Cheat Sheet: Miami
Where the Cool Kids Are
Miami’s hottest new hotel, the Freehand, is actually a “hostel.” Thankfully, there’s nary a backpacker in sight. Designed by Roman and Williams, the hotel is an inspired take on the cheap and cheerful hotel Miami didn’t know it needed. Old copies of National Geographic in the lobby? A vegetable garden? Art classes? Cherry red bike cruisers for rent? An on-site cocktail bar called Broken Shaker? Check.
2727 Indian Creek Drive, South Miami Beach; from $160 per night
Where to Go for a Scene
The W South Beach takes the clubby vibe of a W and Miami-ifies it, meaning rooms have velvet couches, ocean views, a walk-in shower with Bliss bath products, and more mood lighting than you can shake a stick at. There’s also an outpost of New York’s Dutch, for all your fried-chicken cravings.
2201 Collins Avenue, South Miami Beach; from $469 per night
The Wow Penthouse Suite at the W South Beach, with a rooftop pool. (Courtesy: W South Beach)
The New Old Standard
An art-deco style classic building constructed in 1941, the Raleigh serves up a hip aesthetic for a more grown-up crowd. The pool is a scene, but more glamorous than outré. Rooms are beachy chic, with wicker chairs and a mid-century cruise ship vibe. The Michael Schwartz-operated Martini Bar remains a treasure for cocktails and people-watching.
1775 Collins Avenue, South Miami Beach; from $200 per night
A vintage Miami feel at the Raleigh. (Courtesy: The Raleigh)