5 New Places to Stay in Miami Before Your Cruise

by Kayla Becker

5 New Places to Stay in Miami Before Your Cruise

by Kayla Becker

It’s a good rule of thumb to arrive at your departure city a night or two before your ship sets sail to avoid a mad-dash to the port if you have a flight delay. And lucky you if you are cruising out of Miami, where the hotels — whether they're a beachside bungalow or an art deco gem — are as glamorous as they come. Check out our picks for the newest, hottest places to spend the night for a little pre-vacation indulgence ­— all a half-hour or less from port. You'll want to plan some meals, too, so don't miss our guide to the best places to eat in Miami.

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1 Hotel South Beach / Eric Laignel
Restaurant at Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel
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1. Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel

Hello, oceanfront views. Hello, exclusive beach access. We’re pretty sure we’d book this hotel based on the 1,890-square-foot saltwater pool (with underwater sound system!) alone. Not to mention the crisp interiors and private cabanas, plus menus crafted by celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

Address: 1825 Collins Ave., South Beach
Driving Time to Port: 20-25 minutes

Hello, oceanfront views. Hello, exclusive beach access. We’re pretty sure we’d book this hotel based on the 1,890-square-foot saltwater pool (with underwater sound system!) alone. Not to mention the crisp interiors and private cabanas, plus menus crafted by celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

Address: 1825 Collins Ave., South Beach
Driving Time to Port: 20-25 minutes

Faena Hotel's beach
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2. Faena Hotel Miami Beach

What happens when the director of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann, helps design a hotel? Exactly what you’d expect. This luxe retreat by mastermind Alan Faena radiates golden age glitz. Even with its nods to the past, from a chandeliered cabaret theater to a low-lit speakeasy, Faena’s amenities are contemporary — rooms are modern and colorful, with bursts of red and sweeping ocean views. Dine on South American asado, marvel at whimsical details like the gilded unicorn statue in the Pao restaurant, or relax in Miami’s first South American-inspired spa.

Address: 3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

What happens when the director of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann, helps design a hotel? Exactly what you’d expect. This luxe retreat by mastermind Alan Faena radiates golden age glitz. Even with its nods to the past, from a chandeliered cabaret theater to a low-lit speakeasy, Faena’s amenities are contemporary — rooms are modern and colorful, with bursts of red and sweeping ocean views. Dine on South American asado, marvel at whimsical details like the gilded unicorn statue in the Pao restaurant, or relax in Miami’s first South American-inspired spa.

Address: 3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

Beachfront suite at Miami Beach Edition
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3. Miami Beach Edition

Once an undeveloped no-man’s land outside the limits of South Beach, Mid-Beach is now Miami's most up-and-coming area. Case in point: this tucked away retreat, which features outdoor movie screenings, a relaxing spa, and Spanish tapas restaurant Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But the real wow factor of the 294-room hotel? Its set of 28 private bungalow rooms — some two-stories — that look out over the beach.

Address: 2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

Once an undeveloped no-man’s land outside the limits of South Beach, Mid-Beach is now Miami's most up-and-coming area. Case in point: this tucked away retreat, which features outdoor movie screenings, a relaxing spa, and Spanish tapas restaurant Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But the real wow factor of the 294-room hotel? Its set of 28 private bungalow rooms — some two-stories — that look out over the beach.

Address: 2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

Rooftop pool at 1 Hotel South Beach
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4. 1 Hotel South Beach

Think clean, natural, and bright when picturing this beachfront property in ultrahip South Beach. Furnishings in the eco-friendly hotel include light, white oak walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The jaw-dropper is its rooftop, where plush daybeds and cabanas create the perfect set up for a glass of wine at sunset.

Address: 2341 Collins Ave., South Beach
Driving Time to Port: 25-30 Minutes 

Think clean, natural, and bright when picturing this beachfront property in ultrahip South Beach. Furnishings in the eco-friendly hotel include light, white oak walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The jaw-dropper is its rooftop, where plush daybeds and cabanas create the perfect set up for a glass of wine at sunset.

Address: 2341 Collins Ave., South Beach
Driving Time to Port: 25-30 Minutes 

Thompson Miami Beach's pool
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5. Thompson Miami Beach

Located on bustling Collins Avenue, this hotel is just far enough from the crowds of South Beach, but not so far that you feel removed from the fun. Between panoramic ocean views, a tropical garden, heated pools, and an open-air spa, it's not hard to find your happy place here.

Address: 4041 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

Located on bustling Collins Avenue, this hotel is just far enough from the crowds of South Beach, but not so far that you feel removed from the fun. Between panoramic ocean views, a tropical garden, heated pools, and an open-air spa, it's not hard to find your happy place here.

Address: 4041 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Driving Time to Port: 30 minutes

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