There are so many incredible hotels and places to stay in Miami that it can be hard to find just the right spot for you and your group. If you’re looking for the best Miami hotels for a couples’ or friends’ weekender then look no further, as we undertook the tricky task of finding the brightest and best resorts for you to enjoy. Miami in Florida is the perfect place to visit as a couple or with a group of friends owing to its stunning coastline, buzzing city vibe, lively nightlife, and lush restaurants on offer.

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So, where should you stay in Miami for a couples’ or friends’ weekender?

The hotels on our list all offer a wide variety of amenities and open their doors to every type of traveller. However, we wanted to focus on hotels from the perspective of travelling as a couple or a group of friends. Without further ado, let’s get to grips with some of the best hotels in Miami for a weekender.

1. Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: Brickell Key

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami Florida
Photo: mandarinoriental.com

We’ve had the privilege of staying at a few Mandarin Oriental hotels in our time travelling the globe. This hotel chain never seems to let us down, and the Mandarin Oriental Miami is no exception! This hotel location is uniquely positioned on the exclusive island of Brickell Key. There are two cocktail lounges inside the complex, as well as trendy restaurants serving Peruvian and modern American cuisine.

If you want to spend time sun worshipping, you’ll find the outdoor infinity pool and hot tub the perfect place. An extensive spa and a private beach are among the other amenities that made us realise how great this hotel is for couples looking to kick back and relax.


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2. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: Belle Isle / Miami Beach

The Standard Spa - Best Hotels in Miami South Beach
Photo: standardhotels.com

The Standard Spa is another hotel that could be just the ticket for couples. This shabby-chic, adults-only boutique spa hotel is located on an island (Belle Isle) just a mile from South Beach and features some of South Florida’s most recognised spas, trendiest bars, and hottest pool scenes. The attraction for many people visiting the Standard Spa is the abundance of relaxing spa activities, such as mud bathing, sea salt cleansing and yoga.

The crowd that stays here are stylish, yet relaxed and they seem to be most interested in chilling out around the pool followed by enjoying the hotel’s many spa facilities. The rooms are small and simple, but thoughtful details such as a picnic basket and embroidered fabric coverings for the small flat-screen TVs add to the experience of staying in this very chic and ‘grown-up’ hotel.


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3. 1 Hotel South Beach

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: South Beach (Collins Ave)

1 Hotel South Beach - Miami Florida
Photo: 1hotels.com

The 1 Hotel brand is known throughout the travel world to be leading the way for environmentally sensitive stays. The entire hotel is built with recycled wood, has hemp beds, and uses take-home socks instead of disposable slippers. 1 Hotel is in the perfect spot to take advantage of direct beach access. If the beach isn’t your scene, the 1 Hotel has four pools (including a super sexy rooftop pool), three bars, a fine-dining restaurant, a fitness facility, and Tesla car service.

The resort is laid-back, so if you’re hoping for a more raucous party atmosphere, this isn’t the place for you. However, we recommend this hotel if you and your group want to spend time at a resort right at the forefront of sustainable travel, without compromising any of the fun.


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4. Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Hotel Rating: 4-Star ★★★★
Neighbourhood: South Beach (Collins Ave)

Loews Miami Beach - Best Hotels in Miami, Florida
Photo: loewshotels.com

The first time we ever set foot on American soil, this is where we stayed! We thoroughly enjoyed The Loews as a couple, but we noticed that it was super family-friendly too (even though we were childless at this point). We know, we know, this was meant to be about couples and groups of friends, but we wanted to sneak in just one Miami hotel that is great if you’re travelling with younger guests.

By no means did Loews Miami beach hotel give us holiday camp vibes, but it’s good to have at least one place to consider if you are travelling with children. Although an adults-only pool area is available, this resort foregoes pool parties and the club scene in favour of more family-friendly amenities that can be enjoyed by everyone in your party amongst the ultra-chic surroundings.


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5. EAST Miami

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: Brickell

EAST Miami Hotel - Best Places to Stay
Photo: easthotels.com

As you step into the elegant Asian-inspired foyer at EAST Miami, you know you’re in for a unique experience. The rooms at EAST all seem to have the most stunning views and around every corner, there are surprise details that keep you intrigued. On the 40th floor, Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop bar and garden, is a beautiful place to relax with a drink in hand. The lush foliage and jungle-themed decor provide the ideal backdrop to bring out your adventurous side and try something new.

Just because you’re not on the beach doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the sunshine. There are four pools to choose from on the hotel’s massive pool deck: a lap pool, a spa pool, a cold plunge pool, or a hot tub. A great choice for a group of sun lovers or a couple looking for an exciting stay somewhere new.


