Miami at a Price That's Right

While not a cheap date when it comes to lodging, Miami does have a handful of hotels that are centrally located, tastefully attired, and surprisingly affordable. Follow our booking strategies, and then stay at one of our top picks.

Rooms Decked out in beige drapes and dark-wood furniture, the 209 rooms available for nightly rental in this condo-hotel are located on floors 9 through 21.

Plus Families can book a spacious suite or a pair of adjoining rooms. Upgrades to rooms with kitchenettes and full kitchens are available, too.

Minus Rooms facing the CocoWalk shopping complex can be noisy; ask for a room facing the marina.

Free Wi-Fi Yes.

Credit cards accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details 2889 McFarlane Rd., 305/529-2828, Doubles from $139.

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'Hood South Beach, sharing a trendy block with sleek hotels that look like something straight out of CSI.

The vibe In this spare 1930s building, white-on-white couches, floral armchairs, and red bicycles stationed in the terrazzo-floored lobby conjure up a beach-house vibe.

Rooms The 69 minimalist rooms are whimsically accented with beach balls and baby-blue round rugs.

Plus Within a Frisbee's toss of the ocean. Also: home to Bond St., an evenings-only lounge serving inventive sushi dishes created by chef Mike Hiraga.

Minus No pool. Also: Bathrooms are tiny and few have tubs.

Free Wi-Fi Yes.

Credit cards accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details 150 20th St., 305/534-3800, Doubles from $99.

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'Hood In the heart of South Beach. Club-hoppers are within stumbling distance of Ocean Drive, and celeb watchers are within strolling distance of the anything-goes café scene on Lincoln Road.

The vibe It feels like walking into a secret garden. A narrow, leafy courtyard encloses this small, onetime apartment building. The staff can arrange for your VIP entry to a few semi-exclusive clubs.

Rooms All 17 studios and one-bedroom apartments have kitchens, hardwood floors, curved couches, and walls painted in bright, sunny colors. Bathrooms are tiny and spartan, though.

Plus A surprisingly quiet atmosphere, given the neighborhood's party-all-night reputation. Also: a block from the beach.

Minus This is a guesthouse, so the office is open only from around 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. No pool.

Free Wi-Fi Yes.

Credit cards accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details 1415 Collins Ave., 305/532-0616, Doubles from $90.

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