Price From $139
'Hood South Beach, on a stretch of Washington Avenue that's two blocks from South Beach proper—and not far from the underappreciated Wolfsonian-FIU museum, home to retro design exhibitions.
The Vibe An inviting, art deco hotel tucked discreetly behind a hedge. The small, sparkling lobby is accented with clean, spare notes like low white chairs and floral artworks encased in glass cabinets.
Rooms The 40 beige-on-beige rooms are more spacious than those you'll find in a typical South Beach hotel. Tasteful black-and-white photographs and marbled bathrooms with tubs and showers class things up.
Plus The staff at Hotel Astor (and its well-regarded restaurant) is truly polished and meets the standard of a multistarred hotel—which the property is.
Minus Some of the carpets are ready for replacement. Also: There's no pool.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes; included in the resort fee.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from about $139, plus a $12 per room per day resort fee, which covers beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels.