The 10 Best Hotels by the Beach in Miami

The 10 Best Hotels by the Beach in Miami

Our top choices for the best accommodations close to the sand and surf in Miami

Spirited. Sultry. Sexy. This is probably the best way to describe Miami’s beach scene in just three words. The alluring sights and sounds of the city are amplified near the surf and sand. The long stretches of beautiful white sand beaches, the immense blue ocean blending with the sky’s hues on the horizon, the throng of bronzed buffed bodies, and all the intermingled colors of the islands. Everything is animated and enhanced in the ever-festive tropical atmosphere of the beaches of Miami. And you may want to be close to all the happenings.

We have prepared an overview of what we think are the best beach resort hotels in the county. This includes those in the barrier islands that comprise the city of Miami Beach. We focused our choices on the best accommodations that you can find just a few paces away from the white sand shores and vast blue waters. Here are our top 10 choices for the best hotels by the beach in Miami in no particular order:

1. Mandarin Oriental Miami

Staying at the Mandarin Oriental Miami (MO) is tantamount to being billeted on a private island. Standing tall on one of the corners of the triangle-shaped Brickell Key (a 44-acre man-made island off the coast of the mainland Brickell district), this 5-star hotel offers a stunning ocean view in most, if not all, of its rooms. It also has a spectacular vista of the skylines of the famed South Beach on the east and the Brickell CBD on the west. MO is just a few minutes away from downtown and several popular destinations such as Coconut Grove, Wynwood Arts District, and Beachfront Park.

Offering the hilt of luxury, MO boasts of 295 large guestrooms and 31 grandiose suites furnished with a deluxe king-size bed or two double beds with goose down beddings and plush linens. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with picturesque views of either the Miami skyline, the Biscayne Bay, or both. This is with the exception of Superior Rooms that have the inland vista of Brickell Key. All elegantly-designed private bathrooms have marble finishing and separate areas for the bathtubs and the walk-in showers. All suites feature separate living rooms and bigger balconies. There is also an additional toilet and bath in two-bedroom and three-bedroom family suites.

Common in-room features include wide-screen HDTVs, desks and office chairs, comfortable sofas, Wi-Fi and cable internet access, and a lot more. MO has a private white-sand beach with cabanas and chaise lounges, as well as a spacious infinity-edged swimming pool and a hot tub. They also have a fully-equipped gym and a world-class spa that offers massages, skin treatments, and other pampering services that you can have in their indoor facilities or by the poolside or in beach cabanas.

The hotel has two specialty restaurants: Azul, which serves innovative Peruvian cuisine, and La Mar, which offers modern American and Asian gastronomy. They also have a ground floor restaurant where you can enjoy great breakfast buffets, as well as a lounge bar and a poolside café.

Address: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: +1 305-913-8288

Visit Mandarin Oriental, Miami and delight in a Hotel that offers a unique taste of Asian serenity & 5 star luxury in Brickell Key.

2. Trump International Beach Resort Miami

Designed in the developer’s typical grandiose style, the Trump International Beach Resort Miami (TIBR) with its stunning beachfront location in Sunny Isles Beach is a quintessential urban paradise. Boasting of a sprawling grotto-style swimming pool complex overlooking the ocean, TIBR gives its guests a respite from the summer’s heat in style. Besides the abundance of aquatic activities around, the hotel is just a few minutes away to other popular destinations such as the Miami Auto Museum, Coral Gables, and Little Havana. It is also within a short drive from world-class golf courses and other island attractions such as the renowned Miami Beach’s Art Deco District and Aventura Mall.

Offering trendy and sumptuous guestrooms with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, you can engross yourself in the spectacular ocean view and the glimmering city skyline. TIBR is a non-smoking hotel, so you can always relax on your huge and comfy bed in a pleasantly-looking and smelling bedroom. Other standard room features include a 46” LED HDTV, a wet bar, a microwave oven, a mini fridge, a sitting and work desk area, a Keurig coffee maker, and other modern conveniences. All one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites have separate living areas with a sleeper sofa, TV, and mini dining set. It also comes with a kitchenette with a stove and dishwasher. Each bedroom in each suite has an individual balcony, walk-in closet, and a spacious bathroom with a separate bath and shower area.

