Miami’s Coolest Boutique Hotels
Miami and design are synonymous. The palm-tree-lined beaches were always dotted with shining examples of mid-century architecture and art-deco buildings. Now, the refreshed visions are inspired by the newer Wynwood District. Complete with speakeasies and glass-bottom rooftop pools, journalist Jordi Lippe-McGraw shares 5 of Magic City’s coolest boutique hotels.
The Goodtime Hotel:
What do you get when hospitality king David Grutman, Pharrell, and designer Ken Fulk conspire to create a new South Beach property? Fifties-style rooms in sun-kissed hues and a Library boasting a signature pink aesthetic and a plethora of art pieces. The hotel’s whimsical vibe flows to the rooftop restaurant Strawberry Moon that transitions from day to night.
Life House Little Havana:
Stepping into Life House Little Havana is like time traveling. Inspired by a 1920s expeditionist, the space is outfitted with modern designs by names like Hans Wegner and vintage displays of Afrocuban ceramics. Expect dark woods, woven natural rugs, and aged brass, all with a tropical allure.
The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach:
It’s hard to choose just one detail that stands out at the historic property. The elevated plunge pool with an underwater window provides the perfect IG shot. Meanwhile, terracotta mosaic tiles and ratan lounge seating invite guests to relax in a Latin-inspired environment that harkens back to the 1940s when famed Art Deco architect Anton Skislewicz designed the hotel.
Chalky pink stucco, Spanish tile roofs, and striped awnings line the historic Española Way. And nestled among the twinkling overhead lights of the pedestrian-only walkway is Esme Hotel. There, guests will find a mix of jewel tones, textured mahogany, and gold accents that create a romantically retro style.
The Shelborne South Beach:
The Shelborne was always an iconic Art Deco Miami hotel with Neo-baroque embellishments. Those classic South Beach elements remain with recently refreshed rooms with natural cognac and blue hues. The midcentury elegance also inspired the hotel’s speakeasy-inspired bar, The Drawing Room, where Gabrielle Union recently dined.