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Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

Miami is known for its hyper-tanned celebrities, bikini clad beautiful people and full-on glamor. In such a style conscious city there’s definitely no shortage of cool places to stay – in fact Miami is filled with hip boutique hotels mostly with their own unique design. Here are ten of the best boutique hotels in Miami (in no particular order) to suit all budgets…

1. Dream South Beach

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

The last word in dreamy opulence, this whimsical boutique hotel really lives up to its name. Housed in a registered historic Art Deco building, in a great position on South Beach inside you’ll find all the rooms are bathed in an atmospheric blue light – all very zen! Guests comfort is taken very seriously here – you will have access to all the latest technology and unique modern furniture (including the signature Dream bed). When you’ve finished quaffing champagne by the decadent rooftop pool you can ease off the hangover with a trip to the hotel’s own Ayurvedic spa. Fashionable luxury for a decent price.

2. Hotel Urbano

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

Fun ‘n’ Funky Hotel Urbano offers budget boutique accommodation in a quiet but central location. Bold and creative, the hotel has partnered with Art Fusion Galleries to display an eclectic range of exhibits throughout the hotel. Rooms are stylish and colourful and all the amenities of contemporary living will be at your fingertips – from iPod dock to flat-screen televisions. Other nice touches include private poolside cabanas, handy on-site state-of-the art gym and Cuban-inspired food freshly served up at their popular restaurant.

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3. Pelican hotel

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

The Pelican is the first hotel created by Italian fashion giant Diesel. Located in the heart of the Art Deco district and only across the street from the beach, this boutique hotel is both eccentric and cutting-edge. Luxurious but without an eye watering price, guests are offered vivaciously decorated rooms each with their own custom designed theme – from flower power psychedelic to boudoir chic. You’ll also find recycled oak floors, retro ceiling fans and cutely kitsch wall coverings – just how you’d imagine a Diesel hotel to be styled…

4. Hotel St Augustine

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

The polar opposite of the mainstream Miami party hotel, small and stylish St Augustine aims to combine the comforts of home with the healing properties of a spa. Decor is all calming neutrals, Scandinavian clean lines and designer minimalism creating a relaxing sanctuary a world away from all the hullabaloo. The rooms are intimate and designed like cosmopolitan lofts, with maple wood beds and plenty of modern amenities. Although the spacious bathrooms are the real highlight and come with glass-enclosed spa cabinets, steam baths, dimmable lighting and a ‘spa bar’ filled to the brim with aromatherapy oils and protective sun products.

5. Hotel Victor

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

In an area filled with hotels desperately trying to be trendy, Hotel Victor keeps it chic courtesy of French designer Jacques Garcia. Decorated with bold colours, rich fabrics and the odd jellyfish or two the result is a luxurious hotel without the exorbitant room rates. Rooms are sleek with some lavish touches including a full (not mini) bar, 300-thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs and DVD player. Deluxe rooms go even further with infinity-edge bathtubs and guaranteed ocean view. In all the rooms you can also connect to Neiman Marcus personal shoppers at the touch of a button. Other highlights include an on-site spa, Turkish bath and the celebrity magnet cabana-dotted pool. One of the more exclusive Miami boutique hotels.

6. Standard Miami

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

Following hot on the heels of the Los Angeles Standard is the Florida based version. Still with its value-for-money ethos but without skimping on the design the standard is a great option for retro modern hotel fans. Although you would expect nothing less from this ultra cool hotel chain. You might even leave a few toxins lighter with its up-to-the minute centre for integrated wellness and healthy vegan options on offer – all perfectly complementing its tranquil Belle Isle location.

7. Cadet hotel

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

This privately owned small boutique is one of the most popular places to stay in Miami– especially if you’re fond of the quiet life. Its claim to fame is Clark Gable once stayed here during World War II – hence the Cadet name. The decor is subtle but tasteful art deco featuring a contrast of dark wood and pastel shades and some rooms come with four-poster beds and antique furniture. Head down to take advantage of their friendly personal service or dine al-fresco style in their pretty patio garden. Little details are important here so when checking in to your room expect welcome notes, fresh fruit and sweet little pouches filled with fresh lavender and seashells.

8. Greenview Hotel

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

The Greenview offers Ikea-esque accommodation for travellers who expect a little more from their budget hotel. Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism and designed by Henry Hohouser, the decor is all clean lines and beechwood furnishings accented with a hint of apple green. In the style of many other Miami boutique hotels, the building is classic Art Deco with some of the original features still in tact and restored to their former glory. Its great price doesn’t mean skimping on amenities either so expect the full range of modern facilities such as flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and ipod docking station.

9. Townhouse Hotel

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

Bright and airy and heavy on the white, the townhouse is a great example of when a boutique hotel gets the shabby chic style just right. From the moment you step inside you’ll be able to tell the designer was in a playful mood – think oversized baby blue pillows, L shaped couches (suitable for crashing guests) giant poufs and the odd beachball. Each room also contains a flat screen cable TV, DVD player, ipod docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi. Modern relaxing accommodation with a hip, cool twist located right on South beach.

10. Albion South Beach Hotel

Ten of the best Miami boutique hotels Global Grasshopper

Cheap, cool and a only a very short hop from South Beach, the Albion is another good choice for the budget traveller. There are 100 minimalist guestrooms on offer all with white walls and linens punctuated by bursts of citrus coloured accessories. Other great features include wood furnishings custom-designed by architect Carlos Zapata and plenty of in room facilities all housed in a striking nautical Art Deco building. Downstairs you’ll even find portholes which allows sneaky underwater peeks of swimmers in a mezzanine-level pool.

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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