Where to Stay in Miami [5 Coolest Neighborhoods of 2018]

 Stunning views, gorgeous sunshine, lush vegetation, colourful streets, exciting food, and lively parties that last all night long: Miami is a city that has it all!

But with so many things to see and do, Miami can be a hard city to navigate, and some areas can be a bit dangerous. That’s why we wrote this insider guide for where to stay in Miami!

Put together by our expert travel writers, this behind the scenes guide will help you find the perfect, fun and safe place to stay in Miami.

This guide is designed to show you the hidden gems of Miami, and will help you find an awesome neighborhood – quickly!

Get excited – some of the neighbourhoods in this where to stay in Miami guide just might surprise you…

Additional reading – Check out 15 Best Things to Do in Miami, and the 17 Best Hotels in Miami, Florida

Where to Stay in Miami

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Miami

Where to Stay in Miami

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Miami.

Best Budget Hotel in Miami – Miami Hostel Miami Beach

Miami Hostel Miami Beach Miami

Miami Hostel Miami Beach is the best budget hotel in Miami

For shoestring travellers heading to Miami, Miami Hostel is a fantastic place to stay. Helping to keep you on budget and at the heart of the action at Miami Beach, it doesn’t get much better than this. Dorms are cosy and comfortable, the shared bathrooms are clean and the staff super laid back.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Miami – The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel

The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel

The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Miami

The Mutiny offers a luxurious environment with an affordable price tag in swanky Coconut Grove. Guests can kick back and relax at the outdoor pool, in the Jacuzzi or in the steamy sauna. The suites all come with fully equipped kitchens and a cosy lounge area. There is an in-house restaurant too.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Miami – ME Miami by Melia

ME Miami by Melia

ME Miami by Melia is the best luxury hotel in Miami 

ME Miami is a wonderfully luxurious hotel in Downtown Miami. Within an easy walking distance of the city’s best bars and clubs, as well as a heap of beautiful boutiques, ME Miami is a gem. For a 4-star hotel, ME Miami is rather affordable. You can stay in style whatever your budget in Miami!

 

Miami Neighbourhoods Guide

Miami

Miami, Florida

Miami is a culturally rich, vibrant city on the south coast of Florida. A real melting pot of nationalities you will find Haitian, Cuban, and American communities here. That’s just the start.

This open-minded and open-hearted city welcomes visitors from across the globe throughout the year. Offering something for everyone from city slickers to laid-back beach bums, from suited and booted business travellers to the budget backpacker on the lookout for a bargain, Miami is incredibly versatile.

This versatility is something to celebrate although it does make things a little tricky. Travellers are totally spoiled for choice when it comes to where to stay in Miami. You can head over the bridge to the glitz and glamour of Miami Beach, you can play it cool in Brickell or live like a local in Little Haiti. \

Hotel Jules Insider Tip

Miami’s metro system is average. Admittley it all seems a bit confusing at first and even locals have a love-hate relationship with the public transport networks. If you can dish out a bit of extra money, we recommend using Uber or Lyft. 

With so much to see, do and explore in Miami you’d be a fool to stick to just one neighbourhood. Get in the Miami state of mind visit as many neighbourhood as you can. You won’t regret it!

Miami’s 5 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in

Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Miami. Each is a little different to the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!

Neighborhood #1 - Miami Beach

(Where to stay in Miami first time)

Miami Beach, FL, USA

Miami Beach is our pick for where to stay in Miami for your first time

Miami Beach is the most popular tourist destination in Miami, it’s not hard to see why. If you time your visit right you never know who you might bump in to. Everyone from international superstar singers to sports heroes hangout at Miami Beach.

Travellers who are coming to Miami for the first time really should spend some time at Miami just getting in flow with the Floridian feel of the place. Pitch up at a laid-back beach bar and spend the day sipping on cocktails and watching the world go by.

You can take a stroll down the main boardwalk and admire the luxurious yachts that have come in to dock. Pick out which you would take on your adventure around the world.

Spend your days hopping from beach bar to beach bar along Ocean Drive, stopping only to nip down to the beach for a quick dip in the balmy Caribbean Sea.

