Five Best Hotels in South Beach

South Beach is one of South Florida’s biggest tourist destinations. With millions of people visiting annually for pleasure, business and more, it’s certainly a place for most Americans to check off their bucket lists! However, it’s one thing to go — and another to stay. So, here’s a list of South Beach’s top five hotels.

Each one is listed with a description of location, amenities, daily rates and nearby attractions. No matter what you do during your stay, one of these hotels is sure to be the perfect start and end to each day.  

The outdoor pool features classic and casual Maditerranean fare (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

The Goodtime Hotel
601 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

The Goodtime Hotel is among the newest in Miami Beach, and is not to be passed up. It has an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant and a lounge, so you may not even need to leave. However, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and Española Way are all nearby for sight-seers and shoppers. You’ll have access to the beach, as well as free Wi-Fi and a fitness center. Prices range from $179 to $422 per night. Stay at this luxurious hotel, and you’ll never want to return to your daily routine.

The rooftop of the Hilton Bentley has stunning ocean views. (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Hilton Bentley 
101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

For the traveler looking for a hotel that’s near the beach: the Hilton Bentley is your stop! The views are nothing short of spectacular, and it is less than a mile from Miami’s Art Deco Historic District. Additionally, the Bentley has an on-site restaurant and spa for those stay-in days. Visitors can also enjoy an outdoor pool and gym, with rooms starting from around $319 per night.

Refreshing coconut water from La Cote, the on-site restaurant. (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

If you want a hotel with luxurious rooms, a variety of leisure activities and nightlife that will blow your mind, you want to stay at Fontainebleau, one of the most iconic places in Miami Beach. With spacious rooms, four pools, multiple restaurants, a spa and famous night club LIV, you’ll be sure to leave wishing you had booked just one more night. Fontainebleau also has beach access, as well as a fitness center and hair salon. An online history says it opened in 1954, is a showplace for Miami glamour, and has hosted a variety of celebrity guests. It’s been featured in several famous films, such as Scarface and Goldfinger. It also features a 17,000-square-foot lobby, acres of gardens, and antique furnishings that match its Louis XIV theme. Nightly rates range from $349 to $1,530.

Rooftop pool and lounge with panoramic views of Miami’s skyline and waterways. (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

Kimpton Palomar 
1750 Alton Rd, Miami Beach

The traveler who has seen South Beach a few times before, or is looking for something a little quieter than the average Miami trip, must look no further than Kimpton Palomar. This hotel will keep you away from the crowds of South Beach without forcing you to leave Miami’s biggest tourist destination. It has a rooftop pool with water views, an amazing lounge, and fine Italian dining on-site. The hotel is a six-minute walk from the Biscayne Bay waterfront, and has complimentary loaner bikes and a shuttle service to a private beach area. Prices range from around $511 to $630 per night.

The heated pool is an enviable beachfront perch (Liannys Polanco/SFMN)

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach
2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Last, but certainly not least, is Miami’s COMO Metropolitan hotel. This trendy art-deco place will leave you breathless with its ocean views — and relaxed in its rooftop pool. The COMO also features a private beach, complimentary bicycles, watercraft for rent and boutique shopping. In addition, babysitting is offered to parents. The nightly price starts at about $252.


Elise Gregg is a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in criminal justice. Upon graduation, she would like to pursue a career covering international crime, particularly human rights violations and religious oppression around the world.

Liannys Polanco is a senior FIU student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communication/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in mass communications/journalism at Miami Dade college back in 2015. In college, she was able to study abroad in Spain, France, Greece and Italy. The mix of those cultures made a huge impact on her life.