South Beach Hotels
September 29, 2013 9:25 PM   Subscribe

What is your all time favorite hotel in South Beach (Florida) and why? Looking at an early November stay. Heartfelt thanks fellow hive members!
posted by Lylo to Travel & Transportation around Miami Beach, FL (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Congress Hotel. Great lobby. Great rooftop bar.

Do check the room rates carefully, since some of the suites are in another building.
posted by kaszeta at 11:23 PM on September 29, 2013

South Beach is okay, but the hotels there are going to have small rooms and may be noisy.

Consider going a bit North on Collins.

I stayed at the Fountainbleau before it was renovated. Great location, wonderful grounds. The Ritz-Carlton is at Collins and Lincoln Rd.

Lincoln Rd is a great pedestrian mall, with tons of shops and outdoor cafes. Stroll around, people watch, have a cocktail. It's all good.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:25 AM on September 30, 2013

I prefer the Shore Club to all else. It's not inexpensive but the poolside and beachside service are great, and starting at midrange the beachfront rooms are pretty spacious.
posted by elizardbits at 5:52 AM on September 30, 2013

Essex House.
posted by tgrundke at 6:44 AM on September 30, 2013

Oh God, please let me die at The Colony. If you want Ocean Drive and authentic Deco, the Colony is your man.
posted by DarlingBri at 8:40 AM on September 30, 2013

I like the Richmond. It is next to all the fancy ones and has a great relaxed pool and deco building. It is cheaper than the new luxury hotels but is still right in the heart of the action and right on the beach.
posted by rmless at 8:42 PM on September 30, 2013

Absolutely the Raleigh. One of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. I would suggest room 713 or 715 if it's in your budget. Only rooms with balconies.
posted by moof! at 2:05 PM on October 5, 2013

Response by poster: FOLLOW UP:
We stayed at the Loews and liked it a lot. Part of my decision was it was one of the few South Beach Hotels not listed on and I do have this phobia about bed bugs......
Loved the Loews! Not as cutting edge/ flashy/ hip as many of the boutique type hotels, but the service and cleanliness were absolutely outstanding; everything was high quality and classy. It was comfortable and well-run; would definitely stay there again
posted by Lylo at 12:12 PM on December 7, 2013

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