Top Things to Do in Miami Beach

  • Shop ’til you drop on Lincoln Road. Drop by the art galleries and grab a moment’s respite at one of the fancy cafes.
  • Sunbathe, swim and play on the soft sands of Miami Beach
  • Be on celeb-spot along Ocean Drive. Bring your selfie A-game!
  • Get fit with the locals at Lummus Park; join in with workouts, jogging groups and the skater kids.
  • Pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Foundation
  • Blush and giggle your way around the World Erotic Art Museum – not suitable for children!

Where to Stay in Miami Beach

Best Budget Hotel in Miami Beach – Miami Hostel Miami Beach

Miami Hostel Miami Beach

Miami Hostel Miami Beach is the best budget hotel in Miami Beach

As cheap and cheerful accommodation goes it seldom gets better than Miami Hostel. Offering a great selection of shared dormitories there is a home for everyone here. The staff are super laid back but do keep the place clean and tidy. Guests can chill out in the garden or lounge area.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Miami Beach – Casa Faena Miami Beach

Casa Faena Miami Beach

Casa Faena Miami Beach is the best mid-range hotel in Miami Beach

Casa Faena is a luxury hotel with really reasonable rates. They offer valet parking and a limousine service. Guests are welcome to workout in the fitness centre or relax at the bar. They have a tour and travel desk where you can make your Miami travel dreams come true!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach – COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is the best luxury Hhotel in Miami Beach

COMO Metropolitan is a whitewashed, modern hotel right in the heart of Miami Beach. They have an incredible outdoor swimming pool and a pretty great fitness centre. Guests can book into either a deluxe room or splash out on a suite. The COMO Shambala Juice Bar helps your skin to glow!

 

Neighborhood #2 - Little Haiti

(Where to stay in Miami on a budget)

Little Haiti, Miami

Little Haiti is our pick for where to stay in Miami on a budget

Having lived past lives as Edison, Lemon City, and Little River, in 2018 this tiny neighbourhood is called Little Haiti. Oozing charm and historical character, Little Haiti certainly packs a punch. If you are looking for value for money in a neighbourhood, Little Haiti delivers time after time.

Although the accommodation options are not as vast as that you would find in Miami Beach, Little Haiti gives visitors everything they could need. A warm welcome, wonderful food and affordable accommodation.

If you have ever wanted to travel to the Caribbean Islands you can get a taste of the action here in Little Haiti. You will find a wonderful array of Haitian-owned businesses in this neighbourhood. Everything from art galleries selling work of local immigrant artists, to restaurants serving up authentic rice and beans.

For travellers keen to expand their minds while travelling, to learn about other cultures and embrace a new community, Little Haiti is the place.

Top Things to Do in Little Haiti

  • Have a kick about with the local kids at Little Haiti Soccer Park. Bring your A-game, they’re pretty good!
  • Learn about Haitian value, art, food and more at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
  • Visit the Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, attend a sermon if you follow the faith. Open to all.
  • Dance to local bands and have a round of pool at Churchill’s Pub.
  •  Enjoy the contemporary sculptures and installations from grassroots artists at de la Cruz Collection.
  • Be inspired by the incredible collections at the Haitian Heritage Museum.

Where to Stay in Little Haiti

Best Budget Hotel in Little Haiti – Sinbad Motel

Sinbad Motel Miami

Sinbad Motel is the best budget hotel in Little Haiti

Sinbad Motel is a great budget accommodation option in Little Haiti. Although the rooms are basic in terms of decor they have everything you could need. All rooms have a work desk, bedside tables and an ensuite bathroom. The beds are comfortable and there is WiFi throughout the hotel.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Little Haiti – Carl’s Motel El Padre

Carl's Motel El Padre Miami

Carl’s Motel El Padre is the best mid-range hotel in Little Haiti

This is an ideal place for unfussy travellers in Little Haiti. The rooms have rather dated decor but are clean and comfortable. Guests can make themselves snacks using the microwave in the room and store food in the mini fridge. There is free WiFi and all rooms have air-conditioning.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Little Haiti –  New Yorker Boutique Hotel

New Yorker Boutique Hotel Miami

New Yorker Boutique Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Little Haiti

Easily the most up-market hotel in Little Haiti, New Yorker Boutique Hotel offers all the amenities you could need and more. Guests can make use of the fitness centre or relax by the outdoor pool. The BBQ terrace is charming and colourful. All rooms are spacious and bright, all have air-conditioning.