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6. The Goodtime Hotel

Hotel Rating: 4-Star ★★★★
Neighbourhood: Miami Beach (Washington Ave)

As long-time lovers of American R&B and hip-hop music, we were excited to hear about The Goodtime Hotel. This new Washington Avenue hotel was opened in April 2021 by musician Pharrell Williams and his business partner, Miami hospitality billionaire David Grutman. The hotel fits in with Miami Beach’s Art Deco architecture but offers a fresh vibe with its corrugated front and pastel colours, florals, and palm tree motifs dotted throughout.

On weekends, there’s a line out the door of locals and visitors eager to attend the giant Las Vegas-style pool parties. Local DJs and celebrities host the event which is always amazing to be a part of. One thing we hear a lot about is the size of the rooms. There is no denying they are small but can still work fine for you as a rest stop at the end of the night. The rooms are, nevertheless, beautifully designed, as is the rest of this chic hotel. The Goodtime Hotel won’t disappoint, and we thoroughly recommend this hotel as one of the best hotels in Miami for a weekend with friends.


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7. W South Beach

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: South Beach (Collins Ave)

The Bass Museum of Art is located directly across the street from the opulent, all-suite, beachfront, W South Beach hotel. Yes, you read that right, there are no rooms here, only suites. Amenities include elegant Chinese and seafood restaurants, a busy poolside bar and grill space, two outdoor pools, and a nightclub. Andy Warhol and Kenny Scharf are among the artists represented in the lobby’s collection of high-end contemporary art.

Outside the property, look for the massive Hello Kitty fountain which will totally take you by surprise! A spa and a garden lounge are also available, as well as rooftop basketball and tennis courts. As with many of the best hotels in Miami, there is a daily resort fee, so our tip is to take advantage of extras like a complimentary beverage upon arrival, internet access, and beach chairs.


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8. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Hotel Rating: 4-Star ★★★★
Neighbourhood: Coral Gables

The Hyatt Regency is located in Coral Gables, which is Miami’s very own Beverly Hills-style neighbourhood. It’s just two blocks from Miracle Mile shopping, dining, and entertainment. The hotel is only four miles from Miami International Airport and 10 minutes away from the upscale Coconut Grove neighbourhood. The Alhambra Palace in Spain inspired this magnificent Mediterranean-style luxury hotel, which you can see as you take a peek at some of the 254 elegant guestrooms.

The hotel has been recently renovated so expect modern conveniences tied in with traditional Spanish-influenced design and in keeping with Coral Gables’ Mediterranean culture. An outdoor sundeck with a pool, hot tub, and sauna is available. Perfect for couples, this is very much a luxury resort where your every need can be met by its experienced staff.


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9. Mondrian South Beach Hotel

Hotel Rating: 4-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: South Beach (West Side)

The beautiful lobby at The Mondrian was inspired by the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty and was created by Dutch designer Marcel Wander. To enter the lobby, you must walk up a floating stairway that connects to the stunning outdoor area. On the west side of South Beach, this hotel is a fair distance from the beach (an 18-minute walk). However, with a pool like the Mondrian’s, you won’t miss the sand between your toes. The hotel is also home to a man-made beach area that is worth checking out, or you could simply pull up a daybed and relax.

The Mondrian bar is a popular hangout for hotel guests as well as locals who love the weekly pool party just as you will too! This upscale establishment does an excellent Sunday brunch buffet, we discovered that for a little extra, you can upgrade your brunch to include bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.


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10. W Miami

Hotel Rating: 5-Star ★★★★★
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Brickell

The W Miami hotel is located in the Brickell urban development centre in downtown Miami. The hotel’s 300-foot infinity pool overlooks Biscayne Bay, and it’s also home to a club with a private rooftop pool. This is one of the more contemporary hotels we’ve included in our guide so rooms and suites at W Miami come with some sleek extras such as robes, an iPod docking station, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV with a movie library.

The pool scene is also on top form here with a floating library, a reflecting pool, and hot and cold plunge pools. With a view of the pool and Biscayne Bay, Vine Kitchen and Bar serves seasonal American food. During your stay don’t forget to visit FIFTY Ultra Lounge with its private rooftop pool with a city view, as well as some great wines and beverages available to try.


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We absolutely loved looking at places to stay in Miami and discovering the best hotels for a weekender. These Miami hotels really do have something for everyone whether you’re travelling with friends, family or as a couple. If you’re looking for upmarket luxury or unbridled, pool party fun, we hope our list has given you some great options.

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