A minimal $23/night resort fee is added to your room rate so you can enjoy other privileges such as access to the fitness center, Aquanox Spa, and Planet Kids. Other added services include free shuttle to various tourist destinations, use of pool and beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas, multiple-access internet, and free local calls and fax service. Besides in-room dining, other options inside TIBR for memorable meals include Noemi’s, a modern American restaurant with a view of the Atlantic ocean, and the Fusion Lounge that serves masterfully-crafted sushi and sashimi, among other dishes. TIBR also has a beachfront open-air Mediterranean restaurant called Gili’s Beach Club and a poolside bar.

Address: 18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Phone: +1 305-692-5600

Trump International Beach Resort Miami rises as a striking landmark to luxury amidst the white sands of Miami Beach.

3. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Located just across the street from the ultra-chic and swanky Bal Harbour Shops, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (SRBHR) offers shopping and dining convenience along with a world-class beach resort accommodation. A recipient of the prestigious Forbes five-star rating and AAA five diamond awards, this hotel guarantees a stylish and comfortable stay and bespoke service. SRBHR has a 1,000-foot private white sand beach and two amazing infinity-edge swimming pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Lush landscaping surrounds these superb aquatic facilities, where you can relax and get pampered near the water in one of the comfortable day beds and chaise lounges. You can also avail one of the rentable cabanas or an air-conditioned oceanfront day villa with a private toilet and bath, TV, patio, and other features. It also comes with full butler service and other amenities.

SRBHR offers well-appointed guestrooms, studios, and suites that blend the vintage St. Regis elegance with the region’s prevalent art deco style and natural island charm. Each room has a stunning ocean view that can be enjoyed from private balconies with daybeds and patio furniture. All rooms have one king size bed or two queen size beds, as well as spacious closets and marble-finished bathrooms with separate bathtubs and enclosed showers. Other modern conveniences include a flat-screen TV, iPod stereo docking station, and an electronic butler service. The upscale suites are truly marvelous. Each one has a separate living and dining area with kitchen and an adjoining balcony. All appointed bedrooms in each suite have spacious individual bathrooms, walk-in closets, and private balconies.

SRBHR is a very family-oriented and fitness-focused hotel. They conduct half-day camps for kids, as well as swimming lessons. They also offer a "parents date night" program with babysitting service. They also host morning yoga and other wellness classes by the ocean and provide complimentary pampering services by the poolside. This includes foot reflexology sampling and sunscreen spritzing. SRBHR also has a full-service spa that offers various therapeutic and relaxing treatments. As for dining options, they have a specialty restaurant called J&G Grill that serves the exquisite cuisine of world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The hotel also has the St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge that has an impressive wine vault to go with their world-class Japanese fares. They also have the BH Burger Bar that serves American comfort food, as well as a beachfront bar and grill.

Address: 9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Florida 33154
Phone: +1 305-993-3300

A new icon, The St. Regis in Bal Harbour is a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, unwavering taste, and seductive amenities.

4. The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Miami

Located on an island village south of Miami Beach, The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Miami (RCKB) is one of just a few prime properties with a gorgeous golden sand beachfront. This 4-star hotel is just a few minutes away from the 800-acre Crandon Park that houses a par-72 golf course, a marina, a family recreation center, and a nature park. RCKB has two large swimming pools, a hedge-secluded adult tranquility pool, and a family pool overlooking the ocean. Keeping yourself fit is a snap at RCKB. The hotel has an 11-court tennis complex, including a hard court designed by Cliff Drysdale. They also have a state-of-the-art fitness center and conduct various indoor and outdoor workout programs that you can avail.

RCKB has three major guestroom categories – Rooms, Residences, and Suites. All of which have either full or half balconies with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the island, or the resort. Each room has either a king size bed or two double beds and a marble-tiled bathroom with separate bathtub and shower area as well as a double vanity sink. The Residences have two options: the Residences-class rooms have kitchenettes while the Residences-class suites have full kitchens and dining areas along with living rooms with sleeper sofas. Suite-class rooms have separate living rooms and powder rooms but without kitchenettes. Standard room features include a wide-screen LCD TV, iPod docking station, executive desk and chair, and Wi-Fi access. The Ritz Carlton Club® Level, on the other hand, will afford you more privileges such as access to an exclusive lounge where they serve complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

RCKB has a special program for children, the Ritz Kids® where they conduct fun indoor and outdoor activities that focus on environmental preservation through a partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. The hotel has three great oceanfront restaurants: an Italian fine-dining restaurant named Cioppino, a Mexican eatery and tequila bar named Cantina Beach, and the Cuban-themed lobby lounge named Rumbar. They also have an outdoor gourmet burger restaurant called Dune Burgers on the Beach where they will serve your food in cabanas or on tables with plush rattan sofas on the sand. There is also an ice cream parlor by the poolside where you can cool off with delicious gelatos, sundaes, and smoothies. RCKB also has a café and gift shop where you can get scrumptious cakes and pastries and freshly-brewed coffee along with various knickknacks.