 

Neighborhood #3 - Brickell

(Best area to stay in Miami for nightlife)

Brickell, Miami

Brickell is our pick for best area to stay in Miami for nightlife

If you fancy yourself as a bit of city slicker and a bit of a night owl then there is a perfect neighbourhood in Miami for you. Brickell is where the cool kids come to play.

Being the main business hub in Miami, Brickell is home to the skyscrapers and towering office blocks filled with overworked employees who are ever-eager to let off some steam. As such, there is a heap of chic cocktail bars in this neighbourhood.

A neighbourhood that is largely uninteresting to travellers during the daytime, Brickell comes alive when the clock strikes five. Perhaps that is unfair, there is a lot to keep you busy during your days in Brickell but with Miami Beach just over the bridge, it would be hard to resist the temptation to get the pre-drinking started at a rustic beach bar, right?

Art lovers will feel overwhelmed with the number of galleries and creative spaces to explore in Brickell. Nestled between the banking high rises you will find dozens of inspirational art galleries just waiting to be discovered.

Top Things to Do in Brickell

  • Learn about the local art scene at The Brickellian Gallery, showcasing temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Look out at Point View and breath in the sea air.
  • Sip cocktails and nibble on Spanish tapas and Italian antipasti at local favourite Crazy About You bar.
  • Find a shady spot in Simpson Park to catch up on the travel journal or laze in a hammock.
  • Enjoy an outstanding performance at Flamingo Theatre.
  • Dine overlooking the ocean at LOL ON THE BAY.

Where to Stay in Brickell

Best Budget Hotel in Brickell – Aloft Miami – Brickell

Aloft Miami - Brickell

Aloft Miami – Brickell is the best budget hotel in Brickell

Aloft is a modern and neon-inspired hotel in the centre of Brickell. Offering budget-friendly rooms with a cool design there is a lot to love about Aloft. Guests can hang out at the in-house bar before heading out into Brickell of an evening. Breakfast is included.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Brickell – Habitat Residence

Habitat Residence Miami

Habitat Residence is the best mid-range hotel in Brickell

If you want to feel like a local in Brickell then Habitat Residence is the place to stay. This chic and stylish apartment rental is a real home from home, ideal for families, digital nomads or business travellers. There is a fully equipped kitchen including a luxury coffee machine.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Brickell – Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Four Seasons Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Brickell

Offering 5-star service from start to finish, Four Seasons Miami is a truly luxurious accommodation option. Their in-house restaurant, Edge, serves a mean steak and great cocktails. Guests can relax in the wellness centre, unwind in the Turkish steam bath or work up a sweat in the gym.

 

Neighborhood #4 - Coconut Grove

(Coolest place to stay in Miami)

Coconut Grove, Miami

Coconut Grove is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Miami

Despite being the oldest neighbourhood in Miami, Coconut Grove keeps up with the times. A district that has undergone near-constant rejuvenation, the evolution of Coconut Grove has meant that it is the coolest place to stay in Miami; and always will be.

Featuring everything that travellers seek in a trip to Miami, nightlife, beaches and laid-back vibes, Coconut Grove ticks all the right boxes.  Despite being right on the ocean front there are no sandy shores at Coconut Grove. Instead, the ocean is met by jetties, piers and upmarket boardwalks. Dining oceanfront in Coconut Grove has never been better than it is right now. There are dozens of swanky bars and restaurants secretly competing to be number one in the neighbourhood. Monty’s Raw Bar has become something of an institution and has been around since 1969.

Home to locals while catering in full to the influx of tourists, there is a harmony to Coconut Grove that serves to prove the authenticity of the neighbourhood.

Top Things to Do in Coconut Grove

  • Sip on happy hour cocktails and dance to live jams at Monty’s Raw Bar.
  • Get fit in Peacock Park, join in with a game of basketball with local youngsters.
  • Shop for the finer things in life at CocoWalk shopping mall.
  • Enjoy oceanfront views and incredible sunsets at Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge.
  • Relax in the sun beneath the verdant foliage at The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden.
  • Feel right at home with a coffee and a book at Greenstreet Cafe.

