Even at higher price points, all-inclusive resorts add strong value since they cover the entire price of the vacation including food and drink, and often, activities. Mexico is an all-inclusive resort paradise filled with hotel options for every type of traveler, from romantic adults-only getaways to kid-focused and fun stays. We picked top-rated all-inclusive resorts across the most popular areas of Mexico that deliver on beach views, spacious rooms, plenty of on-site activities, and excellent dining. Resorts range from budget-friendly with all the necessities starting at $127, to worthy splurges that include premium liquor, massive entry-level suites, and personal butlers for $896. Read all Business Insider Hotel Reviews here.
A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again. Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions. When it comes to beach vacations, going the all-inclusive route can be a game-changer. There's no need to whip out the credit card for every pina colada or mid-day snack, and budgeting is significantly easier since you'll know the total cost upfront. Mexico, in particular, is a mecca for all-inclusive resorts and often priced far cheaper than you'll find at Caribbean counterparts. Whether you're a couple looking for secluded romance in rooms with private plunge pools, or a family planning a multi-gen escape for everyone from toddlers to grandma, there's an all-inclusive resort with white-sand beaches and turquoise waves to consider. In fact, the abundance of choice can be overwhelming. In addition to seeking a memorable property, it's important to consider questions like: will all the free food be good? Will there be upcharges for premium restaurants? Are activities included? Are rooms comfortable or dated? Is the resort crowded or relaxing? We sought to answer these questions by selecting all-inclusive resorts in Mexico that promise to deliver on lofty expectations so there's no risk of disappointment later, surprises over hidden fees, or pain points that some overextended resorts are apt to experience. Need more vacation inspiration? Click on the link below to discover all kinds of tropical retreats.
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We picked top resorts across multiple categories, including the best spots for couples, families, big groups, budget-conscious travelers, and those looking to splurge on luxurious stays. Our selections are based on our own experiences, as well as a range of price points, and come with overwhelmingly positive but critical reviews and rankings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com to help ensure everything included delivers on quality and service. Additionally, every all-inclusive resort is rated at least 4 out of 5-stars on Trip Advisor and an 8 out of 10 on Booking.com. Prices start at the budget-friendly $127 per night to top-tier luxury resorts starting at $896 that are absolutely worth it. While all-inclusives can come with a higher cost, the value is strong considering the price tag includes all meals, liquor, and many activities in addition to well-appointed rooms. Here are the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, by category
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Grand Riviera Princess - Playa Del Carmen
Book Grand Riviera Princess starting at $127 per night Grand Riviera Princess starts at just $127 in the off season and even in peak December holiday season, prices can be as low as $132 per night. That's shockingly cheap compared to competitors but there's no catch. The price includes all food, many activities, and great resort amenities. Suites with hot tubs make good options for couples, while Family Club rooms with King-sized beds, in addition to bunk beds, are ideal for families. There is a wide range of global restaurants to please all palates, including Mexican, Italian, Swiss, and Asian cuisine. You won't find as many over-the-top amenities and activities here as at larger resorts or luxury hotels, but there's still access to great beaches, 15 (yes, 15) pools — including those designated exclusively for kids, a kids' club, a small game room, tennis courts, free non-motorized sports, and a spa. Trip Advisor Ranking: 117 of 254 hotels in Playa del Carmen Booking.com Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Pros: A wallet-friendly stay that still comes with all the amenities you'd want in a solid beach vacation including a beachfront location, multiple pools, a spa, and plenty of on-site activities. Cons: The rooms are nice, but are not exceedingly memorable or luxurious when it comes to decor and amenities. The resort is also quite large and it can be a trek to reach the beach depending on where your room is located. Royal Solaris Los Cabos - San Jose del Cabo
Book the Royal Solaris Los Cabos starting at $155 per night Just five minutes from San Jose del Cabo vibrant downtown, and 25 minutes from lively Cabo San Lucas, this well-appointed resort consistently comes in at under $200 even in the winter high season. The horseshoe-shaped property includes gardens, multiple pools, beaches, tennis, basketball, and beach volleyball courts, plus a kids' club and mini water park. There's also a shuttle to and from Cabo San Lucas, but it costs extra. Lounging on the beach is always an option, though swimming is not permitted due to riptides and strong currents. There are five restaurants, including a la carte dining, and buffets with nightly themed dinners. Rooms are nice, though plain, and all accommodations include balconies, but some are very small and don't have great views. The property tends to cater mainly to families, but adults can take advantage of the spa and adults-only pools, along with the on-site bars. Trip Advisor Ranking: 20 of 50 hotels in San Jose del Cabo Booking.com Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Pros: An affordable resort that caters mainly to families with plenty to keep travelers busy on property, as well as easy access to Cabo San Lucas. Cons: The beach is great for lounging, but not for swimming. Guests should also be wary of dated rooms and time-share sales pitches. Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit - Flamingo
Book Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit starting at $248 per night This AAA Four-Diamond luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta is a serious steal coming in under $200 even during some of the busiest months. It's not exclusively all-inclusive, but it has an all-inclusive package option when booking, allowing for more flexibility. This can be a perk for larger groups who may want to choose different options. The all-inclusive add-on includes all meals, drinks, resort activities, access to the tennis courts, use of the hydrotherapy circuit at the spa, and all non-motorized sports equipment. Booking just the room starts at $156, but even with the all-inclusive package, the price can start as low as $248 per night. The apartment-style property consists of multi-bedroom suites with either kitchenettes or full kitchens, depending on room type and price point. Private terraces provide sweeping views of the lush grounds and the Bay of Banderas. The large main pool features multiple zero-entry points, making it extremely accessible, while the swim-up bar keeps the atmosphere fun. On-site activities cater to kids and adults, including kid-friendly survival classes and movie nights, as well as paddle-boarding and dance or Spanish lessons. Additionally, guests have access to the beaches, pools, and activities at sister resort Villa del Palmar Flamingos right next door. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 5 hotels in Flamingo Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Pros: An apartment-style resort that gives guests the flexibility to book as a standard hotel or as an all-inclusive package with meals. Cons: Some of the rooms can feel dated and it doesn't have as modern or chic decor as other nearby resorts.
