America’s got no shortage of extravagantly themed hotels that transport its guests to another time or another place. But to discover the truly offbeat and quirky properties dishing up heaping servings of kitsch, here’s where you need to go.
Starting Nightly Rate: $229 | Website | Neighborhood: Mid-Beach
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WiFi; Washing machine and dryer; Air conditioning; Central heating; Pet friendly; Full-equipped kitchen
Set in Miami Beach’s Mid-Beach neighborhood — a buzzy spot with a slew of swanky bars and restaurants — Plum Guide’s Art Deco Dream rental is exactly how it sounds: a naturally sunlit home hosted in a classic Art Deco-style building. Notice the spacious, open layout between the bedroom, living room, and fully-equipped kitchen dressed in tropical-themed wallpaper.
Starting Nightly Rate: $295 | Website | Neighborhood: Coral Way
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WiFi; Full-equipped kitchen; Washing machine and dryer; Pet friendly; Outdoor balcony; Air conditioning
This bright two-bed-and-bath apartment is dressed in pops of color: blood orange, red, sunshine yellow, and lime green ooze Miami-style vibrance. Start the morning here sipping a cup of coffee on your private balcony, overlooking banyan and palm trees. Coconut Grove — an upscale neighborhood lined with chic restaurants and trendy boutiques — is a short walk away. If in the mood for a boat day, drive eight minutes east, and you will hit Biscayne Bay’s sailboat-dotted waters.
Starting Nightly Rate: $459 | Website | Neighborhood: Bal Harbour
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WiFi; Air conditioning; Full-equipped kitchen; Washing machine and dryer; Outdoor terrace; Beach essentials
Modern vacation rental At the Boardwalk fronts the ocean in Miami Beach’s Bal Harbour area. With a clean design imbuing white-tiled floors, dark wood furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, this apartment is chic to its core. When in the mood to soak up the Floridian sun, a smattering of options await, from the backyard lounge chairs to the complex’s crystal blue outdoor swimming pool, and its for-use each-cruiser bikes eliciting the perfect boardwalk ride.
Starting Nightly Rate: $515 | Website | Neighborhood: North Bay Village
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WiFi; Air conditioning; Full-equipped kitchen; Balcony; Outdoor pool; Fitness center
Effortlessly combining old-age Miami glamour with contemporary style, this snazzy apartment is naturally sunlit with floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The two-story rental sports modern touches throughout the space: clean lines, neutral tones, high ceilings, and a Frank Lloyd Wright-style staircase, are just a few of many. Located in North Bay Village, an isle between Miami and Miami Beach, guests can revel at the fact that Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra frequently enjoyed the area’s renowned nightlife scene decades ago. (Fun fact: Sinatra frequently stayed at a luxury condo referred to as “The Surf Club” not far from this apartment.)
Starting Nightly Rate: $222 | Website | Neighborhood: Coral Way
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WiFi; Air conditioning; Full-equipped kitchen; Outdoor terrace; Daily cleaning; Pet friendly
This 70s boho-chic decorated apartment (think: lush house plants, patterned rugs, and wicker chairs) is a charming stay sitting on the iconic Coral Way. Expect cool, gray-stone floors that complement classic orange and brown accents, making this stay exude total “retro vibes.” The wall-to-wall windows peering out at the resident palm-tree lined street are a nice plus, too. Coconut Grove is a short drive away from this rental. Guests who want to immerse themselves in Miami’s Cuban culture, enjoy local restaurants such as Versailles for a piping-hot Cuban sandwich (only a five-minute drive away!).
Starting Nightly Rate: $235 | Website | Neighborhood: Bayshore
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WiFi; Air conditioning; Full-equipped kitchen; Near the beach; Hair dryer; Complimentary toiletries
Located in Miami’s Bayshore neighborhood, this vacation rental places relaxation at the center of its design with cool-toned decor and comfortable furnishings. A five-minute walk from the beach, guests staying at this rental can soak up Florida’s famed sun and sand in the blink of an eye. For those wanting to sightsee, a medley of cultural spots such as The Bass Museum of Art — which sits directly across the street from the building — and Miami’s Art District — a gallery lover’s dream — are only a five-minute car ride away.
Starting Nightly Rate: $298 | Website | Neighborhood: Wynwood Art District
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WiFi; Air conditioning; Full-equipped kitchen; Washing machine and dryer; Fitness center; Outdoor pool
Walking into the Lucky Number Seven vacation rental, guests will feel transported into a natty arcade: an authentic popcorn maker, quirky slot machine, and large TV make this apartment the ultimate entertainment pad. Spend the day enjoying the complex’s suave rooftop pool, replete with lounge chairs, or cruising down to the nearby eye-catching street murals at Wynwood Walls. (Hint: this is your Instagrammable photo opportunity moment.)
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