Rates and deals: Starting around $109 on weekends and $129 on weekdays during summer; Florida residents save up to 20 percent off best available rates.
What's new: The entire 15-story property, just two blocks from Mary Brickell Village and a half block from the Metromover.
Bragging rights: Open since September, the 221-room hotel has already climbed to the No. 1 spot on TripAdvisor.com's list of 129 Miami hotels. Art is abundant, from the video installation in the lobby to the South Florida scenes wallpapered at guest-floor elevator landings. A unique feature for a Hampton Inn, the spacious bar extends to the pool area.
Caveat emptor: While competitive with other downtown hotels, the property fetches high rates.
Best for: Families on vacation, cruise passengers, business travelers.
Details: 50 SW 12th St., Miami, 305-377-9400, http://www.hamptoninnmiamibrickell.com .
Rates and deals: Starting at $159 in summer; Florida residents get 12 percent off the best available rate and 50 percent off the cost of parking through the end of the year.
What's new: Just about everything at the historic 100-room hotel, made up of two old Art Deco buildings, has been rebuilt. Rooms are simple and chic, with pops of navy and lime. Vintage-feeling (but modern) black and white photography throughout the property tells the story of a glamorous couple traveling to the hotel and enjoying their stay. The property opened last June, but some of the biggest additions — such as the pool and restaurants — weren't in place until earlier this year.
Bragging rights: A 40-foot-long see-through plunge pool is elevated between the two buildings, giving passersby on Ocean Drive a peek under the water. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, bikes, and short-term iPad use — rare perks for South Beach. Rooftop lounges offer fantastic views of the ocean.
Caveat emptor: There are two restaurants on property, which can make the hotel's entrance feel busy. A quiet public area will eventually be turned into a business center and espresso cafÃ(c), so check at booking whether any work will be going on during your stay.
Best for: Anyone who wants to be in the middle of Ocean Drive action — with an old-school glamour vibe.
Details: 940 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-532-2362, http://www.breakwatersouthbeach.com .
Rates and deals: Starting at $254 in summer; book directly and get continental breakfast for two, a 20 percent restaurant discount, a free upgrade, free glass of champagne when you arrive and VIP club passes.
What's new: The 17 guest rooms were recently renovated, keeping only the travertine limestone floors, bathroom sinks, tubs, walk-in showers and wood-and-wrought-iron closets. Dating back to 1920, the building also houses Spiga, an Italian restaurant.
Bragging rights: Two bold pieces in the intimate lobby: a wall mural of the Byzantine Empress Theodora designed by fashion designer Christian Lacroix, and a sun mosaic on the floor originally meant for the mansion of Gianni Versace.
Caveat emptor: The hotel feels more like a quiet Mediterranean getaway than South Beach spot — not a negative, depending on what you're looking for. But if you want Art Deco and neon, or a chain sensibility, this isn't the place.