TRS Yucatan Hotel - Akumal
Book TRS Yucatan Hotel starting at $270 per night Part of the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex of five resorts, the adults-only, 130-room TRS Yucatan Hotel offers a smaller, quieter retreat in comparison to its big behemoth sister properties. TRS Yucatan Hotel is just right for couples in the beautiful area of Akumal, nestled between lively Tulum and Cancun. Akumal is named after the sea turtles you'll likely find swimming beside you while out snorkeling, alongside soft-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. Contemporary accommodations start with huge entry-level Junior Suites and go all the way up to premium suites with private plunge pools, and Romance Bungalows featuring unique wood furniture, hidden outdoor showers, and private decks with kayak landings. But perhaps one of the biggest perks of staying at TRS Yucatan is the fact that guests can enjoy all the amenities of Grand Palladium Riviera Maya's other four resorts, while TRS remains private only to guests booked there. It makes for a pretty exclusive stay, with the option of a big resort sprawl, while being able to retreat to a quiet, secluded base. Still, even at just TRS, there's plenty to do. Six restaurants, multiple bars, a VIP beach area, a spa, and three pools, including an infinity pool with exceptional ocean views, are all available. Additionally, activities like kayaking, diving, and windsurfing ensure guests are never left idling aimlessly on the beach — unless that's exactly what they're looking to do. Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 22 hotels in Akumal Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: A more secluded, adults-only resort that still gives guests access to all the amenities found at the four sister properties within the complex. Cons: None of the rooms are right on the beach and it can be a long walk to get there depending on where your room is. Excellence Playa Mujeres - Playa Mujeres
Book Excellence Playa Mujeres starting at $428 per night This adults-only all-suite resort is found on the powdery white-sand beaches of Playa Mujeres in Cancun. The beach is dotted with private palapas that provide a shady reprieve for lounging and plenty of romantic R&R. Couples can also rest in hammocks, or dip their toes in crystal clear waters as a school of fish swims by. More action can be found at the main pool where drinks and shots flow freely at the swim-up bar. There are seven pools in total, along with four jacuzzis, and five whirlpool tubs, and junior suites come with swim-up pool access right from the room. Other room types include pool-view suites, or our top pick, terrace suites with private plunge pools. To really up the romance, opt for a two-story room with a massive private terrace, plunge pool, and in-suite jacuzzi. Each night, guests receive a list of activities for the next day, along with daily restaurant choices, and a nightly entertainment schedule. Activities range from kayaking to yoga and Spanish lessons, and every activity except for deep-sea fishing, private yacht excursions, and scuba diving are included in the nightly rate. Savor the sunset and the balmy nights that follow with live music, laser shows, and romantic outdoor dinners, all included. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 12 hotels in Playa Mujeres Hotels.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: An adults-only, all-suite resort where lively fun and deep relaxation can all happen under the same palapa. Cons: Not all of the restaurants are open every night, so be sure to check the schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly, especially if there's one restaurant you're eager to try. El Dorado Maroma - Playa Maroma
Book El Dorado Maroma starting at $549 per night There are perhaps two words that automatically set the tone for luxury and romance: overwater bungalows. And you don't have to fly halfway around the world to the Maldives to cozy up in one. We like El Dorado Maroma in particular, found on the pristine beaches of Quintana Roo, though they predictably come at a very high price point, starting at $1,500. Not to worry, we also rounded up our favorite affordable overwater bungalows around the world. Don't dismiss El Dorado just because their overwater bungalow might be too far above your budget. Consider their spacious Junior Suites instead that start at $549 for all-inclusive rates, and feature balconies, hot tubs, and artfully decorated interiors. Honeymoon Suites are only $30 more and add oversized private terraces outfitted with double beds and in-suite hot tubs. But if you can't resist the allure of waking up to turquoise waters directly under your glass-bottom floors, the overwater bungalows make a strong case for a serious splurge. Consider that you'll save on airfare, travel time, and jet lag compared to similar resorts in Tahiti or Asia. Plus, most other overwater bungalows aren't all-inclusive and cost the same price before adding hefty food, drink, and activity charges. If you've always dreamt of diving from your private terrace directly into the ocean, this is a good place to do it. Additionally, there are six on-site restaurants ranging s from Mexican and Peruvian to Asian fusion. Sip on a fruity cocktail at any of the five bars — and don't even bother changing out of your swimsuit since three are swim-up. All-inclusive extras include paddleboarding, Latin dance lessons, and a free champagne toast upon arrival. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 7 hotels in Playa Maroma Booking.com Rating: 9 out of 10 Pros: The spacious entry-level Junior Suites and slightly more expensive Honeymoon Suites still offer plenty of romance in the desirable setting of Quintana Roo. Cons: The bungalows are expensive but if staying in one is a bucket list item, the resort makes a strong case to do it here. Unlike most overwater bungalow resorts, the price here also includes meals and activities, and the resort is much easier to reach than the Maldives.
Club Med Cancun Yucatan - Cancun
Book Club Med Cancun Yucatan starting at $286 per night Families can pair a beach getaway with exceptional cultural and learning opportunities at Club Med Cancun Yucatan. The resort offers quirky activities for kids including flying trapeze school and archery lessons, as well as direct access to the world's second-largest coral reef, plus snorkeling, waterskiing, and sailing school, all included. Though they come at an additional cost, off-site excursions are worth a surcharge for easy access to days spent snorkeling with sea turtles, swimming with whale sharks, exploring famed Chichen Itza, or floating in crystal clear cenotes. The resort itself is situated on an idyllic stretch of sand and most rooms have furnished balconies with either sea or lagoon views. The Aguamarina buildings are designed specifically for families with colorful, beachy decor including purple couches, turquoise curtains, and multiple bedrooms. The oceanfront rooms are also located right by the family oasis pool on its own secluded beach. Parents will appreciate the spa by luxury French skincare company L'Occitane, and six bars and lounges provide a fun retreat when it's grownup time. Trip Advisor Ranking: 11 of 222 hotels in Cancun Kayak.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: A kid-friendly resort with unique on-site offerings like trapeze classes and archery lessons, as well as easy access to book off-site excursions to wonders like Chichen Itza and the famous cenotes. Cons: The excursions off property are a major draw, but they come at additional costs and staff can try to upsell guests. Hard Rock Riviera Maya - Puerto Aventuras
Book Hard Rock Riviera Maya starting at $391 per night The Hard Rock Riviera Maya promises to please every age group. At the on-site Rockaway Bay Water Park, teens can get adrenaline pumping zooming down high-speed waterslides, while young children splash away at the jungle gym. And, of course, everyone appreciates the private beach, and a wide variety of pools all designated for kids, families, or adults. Young travelers will enjoy burning off extra energy at the indoor action-sports facility with trampolines, a skate park, indoor snowboard and ski equipment, and an obstacle course. Children can also live out pop star dreams at Kidz Bop Experience, where they meet a tour manager, pick out a band name, select a red carpet look, and perform on a real stage. The entire experience is included as part of the all-inclusive rate, though taking it to the next level with a glam squad and cover shoots does come with a fee. Parents aren't forgotten either and can find plenty of pampering at Heaven, the adults-only resort within a resort section of the property. Here, heaven also includes the signature Hard Rock spa, seven bars, a nightclub, four upscale restaurants, and private pools. Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 of 18 hotels in Puerto Aventuras Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Pros: Kids will never be bored between the waterpark, action-sports facility, and unique activities like the Kidz Bop Experience. The adults-only resort within a resort concept also means parents can relax, too. Cons: Guests need to make reservations for all of the restaurants and during the busiest seasons, they book up incredibly fast. If you don't book ahead of time, you could end up eating at the buffet every night. Hotel Xcaret Mexico - Playa del Carmen
