Miami Beach is a place that many people come to splurge, whether that’s on lavish spa treatments, exclusive nightclubs, or high-end hotels. But you can certainly visit this South Florida destination on a budget too and soak up the sun in style. Miami Beach has lots of affordable options for hotels in addition to the pricey picks. Besides, the more you save on accommodations, the more you’re able to spend on delicious Cuban food and mojitos! Here are a few budget hotels to get you started.
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Circa 39 is a boutique hotel that’s affordable and located right in the heart of Miami Beach, just a short walk or drive from buzzing rooftop bars and restaurants. It’s across from the white, sandy beach and has an eclectic style. It has 97 hotel rooms in two buildings that are connected by walkways across a courtyard garden. Circa 39 has a beachy and casual vibe with modern amenities, including LCD TVs and complimentary refrigerators. Other amenities include hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, wireless internet access, and Sealy Posturpedic mattresses. There’s a great pool deck here with poolside food and beverage service, as well as complimentary poolside cabanas. Beach chairs and towels are included in your daily hotel fee, and Jules Kitchen is open for all meals daily. Check out the happy hour specials at WunderBar between 5-7pm daily.
You can also stay at the Gale South Beach for an affordable boutique experience in Miami Beach. The history of this hotel dates back to 1941, and it retains that same sense of tropical Art Deco charm still today. This is a Hilton-brand hotel that offers senior rates, discounts for AAA members, and package deals for special celebrations that include breakfast. You’ll love the rooftop cocktail bar, the pool deck for getting some sun, and the happy hour on Sundays through Thursdays from 4-7pm. There’s also a fitness center in the basement that’s open from 6am to midnight daily. For elegant Italian-style dining, splurge on a meal at the Dolce restaurant on site.
There are also hostel options in Miami Beach that really help you cut expenses and maximize your fun on vacation. One example is the SoBe Hostel & Bar, which is a top party hostel in town with mixed or female-only dormitories. Not only are the rates very affordable here, but you’ll also have a 24/7 bar on site, free welcome drink, nightly club parties, pool parties, beach gatherings, and game nights. This is a place to be social and make new friends. Free breakfasts and dinners are available, as well as free hair dryer and iron rentals, free Wi-Fi, and free security lockers when you bring your own lock. You’ll be just two blocks from the sandy beaches and a short drive from iconic destinations like the art-focused Wynwood district. To get here, there are even free shuttle pickups from the airport.
You can also stay at the budget-friendly Freehand Miami, which is a five-minute walk from Miami Beach and less than a mile from the South Beach nightclubs. Guests who stay here enjoy the outdoor terrace with pool, two craft cocktail bars, seasonal restaurant, and daily breakfast served. You can also use complimentary bicycles here, use free Wi-Fi, and sip drinks at the award-winning bar called the Broken Shaker. Onsite events include Saturday morning detox yoga, Saturday and Sunday brunch, and happy hour at the 27 Restaurant upstairs.
For a budget-friendly boutique hotel that’s beautiful and near lots of boutiques and cafes, consider booking a room at the El Paseo Hotel. It’s located on the charming Española Way and offers specials that include free Wi-Fi, a wine and cocktail hour, and complimentary bottled water. It’s just a short walk from here to Ocean Drive and the Lincoln Road Mall. The décor in the one- and two-bedroom suites here is charming and coastal-inspired. The hotel was originally built in 1925 and features lovely architecture with archways and balconies. Tapas Y Tintos offers tapas, seafood paella, and sangria, while other establishments nearby offer French fare, Cuban cuisine, Italian favorites, Mexican dishes, and delicious sushi.
A hip boutique hotel in Miami Beach we love is the Pelican Hotel Miami, which won’t break the bank on your vacation either. It has an Art Deco style and just 29 rooms in its two penthouses. Expect to find an ocean-front view with the fashion and style you’d expect from South Beach. Italian fashion icon Renzo Rosso, the owner of Diesel, created this hotel in the Deco District. Rooms here have flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, air conditioners, and personal safes. Each one is also really quirky and fun! The onsite Pelican Café serves Italian-inspired dishes for all meals. There’s also a happy hour with complimentary drinks from 4-6pm here. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast, which should also help you keep costs down.
Meanwhile, the Vagabond Hotel Miami is in the heart of the MiMo District and an Art Deco masterpiece. Stay here if you want to be more in the Biscayne Boulevard part of town and learn more about the region’s fascinating history. The hotel itself is chic and has 44 hotel rooms. There’s a pool with a bar at the Vagabond that’s great for kicking back to unwind. Other amenities here include free Wi-Fi, a gym, and free pastries and coffee served daily in the event room from 7:30-10am.
The last local hotel we’ll mention here for budget-minded travelers is the Lorraine Hotel between Collins Avenue and 26th Street. You’ll be close to all of the best restaurants and nightclubs of South Beach and right by the beach too. There are 42 unique guest rooms here, and a complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Beach towels are available, as well as free Wi-Fi and a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. You’ll feel at home when you stay here thanks to the fully renovated lobby, friendly staff, parking nearby, and retail shops on the ground floor.