Best Luxury Hotel
Paradise doesn't come cheap. Striking but sober mood-lit design; impeccable service; huge, immaculate rooms; three pools, each a different temperature; and a prime, beachside location make the Setai one of the best hotels in Miami. Though their restaurants are more about design than food, several of Miami's best restaurants are just half a block away.
Best Value Hotel
An Art Deco landmark located two blocks from the beach and steps from the upscale Lincoln Road Mall, the 100-room Albion is one of South Beach's best bargains. Base-level rooms and bathrooms are small and a bit worn, but features are great: a clean pool, free Wi-Fi, room service, and comfortable beds.
Best Kid-Friendly Hotel
Unlike at most other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. The grotto-style pool comes with a broad shallow area that's great for little swimmers. Plus, there's always Globie -- the hotel mascot -- who entertains kids around the pool.
Most Romantic Hotel
Best Hotel Rooms
Starting at about 550 square feet -- twice the size of most Art Deco hotels in South Beach -- every room at the Tides comes with a perfect ocean view. The bright, beach-tone color palette and organic textures by Kelly Wearstler work well with high-end comforts like the 42-inch flat-screen TV and free movies from the Tides' DVD collection. The marble-coated bathroom comes with Molton Brown bath products and a deep soaking tub -- a rarity in South Beach.
Best Hotel Service
Service is full of small but classy touches, like the extra towels that are delivered to rooms on wooden trays. Around the pool, food is brought with both a table by your lounge chair and a bed tray, should you wish to lie back and nibble. The concierge staff is especially accommodating, from getting yoga class schedules from the beautiful Sports Club/LA gym to making restaurant reservations. All requests are dealt with promptly and thoroughly.
Best Hotel to Go Topless
Hotel Victor's spa features a coed steam room and a clothing-optional Turkish hammam. For vacationers who prefer to show off their bronzed, buff bods outside the hotel, South Beach, where topless sunbathing is not only legal but socially acceptable, is right across the street.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotel
The Epic is a pro at pampering -- doggie mats, bowls, and Yip-Yap breath mints come standard in the rooms booked for guests traveling with dogs. Pets can also get pedicures, a shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks as part of the Epic Pet Getaway package. Like all other Kimpton Group hotels, there is no cleaning deposit required, no hidden fees, and no restrictions on weight, size, or even type of pet -- cats, birds, turtles, and snakes are all welcome. Best of all, there are no off-limit areas for pets in the resort -- feel free to take Precious to the pool.
Most Iconic Hotel
A 1954 mainstay, the 1,504-room Fontainebleau is a sprawling Art Deco complex built by legendary architect Morris Lapidus. It was the hangout of the Rat Pack in its heyday, and it's back in the headlines after a $1 billion face-lift in 2008. Sleek designers like Jeffrey Beers have punctuated the glossy white interior with bright pieces of art ranging from Yves Klein's Venus Bleue to Don Suggs' Black Cross.
Best Hotel Pool
Built in 1926, this 22,000-square-foot swimming pool is the largest pool in the continental U.S. Actor Johnny Weissmuller, better known as Tarzan, used to be a swimming instructor here. Even today, the hotel hosts synchronized swimmers doing vintage routines. The pool features al fresco dining and full food and drinks service.
Best Hotel Spa
The Wellness Spa features a number of innovative treatments, from Chinese medicine consultations to prenatal massages to Turkish body rituals. Most amazing is Aquavana, a European thermal suite with a Finnish sauna, a crystal steam room, a foot spa, an herbal laconium, an igloo, and Experiential Rains treatments.