Address: 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: +1 305-365-4500

Discover a luxury Miami resort that exceeds all of your expectations at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami overlooking the breathtaking Biscayne Bay in Florida.

5. The Miami Beach Edition

One of the few hotels in Miami that has a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean right from its lobby, The Miami Beach Edition (TMBE) in Mid Beach radiates both ultra-modernity and vintage grandeur of its past. This 5-star hotel was meticulously redesigned with utmost respect to the property’s glamorous history as the Seville Hotel, one of Miami’s former grand hotels. Besides an expansive beachfront, the hotel has two swimming pools – the fully-restored original pool with classic mid-20th century features and the rectangular concrete pool for swimming laps. There is also a beach and poolside alcove tucked in a garden of palm trees and other greenery called the Sandbox. It features low-lying hammocks and daybeds where you can bask at the idyllic tropical island setting.

TMBE offers unique and lavish accommodations by the beach. Besides the deluxe hotel guest rooms and suites, they rent out contemporary style one and two-level bungalows with private balconies and roof decks on some units. These residences give you a taste of comfortable island living with a spectacular oceanfront view. The common design elements for each lodging type includes ivory porcelain-slab flooring, light wood-paneled walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors. Standard room features include a spacious king size or two queen size beds, a 48” HDTV, Wi-Fi internet, and climate control systems. All private bathrooms are marble-tiled and have rainforest showers, while suites’ bathrooms also feature oversized marble soaking tubs.

TMBE has exceptional entertainment facilities occupying an entire floor, which redefines the vivacious Miami nightlife. Simply called Basement, it features a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, and a techno nightclub. Each zone is fitted with a state-of-the-art sound system and dramatic light effects that enhance the whole experience. The hotel also has a fully-equipped gym with modern cardio and weight-training machines and a full-service spa that offers pampering and therapeutic treatments. TMBE is the home of another world-class restaurant named the Matador Room. It features Latin cuisine crafted by Michelin Star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He likewise fashioned a menu of innovative international fares at the hotel’s main restaurant named The Market at Edition. TMBE also has an in-house lounge bar named Matador Bar, as well as a beach and poolside bar named Tropicale, which purveys tasty treats along with their signature cocktails.

Address: 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: +1 786-257-4500

The traditional resort is reinvented at our boutique hotel in Miami Beach, offering luxury guest rooms and suites and dining from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

6. Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Located in the heart of South Beach, the most popular oceanfront neighborhood in Miami, Loews Miami Beach Hotel (LMBH) is certainly close to where the action is. This 4-star hotel is just a few minutes' walk away from the 74-acre Lummus Park, a regular film setting for the 80s megahit TV show Miami Vice. This public park is also an integral part of Miami Beach Architectural District, which houses the largest collection of historic Art Deco-style buildings in the world. Besides having quick access to a gorgeous white sand beach, LMBH boasts of a spacious, freeform-shaped swimming pool surrounded by imported palm trees and a colorful mosaic-tiled deck. They also have an in-house spa and fitness center to help keep you fit and stress-free.

LMBH offers a total of 790 rooms that include 65 suites with contemporary interiors and a splendid view of the ocean or the cityscape. All guestrooms feature a comfortable and luxurious king size bed or two double beds and a marble bathroom with walk-in shower. Other common room furnishings include a wide-screen TV, an iPod dock, an executive desk, a coffee maker, and lounge chairs. The upscale suites have separate living rooms, and their bathrooms have luxury bathtubs and double vanity sinks. The rooms and suites facing the ocean have private balconies. The one-bedroom, Vice Presidential, and Presidential Suites, on the other hand, are fitted with larger terraces and laid with outdoor furnishings.

Dining options abound at LMBH, starting with the yacht-themed specialty restaurant Lure Fishbar, which serves delicious sushi creations and seafood dishes. They also prepare delectable steaks, pasta, and other dishes including delightful desserts. There is also an American restaurant named Preston’s that whips up scrumptious comfort food such as their signature burger and Florida shrimp and grits. The Hemisphere Lounge and Bar, on the other hand, serves live entertainment along with tropical cocktails and small-plate dishes. There is also the Nautilus Bar & Grill by the poolside, an ice cream bar that serves Miami-inspired ice cream flavors and smoothies, and a café that brews Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea to go with daily specials.

