Hotel at a Glance: The Stiles Hotel
A sleek boutique hotel, The Stiles Hotel is located in the South Beach Art Deco District, just a frisbee’s throw from trendy 12th Street Beach. The hotel’s interior promotes peaceful decompression, with clean neutral tones and mid-century designs provide a calming antidote to the hurly-burly of South Beach nightlife.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms feature decor inspired by the luxurious side of the beach, with unfussy white accents and blonde wood furniture pairing with flatscreen TVs and free WiFi.
- Take a dip in one of the hotel’s three pools nestled in a garden filled with fragrant flowers.
- Distnace to the beach: One block
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Nightlife and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, you’ll find one of the world’s nightlife capitals: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts—and for good reason. With all the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it can feel like an endless party. Perhaps that’s why the area pops up so often in film and TV shows, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
The coast of South Beach is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer’s calls Miami’s “best beach for people-watching.” While the bleached sand and curving palms are gorgeous, they’re almost overshadowed by the chiseled beach-goers dotting the sand. From here, a wood-slat boardwalk runs all the way up to North Beach, attracting joggers and roller bladers. Head across the bay, to South Pointe Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, for quieter, more secluded shores.
It’s easy enough to spend the entirety of a trip to South Beach face-down on a beach towel, but that would mean missing out on the city’s other offerings. The famous art-deco district, with its iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades, was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Every morning at 10:30, local experts from the Miami Design Preservation League lead a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the neighborhood’s signature architecture.