Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Miami 2022

With miles of turquoise waters, golden sands, pastel-colored Art Deco architecture, a strong Cuban and Hispanic influence, and a truly intoxicating vibe, Miami – the cosmopolitan city located at Florida’s southeastern tip – is one of the coolest and glitziest places to visit in the USA. 

In this art-loving and style-conscious city, there’s definitely no shortage of amazingly unique places to stay – in fact, Miami is positively filled with gorgeously hip hotels each with its own funky and original design. Here are the best cool, hip, and unique Miami hotels (in no particular order) to suit all budgets…

1. Moxy Miami South Beach – one of the most fun and Instagrammable party hotels perfect for Millenials and Gen Zs

Instagrammable hotel in Miami

Fun hotel in Miami

Party hotel in Miami

Miami is a city that oozes cool, and the Moxy hotel in South Beach perfectly sums up everything that is great and fun about Miami. Located just a few minutes away from the beach, the Moxy Miami is a great home base for partying or Instagram fans that’s just this side of tastefully rowdy.

The sleek, elegant rooms come with ocean views and the hotel boasts its own beach hut, but it does not rely on South Beach alone for its charms. Kick back by the pool or have drinks in the brightly colored open-air restaurant.

2. Dream South Beach – a funky, art deco influenced Miami boutique hotel

The last word in dreamy opulence, this whimsical but stylish 4-star highly rated Dream South Beach 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 many of the rooms at this chic and trendy Miami hotel are bathed in an atmospheric blue light – all very zen!

Guest comfort is taken very seriously here – you will have access to all the latest technology including flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, iPod docking station as well as unique modern furniture (including the signature Dream bed).

Opt for a lush upgrade and add in impressive dressing quarters, sundeck, and outdoor showers. When you’ve finished quaffing champagne by the decadent rooftop infinity pool you can ease off the hangover with a trip to the hotel’s own Ayurvedic spa. Fashionable and unique Miami luxury for a decent price!

3. East Miami – a hip, sleek stylish and very Instagrammable hotel set in a hip area of the city

Cool hotel pool Miami

Located just 15 minutes drive from the main airport, the 4-star exceptionally rated East Hotel Miami is an upscale lifestyle hotel with an airy, contemporary design. Located in Miami’s bustling hip Downtown area in Brickell City Centre, this cool Miami hotel is a fabulous choice if you’re a shopping addict and want to access the nearby top-brand stores.

As well as the amazing views of Miami and Biscayne Bay (the hotel is a 6-minute walk from Biscayne Bay), the uber-trendy Miami hotel has over 300 rooms, each with walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and super comfy mattresses.

Upgraded rooms have wraparound balconies and/or gorgeous bay views. EAST Miami’s poolside area is spacious and inviting, featuring a poolside cocktail bar and plenty of sun loungers. If you want spectacular bay views, head to the rooftop bar and there are no less than four swimming pools to choose from. But if you prefer top-notch cuisine, the high-end Quinto La Huella restaurant is sure to satisfy your every taste!

4. Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel – a unique beachfront boutique hotel in Miami

With its stunning and historic Art Deco frontage, the 4-star highly rated Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel is a trendy and popular boutique hotel situated in the heart of Miami’s South Beach.

It’s just a short stroll away from the high-street stores at Lincoln Road Mall, the beach on Ocean Drive, or the Mediterranean vibe of Espanola Way. Among palm tree-lined gardens, you’ll find a beautiful pool area that’s great for relaxing, dining outside, or enjoying a cocktail in the sun. If you’re a party goer, the Surfcomber is a great place to stay, especially on weekends when the pool becomes a hive of activity.

The rooms at the stylish and unique Miami hotel are elegant and functional, offering plush beds, a flat-screen TV, an en-suite bathroom, designer toiletries Wi-Fi, iPod docks and some have ocean views and furnished balconies. Other hotel highlights include an on-site American restaurant, a fitness center, a funky espresso and juice bar, a full-service spa, and a cute beach playground – bliss!