Address: 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: +1 305-604-1601

Located in the heart of South Beach, The Loews Miami Beach Hotel offers luxury guestrooms and suites, resort-style pool, and flexible meeting space. Reserve a stay today!

7. Thompson Miami Beach

Housed in a carefully-restored art deco tower built in the 1940s, Thompson Miami Beach (TMB) echoes the opulent and bohemian lifestyle that shaped this island community. This 4-star hotel is within ideal proximity to South Beach, which means it’s close enough to join the action at your volition, yet far enough to escape the din of the energetic crowd. It is also within a short distance to Wynwood district, which is popular for its numerous murals and street art. TMB’s beachfront location puts you just a few paces away from the ocean and its sandy shore. You may also opt to cool off in one of the two hotel swimming pools lined with chaise lounges, daybeds, and private cabanas. Beyond the pool decks lie a lush tropical garden.

TMB offers spacious guestrooms and suites with retro-chic interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, the intra-coastal waterway or the vibrant South Beach. The clever use of vivid and pastel colors against white walls and linens exudes a lively yet relaxing tropical feel. All rooms have marble-finished bathrooms with walk-in showers and contemporary furnishings such as flat-screen TVs, lounge chairs, Wi-Fi Internet, and work desks. The suites feature separate living rooms with sleeper sofas, TVs, and other added room amenities. Rooms and suites with a partial or full ocean view have private balconies with patio furniture.

TMB recently added to their roster of excellent restaurants the Seagrape by James Beard awardee Chef Michelle Bernstein. This Floridian brasserie highlights the distinct flavors of Miami and the Caribbean using the finest locally-sourced fresh ingredients. Another specialty restaurant that is consistently getting glowing reviews is the Talde Miami Beach that specializes in American-Asian fusion. There is also a historic bungalow, the 1930s House, which is now utilized as a beachside cocktail bar and restaurant. TMB also has a full-service spa and salon on a semi open-air setting on the 10th floor.

Address: 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: +1 786-605-4041

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Thompson Miami Beach offers a selection of guestrooms and suites on Collins Avenue. This 4 star boutique hotel in Miami Beach offers various dining options, a variety of amenities, hotel packages and specials.

8. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

This 51-story beachfront tower in Sunny Isles Beach is blessed with a gorgeous ocean view in almost every direction. The Mediterranean-style Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (ARSB) is auspiciously-situated on an island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Lavishly designed with Baroque-style fountains, baluster railings, and sculpted archways, ASRB exudes with classic European elegance. A recipient of the highly sought-after AAA Five Diamond Award and a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, ASRB can guarantee the most luxurious and memorable stay. Your accommodation here gives you an exclusive access to a stunning beach and three huge outdoor swimming pools surrounded by palm trees and landscaped gardens.

Each lavishly-designed guestrooms and suites at ASRB employ a color palette that blends well with the azure surrounding and sunny climate. They all have private terraces overlooking vast bodies of water and beautifully-landscaped grounds. All in-room bathrooms have marble floors, jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, enclosed showers areas, and double vanity sinks. Other room furnishings include king size beds, club chairs, pillow backed sofas, flat-screen TVs, multi-media connectivity, and other modern comforts. All suites have additional deluxe features such as a separate living room with HDTV and a sleeper sofa. Many of the appointed suites also have full gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops, full-sized fridges with freezers, microwave ovens, dishwashers, and garbage disposal systems on stainless sinks.

ASRB boasts of a spacious two-floor spa facility with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Acqualina Spa by ESPA offers a wide-range of personalized massage therapies and other services using perfected techniques from both ancient and modern methods. They also have a fitness center that is equipped with state-of-the-art TechnoGym Artis exercise equipment. ASRB also offers free educational and play activities to children guests, which includes access to a 500-square-foot children’s center. The hotel has three specialty restaurants: the AQ by Acqualina that serves Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, the Il Mulino New York that offers casual Italian gourmet dishes, and the Costa Grill, a beachside bar and restaurant. AQ also serves weekend brunches with live music performances.

Address: 17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Phone: +1 305-918-8000

Acqualina Resort & Spa is 5 Star, luxury oceanfront Miami Beach resort set on pristine beaches of Sunny Isles, FL with a 20,000 sq. ft. spa. Plan your escape today.

