W South Beach Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The stunning 312-room W South Beach -- located on the beach, on the northern outskirts of South Beach -- blends cute comforts, intricate design (that spares no expense), and flawless service. Large, modern rooms; terraces angled to overlook the ocean; elegant landscaping around the pool; a freshly-opened spa -- the W tops many of the Miami greats.
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.
Delano Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
There might be recessions and wars and pandemics, but not at the Delano. Even though standard rooms start at around $500, Lenny Kravitz's Florida Room -- one of the hottest clubs in South Beach -- as well as over-the-top, fantastical design courtesy of renowned designer Philippe Starck keep the crowds coming back for more. The beautiful lobby, decorated with billowing white curtains, chairs, and objects by the likes of Ray Eames and Salvador Dali, is still as otherworldly as it was when it first opened.
The Tides South Beach Rating: 4.5 Pearls
A beautifully designed hotel with pomp-free service at all levels -- from housekeeping to porters to private designated assistants. The Tides brings rarely seen substance to the price tag. Though the hotel lacks direct beach access and the small pool is less than breathtaking, the huge, immaculate rooms more than compensate. Speaking of which, every single one of their enormous rooms has a wonderful view of the ocean and deep soaking tubs.
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A huge (but relaxed) beachfront resort with reliable service, a great pool, a top-notch spa, and a modern fitness center, the Ritz offers more for the money. Less crowded than its hip, style-focused boutique neighbors, the family-friendly Ritz is still in a prime position to explore SoBe. Their weekend brunches are legendary and perhaps the best in South Beach.