Like any prime vacation destination, Miami hotel rates tend to fluctuate wildly throughout the year. And when it comes to special events like the nearby Daytona 500 or the Super Bowl held in February, the average cost for a room per night jumped as high as $500 per night. That's at least $100 higher than what hormonally-charged students pay for their annual spring break pilgrimage in the Sunshine State.
But not to worry. A casual scroll through sites like Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com and other sites dedicated to hospitality availability reveals most rooms are available for between $100 to $200 a night, but you can still find deals if you look hard enough. That's especially tempting for visitors intent on seeing all the sights that Miami has to offer every wakeful moment instead of lolling about on the hotel premises.
If folks are willing to sacrifice a few amenities like massage services and complimentary breakfasts and simply want a place to crash for the night, a cheaper rate is an ideal option. And if you want to go the more rustic route, you can find places that just might get you back change from a $50 bill, not including taxes. They're few and far between, but they're out there. Here are five worthy of consideration.
Why not Stay Inn here just out of town?
If you can get past the misleading signage, given that the closest beach is at least a mile away, the rates offered at Stay Inn, Dania Beach, at $50 US a night is worth hoofing it along Sheridan Street to some decent sand and surf. Otherwise, each suite offers a mini-fridge, microwave, and flatscreen for basic comfort and if you're not into mixing with the shoreline crowds, chill in the common area with pagodas providing plenty of shade.
This spot doesn't provide any meals, although there's no shortage of budget-friendly restaurants nearby, such as Tarks of Dania Beach and Grandpa's Bakery and Restaurant for some down-home eating options.
Great views of the runway
OK, here's the good news. Best Western Plus Miami Airport North Hotel & Suites, available for as little as $45 US a night, is close to the airport, making it handy for arrivals and departures. The bad news? It's pretty remote from everything else and with Miami not exactly famous for its convenient public transit system, you'll either have to Uber it, cab it or consider a rental (at least the city has some of the cheapest rates in the country) if you want to hit the city or the beaches.
The good news is that the suites are soundproofed to prevent any airline noise from disturbing your sleep. Once you're awake, an in-house restaurant takes care of all your peckish needs. Additionally, if you don't feel like checking all the sights, you can take advantage of a golf course almost right next door.
Shack up just north of Miami
Granted, 437 Studio Hollywood Beach Resort is in Hollywood Florida, but at $44 US a night, visitors get a choice of two different destinations all within minutes of each other. There's Miami immediately south and Fort Lauderdale just north of this facility. And as long as the sands are white and the surf's a nice turquoise hue, does it matter if you're not on Miami or South Beach?
And if you're not big on salt water, the hotel also has an outdoor pool for relaxation. As for the suites, they're basic but reportedly well-maintained with flatscreens, linen sheets, and free wi-fi.
All this and a kitchen, too!
If you want to cut down on meals while visiting Miami, even though there's no shortage of world-class cuisine within blocks of each other, the Mare Suites South Beach is a decent spot at $43 US a night. Each of the 16 suites comes with a mini-kitchen complete with cookware, dishware, and utensils. But spill anything on yourself, and you'll have to do your own laundry, though as room service doesn't cover that amenity.
Mare's also in a prime location, with the beach just waiting for you once you hit the rear entrance. Handy footpaths enable you to travel the shoreline to Flamingo Park, Lummus Park Beach, and the Miami Beach Marina, all within minutes of each other.
Hang out with the artsy crowd here
OK, so the Wynwood South Beach Hotel exterior more resembles a shoebox than a palatial palace, but you probably didn't factor ornate architecture into your budget anyway, to get a room that charges roughly $20 US a night. It's also at least four blocks away from the beach, which might be inconvenient for less hardy travelers.
But the big draw is that it's smack dab in the middle of the Wynwood arts district, home to Miami's creative community and the site of outdoor murals, artisans showing their wares throughout the community, a few cutting-edge galleries, and coffee shops designed to make hipsters feel right at home.
Accommodations are pretty basic as well, with hardwood-floored suites, a kitchenette, and free wi-fi. Service is nothing fancy, but reportedly very prompt and friendly.