Blink once, and Miami Beach will have completely changed before your eyes. With the resurgence of old school boutique hotels and properties taking on a new name and personality, some of our favorite spots just opened — and you should be there too.
Thompson Miami Beach
The newest addition to the hotel family, the luxury hotel is conveniently located off of I-195 on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Starting at the valet (where you’re offered a bottle of water), guests are welcomed with an air of sophistication without the pretentious attitude with cheery smiles from the chambray-clad drivers. Inside, the decor is reminiscent of Soho Beach House with more pops of geometric prints and tropical hues, bringing together old and new Florida vibes. One of the biggest draws to the Thompson is Seagrape, the brainchild of Miami celebrity chef, Michelle Bernstein. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the chef has created a menu of culinary favorites inspired by South Florida and Caribbean flavors. For drinks, indulge on libations at the 1930s House or the Crown Room. Outside is the garden by the swimming pools surrounded by yellow and red-striped lounge chairs, covered by blue stripes umbrellas. Or go for an opulent day by the water with a cabana. With the beach just steps away, the ocean provides the perfect view for overnight guests of the hotel.
Nestled between the burgeoning North Beach neighborhood and the madness of South Beach is Edition, a cozy hotel boasting the Matador Room, a spa, and beachfront relaxation. Their brass pineapple cocktail containers have become Instagram stars in their own right, served at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador restaurant. There, the chef serves up dishes that bring together Spanish, American, and Caribbean flavor profiles for a unique taste. At the spa, wood floor and cream couches create a mood that’ll have your heart slowing down to a relaxed state that can only be found after an aromatherapy or massage session. Outside, lounge by the tropical swimming pool or go for the sandy white beaches in a navy blue and white cabana. At night, the Sandbox has a large screen for outdoor movies from the comfort of your bed or hammock. Sound like a place you could spend the rest of your life at? They’ve got you covered — residences are being added to the property.
Describing this hotel as having a pop of color would be putting it lightly. The decor of Circa 39 elicits a cheery disposition with its whimsical prints in bright colors, from the hotel rooms overlooking the water to the WunderBar overflowing with tropical fruits. Taking a nod from nautical design, Jules Kitchen combines wicker chairs with striped couches in the dining room, where guests can choose from a menu of comfort foods. Think New England clam chowder, burgers and paninis, spaghetti bolognese, and other dishes for when you just want something simple and delicious. WunderBar serves cocktails that scream South Florida, from its rum-infused drinks to sangria, as well as international favorites. While the beach is not directly abutting the property, it’s a short walk away and guests can use chairs and towels that are included in the daily hotel fee. Otherwise, there’s always the option to lounge in a cabana poolside.
Explore These Spots
Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, 786.605.4041
Edition Miami Beach, 2901 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, 786.257.4500
Circa 39 Hotel, 3900 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, 305.538.4900