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Miami's known for its historic Art Deco hotels, but a 1930s construction typically means cramped quarters. After sleeping at the the highest and lowest hotels throughout Miami, we've compiled a list of hotels that have the very best rooms. In these hotels, even the standard room is big, with a posh bathroom, modern electronics, a superb bed, a well-stocked minibar, and great freebies to boot.

The Tides South Beach

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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.

Acqualina Resort & Spa

2.

Acqualina Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Kid-Friendly, Luxury

Decorated in a style that the New York Times described as a "comfortable midpoint between Calvin Klein and Liberace," the rooms are roomy, to say the least -- even the standard room is an enormous 740 square feet. Highlights include Rivolta Carmingnani sheets, a whirlpool tub, Etro toiletries, a Bose iPod dock, a shining white espresso machine, and a 38-inch flat-screen TV that rises from a leather cabinet at the foot of the bed and rotates 360 degrees at the touch of a button.

ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

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ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Luxury, Romantic

All rooms are huge. Even the standard studio room begins at a massive 510 square feet and comes with a spacious balcony. Rooms are brimming with goodies, like a 42-inch LG plasma TV, a Nakamichi SoundSpace 8 1/2 surround-sound speaker system, Madison Collection bathrobes, Anichini luxury sheets, and even a flat-screen TV built into the bathroom mirror.

Angler's Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel

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Angler's Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Categories: Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

Sporting a neutral decor from interior designer Wallace Tutt -- the same man who worked on Gianni Versace's South Beach mansion -- these large rooms offer subtle nods to the hotel's Art Deco history, like graphic upholstery. Among the perks: Aveda bath products, plush bathrobes, a 48-inch plasma TV, and personalized "business cards" with your name and direct-dial room phone number. Plus, unlike at most South Beach hotel rooms, the rooms are actually quiet, thanks to quality noise insulation and soundproof windows.

The Setai Miami Beach

5.

The Setai Miami Beach Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Enormous -- even the standard studio rooms range from 582 to 610 square feet -- and richly decorated with dark teak floors, a built-in sofa, and a black granite soaking tub in the common area (not the bathroom), the Setai's rooms feel more like Hong Kong than sunny South Beach. Features include an a Bose CD/DVD surround-sound system, a plasma TV, and a Lavazza espresso machine. In the bathroom, there's a sexy rainfall shower with floor-to-ceiling black tiles and toiletries from Italian perfumer Laura Tonatto.

Turnberry Isle Miami

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Turnberry Isle Miami Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Categories: Kid-Friendly, Luxury, Resort

Starting at a very comfortable 500 to 525 square feet, the Turnberry's rooms have a neutral color palette and floor-to-ceiling wooden shutters framing a view of one of the hotel's two golf courses. There's a desk with an Internet cable and a 36-inch flat-screen TV opposite the plush, king-size bed with an iPod dock on the bedside table. But the enormous bathroom is the real draw: dual sinks, a separate vanity area, a whirlpool tub with a separate shower stall, and a small, second flat-screen TV.

Epic Hotel

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Epic Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

These brand-new rooms -- the hotel just opened in 2009 -- span the 18th to 30th floors, and all come with breathtaking views of the Biscayne Bay or the looming Downtown towers. Starting at a generous 475 square feet, rooms come with a large flat-screen, an iHome iPod docking alarm clock, and even a desktop computer. Plus, the large bathroom comes with a deep soaking tub and top-of-the-line Acqua di Parma toiletries. The Epic even has 13 special rooms for tall guests (finally!) with longer beds and raised showerheads.

Shore Club

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Shore Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Boutique, Luxury, Party

The Shore Club has the same all-white color scheme as the Delano, but its rooms are considerably larger and have recessed closets to maximize space. Mini-fridges come stocked with everything from Vitamin Water to intimacy kits. Bathrooms are large and contain a separate shower and tub, along with eco-friendly Agua toiletries. Plus, the carpetless concrete floors aren't as cold as you might imagine.

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