How to Choose a Hotel in South Beach – Miami Beach

So you’ve decided to travel to sunny Miami Beach and planning to stay in South Beach. With so many choices, you must be wondering how to choose a hotel in South Beach? Located on only 2.5 mile long white sandy beach, South Beach is packed with hundreds of hotels.

When choosing a hotel, the location and how it relates to your type of vacation is important. You may be visiting Miami Beach to commemorate a life event and seeking a cozy hotel. Perhaps you are visiting with friends for a bachelorette party or want a quiet, resort type place to relax with your family.  Here’s some valuable local tips from to help you narrow down your choices for a hotel in South Beach:

Hotel in South Beach - South Beach Map - Miami Beach

South Beach – also known as SoBe – is bordered by South Pointe park (southern tip of the island) up and 24th Street. It is the most visited area in the entire Miami! It has the highest concentration of hotels and everything is within walking distance. Nearly all hotels are located on the east side, along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue & Washington Avenue. South Beach can further be broken down to these various zones with different hotel flavors:

South of South Beach

Hotel in South Beach - South Pointe Park

  • South SoBe – 1st Street to 5th Street – is a quiet area and was recently entirely renovated by the City. Nearly all hotels on this area are small and offer a comfortable and quiet stay without being too far from the heart of SoBe. Few eateries and upscale restaurants can be found here and the best part about this location is its proximity to gorgeous South Pointe Park.  If you are seeking a low-key vacation or are a family with young kids, a hotel in this area might suite you well.

Heart of South Beach

Hotel in South Beach - Ocean Drive Miami Beach


  • Heart of SoBe – From 5th Street to Lincoln Road – is where most of the action happens! Most hotels on this part of Ocean Dr are Art Deco style and have a restaurant. The most popular section of Ocean Dr (between 5th and 13th street) is lively with some “party hotels” playing loud music. If you are in party mood, a hotel in this area might suite you. Nearby Collins Ave was also recently renovated and offers a wide selection of designer stores next to small Art Deco boutique hotels. Several hotels along Collins Ave are chic, and the more hi-end resort style and suitable for families can be found around Lincoln Road. Washington Ave also offers a smaller selection and affordable Art Deco boutique hotels. Most travelers think that a good hotel in South Beach has to be located here but we differ!

 North of South Beach

Hotel in South Beach - Collins Avenue Miami Beach


  • North SoBe -16th St to 24th St – is known for its ultra chic Art Deco hotels, specially the ones on Collins Ave. The area also has a good selection of upscale restaurants and it’s conveniently located near the Miami Beach Convention Center and top venues such as the New World Center and The Fillmore of Miami Beach. If you seek a chic vacation or on honeymoon, the hotels in this area may be a good fit for you.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your search for your ideal hotel in South Beach. Happy travels, enjoy to stay in Miami Beach and while you’re here, discover authentic things to do in Miami Beach.

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