Writing for Visit Florida, I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Miami quite a bit. Just a quick morning drive from Orlando, and I’m transported to a city with tall swaying palms, a vibrant Latin culture (and food!), and miles of beaches with mesmerizing azure water. Since it seems I’m there pretty often, I prefer staying at smaller boutique hotels that provide all the comforts and luxury of home. Want to know where I like to stay? Here are my cozy alternatives to the monolith glass highrises that makeup the city’s skyline.
SENSE BEACH HOUSE
Modern. Beachy. Peaceful. And only steps away from Lummus Park and countless restaurants and cafes. It’s close enough to all the action that you can walk just about anywhere, but also on the edge enough that you can retreat back to your room for a quiet peaceful night’s sleep. The decor is “beach cottage” meets “Miami fashion designer.” Not too kitschy, but not so modern that it feels unwelcoming. It’s just right. Most rooms have outdoor balconies where you can let the ocean breeze swim through your hair while sipping your morning coffee or watch the beach goers below. Their dining room on the first floor pours endless mimosas and fixes up a tapa style menu with lots of SoBe latin flavors.
Elegant. Eco-Friendly. Private Oasis. On the opposite end of Collins Avenue, The Palms is another great stay that is close enough to walk or bike to all the action but is peacefully tucked away in it’s own lush tropical garden. Sunday brunch here is a must as Chef Julie’s approach to food is not only creative, but truly is farm-to-table. She sources as much as she can from local farms, including her chef’s garden on property. They have an Aveda spa on-site and a courtyard (full of) hammocks swaying under palm trees. It’s the perfect place to lounge around and zen out.
Spacious. Secluded. A Secret. Out of the three, The Anglers feels the most like home. There is no lobby to walk through to your room. Instead, just step through the gated courtyard garden and slip past the pool to your front door. Here you’ll feel more like a local coming home then a visitor checking-in to a room. Their three story suites feel like a townhouse and include plenty of living space. My favorite part? Lounging around on the rooftop deck with a nightcap while gazing at the stars.
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