If you’re visiting Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach next week, you’ll need a place to stay. Here, Whitewaller has put together a list of the city’s top luxury and boutique hotels to make your search a little easier.
The Miami Beach EDITION
When they walk into The Miami Beach EDITION, guests immediately gain a sense of refined luxury and modern glamour. Marble floors, lush plants, and the Lobby Bar are the first things you’ll notice from the entrance. In addition, the hotel offers visitors access to a luxurious pool and outdoor seating area, a movie theater, an expansive fitness center, a renowned spa, and the Matador Bar. The mega all-in-one EDITION, conceived by Ian Schrager, along with design firm Yabu Pushelberg, also features Matador Room—a restaurant by the Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
- Shopping in the Limited EDITION lobby store for pieces like Daniel Arsham—designed products, Mykita sunglasses, and Phillip Lim designs.
- Enjoying a delectable dinner at Matador Room.
- Sipping a nightcap at The Matador.
Whitewaller recommends: Bowling, ice skating, and dancing downstairs at BASEMENT.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach Mid-Beach
The 1947 Roy F. France–designed Saxony Hotel, which was the most opulent of its time, has been recently restored and given a design transformation. Reimagined by Alan Faena, and styled in collaboration with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Faena Hotel Miami Beach eloquently revisits 1950s Miami Beach glamour.
Whitewaller recommends: An afternoon at the Tierra Santa Healing House.
Nobu Hotel South Beach
Crafted by world-famous Japanese chef Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Academy Award–winning actor Robert De Niro, Nobu Hotel offers an unforgettable experience. As a perfect balance of luxury, fun, and craft, the setting merges Eden Roc’s iconic architecture with an interpretation of Chef Nobu’s signature style.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Umi Suite.
Nautilus South Beach
Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is premiere oceanfront property in Miami with 250 guest rooms, an expansive backyard, exclusive beach access, a large salt water pool with surrounding cabanas, a spa, and indoor and outdoor dining destination Nautilus Cabana Club. In addition to its incomparable location and amenities, the hotel also welcomes guests to a calendar full of events.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the “Balcony & Bubbles” package.
Eden Roc Miami Beach Mid-Beach
This beachfront retreat encompasses the largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge in the world. With 415 remodeled ocean-view rooms, three pools, and over 20,000 square feet of spa and fitness facilities, Eden Roc re-energizes in a stylish, luxurious way. Recently opened, as well, is its farm-to-beach restaurant, Malibu Farm, where the avocado pizza is a true local favorite.
Whitewaller recommends: Relaxing during a Keep Calm treatment at the spa.
Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club Mid-Beach
Part of Autograph Collection Hotels, the newly opened Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club enlivens Miami with European-inspired flair. The New York–based interior design firm Bill Rooney Studio reimagined 1940s Italian and French Riviera aspects with a preserved Art Deco aesthetic. The hotel also welcomes restaurants and bars Donna Mare Trattoria, Bungalow by the Sea, and Lobby Bar for an unforgettable stay.
Whitewaller recommends: Shopping downstairs at the lifestyle boutique Egan Miami Beach.
The Setai South Beach
With Ocean and Art Deco suites, The Setai is deserving of its Forbes Travel Guide Star Award this year. Adopting the traditions of the Pacific Rim, The Spa is heralded for its luxuriousness, and guests can enjoy extensive inclusive amenities.
Whitewaller recommends: A Balinese massage and a signature Chili Passion Martini.
W South Beach South Beach
Escape to W South Beach, a beachfront oasis just a five-minute walk from Lincoln Road, offering large and beautifully appointed rooms in South Beach. Each guest room boasts its own private balcony with panoramic ocean views. Striking design and swaying palms set the scene for the ultimate in exclusivity, with its most recent additions—the PH3 and Irma’s Bar at the Grove.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by and checking out works by Andy Warhol.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach South Beach
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach follows the boutique hotel group’s high standards in quality, comfort, and artistic expression. In addition to its 100 guest rooms, the unique location offers an expansive spa, tropical gardens, a bayside infinity pool, a swing lounge, a juice café, a fitness center, a clothing boutique, and a fire pit.
Whitewaller recommends: Taking advantage of the spa’s Roman waterfall hot tub.
Casa Faena Mid-Beach
Originally built in the 1930s as El Paraiso Apartments with Spanish architectural roots, Casa Faena is now a luxurious guesthouse steps away from the beach. With 50 rooms and suites welcoming guests to a true Miami Beach experience, the hotel combines art and leisure for an intimate and unforgettable atmosphere.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the surrounding Faena District’s art activities.
EAST, Miami Mid-Beach
EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first North American venture following EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the hotel features interiors by New York’s Clodagh Design. As an integral part of Brickell City Centre, the hotel also welcomes guests to the restaurant, Quinto La Huella, the rooftop bar, Sugar, and the hidden lounge, Tea Room.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a nightcap on the roof at Sugar.
Four Season Hotel at the Surf Club Surfside
Tucked away in the northern beaches of Miami with bright, spacious accommodations and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is the ideal place to elevate your art week experience. The iconic oceanfront destination is known for its refined sophistication, fine Italian dining at Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant and Champagne Bar, world-class Spa, and rich history.
Whitewaller recommends: Visiting Les Ateliers Courbet for luxury design pieces.
Soho Beach House Mid-Beach
Soho Beach House has been the place for Art Basel in Miami Beach’s chicest events, and it will no doubt live up to its reputation this year. The warm, fresh interior is designed by Soho House & Co’s in-house design team—Soho House Design & Build.
Whitewaller recommends: Saturday brunch (available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Cecconi’s.
Serving the community as a South Beach cultural centerpiece, The Sagamore, with its structure dating back to the late 1940s, is a luxury beachfront hotel including 104 rooms and a state-of-the-art three-bedroom oceanfront penthouse. The hotel shines with Art Deco architecture, a drive-up entrance, and a sleek white exterior complemented by an iconic neon sign. Just a quick drive from the airport, the hotel is also a short walk away from many Miami destinations. The hotel also features its newly renovated Ocean Bungalow Building, which overlooks the inviting sculpture garden and ocean. With extensive programming and contemporary cuisine at Canvas, the on-premise restaurant, guests are sure to get a taste of something culturally fresh and exciting.
- Substantial in-house art collections are always on view.
- Canvas, the in-house restaurant, serves delicious cuisine inside and outside.
- Monthly happy hour events are lively, each showcasing a new artist and offering an art tour with
Whitewaller recommends: Being sure to check out their events calendar—it’s full of not-to-be-