When it comes to trendy beach destinations, does it get better than ? Between a vibrant party scene, amazing art and design culture, and beautiful blue waters, the seaside city in South Florida is quite literally a hot spot. Dozens upon dozens of hotels line the beach -- and inland -- which means that you have seemingly limitless options when it comes to picking a place to stay. Here, we’ve rounded up eight of the trendiest hotels in Miami where you should go to see and be seen.
1. SLS South Beach
Opened in November 2012 (with a celebrity-filled party), the SLS South Beach right on Collins Avenue has a highly stylized design by Philippe Starck and Lenny Kravitz -- check out the swanky white guestrooms with trompe l'oeil wallpaper. There are two pools, two restaurants, and two bars for guests to choose from, and each is all but guaranteed to be a scene.
2. 1 Hotel South Beach
It’s not all about the party, here. The 1 Hotel brand is known for its eco-friendly practices and features, from lush greenery throughout the property to hemp mattresses (they’re comfortable, we promise). While the vibe is more relaxed here than at some of the hotel’s South Beach neighbors, guests can expect a trendy, luxurious clientele. Did we mention that there’s free Tesla car service within a three-mile radius?
3. The Miami Beach EDITION
Between the two pools, the upscale restaurant, the spa, and the nightclub/bowling alley/ice skating rink -- yes, you read that right -- this Mid-Beach property has enough entertainment that you’ll never need to leave. The hotel is a collaboration between Marriott and hotelier Ian Schrager (of Studio 54 fame), so it’s no surprise that there’s such a lively atmosphere here.
4. EAST, Miami
Not all of the city’s trendiest hotels are on the beach. EAST, Miami, sits atop the Brickell City Centre in the Financial District. As such, it often caters to business travelers, though the property is hip enough -- with a trendy rooftop bar, a popular Uruguayan restaurant, and an outdoor pool area -- to draw fashionable tourists and locals alike.
5. Freehand Miami
It might be hard to believe, but yes, a hostel has made it onto this list. New York–based Roman and Williams outfitted this posh spot on Indian Creek Drive, and the vibe is a fun mix of hippie and chic. The hotel’s bar, the Broken Shaker, is one of the most popular venues in the area, and the cocktails are superb. Sip on them on the patio by the pool for a quintessential Miami experience.
6. Gale South Beach
South Beach is, of course, known for its Art Deco architecture, and the Gale South Beach is a prime example. Inside, it exudes old-school glamour -- with a flair for partying. It’s home to the ever-popular Regent Cocktail Club and a rooftop pool. Though the hotel isn’t on the beach, guests have access to the Shelborne Beach Club right across Collins Avenue.
7. EPIC Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel
Another downtown property, the waterfront EPIC has plenty of action between its two 16th-floor pools, two restaurants, lounge (which has live music five nights a week), and the free daily wine hour for guests. While the neighborhood might not be bustling outside of business hours, its central location makes for an easy cab ride to other areas of Miami.
8. The Vagabond Hotel
The up-and-coming MiMo neighborhood (it stands for Miami Modern -- a style of architecture prevalent in the area) is home to the delightfully retro Vagabond Hotel. A 2014 restoration saw the preservation of many midcentury-modern details, like original wood flooring and salvaged furnishings. The party hub here is the pool area, complete with an outdoor bar.
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