Fathom Favorites : Miami Hotels

1. The Standard Spa

The Standard Spa

The place to detox after a big night out. With nearly 100 items on the spa menu ranging from acupuncture sessions and aero-yoga to mud baths and hammam treatments, self-care here isn’t an afterthought, it’s a lifestyle.

40 Island Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

2. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

The hotel at the historic Surf Club feels more Mediterranean than Floridian, from the discrete South Beach frontage and terracotta-tiled, plant-filled archways to the airy down to the minimalist rooms and the on-site restaurant — the outpost of legendary Amalfi Coast culinary institution Le Sirenuse.

9011 Collins Ave.
Surfside, FL 33154

3. AC Hotel Miami Beach

AC Hotel Miami Beach

An extremely affordable option on Collins Avenue. Small details like fresh croissants flown in from France and a cherry red Berkel meat slice that provides a daily fix of Ibérico ham reflect the brand’s European heritage.

2912 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

4. Nautilus Hotel

Nautilus Hotel

Tropical vibes register high on the jet-set meter at this chilled-out Sixty Hotels property. Curvilinear walls, terrazzo floors, low-slung upholstery chairs, tufted velvet couches, and a sun-bathing scene straight out of Mad Men make this the perfect place for those who want a brush with glamorous 1950s South Beach.

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1825 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Generator Miami

Generator Miami

The South Beach hostel that will make you rethink hostels. See: The design-forward lobby, the straight-out-of-Brooklyn gastropub, the two star-mixologist-helmed bars, and the sleek, minimalist private and communal rooms.

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3120 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

6. Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The 25-karat gold wooly mammoth skeleton sculpture at the heart of the hotel says it all. Everything at this Baz Lurhmann-designed luxury hot spot is over the top, in the best way possible.

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3201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

7. 1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach

In a city known for its nighttime antics, this 426-room eco-resort is an oasis of calm — with direct access to the beach and four beautiful swimming pools. Being kind to Mother Nature is a priority: Rooms are outfitted with hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses, organic cotton sheets, and walls made of salvaged driftwood. A fleet of Teslas offer complimentary rides within a three-mile radius and the lobby features a stunning 11,000-plant "living" green wall. Dine on locally caught fish, antibiotic-free meats, and fresh produce at Tom Coliccho’s first seafood restaurant, Beachcraft.


2341 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Hotel Victor

Hotel Victor

A recent reno reveals modern beachy furnishings in creams, off-whites, and muted blues. A variety of rooms (affordable doubles to suites) have Dean and Deluca snacks, Sferra linens, and large bathrooms. Cabanas surround the lovely, heated deco pool. A great little spot to know about on the strip.


144 Ocean Dr.
Miami, FL, 33139

9. The Miami Beach EDITION

The Miami Beach EDITION

This just-opened "next generation urban resort" from Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels occupies a sleekly renovated 1950s landmark on Collins Avenue in the mid-beach section of South Beach. There are 294 minimalist rooms and suites, many with breathtaking ocean vistas. Everything is spotlessly clean, and white linens and neutral wood finishes abound. The staff — from room service to cheerful concierges — are eager to please.


2901 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33140

10. Freehand Miami

Freehand Miami

A breezy Deco building a block from the beach is outfitted with a fun and fashionable crowd drinking specialty cocktails by the pool. Both a hotel and a hostel, choose from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms or shared rooms with hotel-grade mattresses. Even if you're not staying here, drop by for a drink at The Broken Shaker or lunch at 27.

2727 Indian Creek Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

11. Thompson Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach

This 380-room beachfront spot captures the mid-century modern aesthetic through interior design by noted British tastemaker Martin Brudnizki. Rooms feel spacious: Many have ocean views, and more than 30 suites have expansive terraces, full kitchens, and living rooms. The pool and garden areas are perfect for people watching, and Seagrape is run by James Beard Award-winning chef and local food hero Michelle Bernstein. The tenth floor spa has lovely sea views and the Crown Room is the perfect spot for a cocktail connoisseur.


4041 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL, 33140

12. Metropolitan by COMO

Metropolitan by COMO

The latest of Ian Schrager's EDITION hotels for Marriott (London and Istanbul are thriving) has 294 minimalist rooms and suites, many with breathtaking ocean vistas. Everything is spotlessly clean, and white linens and neutral wood finishes abound. The staff — from room service to cheerful concierges — are eager to please. Market by Jean Georges Vongerichten serves delicious food 24/7 in a vibrant, open air space. The poolside restaurant Tropicale has perfect shrimp cocktail in a bouganvillea-strewn landscape. But really, this place is such a one-stop hotel shop that you could bring an entire family here and find an activity, spa treatment, luxury suite, or amenity for everyone.


