away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach. But the hotel doesn't skimp on providing guests with the quintessential Miami Beach experience. The Plymouth is dressed to the nines with chic yet relaxed decor and boasts amenities like an outdoor pool, beach access (with beachside service) and a bar. The on-site restaurant, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, serves delectable sushi, according to guests. However, some report encountering customer service issues during their stays and lament the hotel's pricey valet parking fee. When it's time to retire for the evening, travelers can unwind in their accommodations, which are outfitted with crisp white linens and tufted headboards, plus espresso makers, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minibars.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Pillars Hotel
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1127 reviewsTripAdvisor (1127)

    It's fairly easy to see why this hotel is a favorite among romance-seekers. Most who have stayed at The Pillars Hotel feel as though they've uncovered a hidden gem. To them, this elegant boutique does just about everything rightparticularly when it comes to addressing guests' needs. Looking at the website, you'd think the poolside rooms would have the most coveted beds, but we suggest reserving a King Courtyard Deluxe on the hotel's front side, which boasts a separate entrance and a private courtyard. The hotel's tasty restaurant, Secret Garden, plates delicious Moroccan-inspired cuisine. Keep in mind that The Pillars Hotel faces inward to Fort Lauderdale's Coral Bay, not the Atlantic Ocean, meaning that you won't fall asleep to the sound of the surf. However, there's a water taxi that will shuttle you from the hotel's marina to other spots along the Intercoastal Waterway.

    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1127 reviewsTripAdvisor (1127)
    4.0-star Hotel Class