Where to Stay in Miami?

By updated on January 22, 2023

You can’t feel alone in Ocean Drive

OCEAN DRIVE, THE HEART OF SOUTH BEACH!

First to know: South Beach, is often called SoBe. Are you Ready? Choose Ocean Drive if you are a nightlife fan or you really like to be in the middle of the crowd always. Very exciting! Everything in Ocean Drive from the 5th to the 15th street is open almost 24 hours a day. You are in front of the Ocean, with a thousand people walking into the street. You have the beach in front of you and in a couple of blocks, you can reach the clubs in Washington Avenue for a sparkling night or the romantic Lincoln Road for a passion dinner!

The most important hotel in Ocean Drive is without any doubts, the Villa Casa Casuarina****, former Versace’s mansion, a property who opens up like a scene from One Thousand and One Nights. The layout is reminiscent of a Moroccan riad: 10 suites set around an interior courtyard with a fountain, carved wood doors, and intricate tiling. Really amazing. Just a few blocks ahead there is the Betsy***** in a pure Art Decò style. Very romantic! If you want to sleep on the history, you can’t miss the Avalon*** frequented by Humphrey Bogart on the ’30. It would need some restoration. It’s not a luxury one, but really full of history.

If you prefer a quiet area and save some bucks, choose a Hotel on Ocean Drive from 1st to 5th street as the Century ***,  The Local House****, Lord Balfur****, and the Bentley***

Stay in Ocean Drive if you love the sparkling atmosphere and like to be in the crowd

Pros

  • Emotional Area
  • Crazy people all the time
  • Historical Hotels
  • Shopping, Restaurants (not the best), Nightlife
  • Easy access to the beach
  • Feel good and free
  • You do not need a car: you can simply walk or rent a bike
Cons

  • Noisy area
  • Few real Luxury Hotels
  • Parking is really a nightmare. Valet service is available.
  • Very easy to get a ticket
  • No private beach
TOP HOTELS IN OCEAN DRIVEBUDGET HOTELS IN OCEAN DRIVEAPARTMENTS IN OCEAN DRIVE

1 – Versace Mansion | 5 Stars | Fairy

Art Deco Betsy Hotel

2 – The Betsy | 5 Stars | Romantic

Victor Ocean Drive

3 – Victor South Beach | 4 Stars | Chic

Clevelander Hotel Sunset

1 – Clevelander | 3 Stars | Crazy

2 – Avalon | 3 Stars | Historical

3 – Lord Balfour | 4 Stars | Romantic

Casa Grande Suite Ocean Drive Miami

1 – Casa Grande | Condo Hotel | Cool

2 – Suites | Suites | Art Deco Style

3 – Flats | Flat | Over the Fat Tuesday Club

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Choose Collins Avenue if you are a luxury hotel fan

COLLINS AVENUE IF YOU ARE A LUXURY FAN

Collins Avenue is the main street in Miami Beach. You can start from South Beach and continue to go ahead until Bal Harbour and over. On this avenue, you can find some of the most historical Luxury Hotels and important Condos in Miami Beach.

They are usually placed looking at the ocean between 16th to 41st street with private beach, immense pools with parties all the time, raffinate Spas and a lot of facilities. That’s the best choice if you are a luxury fan if you love to stay apart from the crown, be relaxed a few steps from the private beach.

Please note that in this part of Miami Beach – on the other side of Collins Ave without the ocean view – you can find some cheap hotels – something like a 1/2 Star or bedroom with few facilities. Suggested only if you’re on a small budget.

Finally, in the first part of this street, between the 5th to the 15th,  there are some Fashionable Hotels usually frequented by young people as the Whitelaw Hotel or the Viscay. You are not in front of the ocean but behind Ocean Drive. With a few steps, you’ll have a public beach, restaurants, shopping, and clubs on Washington Avenue. So everything – ocean view apart – is close to you. The price of these hotels is interesting always. They are not luxury but well-positioned if you hate to have a car!

Stay in Collins Avenue if you prefer a quiet area or if you love the luxury life.

Pros

  • Luxury and Fashionable Hotels with pool party
  • Its’ a quiet street to stay (from the 15th street)
  • Iconic Luxury Hotels: National, Fontainebleau
  • Famous stores and good restaurants on this street
  • Private Beach is always included in the Luxury Hotels
Cons

  • Cold atmosphere respect to Ocean Drive
  • Without a car require walking a lot
  • Some Historical Hotels are a little old
  • There aren’t shopping areas
TOP HOTELS IN COLLINS AVENUEBUDGET HOTELSAPARTMENTS IN COLLINS AVE

1 – The Setai | 5 Stars | Amazing

Delano Miami Beach

2 – Delano | 5 Stars | Fashionable

Pool W South Beach

3 – W South Beach | 5 Stars | Fashionable

1 – 1 Hotel | 3 Stars | Historical

Pool Z Ocean Hotel

2 – Z Ocean | 3 Stars | Cool

Dream Hotel Suite

3 – Dream South Beach | 4 Stars | Romantic

1 – Madison | Suite | White Style

2 – Amethyst | Apt | Swimming Pool

3 – Ocean Grand | Residence | Ocean View

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BAL HARBOUR FOR EXCLUSIVE LIVING

Often named North Miami Beach, if you continue to go up to Collins Avenue – for about half an hour by car from South Beach – you will reach a neighborhood called Bal Harbour where you can find a very quiet area, full of important griffe shops, top restaurants, and very nice beaches. It’s a totally different way to be in Miami Beach. It is true that South Beach is a crazy area, Bal Harbour, on the other’s hand is a paradise quiet area where relaxation is the first reason for your vacation.