5. One South Beach Miami – an upscale eco-chic hotel perfect for Instagrammers

Situated in the northern section of South Beach on Collins Avenue, this swish Miami abode with an eco-friendly ethos has a modern beach feel with softwood furnishings throughout. If you like to catch plenty of rays and enjoy the water, you can’t really go wrong with the 5 star exceptionally rated One Hotel South Beach.

The hotel sits directly on the seafront so expect sublime ocean views, but it also boasts two swimming pools and 70,000 square-foot of decking space. Its rooms are modern and elegant, with soft furnishings, custom-made beds, ocean views, walls lined with driftwood, and all the mod-cons you’d expect.

The trendsetting Miami accommodation is located near plenty of popular attractions, including the Lincoln Road Mall, the New World Center, and the Miami Beach Convention Centre.

A large swimming pool occupies the hotel’s central grounds, while there’s a smaller but equally stunning beachside terrace and pool area – complete with bar, sun loungers, daybeds, and cabanas. Besides its popular pool areas, the hotel features a gym, a rooftop bar, a hair salon, and also a modern spa. If you’re a golfing fan, the hotel is ideally located near to Miami Beach Golf Club, so don’t forget to pack your clubs!

6. The Confidante – an award-winning luxury hotel set in a 1940s art deco skyscraper

The 4-star exceptionally rated Confidante Hotel on Miami Beach adds a touch of old-school glamour with its 1940s Art Deco skyscraper, Art Deco furnishings, and a relaxed style that’s typical of Miami.

Located on the popular Collins Avenue and overlooking the beach, the award-winning hotel is in a prime spot for exploring the wider city area. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the hip Miami hotel is equipped with two outdoor heated pools, an open-air rooftop, a fully equipped gym, and even a spa and hair salon.

If you like to sunbathe, the well-maintained outdoor areas have plenty of loungers and cabanas. But if you prefer the beach, direct access is available from the hotel. The rooms are stylishly quirky and well-decorated.

Rooms have a private balcony, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen television and upgrades offer separate living areas and kitchens with wet bars and fridges. Also expect a rooftop spa, a hair salon a variety of contemporary restaurants, and cocktail bars are also available for you to enjoy.

7. SLS Hotel – a chic, stylish and creative hotel brought to you by Philippe Starck, chef José Andrés, Lenny Kravitz and sbe

This 1930s boutique hotel occupies a prime spot on Miami’s South Beach and is well-positioned if you want to sample Miami’s nightlife, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

With its Art Deco architecture but playful French-style interiors, the 4-star highly rated SLS Hotel South Beach has a classic, elegant feel that manages to combine a relaxed vibe with plenty of sophistication. In particular, the cool and unusual Miami hotel is renowned for its pool parties and colorful nightlife. It has a classy feel that’s fun but well-mannered.

Inside the creative accommodation, you’ll find the rooms are spacious and sumptuous, offering high-end luxury alongside Miami’s lively beach scene. Additional benefits include a fitness center, flat-screen TVs, and fast Wi-Fi. The SLS South Beach boasts two fantastic restaurants offering a range of international food dishes. Besides this, you’ll find an inviting swimming pool, poolside bar, and amazing views across the ocean.

8. Hotel Urbano – a funky reasonably priced retro-cool hotel

The fun and funky Hotel Urbano offers mid-range boutique accommodation in a quiet but central location in Miami. Bold and creative with cool retro interiors, the hip and trendy Miami hotel has partnered with Art Fusion Galleries to display an eclectic range of exhibits throughout the hotel.

Rooms at this funky accommodation in the heart of Miami are stylish and colorful and all the amenities of contemporary living will be at your fingertips – from iPod dock to HDTVs with balconies thrown in too. Other unique hotel highlights include private poolside cabanas, a modern cocktail bar, a state-of-the-art gym, and Cuban-inspired food freshly served up at their popular onsite restaurant.

