Five great Miami hotels for Super Bowl weekend

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Many of South Beach's swanky party hotels are already sold out for Super Bowl weekend, but the Mondrian still has room.
Many of South Beach's swanky party hotels are already sold out for Super Bowl weekend, but the Mondrian still has room.

The Super Bowl is only a month away, and rooms in Miami are booking up, fast. So if you have your heart set on watching your team win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it’s time to take an aggressively optimistic approach and start planning your trip now. Worst case scenario: Your team loses in the playoffs, but you still get to watch the Superbowl, in Miami. Let’s face it, no matter what team you’re rooting for, you could probably use a little fun in the sun this time of year.

Ready to book, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and found five great hotels that still have availability for Super Bowl weekend. Whether you’re bringing the kids or planning to party the night away in South Beach, we’ve found a pick to suit your needs.

Note that we listed the pre-tax rates for base-level rooms, and that prices may fluctuate. Just be sure to have your wallet ready; hotels will be drastically jacking up their rates, and many will require a non-refundable payment for your stay in advance.

Value and Convenience

Shula’s has great golf, business amenities, fitness activities, and family features. But over Super Bowl weekend, the main reasons to go are the hotel’s proximity to Land Shark Stadium, and the price. At $319 a night, it isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s still one of the best deals in town this weekend. The tradeoff, of course, is that Miami’s attractions (and beaches) are a world away — though for diehard football fans, the resort owned (in part) by football legend Don Shula is the place to be.

Family Fun

With apartment-style suites, a huge assortment of kid-centered activities, and a beachside location in safe, suburban Sunny Isles — the Newport is an excellent family option. Even the standard rooms come with pullout sofas, making sleeping accommodations a breeze – and you’d be hard pressed to find a cheaper beachside option for Super Bowl weekend.

Swank Party Scene

Debuting in 2009 and designed by Marcel Wanders, the off-the-beach Mondrian is as stylish as its party-centric South Beach siblings, the Delano and Shore Club, but lacks the hyped-up clubbers. Its impeccable service, kitchen-equipped rooms, and notable after-parties at the Sunset Lounge draw well-heeled singles but also families seeking more than the PG-13 kitsch of most family hotels. If you’d rather be on the beach, you can still get a room at the Shore Club, but it’ll cost you over $200 more — $795 per night.

South Beach Crash Pad

A two night minimum is a rare thing in South Beach over Super Bowl weekend, so if you’re planning a short trip but want to be near the South Beach party action, you could do worse than the Century. A quaint Deco hotel hailing from 1939, the Century’s hospitality brings a European guesthouse to mind (or maybe it’s the small, shabby rooms and absence of a pool). Located one block from the beach and a short hike from the less pretentious SoBe party scene, the Century is a decent place to crash.

Healthy Hideaway

If Tiger Woods were to attend the Super Bowl, we’d recommend he stay here. It’s the perfect pick for both professional athletes and overexposed celebs — or someone like Tiger, who is both. Part health services spa, part luxury beach resort, Canyon Ranch is a zen beachside haven on an isolated stretch of Collins Avenue, where it’s easier to be discreet (and where, if the Lamborghinis and Ferraris parked out front are any indication, there are more than a few high-profile guests who value their privacy). One of Miami’s best fitness centers, with a rock climbing wall and dozens of daily fitness classes (included in the price of the stay), make it easy to keep up with your exercise regimen, and the enormous, beautifully decorated guest rooms ensure celeb-worthy pampering.

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