The Best Affordable Boutique Hotels in Miami

From its trendy nightlife and beautiful beaches to its lively art scene and world-class hotels, Miami is an obvious choice for those seeking their next extravagant vacation. Strolling down the well-known Ocean Drive in South Beach, tourists pass a medley of outdoor cafes, art-deco architecture, and the elegant Versace Mansion, which was once owned by legendary Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace. Needless to say, you can never run out of things to do in a buzzy city like Miami.

In this “Affordable and Adorable” article below, we highlight the best boutique hotels in Miami with starting nightly rates of $250 per night.

The Goodtime Hotel

The Goodtime Hotel

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $98 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

266 | Outdoor swimming pool; Private beach area; Fitness center | 3

Ocean Drive; Art Deco Historic District; Lincoln Road

The pastel-hued interiors of The Goodtime Hotel are a blissful oasis amidst the bustling streets of Miami’s South Beach neighborhood. Hospitality guru David Grutman and international musician Pharrell Williams joined forces with legendary designer Ken Fulk to create a design-centric, Instagrammable stay that imbues “a good time” at all capacities. Various shades of pink dress classic furnishings such as tufted couches, rotary-dial telephones and, of course, the pink-striped rooftop pool that was made to be the ultimate respite from the Florida sun.

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

5 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $152 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

357 | Outdoor swimming pool; Beachfront; Fitness center | 3

Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Miami Beach; Lummus Park Beach

Perched on Collins Avenue and set in the Roy France-designed old Art Deco Cadillac building, the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is a stylish, Mediterranean-esque stay in the heart of Miami Beach. Each suite boasts beach-themed, blue- and white-shaded trappings, plus panoramic views of the sea and cityscape. The building, just like Cadillac cars, has evolved over time, seeing its use not just be for hospitality, but also for military purposes — during WWII,  US forces ran it as a base to aid wartime efforts.

The Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Hotel

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $191 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

130 | 2 outdoor swimming pools; Beachfront; Spa; Fitness center | 2

Versace Mansion; South Pointe Park; Jungle Island

Located on the quieter end of Ocean Drive, The Betsy is one of South Beach’s most popular boutique stays. Simple touches dress these naturally-lit rooms: marble bathrooms, walnut hardwood floors and personal libraries are a taste of what you can expect. Those seeking the ultimate luxury experience should book The Betsy’s exquisite Skyline Penthouse, which sports a 1,000-foot wraparound terrace, baby-grand piano, and dazzling Viennese chandelier (fun fact: it spent decades hanging in one of the family member’s who owns the hotel’s Zimbabwe home).

Esmé Miami Beach
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Esmé Miami Beach

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $103 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

140 | 1 Outdoor swimming pool; Sun deck; Room service | 4

Ocean Drive; Española Way; Lincoln Road; Miami Beach Design District

Located on Miami’s Española Way — a pedestrian-only corridor resembling Europe’s lively thoroughfares — is Esmé Miami Beach. Design lovers will revel at the hotel’s Spanish-Mediterranean exteriors, which equip white stucco walls and tiled roofs. Inside, guests will find artfully detailed rooms with either rose or emerald colors, and subtle gold accents across furnishings.

Life House, Little Havana

Life House, Little Havana

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $100 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

31 | Rooftop bar/restaurant; Free WiFi; Outdoor terrace | 1

Little Havana; Miami Freedom Tower; Hobie Beach; Bayfront Park

Walking into Life House Little Havana, guests are immersed in the history of 1920s adventurists who traveled across the world, from Cuba to Zanzibar and everywhere in between. Luscious greenery accompanies immaculate views of the Miami skyline at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Terras Rooftop. Dark woods, woven rugs, and brass detailing allude to memories of exotic tropical destinations in rooms and suites. Explore local thoroughfare Calle Ocho — the main part of Little Havana — for the best Cuban-inspired cafés, restaurants, and salsa dancing bars.

Hotel Greystone

Hotel Greystone

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $111 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

91 | Outdoor swimming pool; Rooftop terrace; Near the beach | 1

Ocean Drive; Collins Avenue Shopping Area; Miami Beach Boardwalk

With front-row seats lining South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, Hotel Greystone is trendy to its core. Beachy sophistication covers this hotel from the inside out, with its white-washed walls, woven furnishings, and beige-tiled floors. Guests have access to the outpost’s swanky rooftop pool and complimentary courtyard café serving coffee and pastries. 

Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $103 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

220 | Outdoor swimming pool; Beachfront; Fitness center; Spa | 4

South Pointe Park; Miami Beach; Jungle Island; Art Deco Historic District

Shelborne South Beach has long been an Art Deco gem in the heart of South Beach. Refurbished rooms hold light blue and tan embellishments, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from rooms’ expansive windows. The Drawing Room — the hotel’s sleek lobby lounge — nods to Shelborne’s mid century past with its retro interiors (Try the Shelborne Cocktail, comprising Brugal 1888 Rum, prosecco and lime).

Casa Faena

Casa Faena Miami Beach

4 Stars | Starting nightly rate: $85 | Website | Miami International Airport (MIA)

40 | Rooftop terrace; Near the beach; Pet friendly; Free WiFi | 2

CMiami Beach Boardwalk; Art Deco Historic District; Ocean Drive

Placed in Miami Beach’s vibrant Faena District, Casa Faena is a charming stay reminiscent of a 1900s Spanish style inn. Subtle colonial influences appear in the hotel’s sunlit guest rooms and red-and-white exterior.  

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