Price From $89
'Hood In Mid-Beach, just a few blocks south of the chicly renovated Fontainebleau Miami Beach (famously featured in the movie Goldfinger), nestled on a quiet row of art deco and '50s hotels that run parallel to the shoreline. Livelier South Beach is a short taxi ride away.
The Vibe The lobby's color-changing panels and fireplace flanked by red wingback chairs pull this 1930s-era complex into the 21st century.
Rooms White duvets, silvery diaphanous drapes, and pastel throws brighten up the 100 airy, compact rooms (with Aveda toiletries). Note: Some bathrooms have no tubs.
Plus In the courtyard between the hotel's two wings, guests can swim in the pool, play board games like Miami Beach Monopoly, and sip mojitos or other cocktails from the stylish bar. Also: The hotel is very close to the beach, separated from it only by Collins Avenue.
Minus Popular with TV production crews, the hotel is sometimes surrounded by lights, cameras, and (noisy) action.
Free Wi-Fi? Hotelwide starting in 2010. Currently available at the pool, in the lobby, and in public areas.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $89, plus a mandatory $10 surcharge, which covers use of its private chairs on the beach.