Where to Stay in Coconut Grove

Best Budget Hotel in Coconut Grove – Residence Inn Miami Coconut Grove

Residence Inn Miami Coconut Grove Miami

Residence Inn Miami Coconut Grove is the best budget hotel in Coconut Grove

Set in the heart of Coconut Grove Residence Inn offers great service and budget prices. As the best budget hotel in Coconut Grove they offer guests access to the fitness centre, swimming pool and community BBQ deck. Each room has a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Family rooms are available.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Coconut Grove – The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel

The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel Miami

The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Coconut Grove

The Mutiny is the best mid-range hotel in Coconut Grove and offers a little bit of affordable luxury to all who stay. There is an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a sauna too, guests can use these as much as they like.  The suites all feature a modern, fully equipped kitchen.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Coconut Grove – The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Miami

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is the best luxury hotel in Coconut Grove

The best luxury hotel in Coconut Grove is The Ritz-Carlton, offering 5-star service from start to finish. The whole hotel exhibits elegant and stylish decor and the amenities are fantastic. Guest can dine at the in-house restaurant, Bizcaya, or order room service. There is a gym and golf course too.

 

Neighborhood #5 - Downtown Miami

(Best neighbourhood in Miami for families)

Downtown Miami, Miami

Downtown Miami is our pick for best neighbourhood in Miami for families

Downtown Miami is the best place to stay in Miami for families as there is just so much to do! There is never a dull moment in Downtown Miami and thanks to its super safe nature it is great for families too. Did you know that crime in Downtown Miami is 28% lower than the national average?

With safety sorted you and the gang can get out and about, exploring this wonderful seaside city. Downtown Miami puts you right at the heart of the action so the relaxed parks of Coconut Grove are only a short walk away, cultural hubs of Little Haiti and Little Havana are only a short drive away too. Then there’s Miami Beach!

Being the main hub of Miami there are heaps off accommodation options in Downtown that cater to every kind of traveller. Family travels to Miami made easy, right?!

One of the best things to do in Downtown Miami is to explore Bayside Marketplace. Home to high street stores, luxury brands and a few independent boutiques as well, there is some serious spending to be done here.

Top Things to Do in Downtown Miami

  • Take an afternoon to explore Bayside Marketplace, bring your spending money!
  • Crossover Venetian Way and explore South Beach, there’s so much space to run and play.
  • Explore the amazing array of birdlife at Jungle Island.
  • Step in the footsteps of the stars at the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame.
  • Snap a selfie next to iconic Miami Tower.
  • Catch a show at Olympia Theater

Where to Stay in Downtown Miami

Best Budget Hotel in Downtown Miami – Holiday Inn Port of Miami

Holiday Inn Port of Miami

Holiday Inn Port of Miami is the best budget hotel in Downtown Miami

Offering 3-stars and family-friendly facilities, Holiday Inn is the best budget hotel in Downtown Miami. Family rooms are available, as are inter-connecting rooms. Holiday Inn also provides babysitting services on request. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. There is an in-house tour agent too.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Downtown Miami –  Eurostars Langford

Eurostars Langford Miami

Eurostars Langford is the best mid-range hotel in Downtown Miami

Boasting 4-stars and an affordable room rate, Eurostars Langford is the best mid-range hotel in Downtown Miami. The rooms have a boutique feel and all have an ensuite bathroom. Guests are welcome to work out at the hotel’s gym or relax on the fairy-lit outdoor terrace.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Downtown Miami – ME Miami by Melia

ME Miami by Melia Miami

ME Miami by Melia is the best luxury hotel in Downtown Miami

Boutique in feel and in an art deco theme, ME Miami by Melia is the best luxury hotel in Downtown Miami for sure. The rooms are minimalist, modern and offer impressive levels of comfort. There is an in-house spa complex with an excellent treatment menu. Family rooms are available.

 

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Miami

Miami is a lively and vibrant city full of arts, culture, food and fun. With incredible views, pristine beaches and glitz and glamour around every corner, there’s something for everyone in this Florida metropolis.

Just to recap; our top choice for where to stay in Miami is Coconut Grove, The oldest neighbourhood in the city, this district is also one of the coolest thanks to its vibrant nightlife, swanky bars, laid-back vibes and epic views. You definitely won’t be bored in Coconut Grove.

Our recommendation for the best hotel is The Mutiny Luxury Suites Hotel because it offers absolute luxury at an affordable price.

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