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1. Villa Delano26 West San Marino Drive, Miami Beach
2. The Angler’s Boutique Resort660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
3. Viceroy Miami485 Brickell Avenue , Miami
4. The James Royal Palm Hotel1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
5. The Gale South Beach1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6. The Standard Miami Beach40 Island Ave , Miami Beach
7. The Raleigh1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
8. SLS Hotel South Beach1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Because every word of Will Smith's "Miami" video is entirely accurate, you need to round up a ton of friends and temporarily take up residence/blast that song in this gorgeous, 13,000 sq-ft waterfront mansion just minutes from South Beach and Downtown (or less if you're on jet skis).
If Bill Gates and the Swiss Family Robinson clan were to collaborate on a hotel, it would probably look something like The Angler's: a boutique resort that, along with being a former haunt of Ernest Hemingway's, pairs rustic accents like bamboo floors & sprawling gardens, with marble bathrooms & private rooftop terraces sporting hot tubs.
Literally positioned at the gateway to the bustling Brickell neighborhood -- and bordered by the historic Miami Circle -- Viceroy Miami definitely thinks bigger is better, given that it: a) is located inside a 50-floor high-rise, b) houses a 7,000 sq-ft spa with a floating library, and c) has the biggest pool in Florida. Suck it, Disney.
Following a massive $42 million facelift that resulted in considerably glammed-up decor, The James -- located a stones throw away from Ocean Dr -- still manages to maintain its original 1939 charm via a plethora of nostalgic relics, as well as arguably the most local-centric eatery in Miami.
Bordered by attractions like Lincoln Rd., The Fillmore, and the New World Symphony building (not to mention one of the biggest Deco Bike stands!), The Gale provides easy access to Ocean Dr and Miami proper, and easier access to its rooftop pool and life-changing meatballs.
Tucked just off the Venetian Causeway, and literally dead ending into one of the best panoramic views of Miami, The Standard's relaxing effect is so strong, you'll almost forget about the fact that their activities include Drunk Bingo. Almost.
One of the original hotels built during the crazy '40s "Boom over Miami" period (3k hotel rooms in two years, son!), The Raleigh combines pre-war decor with a buttload of tropical foliage right on the beach.
Located smack dab in the heart of Collins Ave and boasting just about everything (Philippe Starck designs, Lenny Kravitz suites, two signature restaurants, plus multiple pools...), SLS is a sexy oasis for those looking to be at the center of all the South Beach action.