The 20 Best Hotels in Florida

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The 20 Best Hotels in Florida

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 Hilton Orlando

Set back from the fray of Disney World proper, the hotel is still only six miles from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, seven miles from Universal Studios Florida, and 11 miles from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. With four restaurants, two pools, and a lazy river, it’s a hybrid hotel-cum-resort for anyone looking for less “Mickey.”

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 Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly The Peabody)

Gone are the famous ducks (still to be found at The Peabody in Memphis), but Hyatt has captured a great location across the street from the Orange County Convention Center, with seven on-site restaurants and three pools, to make this hotel one of the best in town.

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 Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Situated along the eastern shoreline of sleepy Key Biscayne, this island resort is as much about escaping the city as it is about enjoying the prolific on-property outlets and amenities (from a foot-in-the-sand Mexican restaurant to an excellent kids club and a colossal spa) as well as proximity to one of Florida’s natural treasures at the unspoiled Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

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 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Another winner in the Orlando area, this hotel is set in the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Reserve, with a three-acre river pool and waterslide. Perks include complimentary shuttle service to Disney Theme Parks and no less than 12 restaurants and lounges.

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 W Fort Lauderdale

Currently undergoing a $55 million renovation, the W has always been one of our readers’ favorites in town. New to the property in 2017 will be an all-day Stephen Starr restaurant with ocean view sidewalk dining. As always with W, temptations are aplenty with two infinity-edge pools, hot tubs, peek-a-boo pool bottoms, cabanas, and a poolside grill & bar.

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 Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Melding the brand’s urbanity with the town’s identity as a top yacht market and cruise port, the 192-room Ritz-Carlton resembles a glossy Art Deco ocean liner, from its curvilinear marble lobby, filigreed banisters, and velvet taupe banquettes, to the seventh-floor pool deck that gives guests a sight-line straight into the ocean. The hotel unveiled a major renovation in 2015, which saw the addition of a 29,000-square-foot oceanfront sundeck with infinity pool and private cabanas, a new spa, and a gym.

7/ 20

 Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

It’s right on the beach, with an open-air bar and “wine hours” every evening in the lobby and the hotel is also pet-friendly. Complimentary use of PUBLIC-brand bicycles and a yoga mat in every room are nice touches from the Kimpton brand. (Be aware that a no-smoking ban is strictly enforced here.)

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 Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

It’s right on the beach, with an open-air bar and “wine hours” every evening in the lobby and the hotel is also pet-friendly. Complimentary use of PUBLIC-brand bicycles and a yoga mat in every room are nice touches from the Kimpton brand. (Be aware that a no-smoking ban is strictly enforced here.)

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 The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach

Home to a tropical courtyard with color splashes of scarlet, yellow, green, and orange, this 1926 landmark, which now houses the famous Café Boulud, offers a secluded retreat within walking distance of Worth Avenue. Gary Cooper, Howard Hughes, polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, and Joseph Pulitzer all slept here. Plus, there’s on onsite Frédéric Fekkai Salon and Spa.

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 Edgewater Beach Hotel, Naples

An all-suite, intimate resort located along seven miles of pristine beach, the hotel has been going strong for over thirty years. A complimentary shuttle to downtown means that you needn’t have a car here.

Courtesy Edgewater Beach Hotel

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 Loews Don Cesar Hotel, St. Pete Beach

This pink palace, opened at the height of the Gatsby Era in 1928, has two heated pools and the Maritana Grille for dining on delicious seafood. Rooms here reflect the colors of the Gulf, with soft blues and tan accents throughout.

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 The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach

The Pearl is the perfect choice for couples, especially techies: In-room iPads come loaded with the Intelity ICE app, so guests can book dinner reservations, concierge offerings, or room service themselves. But the Pearl isn’t too sophisticated for a few down-home touches, such as chocolate-chip cookies and cake truffles at turndown. Fun fact: The white-sand beaches contain quartz fragments dating back 20,000 years to the last Ice Age.

