Best Hotels in Miami

What makes a hotel qualify as one of the best in Miami? At Oyster, we know that the "best hotel" is different for just about everyone. For some, the best hotel is the most luxurious, and for others, it's the one that offers the most for kids. We compiled lists of the best luxury hotels, family-friendly hotels, romantic hotels, hotel rooms, hotel service, pet-friendly hotels gay-friendly hotels, best hotel beaches, iconic hotels, best hotel pools, best hotel spas, and best bathrooms. Don't have time to read all that? Not to fear. We selected one hotel from each list that bests its competitors (if only slightly). Below, we present the best hotels of Miami.

The Setai Miami Beach

Best Luxury Hotel

The Setai Miami Beach Rating: 5.0 Pearls

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.

Albion

Best Value Hotel

Albion Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Historic, Value

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.

Trump International Beach Resort

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.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Most Romantic Hotel

Mandarin Oriental, Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Business, Luxury, Romantic

Located on beautiful Brickell Key, this beachless island resort offers serenity by way of warm, creative design, a phenomenal spa, a first-rate gym, and invigorating fusion cuisine. Deluxe skyline rooms are large and include one of the most luxurious open bathrooms in Miami.

The Tides South Beach

Best Hotel Rooms

The Tides South Beach Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

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.

Four Seasons - Miami

Best Hotel Service

Four Seasons - Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls

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.

Hotel Victor

Best Hotel to Go Topless

Hotel Victor Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Party, Romantic

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.

Epic Hotel

Best Pet-Friendly Hotel

Epic Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

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.

Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach

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.

Biltmore Coral Gables - Miami

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.

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach

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.

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

Best Hotel Bathroom

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Beach, Luxury, Romantic

Featuring ocean views from the freestanding tub (in most rooms), mirrors with built-in TV screens, and large walk-in showers, the Regent's website is accurate -- it has elevated bathrooms into "an art form."

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