9. Hotel Victor – a hip art-deco-style hotel which features a pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean 

In an area filled with hotels desperately trying to be hip, the 4-star highly rated Hotel Victor Miami Beach keeps it chic and stylish courtesy of French designer Jacques Garcia. Housed in an Art-Deco building in Downtown Miami and decorated with tasteful colors, rich fabrics, and offering gorgeous sea views the result is a luxurious hotel without the exorbitant room rates.

Rooms at this sleek Miami accommodation come with some lavish touches including a well-stocked mini bar, 300-thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs while suites have kitchenettes and private balconies or terraces with hot tubs. 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, access to iPads, a sushi bar, and a cabana-dotted pool.

10. Standard Miami – a lush upscale spa hotel with a beautiful chic design

Following hot on the heels of the popular Los Angeles Standard is the Florida-based version. More like a high-end spa with guest rooms than a hotel, the lush Miami accommodation provides a wellness experience that is said to be “part recovery center, part hydrotherapy playground, part new-age ashram.” You’ll probably leave a few toxins lighter staying at the Standard Hotel Miami with its up-to-the-minute center for integrated wellness including a hydrotherapy spa, a hot tub with a waterfall, a cold plunge and mud baths and healthy vegan options on offer – all perfectly complementing its tranquil and lush Belle Isle location (just off Miami beach).

Rooms at this gorgeous Miami hotel are equally swish with tasteful wooden floors and upgrades have terraces complete with soaking tubs. Also, expect an onsite bayside Mediterranean restaurant and a divine infinity pool – a beautiful Miami gem!

11. W South Beach – a sleek and contemporary all-suite hotel perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs

Set overlooking Miami’s beautiful South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, the 4-star exceptionally rated W South Beach is a large oceanfront hotel with a stylish but relaxed vibe. Numerous shops, bars, restaurants, and clubs are within a 10-minute walk and the striking decor is modern and tasteful, with the hotel making use of quirky furniture pieces throughout. The suites at this ultra-trendy Miami hotel let in plenty of natural light and feature private balconies, comfortable beds, walk-in showers, and large flat-screen TVs.

Upgraded rooms are even more special with kitchenettes, living rooms, barbecue grills and/or plunge pools. If you’re into your fitness, you’ll be pleased to hear that a 24-hour gym is available on-site.

The hotel also has its own nightclub with a full bar serving a mixture of cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits, two swimming outdoor pools, a contemporary spa, and even rooftop basketball and tennis courts – you’ll never want to leave! 

12. Mondrian South Beach – an upscale modernist gem on Biscayne Bay 

Set overlooking Biscayne Bay, the 4-star exceptionally rated Mondrian South Beach Hotel offers simplistic modernist luxury in a relaxed part of Miami’s South Beach area. If you’re looking for a more tranquil setting, but still within easy reach of the resort, the Mondrian is perfect.

The unique and sophisticated Miami hotel combines a fresh, modern look with the added ingredients of classic furnishings. One particular example is the impressive floating staircase, which you’ll immediately notice upon access to the lobby.

The hip Miami hotel is just a 15-minute walk to South Beach with its many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. In the stylish rooms, you can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows with city or bay views, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, wall artwork, a rainfall shower, Wi-Fi, and kitchen facilities.

Some have balconies and the hotel’s main outdoor pool area provides plenty of loungers for relaxing in the sun, plus has stunning views across Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami. There’s also a hip indoor-outdoor bar alfresco and indoor dining, a private marina, and a 24-hour fitness center at this chic retro-inspired Miami abode.

13. Shore Club South Beach – a chic beachfront hotel and a great place to party

The 4-star highly rated Shore Club South Beach is nestled next to the shoreline on popular Collins Avenue. With its Art Deco theme, the chic and trendy Miami hotel is ideal if you want to be situated near nightlife, shopping, and plenty of eateries and bars.