9. Delano South Beach

Exhibiting the sleek minimalist design of world-famous French architectural and industrial designer Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach (DSB) offers an inimitable seaside lodging. This five-star hotel is famous for transforming into a quintessential party place at sundown. The nocturnal revelries happen by the poolside of the Delano Beach Club, known for its iconic swimming pool and access to a lovely beachfront. The hotel’s privileged location also put you within minutes away from popular city attractions and shopping destinations. This includes Lincoln Road, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Bass Museum of Art. It is also near the city’s premier show venue, the New World Symphony. Hotel guests can explore the vibrant neighborhood by bicycles loaned by DSB according to availability.

The ingenious use of the white-on-white color scheme in rooms, suites, and bungalows at DSB resonate the house interior in the iconic John Lennon music video of "Imagine". The Bungalows are highly sought after for their enviable poolside location and extra frills. Each unit comes with a private terrace that directly overlooks the pool and a luxurious white marble bathroom with a rainfall shower and an oversized roman-style bathtub. All hotel rooms and suites have a stunning view of the ocean or the city skyline. All accommodations include oversized beds with luxurious linens, up-to-date entertainment systems, spacious and elegant bathrooms, and all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay. DSB offers several suite classes, all with their added luxuries and privileges.

Excellent dining options at DSB include a modern full-service Italian restaurant named Bianca and a lobby restaurant specializing in upscale Japanese cuisine and drink cocktails named Umi Sushi & Sake Bar. There is also the poolside restaurant bar Delano Beach Club that serves drinks and light fares. It is accessible through an Alice in Wonderland-themed garden path. DSB also has two in-house watering holes – the subterranean bar and dance club called FDR at Delano and a lobby lounge that extends to an outdoor terrace named Rose Bar, which is ideal for a relaxing drink and casual conversations. All guests get exclusive access to the hotel’s well-equipped fitness center and may avail of various spa treatments at the spacious Agua Spa located at the penthouse and rooftop level.

Address: 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: +1 305-672-2000

Delano hotel, the Hotel that changed South Beach forever. With an italian restaurant, spa and poolside luxury at Delano Beach club, there is something for everyone.

10. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Ranked #1 by the Florida chapter of American Institute of Architects in their list of the state’s 100 best architecture in 100 years, Fontainebleau Miami Beach (FMB) is truly a class of its own. This 5-star hotel facing the Atlantic Ocean is actually comprised of four grand buildings encompassing a vast recreational complex. This central compound contains multiple large swimming pools, fountains, gardens, plazas, and play areas. FMB’s transcendent design made it a popular setting for numerous movies and TV shows. A spectacular aerial shot of this hotel and resort complex actually became the opening scene for a James Bond film in the 60s. FMB was also the main location for the third season of Top Chef in 2007.

FMB provides lavish and comfortable accommodations with all the modern conveniences you expect from a 5-star-rated hotel. You get all the contemporary luxuries from the deluxe king size or queen size beds with plush linens, the roomy and elegant bathrooms, the en suite entertainment systems and multimedia connectivity, and the splendid ocean and city skyline views. Besides a separate living area and private balcony, all one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites come with fully-equipped kitchens with GE monogram appliances including a washer and dryer. FMB also offers one and two-bedroom Presidential Suites with floor areas ranging from 950 – 2400-sqft. And for the height of absolute luxury and comfort, they have 5-bedroom penthouses with grandiose floor areas ranging from 4,500 to 10,000-sqft, and feature a rooftop whirlpool and wrap-around terrace.

FMB teems with great in-house specialty restaurants serving diverse cuisines. Starting with Hakkasan that features Japanese and Hong Kong cuisine, to AAA 4-diamond award winner Scarpetta that serves regional Italian gastronomy. Award-winning Chef Michael Mina has two restaurants in the hotel – a modern American restaurant named Michael Mina 74 and a steak and chophouse called Stripsteak. There are other casual eateries inside the hotel and by the poolside that serve scrumptious food and drinks that you can check out online. FMB also abounds with legendary nightclubs and lounge bars such as Liv and Bleau Bar. They also have a soundstage for live performances called Bleaulive Presents. FMB also has a well-equipped gym and a full-service spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: +1 305-535-3283

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is an iconic luxury hotel ideally located on Miami Beach, Florida. The Miami South Beach hotel features spacious guest rooms and suites with ocean views, luxury spa, award-winning restaurants, and more.

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 choices for what we believe are the best hotels with private and direct access to scenic beaches. Once again, we enumerated our picks with no particular ranking order. Thank you and we hope that you will find our list helpful in finding wonderful beachside lodgings in Miami.

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