Miami is a mecca of fast cars, flashy hotels and “price on request” artworks. For those of you who want to run with the bougie crowd but have a wallet less willing, we’ve found a whole host of hotels to help you keep up appearances.

These budget-friendly Miami hotels don’t scrimp on style

Mr C Coconut Grove

Haven’t heard of Coconut Grove? Get aquantainted with this newly thriving area, using Mr. C Coconut Grove as your base. Away from Miami Beach (in mindset and mapping), this refined stretch of marina land (with an East-Village vibe) has inspired the Cipriani’s latest iteration: Mr. C. Running along Biscayne Bay, the nautical-themed hotel, with interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, has an Italian sensibility – think: lacquered wood-panelled walls and tiered chandeliers. Elevated on stilts, the hotel’s concrete facade with oversized porthole windows makes you feel as if you’re cruising on a luxury liner.

From £135 per night

Freehand Miami

Freehand draws a young creative crowd to the beach with its generous offering of poolside cocktails (and a fresh juice bar for when you’re not feeling quite as peachy). It’s also home to one of the city’s most effervescent watering holes, Broken Shaker. Invaluable to the Miami scene, Freehand has shared spaces that have a vibrant feel, while bedrooms offer a more homely atmosphere.

From £97 per night

  • +1 305 531 2727
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  • 2727 Indian Creek Drive
    Miami Beach
    FL 33140

The Standard Spa

If you like being near the action but not quite in the throes of it all, The Standard Spa’s Belle Isle positioning will certainly appeal. A stone’s throw from South Beach (and a five-minute walk to the trendy local neighbourhood of Sunset Harbour), this is less a “hotel” and more a spa with guest rooms. Luxuriate in the peaceful tropical gardens and make the most of the indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy playground, complementary to hotel guests. Interrupt your relaxation time to sample the Japanese-inspired menu at The Lido Bayside Grill. Follow with a trip to the nail salon or head back to your airy room for a post-lunch siesta.

Rooms from £162 per night

Hotel Victor

Versace Versace Versace. Hotel Victor is plotted right on Ocean Drive adjacent to the Versace Mansion – and it’s no less opulent, we might add. The 91-room, 30s mansion has been given a modern-luxe lift courtesy of Parisian designer Jacques Garcia – there’s a flurry of royal blue and gold, velvet and chenille about the place. After checking in to your boudoir, split your time between the mosaic-tiled pool, spa (with hammam) and Gianni’s restaurant. BICE Ristorante.

Rooms from £110 per night

Kimpton Surfcomber

Far more relaxed and way less pretentious than its neighbours, Kimpton Surfcomber is not super scene-y. With an amiable atmosphere, this is the kind of place where you can expect a mellow crowd and playful interiors – think: geometric patterns and casually placed surfboards heaped in the lobby and by the pool. Speaking of which, the hotel pool, shaded by the surrounding palms, comes a close second to the sea breeze that can’t be experienced anywhere better than right on the beach.

From £98 per night

  • +1 305 532 7715
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  • 1717 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach
    FL 33139

Casa Faena

Casa Faena’s extravagant red-and-white facade is decidedly low-key in contrast to its interiors. Rooms with ornate beds are bedecked in pink tones, while shelves and side tables are stacked high with antique features (think: an infinite collection of kitsch ceramic paraquettes). Positioned on the shores of Mid-Beach, Casa Faena makes a great launchpad for exploring the neighbourhood before the heat gets a little too much – then retreating inside for an evening of moreish tapas and double-pour cocktails at the hotel’s Latin-American influenced restaurant.

Rooms from £158 per night

  • +1 305 604 8485
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  • 3500 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach
    FL 33140

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