2445 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL, 33140

13. Mandarin Oriental Miami

Mandarin Oriental Miami

On a tiny island near downtown Miami, the Brickell Key locale feels like a Zen escape from the South Beach crowds. The private beach is well-kept and almost always empty except the occasional private parties hosted by the hotel. The 15,000-square-foot spa has a variety of Chinese, ayurvedic, European, Balinese, and Thai treatments and massages. Azul is a local favorite, as is MO Bar and Lounge with live Cuban jazz music.


500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131

14. Epic Hotel

Epic Hotel

As the cultural and social scene shifts from South Beach to Downtown Miami, the cool hotels are following. This 52-story high-rise overlooks the Atlantic on one side and Miami's glittering skyline on the other, enjoyed from floor-to-ceiling glass doors and private balconies. Arrive by yacht to the hotel’s own marina, stop for lunch at the Japanese sushi shrine that is Zuma on the first floor, and head up to the sixteenth-floor terrace for a dip in one of their two pools. Pets are welcome and bikes are ready for loan.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

15. Soho Beach House

Soho Beach House

A bastion of charm and good service in an usually charmless and service-less town. While its location right next to the famous Fontainebleau means occasionally dealing with the spillover party crowd, the 50-room boutique hotel and member’s club is a different scene entirely. It's all Cuban-style tiled floors, leather armchairs, freestanding tubs, exposed ceiling beams. Do not miss the private beach, a massage at the aptly-named Cowshed spa, and brunch at Cecconi’s.

4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

16. W South Beach

W South Beach

A perfect brand for Miami, the W here takes on the all-white uniform, elegant art, awesome restauratants, and a pool scene with a surprisingly refined tone. Tennis happens on a rooftop and the basketball court has ocean views. Pets are welcome through the PAW program (treat yo'self).

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. Fontainebleau


The Art Deco landmark opened in 1954, designed by legendary Morris Lapidus. In the 1950s and '60s, the hotel was a favorite playground of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack, and it starred in the sweeping, opening aerial shot of James Bond's Goldfinger in 1964. At 1,504 rooms, multiple restaurants, nightclubs, and a 40,000-square-foot spa, this is the place to come to live large. 

Read more on Fathom: No Sleep Till Miami

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

18. Gale South Beach

Gale South Beach

With just 87 rooms, the Gale feels tiny next to its bigger and glitzier South Beach neighbors. It's Old Miami by way of Retro Hollywood with plush leather seats, oak panels, and chandeliers in the lobby and Regent Cocktail Club (where bartenders mix the best cocktails in town). Shout-out to the rooftop pool for panoramic views of the city, and the Rec Room in the basement for the impressive vinyl collection.

1690 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

19. Shore Club

Shore Club

David Chipperfield’s design is fresh and clean with lots of white-on-white complementing the bright hand-painted pillows by Izhar Patkin and Kim MacConnel sprinkled around the hotel. Opt for one of the seven poolside bungalows with a private outdoor shower (swipe the Malin+Goetz for home). The hotel's two pools are South Beach favorites, as is the Redroom in Skybar.


1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

20. The Standard

The Standard

It's on the bay, so though you're in South Beach, the scene feels miles away. Go here to get away from kids, eat tofu-avocado salads by the pool, dunk in the waterfall, and simmer in the hamam. No Miami hotel makes you feel classier, and it's a great place to make new friends from all over the world.

Read more on Fathom: Detoxing in Miami. Of All Places.

40 Island Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

21. The Betsy

The Betsy

With its Georgian architecture and contemporary interiors, The Betsy feels refreshingly low-key compared to its glitzier Ocean Drive neighbors. The lack of a nightclub also means this place is perfect for families, but sitters can be arranged with the concierge for date night (might we suggest BLT Steak). Get up early to secure prime sunbathing spots on the rooftop deck, or take a dip in the tiny, but very private, courtyard pool. It's currently undergoing expansion to an Art Deco wing next door, promising more darling accommodations and communal spaces.

1440 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

22. The Setai

The Setai

It’s 40 floors of over-the-top opulence that really only works in South Beach. While they preserved the Art Deco exterior of the refurbished Dempsey Vanderbilt building, interiors reflect strong Asian influences. Gone are the Miami whites, replaced with polished teak floors and black granite baths. Add three infinity pools, Sunday jazz brunch, and a tea-inspired spa experience to round off an extravagant stay.

2001 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

23. SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

It's a boho boutique hotel stunner, thanks to its big name associations (Sam Nazarin, Philippe Starck, Lenny Kravitz). Rooms are filled with Starck's take on French aritocracy and naughty touches (mirrors on the ceilings). By day, everyone's recovering from last night's party in cabanas with steps leading straight into the pool. Nighttime is when the rest of the world wakes up, starting with dinner at The Bazaar, where James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés creates inventive dishes, and ending at Hyde Beach for drinks.

1701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139