Articles Mentioning Upper-middle-range

Pelican Hotel

The upper-middle-range Pelican Hotel is a boutique property set in a classic piece of Miami Modern architecture and owned by Italian fashion brand Diesel. Its the quirky and kitsch interiors that really steal the show, brimming with hand-picked one-offs and retro props that make this one of Miami’s most original hotels. Although some are starting to look a little shabby, the 30 themed guest rooms are witty and fun with genuine vintage antiques; some offer ocean views though most overlook neighboring buildings. While facilities are limited, the street-front cafe and bar are popular and buzzy, plus free cocktails can help guests get in the mood. If lack of pool is a deal breaker, however, check out the more minimalist, party-focused Shore Club hotel up the coast. 

Hall Hotel South Beach

The Hall Hotel South Beach is a three-and-a-half-pearl property with 163 rooms located in the heart of South Beach. It’s a block from the beach and two blocks from the popular Lincoln Road pedestrian mall. The hotel features a hip vintage-tropical design, though rooms are on the small side. Still, they’re fresh and colorful, and come with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and upscale toiletries. The casual on-site restaurant is led by Spike Mendelsohn, of “Top Chef” fame, and there’s a backyard lounge. The large pool is ringed by cabanas and lounge chairs, and chairs and towels are also provided for guests on the beach. Travelers looking to save a few dollars could check out the nearby Albion, where rates are lower but there are fees for beach services.

Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club

The 222-room, three-and-a-half-pearl Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club is a well-established landmark in suburban Miami Lakes. The quality restaurant, expansive fitness center, and relaxing spa draw locals and appeal to many business travelers. A lovely interior courtyard garden and a pool are also on-site. Spacious rooms have modern amenities like large flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. Still, it’s a 30-minute drive to the beach and Miami’s sights. Those looking for more convenient city access might prefer Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral, which also provides free breakfast. 

Sunscape Puerto Plata

Sunscape Puerto Plata Dominican Republic is an all-inclusive, three-and-a-half-pearl property located on scenic Playa Dorada beach. The resort’s 585 guest rooms are well-kept and sunny, featuring flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers, and large bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers, but none have ocean views. Sunscape is a solid choice for fans of all-inclusive resorts, offering a nice balance of amenities geared toward families, groups, and couples, as well as an array of decent dining options; although the fee for in-room Wi-Fi will be a turn-off for some. Travelers looking for an adult-only resort in the area can consider BlueBay Villas Doradas. 

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort is an all-inclusive, three-and-a-half-pearl property located on lovely Playa Dorada beach. Gran Ventana offers a typical, upper-middle-range all-inclusive experience, which means a steady lineup of activities, a massive main pool, and a couple of decent dining options. The resort’s 506 rooms have generic decor and the limited Wi-Fi will be annoying for some, but those seeking a simple, no-fuss vacation are likely to be satisfied. It’s worth comparing amenities and rates with Be Live Collection Marien.

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

Located on a remote stretch of one of the D.R.’s best beaches, this quiet all-inclusive is 90 minutes from the closest airport and nowhere near any attractions. But the hassle is worth it — comfortable rooms, a luxury spa, excellent service, and a tranquil setting. Though the buffet is average, the a la carte dining is a cut above.

Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa

A clean cliffside resort in the D.R.’s up-and-coming (and less developed) Samana Peninsula, the laid-back Gran Bahia Cayacoa attracts international families with its solid service, its beautiful rooms, and some of the best all-inclusive food in the Caribbean. The beach, however, is less remarkable. Most guests hang out near the pool.