The hotel has a cool, relaxed vibe in the daytime and becomes livelier at night with its glitzy poolside scene. It offers guests direct access to the beach and is within easy reach of the South Beach and the Downtown areas.

The Shore Club has spacious rooms that are modern and clean, each featuring a walk-in shower, bath, flat-screen TV, iPod docks, and soft furnishings. Upgraded rooms offer living rooms and whirlpool tubs and there are private bungalows also on offer with their own outdoor dining areas.

Other notable features of this lush and funky Miami abode include restaurants offering international cuisine, two infinity pools, a hot tub, a fitness center, and a well-equipped modern spa.

14. Nautilus by Arlo – a refined oceanfront hotel in Miami’s art deco district 

Stylish hotel Miami

Luxury hotel Miami

Amazing hotel Miami

Located near the city center, Nautilus by Arlo is one of Miami’s original art deco hotels, designed by Morris Lapidus. Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for young travelers looking to have a good time without worrying about impressing anyone else.

The 250 rooms and suites offer modern luxury features such as rainfall showers, bedside charging stations, and an adorable vintage mini bar chest. The hotel has several food options, including a unique Bodega and pool or beachside menu.

Take advantage of the beach access, the pool’s comfy cabanas for a little privacy during your days, and proximity to some of Miami’s best clubs at night.

15. Epic Hotel Miami – modern downtown boutique hotel with sweeping views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay

The 4-star exceptionally rated EPIC Hotel located on the Miami River in Downtown Miami is a swanky, modern complex that guarantees fantastic views across Biscayne Bay and beyond. Being a mere 15-minute drive from Miami International Airport, it’s really easy to get to, and it’s also a short drive from all the fun at Miami Beach.

Part of the ever-popular and exclusive Kimpton range, rooms are as lush as you’d expect from a high-end hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, a private balcony, rain head showers, yoga mats (of course!), freestanding bathtubs and many with ocean views.

The unique Miami boutique hotel also has its own private dockside port, so you can even rock up to the doorstep on your yacht (if you can afford one!). A gymnasium and beauty spa are available to keep you fit and looking great, there’s a sociable evening wine hour, a marina, a modern gym, a spa with skyline views, two restaurants, a stunning 16th-floor rooftop with a pool area and cabanas which lets you experience the fabulous Miami sunsets!

16. The Vagabond Hotel – a hip 1950s-inspired retro boutique Miami hotel 

For all you hipsters out there, the midrange exceptionally rated Vagabond Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard is conveniently located in Downtown Miami. The funky Miami hotel has a timeless retro theme with a relaxed vibe that is sure to suit you if you’re a stylish, discerning traveler.

Although a small hotel with only 44 rooms, the hip Miami boutique has plenty to offer, from its 1950s-style kitschy furnishings, bold geometric art, and comfy beds to flat-screen TVs and a cool outdoor pool.

The ultra-hip cocktail bar is ideal for grabbing a relaxing drink, while the upscale restaurant offers a variety of international cuisines. The recently refurbished rooms are surprisingly spacious, with many opening onto well-kept gardens awash with palm trees. And if that doesn’t tempt you, this fun and funky Miami abode also includes high-speed Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge in every room, and a gymnasium.

17. Albion South Beach Hotel – 1930s’ vintage style in Miami’s famed Art Deco District

Channeling a 1930’s style Miami chic, the highly-rated Albion Hotel Miami Beach is a unique midrange boutique only a very short hop from South Beach. Located in the famous Art Deco district there are 100 minimalist guest rooms on offer which feature free WiFi and comfy furnishings.

Opt for a funky penthouse suite and expect terraces and cool original art. The outdoor swimming pool is pretty swish and is lined with palm trees, sun decks, and a bar but if you’re more of a beach bunny you’ll also have private access to the beach and hireable beach equipment. 

