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 South Beach. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.