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 The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Built in 1926 in the style of a European bed and breakfast, this boutique pastel-peach landmark coddles the old-fashioned way, with sherry, freshly baked cookies, and discreet, attentive service. Forgot that last-minute gift? For a nominal fee each way, with 30 minutes’ notice, hop in the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce for outings within a five-mile radius of the property.

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 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Not for the faint of heart, this Hard Rock contains the world’s sixth-largest casino with over 5,000 slot machines and 110 gaming tables. Multiple shops, bars, lounges, and restaurants include the acclaimed Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood and chef Marc Murphy’s Mediterranean cuisine at Grey Salt. The hotel is currently undergoing further expansion which will introduce a smoke-free gambling area and heliport.

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 Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

There’s a reason food-and-wine-loving folk flock to this hotel. Rooms include stocked wine racks, there’s a wine store on the property (run by the legendary Bern Steak House across the street), a patisserie, an Epicurean Theatre for cooking demos and classes, and a “living wall” of herbs, which make frequent appearances in the hotel’s cocktails, food, and spa treatments. Even the treatments at the Evangeline spa have a distinct, culinary theme: Try the Honey & Wine wrap, or Cabernet Massage.

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 The Gates Hotel Key West

Highlights include Rum Row—the hotel’s lively pool, bar, and lounge with locally-sourced nibbles as well as a permanently parked food truck and The Blind Pig, which serves “Conch fusion” small bites and tapas. Opened in 2015, this is Key West in a different vein and includes special, guest-only tours of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery and Rodriguez Cigars. Bicycle and scooter rentals are available to reach downtown, or there is a complimentary shuttle.

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 Ritz-Carlton, Naples

This U-shaped resort with two orange Mediterranean-style towers overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is near the Naples Zoo. Antiques and artwork embellish interiors, as do Waterford chandeliers and Asian carpets. The resort’s daily interactive environmental programs for children include nature walks, microscope time in the kid-size lab, and field trips. Rooms in buttercream and light green have dark-wood furniture. Nibble on fresh nigiri rolls at the Sushi Bar or opt for Gumbo Limbo’s bar, the best place for a burger on the beach.

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 The Kimpton Hotel Zamora, St. Pete Beach

A stylish 50-room spot with bayou-side pool and patio and Spanish-inspired architecture, the hotel also has an open-air rooftop bar and lounge. Loaner PUBLIC-brand bikes are a nice added touch for exploring St. Pete Beach and downtown St. Petersburg is only 20 minutes away.

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 Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine

Built in 1888, the landmarked Casa Monica embodies the Moorish Revival style, with intricate wood and wrought-iron balconies on its facade, frescos, Moroccan-style archways, fountains, and chandeliers in the splashy lobby. The Cobalt Lounge is a local hangout. Ask Mr. Foster, the country’s oldest travel agency (now part of Carlson Wagonlit Travel) was once headquartered here.

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 The Pillars Hotel, Fort Lauderdale

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the hotel is an interesting mix of British Colonial architecture and 1930s Art Deco flourishes. With only 18 rooms, you might think you were staying in a private mansion. The Secret Garden restaurant, open only to guests and club members, serves Moroccan-influenced food. The beach is only a five-minute walk away, and the hotel even has a yacht to charter for sailing on nearby Lake Sylvia.

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 The Alfond Inn, Winter Park

Couples and business travelers are both satiated here: The inn offers workstations, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and comfortable down beds for harried road warriors. Dogs are allowed too, provided they’re registered in advance. The hotel also hosts guided tours of its more than 100 pieces of art from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College nearby.

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I was introduced to traveling as a young girl by my mother. Although we never traveled outside of California, those experiences kept me longing for more travel experiences and to share them with my children. I am fortunate to have taken my mother and children on a 10 day vacation to Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas in addition to other destinations as well. Now that my children are grown, I am determined to see and learn from as many countries as I can. I love group travel and am committed to planning and attending many fun and educational trips with members of this club.

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