18. Townhouse Hotel – this hip, contemporary hotel a mile from the shops and restaurants of Ocean Drive

Bright and airy and heavy on the white, the midrange highly rated Townhouse Hotel is a great example of when a boutique hotel gets the shabby chic style just right (and that’s not an easy feat)! From the moment you step inside this unique and creative hotel in Miami you’ll be able to tell the interior designer was in a playful mood – think oversized baby blue pillows, L shaped couches (suitable for crashing guests) giant poufs and the odd beachball. Penthouses have private terraces, and ocean or city views. 

There’s a funky rooftop terrace and bar and each room also contains a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Modern relaxing accommodation with a hip, cool twist located right on South Beach!

19. Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove – a trendy and sophisticated hotel which overlooks Biscayne Bay

Mr C Miami Coconut Grove

Trendy hotel Miami

This gorgeous upscale hotel located in the heart of South Beach blends the best of old and new European style. Boasting spectacular views of both Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline, almost all of their 100 rooms and suites feature some kind of view that can be enjoyed on private furnished terraces.

The rooftop pool makes Mr C Coconut Grove is one of the very cool hotels to stay in Miami, and their unique concept rooftop Italian restaurant, Bellini, is well worth a visit as well too. 

20. The Redbury South Beach – an hip upscale boutique hotel with a retro flair

The Redbury South Beach Miami

The Redbury South Beach

This is definitely one of the poshest boutique hotels in Miami. With only 69 guest rooms, no detail is spared in its unique bohemian retro style that evokes Miami’s glory days. Each room even features a record player with a curated collection of vinyl.

The rooms at The Redbury Hotel also feature marble bathrooms, rain showers, 300-thread-count linens, and more, depending on the room you book.

The amenities don’t stop outside the walls of this stylish hotel, either. Your daily resort fee covers two beach chairs, so no need to get up early to rush outside. Or enjoy craft cocktails by the stunning rooftop pool.

21. Cadillac Hotel and Beach Club – a trendy boutique hotel with sophisticated art deco-inspired décor 

Cadillac Hotel and Beach Club Autograph Collection

Cadillac Hotel and Beach Club

A recipient of AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award, the Cadillac Hotel and Beach Club is one of Miami’s original art deco icons and has a subtle art deco design inspired by classic, mid-century Italian Riviera.

Located right on the water, this more than 350-room hotel offers beach access with hotel service on the beach. It also features two stunning pools, one for families and one for adults only, making it good for singles and families alike. The pools feature calming fountains and green lawns, making your time there even more relaxing.

22. Broadmore Miami Beach – a retro cool budget hotel to stay in Miami

Cool budget hotel Miami

Trendy budget hotel Miami

This newly renovated boutique hotel is a classic art deco property located on the beach and just a few miles from the hottest South Beach restaurants and nightlife. The hoteliers have masterfully preserved the hotel’s 1950s charm while updating it with modern touches.

This hip lower-priced hotel is located in a peaceful corner of North Beach, close to the legendary Versace mansion. The beaches at this end are quieter, and the Broadmore Hotel charges a modest daily fee for chair rentals.

The Broadmore is ideal for travelers looking for a truly unique, retro experience without the hefty price tag that more luxurious hotels carry. It is easily walkable to a variety of top-rated restaurants and other South Beach attractions.

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7 thoughts on “Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Miami 2022”

  1. Growing up vacationing on the Gulf coast of Florida in the 1960’s and 70’s I will forever be enamored with retro motels. So much so that my livlihood is bringing back these retro motel images in my mid Century Motel art shop.
    Thanks for the list, the Vagabond looks amazing!
    Cat Bishop

  2. I think everyone thinks Miami when it comes to Florida, however Gulf Coast is also beautiful, less crowded. We have been to Destin, Florida and was really surprised to find such clear waters in the USA. Town itself was also very beautiful.


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