Bal Harbour is a small, exclusive village located on the northern tip of Miami Beach, Florida. It is known for its luxury shopping, fine dining, and beautiful beaches. If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation spot with plenty to see and do, Bal Harbour is the perfect destination.

One of the main draws of Bal Harbour is its world-class shopping. The village is home to the Bal Harbour Shops, an outdoor mall featuring over 100 high-end designer stores, including Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. This shopping center is also home to many high-end restaurants, perfect for a fancy night out.

Another major attraction in Bal Harbour is the beach. The village has a wide, white sandy beach that stretches for miles and offers plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. There are also many beachfront hotels and resorts that offer amenities such as beach chair and umbrella rentals, beachside dining, and spa services.

For those looking for outdoor activities, Bal Harbour is also surrounded by many parks and nature preserves, such as the Haulover Park and the Oleta River State Park. These parks offer opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking, as well as scenic views of the ocean and the nearby mangroves.

Lastly, Bal Harbour is also known for its nightlife. The village has several bars, clubs, and lounges that offer live music and entertainment, as well as many restaurants that offer al fresco dining and waterfront views.

In conclusion, Bal Harbour is a perfect destination for those looking for luxury shopping, beautiful beaches, art and culture, outdoor activities, and nightlife. It is a small and exclusive village that offers an upscale and high-end vacation experience. With so much to see and do, Bal Harbour is a destination that will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and truly pampered.

Pros

  • Luxury Hotels and Apartment
  • Luxury Shopping
  • Top restaurants on this area
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Very quiet area for relaxing
  • Near to parks and nature preserves
Cons

  • Very distant from South Beach
  • Without car is a mess
TOP HOTELS IN BAL HARBOURTOP SPASAPARTMENTS IN BAL HARBOUR

1 – Four Season | 5 Stars | Amazing

Delano Miami Beach

2 – The Ritz-Carlton | 5 Stars | Ocean View

Ocean View Suite

3 – St Regis | 5 Stars | Excellent

1 – Carillon | 5 Stars | Wellness Resort

St Regis Spa

2 – St Regis | 5 Stars | Spectacular

Bal Harbour Spa

3 – Grand Beach | 4 Stars | Insane view

Apartment in Bal Harbour

1 – Moderno | Residence | Rooftop Pool

House Vacation Bal Harbour

2 – Bay Harbour 1 | Apt | Swimming Pool

Residence Condo Bal harbour

3 – Nomada | Condo | Terrace

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The Wynwood Art District. Photo by Yolanda Mendieta

DOWNTOWN MIAMI, THE FINANCE, AND THE ART

In the last 20 years, Miami has built a downtown area often renamed Brickell Key – completely renovated – that will take your breath away. Downtown Miami and the financial district have an Ocean waterfront lined with marinas and the famous port of Miami where the most important cruising take off and you can admire off-shore islands both natural and artificial with very rich quartiers and all backed by impressive new towers.

While Downtown Miami may be the oldest part of the city and its undisputed historical center, right now is the most advanced urban area in the entire Miami keeping up with times, and is a modern, culturally rich neighborhood full of theaters, museums, galleries, event venues and a surplus of world-class bars and restaurants.

Regarding the Hotel where you’ll stay in Miami, if you are a luxury fan, this could be your paradise. Famous hotel chains in the world have a property in this area and luxury here is not optional. All of them have an ocean view with a lot of facilities and elegant environments.

Finally, don’t forget the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida is a vibrant and colorful neighborhood known for its street art, galleries, and creative atmosphere.

The area was originally a warehouse district, but in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it began to attract artists, gallerists, and creative entrepreneurs. They saw the potential in the large, blank walls of the warehouses and began to transform them into colorful murals and street art. This sparked a revitalization of the area, and soon, galleries and other creative businesses began to move in.

Today, the Wynwood Art District is a destination for art lovers, tourists, and locals alike. The neighborhood is home to over 70 galleries, many of which specialize in contemporary art. The Wynwood Walls, a collection of outdoor murals and street art, is a popular attraction. The walls feature work by both local and international artists and are constantly changing, making it a must-visit destination for street art enthusiasts.

In addition to the galleries and street art, the Wynwood Art District is also home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. The neighborhood has a unique and eclectic mix of businesses, including vintage clothing stores, record shops, and artisanal coffee shops. Many of the businesses in the area are independently owned and operated, adding to the neighborhood’s unique character.

Even if this district it’s very interesting, we suggest during the night be very responsible. Do not walk around alone. If you decide to book a hotel in this area, use a cab to move during the night.

Choose Downtown if you are active and like a culturally rich neighborhood full of theaters, museums, galleries, and world-class restaurants.

Pros

  • Luxury Hotels with Spas and treatment
  • Exciting cultural area
  • Financial District
  • Famous stores and very good restaurants
  • Few steps from events, theaters, museums
  • Is not mandatory to have a car
  • At evening become a fairy tale
Cons

  • Feeling to be less in vacation respect to the beach
  • You haven’t the beach but different pools
  • It’s not an Art Decò ambiance
TOP HOTELS IN DOWNTOWN MIAMIAPARTMENTS WITH OCEAN VIEWTHE WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT

1 – Four Season | 5 Stars | Amazing

2 – Mandarin | 5 Stars | Asian-inspired

W Hotel Pool Miami

3 – W Miami | 5 Stars | Cool

1 – Mint House | Swimming Pool | WiFi

2 – Fortune House | Pool | WiFi

3 – @39 Brickell | Pool | WiFi

1 – Real Living | Pool | WiFi

2 – Wynwood Place | Family Rooms | WiFi

3 – Wow! 2mins | WiFi | Netflix

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