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The Best Luxury Hotels in Miami

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This iconic coastal city offers two distinct takes on luxury. The first is a hip downtown area that’s rich with culinary flair and nightlife. The second is a famous beach scene that exudes both glamour with white-sand bliss. While you could choose your luxury hotel based on just one kind of indulgence within this Florida hub, sometimes you can get both in one location. Here are the best luxury hotels in Miami.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Dr.; 305-913-8288) Brickell Key

Condé Nast Traveler raves about the “little private sanctuary” at this hotel with a private beach on Brickell Key, connected to downtown Miami by a bridge.It’s just a quick walk or drive to so many of Miami’s most bustling neighborhoods (including South Beach),” writes the magazine, but “the hotel’s ‘world’s away’ vibe makes it a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, or even a staycation.” One Google reviewer likes that“the service was exceptional, and the location is perfect. We loved the spa, and every room has a balcony.” The spa offers exotic treatments such as the Kundalini spa treatment, which combines aromatherapy massage, gemstone therapy and sound bathing.  >> Book this hotel for less

Four Seasons Hotel Miami (1435 Brickell Ave.; 305- 358-3535) Brickell

You may not mind the lack of beach access at this downtown Four Seasons that offers bay views as well as a two-acre pool area. “My favorite hotel in Miami,” says a Google reviewer. “I know most people think ‘I want to be on the beach,’ but for me the service, and feel here is just 10/10. The pool is beautiful and gives you an amazing day in the sun. You are always a quick hop to the beach as well.” Forbes Travel Guide, meanwhile, gives the 2003 hotel credit for helping to launch the city’s downtown renaissance: “The four-star hotel remains the definitive hub for Miami’s power crowd and business travelers, offering a tropical oasis amid a bustling urban center.”  >> Book this hotel for less

W Miami (485 Brickell Ave.; 305-503-4400) Brickell

This 400-room branch embodies the hip, sleek personality of the W brand, but without sacrificing space. “Guests won’t be disappointed by any of the rooms,” says Forbes. “The W is the only South Beach hotel with oversized balconies and ocean views from every room.” The pool and Wet Deck, get raves too. “This is the largest pool in Miami,” says a Google reviewer, “and it is located in downtown Miami where are you are very close to everything so no car was needed.” Don’t miss the hotel’s art collection, which includes several original pieces by Andy Warhol.  >> Book this hotel for less

SLS Brickell (1300 S Miami Ave.; 305-239-1300) Brickell

This boutique hotel gets design props from Condé Nast Traveler for its Philippe Starck interiors and for its “multi-colored stripes that hang down the exterior—the main building looks like a birthday present waiting to be unwrapped.” One Tripadvisor user likes the simple perks: “The room was stylish and clean, everything was very comfy. The location was great, the restaurant was good and the espresso martinis were perfect.”  >> Book this hotel for less

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami (455 Grand Bay Drive; 305-365-4500) Key Biscayne

 This 450-room Ritz-Carlton “is unique in that it lets you enjoy all the benefits and privacy of staying at a secluded resort,” writes Condé Nast Traveler, “yet you’re always just a quick drive to the heart of South Beach—and just as close to the airport.” One Tripadvisor user calls it “a little oasis,” while another user loved using the water sports gear that is part of the resort fee: “Early one morning, I took out a paddle board and then swapped it for a kayak and had the pleasure of kayaking with pelicans and other sea birds.” Don’t miss the Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach, which boasts more than 100 varieties of tequila.  >> Book this hotel for less

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