If you are visiting Miami for the nightlife, as many party-loving travelers do considering its reputation as one of the top clubbing destinations in the world, you are probably aware that it all centers around South Beach. Not only is South Beach home to some of the best nightclubs in the world, but it is also known for its quaint Art Deco-styled architecture, high-end boutique shopping, trendy celebrity chef-run eateries, and excellent people watching. As a prominent tourist destination and one of the most well-known neighborhoods in the United States, South Beach is a truly phenomenal place to stay, featuring a variety of top-notch hotels and resorts. South Beach is known for its small to mid-sized boutique hotels offering up vibe and aesthetics to spare such as the Anglers Boutique Resort, the Browns Hotel, and the Betsy South Beach. If you are looking for big-time luxury resort lodging from quality national chains you can trust, you could go with the ever reliable Ritz-Carlton South Beach or the W South Beach.
When it comes to nightlife in Miami, South Beach is not the only player in town; Downtown Miami features a burgeoning nightlife scene with a more down-to-earth, less touristy vibe than ultra-exclusive South Beach. Downtown is also home to some of the cities best museums and other prominent major attractions, and the famous Cuban-centric neighborhood of Miami known as Little Havana. There are a variety of hotel options spanning a wide price range within a mile of downtown. Higher-end choices include EPIC (a Kimpton Hotel), Viceroy Miami, and the Hotel Beaux Arts Miami (a bona fide five-star offering). Mid-priced hotels include the Hyatt Regency Miami and the Courtyard by Marriott Miami Downtown, while budget choices include the River Park Hotel and Suites and the Leamington Hotel-Downtown/Port Of Miami.
Coconut Grove is the oldest neighborhood in Miami, making it a great destination for those looking to see some relevant historical sites and get a taste of old Miami architecture during their Miami vacation. Coconut Grove also serves as a central party hub for nearby University of Miami and features a bustling bar and club scene. Last but not least, Coconut Grove is home to CocoWalk, an expansive upscale shopping and entertainment center featuring many boutique shops and restaurants/lounges, plus a thirteen-screen movie theater. Four and five-star hotel options in Coconut Grove include the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, the Mutiny Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. For less expensive but still solid lodging in Coconut Grove good options include the Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland and the Chateaubleau Hotel.
Bal Harbour, a small stretch of land located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most affluent communities in Florida. The small beach in Bal Harbour is kept pristine and private as not just anyone is allowed access; only locals with a beach club membership or vacationers staying at Bal Harbour resorts are allowed entry. If you have a taste for the finer things in life and love to shop, you will feel right at home at the famous Bal Harbour shops (think Gucci, Chanel, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue), and as you would expect from any extremely upscale resort community, fine dining and upscale lounges are the name of the hospitality game in Bal Harbour. For the best of the best in Bal Harbour accommodations, you are going to want to look at ONE Bal Harbour Resort and Spa. Other top resorts in Bal Harbour that will break the bank considerably less than ONE (but still break the bank) include Sea View Hotel and Bal Harbour Quarzo.