Book Hotel Xcaret Mexico starting at $570 per night Hotel Xcaret Mexico features a unique architectural approach with an eco-integrated design resulting in pools that look like natural lagoons and grottos, and "casa" complexes named after the natural elements. The all-suite resort has four varieties of room types ranging from swim-up suites with private pools to junior suites with large terraces. Best of all for families is the ALL-FUN All-Inclusive Concept, which gives guests unlimited access to Xcaret's eight eco-centric theme parks, waterparks, and tours with experiences like ziplining, waterslides, and driving off-road vehicles through the jungle. Shuttles between the resort and the eco-parks, as well as to and from the airport in Cancun, are also included. Within the main grounds of Hotel Xcaret, join included activities such as kayaking down the river, sport courts, jungle trails, and kids' club, or simply grab a lounge chair on the beautiful beach. Daily meals can be eaten at 10 different on-site restaurants, with drinks offered at eight bars. There is also the relaxing Muluk Spa that incorporates ancient Mayan mythology and practices into their signature treatments. Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 of 254 hotels in Playa del Carmen Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Pros: A resort with a unique eco-integrated design that gives guests access to eight parks and tours included in the all-inclusive price. Cons: Reservations for the parks and restaurants can book up fast, and there can be long lines at the reservation center if you try to book with staff once you've arrived, so book activities and meals ahead of time if possible.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun - Puerto Morelos
Book Grand Residences Riviera Cancun starting at $215 per night The 144-suite Grand Residences Riviera Cancun ingratiates itself to large groups with spacious suites and villas that include as many as four bedrooms, homey, handcrafted furniture, gourmet kitchens, Jacuzzis, and large terraces with sea views. Despite the name, the hotel is actually located in the village of Puerto Morelos, which is 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, and close to Tulum and its archaeological wonders. We like it because it's a more peaceful spot away from the main party scene. The resort delivers on many details others don't, such as airport transfers, welcome drinks (margaritas for adults, juice for kids), and a bottle of tequila waiting in the room upon arrival. Other perks and activities range from lollipops in the pool area and personalized cookies, to mixology and tennis lessons, daily beach games, snorkeling, bike tours, dance contests, Spanish classes, and more. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 36 hotels in Puerto Morelos Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: An all-suite property with one- to four-bedroom suites in a calmer area than the usual Cancun party scene. Cons: There are only two main restaurants, which can become repetitive on lengthier trips when you're paying to only dine on-site. Velas Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta
Book Velas Vallarta starting at $260 per night Set along 10 acres on the gorgeous Banderas Bay with views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Velas Vallarta offers all-inclusive options for groups, plus multiple pools and a relaxing beach area. The suites feature contemporary Mexican details and range from one- to three-bedrooms, with kitchens or kitchenettes, private balconies, and large living room areas. All-inclusive rates include activities like tennis, basketball, morning yoga, and a kid's club for ages 4 to 12 with plenty of offerings to keep young ones busy. Gourmet dining is also included and La Ribera Restaurant offers breathtaking ocean views along with steak and seafood dinners, as well as a great breakfast buffet. For live music and Mexican cantina food, Foodies Cantina offers authentic fare, while Andrea Restaurant serves fresh local seafood and Asian and Italian-inspired options. Just be sure to make reservations; they are required for all restaurants. Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 137 hotels in Puerto Vallarta Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10 Pros: One- to three-bedroom suites with stunning ocean and mountain views in Marina Vallarta. The staff is also exceptionally attentive. Cons: The resort could generally use a refresh and some rooms show signs of wear and tear. All dining requires advance reservations. Marival Distinct Luxury Residences - Nuevo Vallarta
Book Marival Distinct Luxury Residences starting at $281 per night While it may seem difficult for a resort to cater to couples, families, and groups, Marival Distinct Luxury Residences in Riviera Nayarit has found a way to balance these contrasts with a wide variety of offerings, amenities, and lodging. For groups, Marival Distinct Luxury Residences are spacious and range from one to four bedrooms equipped with kitchens, washer/dryers, living rooms, and terraces. For even more space, villas and penthouses include huge private pools. All meals from the five distinct a la carte restaurants are included, along with pool and beach concierge service, a personal butler, babysitting, and tennis clinics. The resort can also arrange spectacular off-site excursions like whale watching, ziplining, or sailing off to the nearby Marieta Islands, but these come with an additional fee. Multi-gen groups with children will appreciate an on-site kids' club, a family-only area just two minutes from the main resort, as well as the fact that residences and villas come with children-themed bedrooms with special kid-friendly amenities and toys. Finally, the Melange World Spa features nine thematic cabins, each with a distinctive atmosphere representing a different world country. Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 of 29 hotels in Nuevo Vallarta Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Pros: The huge residences and villas with kitchens, washer/dryers, and private pools give groups the feeling of staying in their own personal beach house. Cons: In the busiest seasons, pools can be very crowded and some travelers have had issues with adults-only areas not being respected by families.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun - Playa Maroma
Book Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun starting at $233 per night If spacious swim-out suites, tropical views, and a secluded, romantic setting sound like vacation heaven, consider Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. This AAA Five Diamond Resort is an adults-only resort tucked away along a private beach with a romantic vibe and modern rooms with whirlpools. In high season, prices can soar into the $800s, but in the off-season, you can get pampered starting as low as $233 per night. Though for most of the year, and throughout the summer, the average starting price is about $523. The spacious entry-level rooms start at over 600 square feet and come with private furnished balconies and luxurious spa-like bathrooms with hydro tubs. True romance is found in the Swim Out Suites that line a meandering pool and mimics the feel of having a natural river flowing by. A peaceful sanctuary on its own private stretch of beach, the property includes two main pools with ocean views, along with several other smaller, semi-private pools. Daytime activities such as snorkeling, yoga, dance lessons, mini-golf, tennis, and non-motorized watersports are all free. Additionally, guests have green fees waived at the nearby golf course. The spa promises to pamper and has the option for beachfront treatments. Beyond the usual buffet, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun features six a la carte restaurants, a grill, and a cafe. Unlike most resorts, reservations aren't required, leaving room for spontaneity. Fine gourmet options include Bordeaux where French food is served against the backdrop of aged wine barrels, and Oceana for fresh seafood al fresco by candlelight. Top-shelf liquor is also included and served at six lively bars and restaurants alongside, live performances and theme party nights. Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 7 hotels in Playa Maroma Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10 Pros: A romantic, secluded resort on a private beach with spacious entry-level suites, excellent dining options, and top-shelf liquor included in the price. In the off-season, you can find incredible deals for premium luxury service. Cons: Prices can soar into the $800s during the most popular winter months. Rooms on the ground floor experience added foot traffic and lack privacy. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun - Cancun
Book Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun starting at $765 per night This luxury adults-only resort is an expensive option, especially given the fact that Cancun has many high-end hotels and resorts available at a much lower price point. However, Le Blanc is rated the number one hotel in all of Cancun on Trip Advisor for good reason. Chic rooms feature dreamy lagoon and ocean views, whirlpool tubs, and personal butlers. In-room aromatherapy, comfort menus, and pillow menus ensure every room is a personal paradise. And the feeling extends outside. It's easy to find beach bliss on the hotel's large stretch of white sand, or at the manicured pools where attendants diligently hand out ice water and cool towels. Service is impeccable and every whim is easily pampered. The elevated dining also goes far above the standard all-inclusive fare. Fine French cuisine is served in an elegant setting under bubble chandeliers, while melt-in-your-mouth sushi can be eaten among tasteful, Japanese-inspired decor. For a more active vacation, tours to swim with dolphins, unlimited golf, sailing to Isla Mujeres, and fitness classes are all available. And, as the name implies, the sumptuous spa is a major draw. Book a treatment at the BlancSpa and take advantage of the sauna, steam room, ice room, and lagoons, for a final dose of serenity. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 222 hotels in Cancun Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Pros: This luxurious, adults-only spot with elegant rooms, elevated cuisine, and above-and-beyond amenities is the best in Cancun. Cons: Le Blanc Spa Resort is one of the most expensive resorts in Cancun where there are many other cheaper, still luxe options. Grand Velas Los Cabos - San Jose del Cabo
