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Long weekend in Miami

Long weekend in Miami

By gracie78
Trip Plan Tags: 
arts + culture,
beach + island,
city,
food,
spa + wellness
Destinations: 
Florida,
Greater Miami,
North America,
United States

I will be flying to Miami next month for a three day weekend. I plan on staying, and never leaving, South Beach.

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Eating

Tap Tap, Florida

819 5th Street, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 305 672 2898
Website: www.taptaprestaurant.com

This longtime South Beach standby, decorated with brightly colored murals, serves some of the best—and best-presented—Haitian food in Miami. It's a welcome break from Cuban fritters and toxically sweet cafecito. It's a bargain, too: You'll struggle to spend more than $10 for an entrée. (Our favorite is the goat in a peppery tomato broth.) Go on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for live jazz and folk music.

Dinner only.

$200-$299
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Hotel

Townhouse Hotel, Florida

150 20th Street, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida
Tel: 305 534 3800
Email: info@townhousehotel.com
Website: www.townhousehotel.com

Tucked in the shadow of the better-known Shore Club, the tiny, five-story Townhouse Hotel is a stylish budget gem: The 67 minimalist rooms may be small, but they've been impeccably designed by India Mahdavi with comfy white beds and chocolate-colored sofas. She's also added some fanciful and useful touches, such as a red beach ball tossed on the bed and exercise machines stashed at the end of the hallways. Best of all, the staff is both helpful and affable (a rarity in Miami’s budget boutique hotels). The free Continental breakfast in the lobby is a plus, too—fresh croissants, muffins, and strong coffee—and though there's no pool (just overstuffed red waterbeds on the roof, plus a garden), the beach is just a two-minute walk away.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
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Hotel

Pelican Hotel, Florida

826 Ocean Drive, South Beach
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: 800 773 5422 (toll-free), Tel: 305 673 3373, Fax: 305 673 3255
Website: www.pelicanhotel.com

Finding a room in Miami under $150 a night can be quite a feat even in the off-season, especially if you want to be anywhere near the water. But you can find one—at least off-season—at the Pelican, a stylish 1940s Ocean Drive hideaway that was revamped by Italian clothing company Diesel in the '90s. (Rooms in high season start at $300, still a great deal.) Each of the hotel's 30 rooms is done with a different theme, using garage sale trash-turned-treasure and recycled bits like shower-curtain rods made from the building's original pipe work. Just be aware that each room is vastly different, and you could find yourself ensconced in a bastion of Southwest kitsch as easily as a calming Scandinavian oasis. The Best Whorehouse glows predictably rouge, and psychedelic '60s throwback Love, Peace, and Leafforest has tree-patterned wallpaper for a bed backboard, fuzzy chairs, and plastic butterflies on the walls. While the vintage furnishings never change, there have been upgrades to the amenities (plasma TVs, Geneva Lab sound systems, iPod docks). The original designer, Magnus Ehrland, is also called in to modernize the themes and keep them from looking stale. The hotel attracts European families, fashion types, and even Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who is said to be partial to Penthouse One. Called the James Bond suite, it has three bedrooms, an oceanfront terrace with a hot tub for eight, and a master bedroom with views of the ocean filtered through a giant aquarium. The hotel has a very good Mediterranean restaurant in the absinthe-green lobby, and outside the staff will set up complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas, which might make up for the lack of a pool.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.