The long-awaited Ultra Music Festival is fast-approaching—still looking for a place to stay? The HBT team made a list of our go-to Miami hotels; each is the perfect balance of luxury and fun. Best of all, they won’t even judge you when you come back wearing nothing but kandi after Day 3.
If you’re new to the Miami scene and would rather go somewhere familiar, the W fits the bill. Quirky yet luxurious in the Starwood style we all love, the W has it all: the location, the style, and prices that will make your head hurt. The renowned hotel starts its nightly rates fairly high, but justly so. It also has its own club, Wall Lounge. Take advantage of the express-nightlife and stop by Wall when you make it make from Ultra—if you make it back.
If you’re looking for something Instagram-worthy, Delano is your best bet. The hotel’s aesthetic was put together by French designer Philippe Starck, and is truly breath-taking—with or without a filter. The only issue with this near-perfect establishment is the size of the hotel rooms. Unless you’re willing to splurge for one of the suites, you’ll end up with something around 350 square-feet. But with all the awesome bars and restaurants at Delano and throughout Miami, it’s not like you’ll be spending any time in there anyway.
The hotel, an architectural fusion of Asian and Art Deco design elements, provides an oasis from the bustling Miami scene. If you’re not the type to be partying non-stop—which we can’t relate to, but can empathize with—The Setai will give you the chance to chill a little in between your days at Ultra. The rooms are big, the service is impeccable (a rare find in Miami), and while the food is subpar, nobody goes to Miami just to eat at their hotel the whole time.
Um, it has Nobu. You’ve heard of it. Even if you’re not staying at Shore Club, reserve for dinner after one of your busy Ultra days. Try everything on the menu—we have no doubt you’ll dance it off. The hotel itself, renowned for its all-white design, is the masterpiece of British architect David Chipperfield. If you’re all for luxury but can’t stand the old-school lacquered wood style, Shore Club’s modern take on extravagance will be more than refreshing. Just remember, everything’s white—if you’re a klutz, stick to vodka.
Fontainebleau has built itself quite the reputation since its opening in 1954, only bettered by its billion-dollar renovations in 2008. Basically, a lot of money went into this hotel—and it shows. The establishment itself is huge, meaning it has the amenities to match. Save some energy after Ultra to hit up Dave Grutman’s legendary LIV nightclub, located at the hotel. Don’t worry about overexerting yourself—take advantage of their 40k square-foot spa after Day 3. Bonus: there’s no way you leave this hotel without spotting someone you can find on Perez HIlton.