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The Miami hotel scene is all about flashiness, luxury, and one-upmanship, a bling-on-the-beach circus that kicked off in 1995, when Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager opened the Delano, and hasn't let up since. Despite the economic slowdown, the building boom continues, with each new property outdoing the last with an even hotter pool scene and an even more buzz-worthy bar. Miami's historic hotels are trying to get a piece of the action as well: The Eden Roc and the Fontainebleau, grand midcentury hotels in Mid-Beach, have also reemerged from multimillion-dollar face-lifts where no stone was left unpolished.

South Beach's iconic hotels have made the area the 24-hour party destination that it is today, and the Delano, the Shore Club, the Raleigh, and newcomers Gansevoort South and the Mondrian promise the quintessential Miami Beach experience and hopping pool scenes to boot. If you care about service and luxury, the Setai is your best choice, followed by the Ritz-Carlton; neither comes cheap.

Indeed, speaking broadly, and frankly, the high-end hotels on South Beach aren't focused on delivering good value for the money: Prices are high but service standards are distressingly low, and style often rides roughshod over substance. There are still budget-friendly hotel options, at least outside the peak (December and January) of the high season (December through March). Art Deco hotels like the Catalina and the Beacon are just steps from the ocean yet offer rooms under $200 a night, as does the Standard. Staying Sunday through Thursday will save you heaps.

If you're not interested in the social maelstrom of South Beach, there are other options. Downtown—where the new Epic and Viceroy hotels opened recently—draws business travelers as well as those focusing their visits on the Design District and the mainland's new cultural offerings. Brickell Avenue is another business hub with a clutch of ultraluxury choices (the Mandarin, the Four Seasons), and Key Biscayne is an island alternative where the beach scene has less energy but no less lucre. In all three areas, service standards tend to be much higher than on South Beach.

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Sanctuary South Beach, Miami Beach

Nurturing and intimate with just 30 suites, this boutique hotel a few blocks away from the crowds and the beach intends to live up to its name. You enter...more

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Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami Beach

The Ritz-Carlton company spent $200 million to transform the former DiLido Hotel, an Art Moderne landmark built in 1953 at the foot of Lincoln Road, into a...more

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Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is barely Miami at all—at least in atmosphere. The island—a bridge span from downtown—is a quiet, moneyed hideout, where starched...more

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The Raleigh, Miami Beach

One of the most significant buildings in the South Beach Art Deco district, the Raleigh is centered around the area's most beautiful and famous swimming...more

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Prime Hotel, Miami Beach

Few perches are better for Miami celebrity-spotting than one of the Prime Hotel's balconies overlooking Prime One Twelve and Prime Italian, South Beach's...more

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Pelican Hotel, Miami Beach

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...more

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One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Bal Harbour

The One Bal Harbour (formerly the Regent) feels a universe away from the over-the-top nightclub-in-the-lobby atmosphere of its competitors in Miami...more

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Mondrian South Beach, Miami Beach

With a fairy tale–inspired design by Dutch superstar Marcel Wanders, the Mondrian is a sexy outpost of manufactured South Beach hipness. But scratching...more

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Miami

Worlds (well, 20 minutes) away from the mania of South Beach, this serene, stylish property on a private island near the Brickell business district has stunning...more

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JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Miami

It's hard to list the merits of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami without sounding a bit Vegas-esque. There's no casino in this 41-floor downtown property, but the...more

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