The Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Miami

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To be considered one of the best luxury hotels in Miami, one must go above and beyond when it comes to location, service, and amenities. Luxury hotels in Miami, and more specifically, South Beach, are among the finest and most well known in the entire world, and what they have to offer is more than simply a great view and comfortable arrangements.

1. The Orchid House

image of The Orchid HouseCurrently sitting at the top spot is South Beach’s premier luxury getaway, The Orchid House. Luxury getaways in Miami truly do not get any better than The Orchid House, a private and exclusive oasis located right in the center of South Beach. This impeccably renovated, Mediterranean-style mansion can only be rented privately, so you and your guests can experience absolute seclusion and privacy while you are still mere steps away from all the excitement and eclectic atmosphere of one of America’s busiest and most exciting cities. This stunning property, which houses numerous celebrities throughout the year, is located on 8,000 square feet of lush indoor and outdoor architecture and features five master suites, six bathrooms, a 2,500 square foot courtyard with a stunning lagoon-style pool, professional kitchen, daily housekeeping, secure two-car garage, Hamman steam room, billiards room with wet bar, and that’s just the start. Guests at The Orchid House enjoy pampering unlike anything they have ever experienced, and, no matter who they are or where they come from, leave feeling like royalty.

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2. Acqualina Resort & Spa

image of Acqualina Resort & SpaThe Acqualina Resort & Spa is one of the more family friendly luxury hotels in Miami, and features some of the most spacious and luxurious standard rooms of all Miami hotels. This resort was designed with families in mind and offers an excellent educational program for children called the AcquaMarine Kids Club. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi as well as fast, personal service, and even pets are welcome at Acqualina. All guests are welcome to free services at the on-site spa, as well as access to any of the resorts four pristine outdoor pools, a great Italian restaurant, and a beach with free cabana use. While there is no nightlife to be found in and around the hotel, this quality is ideal for families who are looking to experience the tropical paradise that is Miami while still enjoying some quiet, peace, and tranquility.

3. W South Beach

image of W South BeachA very well known hot spot located on the outskirts of South Beach, W South Beach features an elegant yet natural design and some of the absolute best terraces and views in all of Miami. Rooms at this resort are large and modern, with amazing oceanfront views, and luxurious landscaping decorates the entirety of the resort. While the resort itself features a world-class spa, fully-equipped fitness center, and trendy restaurant by celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini, individual rooms also feature their own luxurious amenities – flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and Bose speakers. At W South Beach you are within walking distance of many of South Beach’s finest attractions, and, if you don’t quite feel like making the walk yourself, the hotel offers free driver drop-off services to the surrounding areas.

4. Mandarin Oriental

image of the Mandarin OrientalNot everyone travels to Miami to experience the nightlife and party lifestyle, and, for those who are looking for seclusion and relaxation, Mandarin Oriental is the perfect location. This luxury hotel is located on a private island overlooking Brickell Bay and offers privacy for couples, business travelers, and families looking for a slower pace experience while visiting Miami. Rooms are oversized and modern, featuring a classic Asian-inspired decor, and guests can also enjoy a three-level spa, fitness center, outdoor pool with fantastic views of Biscayne Bay, excellent restaurants, and a private beach exclusive to guests of the hotel. Mandarin Oriental offers the best of both worlds, as guests can relax in seclusion during the day while the party central nightlife in South Beach is just a short cab ride away.

5. The Tides South Beach

image of The Tides South BeachThe Tides South Beach is a stunning and exotic luxury hotel, designed by Kelly Wearstler, that offers incredible service above all other amenities. Every guest group is assigned its own individual concierge, and, from the moment guests check-in, their happiness and satisfaction is attended to at every turn. While many hotels in South Beach come equipped with huge price tags, when it comes to service, The Tides South Beach is worth every penny. Every room in this resort is a huge oceanfront suite, and though the hotel lacks direct beach access, the lavish rooms, on-premise spa, and central location on Ocean Drive provide a stellar Miami experience unlike any other.

6. The Standard Miami

image of The Standard MiamiThis luxury hotel is both extremely remote and exclusive, as only adults and teenagers over the age of 14 are allowed to stay here. While The Standard Miami has no beach access, it makes up for it with a huge 24-hour pool, hot tubs, and outdoor bathtubs in select rooms. The Standard is well known in the area for having both an excellent restaurant with great views of the ocean and a world-famous spa that often hosts yoga retreats for guests from all over the world. While The Standard is located about a mile from the beach, it remains a low-key and holistic oasis during the day and a vibrant party scene at night.

7. Shore Club

image of the Shore ClubShore Club is the perfect Miami luxury hotel for those looking for a mix of both Miami’s exciting nightlife and a relaxing vacation lifestyle. Shore Club features a calm and modern all-white design by architect David Chipperfield, and is located in the sophisticated and posh area of upper Collins Ave. This hotel has both direct beach access and a large infinity pool, where poolside DJs entertain guests with the latest hits, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop spa, and complimentary bike rentals for guests to explore South Beach and the surrounding areas. South Club is popular with celebrity clientele, who can often be seen dining and partying at any of the hotels restaurants or bars, and is well known for being a popular spot in town to both see and be seen.

8. The James Royal Palm

image of The James Royal PalmThis large and beautifully restored luxury resort on Collins Ave is a modern reincarnation of Miami’s very first luxury hotel, The Royal Palm. Not only is The James Royal Palm one of the only pet friendly luxury hotels in Miami, but it’s also one of the more family and kid friendly hotels in the area as well, with a kids’ program providing daily beach activities and a fun play area for the little ones. The hotel features two swimming pools, two restaurants, three bars, its own nightclub, a spa, and a 24-hour fitness center with personal trainers available. This hotel also has direct beach access, though guests are required to pay a daily “beach fee” for its use. Within its doors, The James Royal Palm is modern and elegant, and paintings throughout the hotel are the original work of local artists.

9. Clevelander Hotel

image of the Clevelander HotelAffectionately referred to as “The Cleve” by locals and returning guests, Clevelander Hotel is known for being a party hotspot in South Beach, with a location right on the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Drive. This luxury hotel is located just across the street from Miami Beach and features an outdoor swimming pool, three bars, and two gorgeous rooftop terraces with canopied beds and full drink service. With a bright and modern design and decor throughout the hotel, guests looking to partake in the “anything goes” spirit of South Beach have come to the right place. Families or couples looking for privacy and quiet might not enjoy this nightlife themed hotel, but those looking to experience Miami excitement to its fullest won’t be able to picture themselves anywhere else.

10. Delano Hotel

image of the Delano HotelThe Delano Hotel is an upscale resort located right on Collins Ave in South Beach, with direct access to an endless expanse of Atlantic Ocean. When it was originally built in 1947, the Delano stood as the tallest building in Miami, featuring the Art Deco design of famed architect Robert Swartburg. In 1994, the hotel was renovated with a design by the unparalleled Phillipe Starck, and today features stunning all-white guest rooms, free bike rentals, an on-site agua spa, and an infinity pool with poolside DJs. This stunning hotel, which was named after Franklin D. Roosevelt, is known for its Miami hip factor and all-night parties around the pool.


About Christan Ford Contributing Writer