Hotel 18, South Beach

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Miami is best know for the high rises of Ocean Drive, however smaller, more “boutique” hotels have started popping up, and rising in popularity. This may have something to do with the growth of business traveling through the area; not everyone is in Miami to party, and sometimes all you need is a quiet place to rest your head.

Family founded, run and developed, Hotel 18 offers visitors a unique experience right off of the action on Collins Avenue and only two blocks from the beautiful white South Beach. Tucked away, one enters through a beautiful, lush courtyard to discover real hospitality and elegant simplicity. The rooms are beach-style but airy and updated; in fact most rooms comes fully equipped with a kitchen, living space and large flat screens. Wifi is also available throughout the hotel. Bathrooms are new, marbled and well lit. Service throughout the hotel is spot on, and very much personable.

This hotel gives guests a sense of privacy, with rooms overlooking the courtyard, where one can sit and reflect under the palms. The beds here are incredible, which is ideal for any long distance travelers or professionals seeking their sleep. Easy check in, no fuss and no South Beach drama, sum up the hotel. However, if you do decide to venture out on the town, you are one street from the action. The hotel also provides you with any information you need to get around South Beach, and a list of all the location attractions.

If you are looking for location, comfort and care on your trip through Miami, this is the place to go. HOTEL 18 is located on 230 18th St  Miami Beach, FL 33139
Call (305) 672-2789 to make your reservation

Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada

I stand in awe of true beauty – balmy, calm and open bound, the oceans of The Keys stretch before me…

Newly renovated, yet true to beach style, this little piece of paradise invites you to come in unwind and find simple relaxation in the breathtaking aesthetics of the Keys’  natural environment.

Luxurious but understated, the newly renovated Checca Lodge mixes the theme of beachy wooden bungalows with high end hotel, in suits that overlook a jetty to the ocean and epic ‘canvas worthy’ sunrises not to be missed. Open your double glass doors, to find your balcony nesting a large outdoor tub draped with white linen, positioned beside a waterfall shower.

The resort itself is quaint; wooden ceiling fans, cool wooden decking and a tiki bar all in the old laid back style of the ‘Keys.’ It’s clear the Cheeca Lodge has a long history, and it’s not hard to see why. The resort is whatever you want it to be; there are kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel trips off the dock, fishing trips and more.  Yet it is first and foremeost  ‘laid back,’  not casual, just more inviting of a slower pace. Indeed, from the calm waters that stretch before you, on their sandy beach, to the lulls of tinkling boats and views of endless palms, Cheeca will enchant you.

This I can promise… leaving Cheeca Lodge and Islamorada will be the hardest part of your trip.