The newest hotels in South Florida are already making a name for themselves.
Open just since March, the Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach has earned the top spot for the city on TripAdvisor, followed in second place by another newcomer, The Redbury South Beach. That hotel, sister to the Hollywood Redbury in Los Angeles, has another designation to brag about: making the Travel + Leisure 2014 “It List,” which highlights the world’s best new hotels.
Despite those plaudits, the biggest hotel headlines are likely to come over the course of the next year. This fall, the long-awaited Edition Miami Beach — a collaboration between hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International — is expected to open, followed early next year by the first phase of the massive Faena development in Miami Beach.
While Palm Beach County is welcoming a freshly renovated resort this spring and Broward has a new chain near the airport, the bulk of the recent building has happened in Miami-Dade.
For many travelers, the new options in the area might just make a decision on where to stay even harder, said Juliana Shallcross, managing editor for web publication HotelChatter.
“My feeling is that people always love Miami,” she said, adding that visitors are likely to pick their hotel based on location, pool scene or spa.
“Miami just has so many options that it’s so hard for travelers to pick the right hotel,” she said.
Which is where we come in. For out-of-towners or locals looking to sample what’s new on the scene, here is our roundup of the latest additions.
• Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Oceanfront
• EB Hotel Miami
• Grand Beach Hotel Surfside
• Lord Balfour South Beach
• Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach
• The Redbury South Beach
PALM BEACH COUNTY
• Waterstone Resort