Book Grand Velas Los Cabos starting at $896 per night Grand Velas is a beacon for luxury in Los Cabos with a location overlooking some of the bluest, most beautiful waters in Baja. Indulgence is a way of life with guests receiving not just a welcome drink upon check-in, but a welcome massage, too. Personal butler service is included, as well as top-shelf liquor. Even entry-level suites are massive, starting at 1,100 square feet, and come with ocean view balconies, elegant neutral furnishings, art, and decor. Premium suites boast large living areas and private plunge pools on the balcony. Though the ambiance exudes romance, the resort also does an excellent job catering to families with two-bedroom family suites, a kids' club, teens' club, baby concierge, and rotating daily activities. However, adults will find the hotel plenty posh with five signature restaurants serving fine dining, surf and turf, and Italian-Mediterranean dishes. Poolside and beachside service ensures guests never have to lift a finger when it comes to setting up chairs and towels or getting a drink refill. The spa is its own 35,000 square foot paradise with a private, serene pool, and personal spa valets. For an additional fee, spend days surfing, kayaking over to Lover's Beach, snorkeling the reefs, or playing a round of golf. Just be aware that while the beach is exceptional for relaxation, the ocean is not ideal for a leisurely swim. In fact, swimming at all is frequently prohibited throughout the Cabo area due to strong currents. Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 50 hotels in San Jose del Cabo Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10 Pros: Famous in Cabo for its next-level luxury service and amenities, this picturesque resort pleases couples and families alike with massive entry-level suites, gourmet food, and some of the best views in Mexico. Cons: The beach is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents, though this is common throughout the area.
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Hotels and destinations around the US are ramping up health and safety measures as tourism and...Hotels and destinations around the US are ramping up health and safety measures as tourism and traveling take a hit from COVID-19. Some are adding changes as small as temperature checks for employees, while others are forming dedicated "SWAT" — Sanitation and Wellness Awareness Team — to clean high-touch surfaces and areas. One historic hotel in El Paso, Texas, even installed specialized HVAC-mounted ionizers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As travelers continue to dream about vacations and ready themselves to explore, some hospitality properties and destinations have been going above and beyond their normal standards of cleanliness. From utilizing an ongoing renovation to install a state-of-the-art air to creating a "SWAT" team — Sanitation and Wellness Awareness Team — here's how different hotels and getaways have been adjusting for reopening. Hotel Paso del Norte El Paso, Texas: HVAC-mounted air cleansing ionizers Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso, Texas has added innovation to their hotel's ongoing revamp by adding specialized HVAC-mounted ionizers. Originally built in 1912, this historic site was already undergoing a multi-million-dollar multi-year renovation with an anticipated reopening date of fall 2020. "In 2020, there is no amenity greater than safety," said Carlos Sarmiento, general manager of Hotel Paso del Norte, on the property's enhanced restoration. "Reopening during a pandemic means that offering an authentic destination experience is not enough. It's imperative that we employ advanced safety precautions to promote health and peace of mind. Then guests will truly be able to enjoy this beautiful hotel." Made by Plasma Air, the HVAC system uses air purification technologies to eliminate airborne viruses safely by using the process of ionization. This has been a proven method for virus destruction, tested in simulated hospital ICUs and hotels. These HVAC systems will be installed in common areas, bars, restaurants, hallways, ballrooms, meeting rooms, spa and fitness rooms, and all guest rooms will utilize the filtration system shown to kill viruses. "Saugatuck Douglas Together": A community initiative to protect the vacation town of Saugatuck, Michigan The popular Midwestern lakeside towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan banded together to create a community initiative that will implement safety solutions enforcing enhanced social distancing guidelines and cleanliness practices within local businesses — all while hopefully helping to maintain the sense of fun that visitors expect to experience on vacation. Most businesses in the area get the majority of their revenue for the entire year in the summer — which is why this collaborative aimed for achieving a successful tourist season by offering guests confidence and peace of mind while they're visiting. "The ArtCoast Safety and Sanitation Team has been a collaborative and grassroots effort to proactively prepare our ArtCoast Communities for reopening, to survive a pandemic, and to reimagine and reinvent their businesses in order to thrive in the new normal," said Lauren Flanagan, a Douglas resident and leader who facilitated the safety and sanitation team's process and recommendations for creating a safe space for guests. The town created applications for a certified business "Seal of Approval," which are displayed on the windows outside of each establishment. They denote the business has been properly checked and is complying with essential CDC safety practices, including working with police and local law enforcement to ensure guests and locals are wearing masks. Pebble Beach Resorts, Pebble Beach, California: Stickers for employees The Pebble Beach Resorts properties located between Monterey and Carmel, California began welcoming guests on June 15, after their first closure in the destination's 100-plus year history. The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Inn at Spanish Bay have both implemented a comprehensive health, safety, and social distancing program. In addition to extensive health and sanitation guidelines onsite, practices include temperature testing and a health survey for employees at the beginning of each shift, as temperature checks are just one small element of screening for symptoms of COVID-19 — and if the employee has symptoms or a temperature at or above 100.4°F after their screening, they will be sent home. After they're screened, they'll be given a sticker to display on their uniforms, which will help visually communicate to guests that the associates that they've been evaluated and confirmed healthy. This sticker is a discreet but visible small colored dot — and it's a unique color every day. The Wigwam in Phoenix, Arizona: A "SWAT" team The Wigwam in Phoenix, Arizona, a 440-acre historic Litchfield Park resort, has officially reopened — and is completely committed to ensuring its guests' and associates' health and safety. In addition to already boasting plenty of wide-open and socially distant spaces directly on property, The Wigwam has launched its very own "SWAT" — Sanitation and Wellness Awareness Team — with "SWAT" members visible constantly throughout all public areas to ensure all high-touch surfaces such as pool chairs, door handles, and pool gates are clean. By naming the task force the well-known acronym "SWAT," which in this case stands for "Safety Wellness Awareness Team," the property aimed to spotlight their team members that deserve special recognition for this important job. This unique role of hotel staffers is part of The Wigwam's commitment to upholding cleanliness and social distancing guidelines under The Wigwam Cares Wellness policy. The SWAT is on property for two eight-hour shifts each day, and ensures there's no surface left unclean. These team members were already staff members of The Wigwam, but were specially re-trained for this distinctive position. SWAT employees are highly visible, and can be easily seen everywhere onsite throughout the day and night in their bright red uniforms. "We wanted the enhanced visibility of our team members to be a comfort to our guests and assure them that we are on top of the increased cleanliness needs," said Katy Powers, managing director of The Wigwam. "Instead of making it an overwhelming experience, we really wanted to simplify it and make sure guests felt welcomed, protected, and safe at The Wigwam. It has been a great success based on the feedback that our guests have provided." SEE ALSO: Hotel general managers share what it's been like to ride out the pandemic at 3 very different resorts, from a private island in the Caribbean to a wilderness lodge in South Africa READ ALSO: 'Financially it's been catastrophic': How hotel and restaurant owners in Greece are reopening after the loss of tourism during COVID-19 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Hotels, motels, and resorts are never going to be the same. Here's what you can expect the next time you plan a vacation.
Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to...Hotels, motels, and resorts will be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to top travel CEOs from companies like Hilton, Club Med, and Aman Resorts about how the coronavirus will change the experience of staying in a hotel. Hoteliers predict that travelers will prefer smaller, less dense hotels and outdoor amenities. Breakfast buffets could become a thing of the past, and room service could come in the form of a bag dropped outside your door. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hotels and resorts are in a state of crisis. As of May 20, seven out of 10 hotel rooms in the US were sitting empty and thousands of hotels are completely closed, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Hotels have lost more than $25 billion in room revenue since the start of the pandemic, and 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed, per the AHLA. Empty hotels are desperately selling bonds for future discounted travel. But as US states and other countries start to reopen, hotel companies are looking ahead to make travelers feel safe and to entice them into coming back to their properties. Many major hotel brands, including Marriott — the world's biggest hotel company — Best Western, Hilton, and Hyatt Hotels, have pledged to abide by the AHLA's new Safe Stay guidelines for everything from contactless check-in to new cleaning standards and protocols. Here's what you can expect the next time you stay at a hotel or resort. People may seek out smaller, less dense lodging One major change travelers might see in hotels in the future is a change in design. "I think that people are going to migrate towards smaller properties, or perhaps migrate to properties that have larger open spaces and are not as high-volume," Mark Durliat, CEO and cofounder of Grace Bay Resorts in Turks and Caicos, recently told Business Insider's Madeline Stone. Carolyne Doyon, CEO and President of Club Med North America, told Business Insider that she believes "there will be increased demand for resort options that are less dense ... resorts that are integrated in, and respectful of, their surrounding natural environments and are spread out across larger areas." Visually, she predicts a big change to the design of resorts too, with a pivot to "low-rise buildings that blend in rather than traditional concrete high-rises." The humble motel may even make a comeback. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which has adopted the AHLA's Safe Stay protocols and owns brands like Super 8 and Days Inn, is already seeing rising demand for its properties with exterior corridors — also known as motels — per The New York Times. Dave DeCecco, Wyndham's vice president of global communications, told Business Insider that motel owners are finding several benefits to the traditional motel design. For one, motels don't have interior hallways or large social spaces, limiting guests' exposure to other people and lowering the risk of infection. On top of that, the fact that guests can park directly outside their room further limits their exposure to strangers. Contactless check-in and temperature screenings upon arrival Hotels that didn't already have contactless check-in are now offering it via smartphone app to cut down on person-to-person interaction. At Hilton, for example, guests can check in using its Digital Key system, which opens any door a guest would normally access with a key card. That includes guest rooms, elevators, side doors, and fitness centers. Many brands, including Club Med and Loews Hotels, have said they will screen guests' temperatures when they arrive at the hotel. No more noisy neighbors: Some hotels will only fill 50% of their rooms Contactless check-in isn't the ony way your next hotel experience may involve fewer people. The next time you stay in a hotel, the rooms on either side of yours may be empty. Some cities, counties, and hotel brands have announced they will operate at no more than 50% occupancy for the foreseeable future. At some of its resorts that are reopening, luxury resort brand Aman Resorts will "skip a key," or only make every other room available for reservation, COO Roland Fasel told Business Insider. California's San Luis Obispo County is limiting hotel and short-term lodging occupancy rates to no more than 50% — and only for essential travel — in an order by the county health officer that went into effect May 17 and will be reevaluated every two weeks. And Pensacola Beach in Florida limited its hotels to half-capacity back in March, keeping them open throughout the pandemic. No more daily housekeeping Your hotel room itself may look a bit different than it did before the pandemic. The Four Seasons will place "Lead With Care" kits in each guest room that include masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitization wipes. Best Western, which has more than 5,000 hotels worldwide, said it will remove "unnecessary items" like decorative pillows from guest rooms as part of its enhanced sanitization procedures. And Hilton is doing away with the pen, paper, and guest directory normally provided in each room unless specifically requested. Another major change travelers can expect to see is the frequency of housekeeping. The standard that guests have come to expect in hotels is daily housekeeping unless they request their room be skipped. That's an expectation that's about to invert. For those hotels abiding by the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, housekeeping will no longer enter a guest's room during their stay unless specifically requested. Rooms will continue to be cleaned thoroughly after check-out. The new room service: a bag outside your door, or a server in full PPE Travelers who frequent high-end hotels may be accustomed to room service delivered straight into their room by a dapper server pushing a white tablecloth-clad cart. But in the time of coronavirus, the AHLA recommends that traditional room service be replaced with a no-contact delivery method. Gregg Fracassa, general manager at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently told Business Insider that in-room dining service will come "in the form of a market bag left at the door." Aman Resorts said it has seen increased demand for in-room dining during the pandemic. Staff is still delivering meals into rooms — while wearing full PPE. "All in-room dining is served with food and drinks covered, and staff wear PPE [personal protective equipment] upon delivery," Fasel said. "If guests feel comfortable with us dropping the food off in their room we do so, however we can also place it on a table in the entrance." Say goodbye to the traditional hotel buffet The beloved continental breakfast buffet may be a thing of the past. Traditional buffet service should be limited and prepackaged foods and "grab and go" items should be the preferred method of food delivery, per the AHLA. Best Western has said that some of its breakfast rooms could be closed to avoid unnecessary guest congregation, and some of its hotels may switch to a pre-plated breakfast to minimize guest contact. If a hotel does choose to offer a buffet, it should be served by an attendant wearing PPP and food displays should include sneeze and cough screens. Expect to be wearing a mask during your spa treatments That brings us to amenities: Hotels love to tout their amenities, from pools and saunas to gyms and restaurants. But during a pandemic, shared spaces where groups of people gather can be cause for unease. The good news for amenity-seekers is that AHLA guidelines allow for fitness centers, pool areas, and meeting spaces to stay open — as long as they are configured for social distancing and disinfected multiple times per day. However, some amenities will take on a different look. Luxury spa treatments will continue, but they might take place inside your hotel room rather than at the hotel spa, and your massage therapist may be wearing full PPE. At Aman Resorts, which is known for its wellness offerings, all spa therapists will wear masks, as well as gloves if the guest requests them, Fasel told Business Insider. Therapists will change their PPE between each treatment and treatment rooms will have a minimum 30-minute turnover time to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization. Aman recommends that guests wear masks during