In Miami, it’s the huge, thumping clubs that get most of the attention for nightlife, but during the day and early evenings, hotel pools and bars are the places to see, be seen and socialize. From the stylish crowds sipping drinks to the eye-catching architecture, design and views, the hotel scene in the city is definitely worth checking out.
These are five of the most chic and entertaining hotels for spending a day or starting the night, regardless of where you are bunking up during your trip to the energetic beachside city.
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SLS South Beach
One of the newest additions to the South Beach strip is the luxe SLS. The hotel, by French design maven Philippe Starck and created along with a team of recognized names like Lenny Kravitz, is a boutique property that includes plenty of sunny patio and pool space on prime real estate backing up to the beach. Individual tables and cabanas offer a bit of privacy, but most people hang around the pool and where they can take it all in and people watch.
Rooms starting at $325/night, slshotels.com/southbeach
Off of South Beach and over in the financial district Brickell, the young professionals regularly hit the bar for happy hour after the workday wraps. A favorite destination is high up in the waterside Epic Hotel on the 31st floor at the Area 31 restaurant, bar and terrace. The drink deals are top, but what really draws the crowd is the view, where all of Miami is laid out and visible glittering below. Weekend pool parties keep the 31st floor hopping during the day.
Rooms starting at $369/night, epichotel.com
The most popular pool party in town takes place at the whimsical and ever-cool Delano Hotel on Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue. Tall palm trees surround the wide pool area, as well as cabanas, crisp white lounge chairs, fluffy sofas and umbrellas, and a DJ is always spinning for guests and the bar stays busy. The designer Philippe Starck also played a part in creating this hotel and integrated items throughout the place from famed artists like Gaudí, Man Ray and Dalí.
Rooms starting at $350/night, Delano-hotel.com
Big-name Miami Beach hotspot Fontainebleau first opened in the 1950s and re-debuted in 2008 after a $1 billion renovation, which only served to further secure its place as one of the best places to play, day or night, in town. Multiple poolside bars keep people cool, happy and entertained during the day at pool parties, and many stick around and freshen up to head out at night, too. The in-house nightclub Liv is still famous and frequented, though its widespread popularity means it attracts all types of clubgoers.
Rooms starting at $369/night, Fontainebleau.com
Another popular Brickell happy hour takes place nightly at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Edge restaurant. The hotel starts to bustle when work lets out, and people mingle outside on cushioned couches or at tables and cluster inside around the bar. The happy hour, with an ample food and drinks menu, is considered one of the city’s best single scenes for an attractive, career-focused set.
Rooms starting at $350/night, fourseasons.com/Miami