Next month, Pete and I are heading stateside again for a bit of relaxation. We’re going to Florida, home of the snow birds and heading for some poolside chillout time at a villa with our friends via Orlando and some theme park fun, then rounding off the trip with a bit of grown up time in Miami.
I’ve wanted to visit Miami for a while now, to see the Deco architecture and enjoy the ocean views teamed with city life, although I’m not sure if I might find it a bit Vegas-esque. You don’t know until you have been though, so off we go.
This is going to be the only part of the holiday when Pete and I will be alone and we’re planning a bit of luxury so I thought I would share a selection of Miami hotels that have caught my eye to offer options for every budget and style, and ask you guys if you had been to any, or if you had any recommendations.
First up, The Standard Spa. How could you not want to visit there when faced with those views?
That said, I’m always a little wary of a spa hotel. Given that we rarely make use of the spa facilities (due to often extortionate pricing,) it seems a bit of a waste. The website also doesn’t really try to sell the rooms, instead focusing on the spa areas and that’s always a big factor for me when I’m going away.
Designed by Marcel Wanders (did you see his collection with Marks and Spencer?) the decor is glamourous, over the top and tongue in cheek. It’s gone straight to the top of my wish list.
The Betsy is more of a classic colonial style hotel with luxurious touches. I’m put off by the courtyard pool but everything else about it’s quietly refined and elegant as you would expect from a landmark hotel.
Lastly, Townhouse Miami looks like a fun budget hotel option. There’s no pool but the decor is fresh and bright and there’s a decked rooftop if you can’t manage the very short walk to the beach. We could have stayed there for just over £400 for three nights which is great value, particularly if you don’t plan to spend much time in the room anyway.
So, have you got anywhere else I should look or can you recommend one of these options?