treatments. Aman has also expanded its in-room spa services. In the spa area, only one person is allowed at a time inside shared enclosed spaces like steam rooms and saunas. These changes could also be accompanied by a growing demand for outdoor amenities. "When social distancing restrictions are lifted, we foresee our guests wanting to be outside, rather than confined indoors," David Bowd, CEO of Salt Hotels and operator of The Asbury and Asbury Ocean Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey, recently told Business Insider. "Catering to this expected demand, we'll be focusing on outdoor programming, such as outdoor movies and pool events." Aman Resorts will expand its nature experiences, such as offering a new foraging trek combined with a kitchen garden tour and outdoor cooking class at its Amankila resort in Bali, Fasel said. Ramped-up cleaning protocols and social distancing rules Hotels have vowed to boost their cleaning procedures and train employees in proper safety protocols. Per the AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, hotels will offer employees COVID-19 safety and protocol training and require that workers frequently wash their hands and wear proper PPE based on CDC recommendations. Common spaces like lobbies, gym equipment, pool seating, and dining surfaces, as well as other high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons and door handles, are to be disinfected multiple times per day. Many hotels have said they're installing hand sanitizing stations throughout their properties. Marriott is rolling out new cleaning technologies, like electrostatic sprayers that use hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize surfaces, with the help of its new Global Cleanliness Council that was created to develop enhanced health and safety guidelines for Marriott's 7,300 properties, Business Insider's Melissa Wiley reported. Per the AHLA guidelines, hotels will advise guests to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from people not traveling with them. Hotels will make certain areas for appropriate distancing and, where possible, encourage one-way walkways. In some cases, lobby furniture and other seating areas, such as pool chairs and cabanas, will be spaced far enough apart to promote social distancing.SEE ALSO: An empty lot on Miami's 'Billionaire Bunker' is listed for $32 million, and it shows just how valuable land is on the high-security island with its own 13-person police force DON'T MISS: Staying in a hotel will be very different post-pandemic — here are the new safety and cleaning plans and precautions being implemented by every major hotel brand Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Miami hotels might be known for a plethora of high-end luxury brands, but its boutique...Miami hotels might be known for a plethora of high-end luxury brands, but its boutique hotels are no less glamorous, contemporary, and service-oriented. Located all over the city from South Beach to Brickell, and Little Havana, these boutique properties include desirable amenities like on-site pools, cultural programming, and rooftop bars. We selected the best boutique hotels based on personal experience, Trip Advisor and Booking.com ratings, and budget. In Miami's summer off-season, expect prices between $95 and $468 per night, depending on how posh you want to go. Read all Business Insider hotel reviews here. A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again. Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions. Personal attention, intimate settings, and little risk of encountering large-scale conventions and crowds are just a few reasons many folks love to stay at boutique hotels. In Miami, boutique hotels also typically boast historic architecture in renovated Art Deco or Mediterranean Revival buildings, intriguing design and style aesthetics, and an approachable ambiance that feels far from corporate. Many are located in popular South Beach, though they're quickly popping up all over the city. Urbanica Hotels, which specializes in boutiques (see Urbanica The Meridian Hotel below), will debut new venues in Edgewater in 2020 and North Beach in the coming years. The Brickell/downtown area and region of South Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables are all starting to see more polished small properties developed. And Little Havana, too, is becoming a place to stay as its cultural resources are increasingly recognized as the citywide treasures that they are. For more Miami area hotel recommendations, click on a link below to jump directly to all our coverage of the best hotels in Miami. The best hotels in Miami The best hotels in South Beach The best hotels in Fort Lauderdale The best hotels in Key West As a longtime Miami local and travel writer who has reviewed countless hotels, I curated this list based on my experiences staying at and reviewing these properties. I also consulted reviews and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com, and Hotels.com, where they received at least 4 stars out of 5 stars, or 8.1 out of 10. Additionally, in Miami, pool or beach access is a must, and every hotel includes fantastic places to take a dip or soak up some sun, in addition to offering high-end food and beverage options, excellent spa and fitness amenities, and impeccable design. Prices range between $95 and $468 to start in the summer off-season, and you can expect all of them to hike rates by a few hundred dollars starting around Thanksgiving, until after spring break. Resort fees vary widely but often include bicycle rentals, barre or yoga classes, happy hours, or breakfast. These are the best boutique hotels in Miami, sorted by price from low to high.SEE ALSO: The best hotels in South Beach SEE ALSO: The best hotels in Miami The Plymouth South Beach Book The Plymouth South Beach starting at $95 per night One of only two designated Small Luxury Hotels of the World on the Eastern seaboard, The Plymouth South Beach is a design lover's dream. From the dusty pink quilted headboards to the robust selection of antique armchairs in the lobby, the decor will surely inspire a few homeowner daydreams. Standard rooms start at 250 square feet, and many strategically placed mirrors try to disguise the fact the rooms and single, marble-vanity bathrooms are diminutive in nature. The retro country French styling adds the requisite allure, however, and it's completely worth the extra $60 to upgrade to a Terrace King, which offers 375 square feet, subway-tiled bathrooms with steam showers, and an outdoor space ideal for dining. The excellent Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill in the lobby is as popular with locals as it is with hotel guests, and might require a reservation in advance. And don't miss a selfie at the original 1940s Art Moderne pool, one of the prettiest in Miami – and that's saying a lot. Trip Advisor ranking: 20 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.2 out of 10 Pros: The Plymouth has dibs on a private slice of beach located between the W South Beach and The Setai. Grab a ride on the golf cart to get there, or stroll on over. Cons: Guests complain about indifferent customer service and lack of food and beverage amenities during the daytime hours. Circa 39 Miami Beach Book Circa 39 Hotel starting at $109 per night Located in the Normandy Isles neighborhood of North Beach, the 97-guestroom Circa 39 is a colorful, Caribbean-styled retreat. It comprises two connected buildings with a lush courtyard in between that's ideal for relaxing, reading a book, or sipping a tropical cocktail. Rooms start at 200 square feet, which is smaller than most, but they're also consistently cheaper. And what they lack in size they make up for in character with plenty of blues, greens, and oranges accenting teak furniture, plantation shutters, and hardwood floors. Bathrooms are simple and even smaller than the room might indicate. Upgrade for only $50 more and a whole new world opens up on higher floors, including better views. The public spaces, including WunderBar and Jules Kitchen give top vacation vibes as well, with lots of bright, layered textiles, wicker shades, and cane-back and cast iron furnishings. There's a refreshing pool in back, and the beachfront here is frequented more by locals and less by tourists. Trip Advisor ranking: 29 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.5 