Oceanfront suites have fabulous views through the floor-to-ceiling windows
Most suites have an extra bathroom—ideal for post-beach showers
The well-equipped gym is open 24/7
What To Know
There’s a daily resort charge that includes WiFi access, beach chairs, and umbrellas
The beach closes at 5 p.m. in the winter and 7 p.m. in the summer
On-site parking is available but pricey
The hotel rents out bikes for a fee
Parking on site
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Comfortable hotel in the chilled-out part of Miami, with oversized suites and access to an uncluttered stretch of beach
Families will feel particularly at home at the Grand Beach, thanks to its prized location on a relaxed part of the beach, miles from the South Beach scene, and its sizable suites, most of which easily sleep four guests. There are some suites with connecting rooms as well, and most have two full bathrooms. The hotel doesn’t distinguish itself much with its décor—the look is more beachy than edgy—but it works perfectly for anyone in need of serious relaxation without the feeling of being cramped in a single small hotel room. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of the ocean, bay, or city add to the expansive feeling. Several pools and hot tubs might tempt guests away from the beach, but the hotel is right on the ocean and this particular stretch of sand is less crowded than most in Miami. Snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and windsurfing are just a taste of the activities on offer for guests, though the hotel-provided beach umbrellas and chairs encourage serious lounging.
In the Area
If your goal is a relaxing beach holiday, it’s possible to avoid the chaos of South Beach altogether, though high-end restaurant and bar choices near the Grand Beach are mostly limited to offerings in the other hotels along the strip. If you want to check out the glitz and glam, South Beach is just a few miles away and easily reached by taxi, but a slew of more casual (and cheaper) restaurants can be found within walking distance on 41st Street: Café Avanti does Italian-style seafood and wine while the Latin Café offers good-value breakfasts as well as fresh juices and smoothies. For a special night out, try the more upscale The Forge, which serves farm-to-table American dishes like local snapper and dry-aged porterhouse, along with an extensive wine list and an excellent selection of beers.