out of 10 Pros: Guests with cars can access a private parking lot via remote for the length of their stay. Cons: There is little soundproofing despite a 2014 renovation that allows traffic, guest, and staff noise to seep into rooms. Read Business Insider's full hotel review of Circa 39 Miami Beach The Marlin Hotel Book The Marlin Hotel starting at $119 per night One of the smaller hotels on this list, The Marlin Hotel was also one of the first to be renovated in South Beach's late 1980s/early 1990s renaissance. Continually updated in keeping with the times, the 33-room-and-suite hotel is a glam destination for leisure and business travelers of all kinds, including musical celebrities who record at the in-house studio. Hardwood floors, modular furniture, and sandy hues accented by some primary colors in the pillows and rugs make for streamlined but groovy digs. Contemporary bathrooms with vessel sinks and rainfall showerheads wow, as do little luxury touches in rooms like Mistral Verbena Collection products, Astor "Sleep" pillow chocolates, and Nespresso coffee. Do make plans to dine at the award-winning northern Italian Osteria Del Teatro, which debuted on the beach in a different location in 1987. It seems only fitting that The Marlin houses it now. Continental breakfast is offered from 8 to 10 a.m. Trip Advisor ranking: 12 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: Sure, hairdryers are an expected fixture but Babylis flatirons? Oh, we like this amenity. The makeup remover, too. Cons: The Marlin Hotel has no pool, but you'll find a packed beach bag with two towels awaiting you for a short walk to the beach. And, as a consequence, the resort fee is only $15, which is far cheaper than most comparable hotels. Novotel Miami Brickell Book Novotel Miami Brickell starting at $119 per night Designed for the convenience of the business traveler – but without leaving out the staycation community – the Novotel Miami Brickell offers a fusion of boutique hospitality and efficient function. Located downtown, it's less than a half-mile to the Metro station and 3.5 miles to Brightline Virgin MiamiCentral Station. Standard rooms are less modestly sized than competitors, with room enough for a lengthy bureau/desk, bench, table, and chair in addition to beds with oversized, geometric wood headboards. If you don't want to stare out at the great city views, the 50-inch LCD televisions offer plenty of entertainment, as do UVA bar and Lima restaurant in the soaring lobby. The rooftop pool is the biggest draw of staying here. A DJ mixes music while guests of all ages mingle poolside with drinks and fare procured from Vista Roof Top pool bar. While the seating is competitive and the pool bar sometimes understaffed, the scene has that appealing Miami vibe. Trip Advisor ranking: 7 out of 134 hotels in Miami Booking.com rating: 8.7 out of 10 Pros: Brickell City Centre and The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, which have outstanding dining and drinking options, as well as upscale boutiques and live music venues, are only just over a half-mile away. Cons: You can hear the trains from the rooms, and even during prime time service, the staff is often missing from the bar and host stands. The Redbury South Beach Book The Redbury starting at $139 per night A perennial favorite, The Redbury South Beach is a 69-room bohemian charmer that attends to every detail. From rooms with record players and curated collections of vinyl to custom hemp-blend mattresses, this boutique gem delivers on the promise of its premise. Rooms start at an unstinting 375 square feet and feature natural hues that reflect Miami's famous light. Updated bathrooms with triple filtered-water, oversize steam showers, and bathtubs, complemented by all-natural bath products, are ideal for washing off the salt from the nearby Atlantic or the chlorine from the 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool. That pool, by the way, with its terrific sight lines, is a social hot spot day or night. Also a community darling: Cleo Mediterráneo, with its extensive menu of fresh, shareable mezze. Partake in any meal here before you depart for the day, or ask the attentive concierge team for ideas about other local spots to indulge. Trip Advisor ranking: 14 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.8 out of 10 Pros: While the hotel is not located on the beach, guests have access to the sand as well as towels, chairs, and other accouterments via The Delano. Ask the concierge. Cons: The 17th Street and Collins Avenue location makes The Redbury eminently walkable to all the prime South Beach locations, but noise and tourist unpleasantness can be a factor, especially during some of the wilder festivals and party weekends. Life House, Little Havana Book Life House, Little Havana starting at $149 per night Founded by Rami Zeidan, Life House Hotels is a boutique brand offering alternative lodgings to big-brand hotels. And this Little Havana edition is different indeed, supplying a "bespoke narrative" along with its digs. Every room and public area, from library and courtyard to rooftop bar, is designed as if a global traveler had collected decor from around the world. It's an interesting concept, resulting in rooms that all feel unique, well-appointed, and attractive – but astoundingly small. They start at just 140 square feet. Guests complain that they are darker and not as clean as they should be, although the hotel only opened in January, 2020. That said, other guests have had positive experiences exploring the hotel's Parcela Café in the landscaped courtyard, meant to evoke Hemingway days, and Terras Rooftop bar, which offers a terrific view of this culturally vital area of Miami. Trip Advisor ranking: 66 out of 124 hotels in Miami Booking.com rating: 8.1 out of 10 Pros: The location is prime for exploring all Miami has to offer, especially if you don't want to bother with a car. If you love Latin music and dancing, you're in the right region. Cons: Because this is a refurbished urban mansion in a Little Havana neighborhood, guests say the neighbors make them feel unsettled. In addition, while there's sunbathing on the rooftop, there's no pool on the premises or beach nearby, so this is a pick best for urban dwellers. Urbanica The Meridian Hotel Book Urbanica The Meridian Hotel starting at $149 per night A restored Art Deco building originally from the 19303, The Meridian fits right in on South Beach but stands out with its more sedate, high-end South of Fifth location. Run by Urbanica The Hotels, a brand that specializes in boutique properties in Miami and Buenos Aires, the three-story Meridian features 71 rooms designed in minimalist style, with beds that have slatted wooden headboards and luxurious white duvets. The rooms themselves are small but are clean and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of them are over Minibar, a colorful speakeasy that gets its share of pretty people business, however. If you're retiring early, ask for a room away from these amenities. An attractive plunge pool is located on the rooftop, and plants abound in the outdoor public spaces. For fare, the famous New York City deli Regina's Grocery offers Italian eats, and vending machines, a microwave, water, coffee, and tea supplement whenever the bar and cafe aren't open. Trip Advisor ranking: 7 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.8 out of 10 Pros: Bicycles are included in the resort fee, and the location is accessible to bus and trolley stops. Cons: Guests have few complaints, but they usually relate to billing practices and documents. Read the fine print and check your statements. Greystone Miami Beach Book Greystone Miami Beach starting at $149 per night Charming, chic, and eco-conscious, the 91-guestroom Greystone debuted at the dawn of 2020. Owned by VOS Hospitality, the Greystone occupies a 1930s building, originally designed by famed Art Deco architect Henry Hohauser. Designated a Historic Hotel of America, its facade sits on Collins Avenue, but the property also includes another building next door on the side street, as well as a contemporary, beautifully lit courtyard between them. Adults-only and pet-friendly, this is a hotel for folks who only have fur babies to worry about. The rooms, with white-on-white decor, interrupted only by splashes of pastel pink and blue, are sleek and high-tech. Every room includes an INTELITY tablet, which you can use to order extra ROIL bath products. A smartphone app also controls everything from keyless entry to towel service at the rooftop pool. The food and beverage options are top-notch and impressive. Chef Pawan Pinisetti leads Sérêvène, a restaurant that fuses Japanese, French, and Indian flavors with luxe ingredients, and the fast-casual KOBO, which features Japanese sandwiches. Sebastian Dubonet handles the mixology at UISCE, an upscale whiskey bar, and Golden Gator, an underground Champagne lounge that's open until 5 a.m. When it starts pushing on toward morning, snack on Caviar Push Pops and Foie Gras & Pop Rocks Lollipops, and then tumble onto your Felicity Plus Mattress for a few blissful hours of sleep before hitting the beach across the street. Trip Advisor ranking: 178 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: Not listed, too new Pros: The location is extremely walkable, with the beach right across the street and Lincoln Road only a few blocks away. Cons: Guests from a few early reviews had trouble with housekeeping, and noise from Collins Avenue, especially exotic sports cars gunning their engines, which can be disturbing. Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove Book Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove starting at $167 per night If you observe the 100-room Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove from a distance, you might mistake it for a posh midcentury modern yacht. Art Deco influences include portholes and hairpin stilts, while the design inside leans heavily nautical with lots of glossy lacquered wood, rich blue tones, and sailing maps and photos. Lodgings begin on the second floor with built-in bar carts and gem-tone headboards that seamlessly blend in with the deep blue walls. Everything is designed to feel like you're on a sleek Italian superyacht cruising around Capri. The white marble and blue-tiled bathrooms and balconies separated from each other by sailing tarps heighten the oceanic impression. On the rooftop, the indoor-outdoor Bellini is a dining destination and gathering place for the community as well as the hotel. It's revered for Italian pastas, seafood, and the signature drink for which it's named, all served by white tuxedo-clad servers. After all, Mr. C is owned and run by the fourth generation of the Cipriani family, which also owns Harry's Bar in Venice where the Prosecco cocktail was invented. A small but serene rooftop pool and an idyllic courtyard round out the tranquil offerings. Trip Advisor ranking: 65 out of 134 hotels in Coconut Grove Booking.com rating: 9.1 out of 10 Pros: A rooftop pool is a view-worthy, refreshing place to hang out with plush cabanas available to book. It's a short flight of stairs away from the outdoor dining, so there's some separation of church and state. Cons: The positioning of the hotel is smack in the middle of the busiest part of Coconut Grove, where shops, plazas, schools, parks, and festival grounds collide. When everything is in season, the area can be a logjam of traffic and construction. Also, the gym is quite small. Read Business Insider's full hotel review of Mr. C Miami - Coconut Grove Prime Hotel Miami Beach Book Prime Hotel Miami Beach starting at $200 per night Prime Hotel is something of a secret. It's an extension of Myles Chefetz's luxury Prime brand that includes Prime 112, Prime Fish, Prime Italian, and Big Pink, which are all some of the highest-earning restaurants in the nation. The hotel is equally sweet, chic, and a celebrity-frequented boutique. It's not unusual for rooms to be leased by high-caliber athletes and actors who only eat at Prime restaurants while in town, and for no one to know where they're staying. That said, the hotel is open to everyone, and is especially ideal for honeymooners, couples celebrating an anniversary, and travelers who enjoy privacy. It's also surprisingly family-friendly, given that there are only 14 custom-designed rooms. The front desk offers 24/7 service and an on-site concierge can arrange anything from babysitting to beach activities. Rooms are modern and chic with white and chrome decor and look out on South Beach's upscale South of Fifth neighborhood through floor-to-ceiling windows. Many also have balconies. In addition, if you don't want to walk the half-block to the beach, a rooftop pool is perfect for a spot of sunbathing or resting under the shade of the cabana. Trip Advisor ranking: 158 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.6 out of 10 Pros: Room service from Prime 112, Prime Italian, or Big Pink is a big perk. If you're not in the mood for any of them, the location offers access to plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Cons: Noise from Prime 112 and the neighborhood, in general, can trickle up. The Betsy South Beach Book The Betsy South Beach starting at $239 per night The Betsy South Beach comprises two renovated and connected buildings: The Betsy Ross, a Florida Georgian hotel on Ocean Drive, and The Carlton, an Art Deco hotel from 1938 that stands directly behind it on Collins Avenue. The main entrance is on Ocean Drive, just across from the beach. Owned by the Plutzik-Goldwasser family, The Betsy is an epicenter for the literary, visual, and performing arts. The Lobby (with bar and restaurant), The B Bar, The Library, The Gallery, The Carlton Room (with bar and gallery), and rooftop spaces all host poetry readings, musical performances, academic lectures, visual arts displays, and more. Programming every day and night of the week allows guests up-close-and-personal meetings with artists-in-residence. Also, meet the CEOs – Canine Executive Officers – at golden (retriever) hour on Fridays. One of the larger boutique hotels on the list, The Betsy offers a wide variety of rooms and suites. They start at 250 square feet, which is small, but the art-filled public spaces are generous and vibrant. Food and beverage offerings are under the direction of Laurent Tourondel; don't hesitate to luxuriate in the dishes at LT Steak & Seafood – especially the noteworthy popovers. Trip Advisor ranking: 6 out of 222 hotels in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.4 out of 10 Pros: Beach towels, loungers, and umbrellas are included in the resort fee, so pop across the street to the Boucher Brothers concession and they'll set you up near the landmark Art Deco lifeguard stand. Cons: If you're looking for the kind of beach hotel that promotes parasailing and jet-skiing, you'll be disappointed. But you can always inquire with the concierge about how to participate in those activities. Read Business Insider's full hotel review of The Betsy South Beach The Villa Casa Casuarina Book The Villa Casa Casuarina starting at $468 per night Gianni Versace's storied former mansion is a Miami Beach landmark, and now, an intimate hotel. While prices are usually sky-high, weekdays in the off-season offer a relative bargain in this all-suite, elaborately decked-out hotel. Originally built in 1930 by wealthy architect Alden Freeman as an apartment building, the Spanish-Mediterranean property is now a 10-suite hotel, thanks to Versace's $32 million investment and that of various owners over the years after his murder. Staying at The Villa Casa Casuarina affords you access to the historical statues, columns, fountain, and the absolutely stunning Thousand Mosaic Pool, which is made out of 24k gold tiles. The suites themselves are absolutely lavish with murals on both walls and ceilings and tapestries, carved rare wood furniture, objets d'arts, and more. Marble bathrooms include oversize double showerheads and double sinks, and every suite has a balcony or terrace; some even have two. It may be hard to leave these quarters for even a second, but do head up to the Rooftop Lounge for a sunset drink. Trip Advisor ranking: 15 out of 151 specialty lodging in Miami Beach Booking.com rating: 8.4 out of 10 Pros: Daily breakfast is included in the room rate, and other food and beverage options include Onyx Bar and the poolside Restaurant Gianni's At The Villa. Cons: The Ocean Drive location and famous history means this place is not only subject to the typical tourist action, but a busy photo opp for lots of tourists too, due to its notoriety. Also, the design includes a lot of slippery stairs and no elevators or ramps, so it is not accessible for everyone.