7 Best Places to Stay in Florida

Last updated 24th July 2022

1/7 Miami

Eden Roc Miami Beach

South-east Florida’s key city has numerous options for the youthful crowd that flocks to South Beach in search of a party, but much for families, too. Eden Roc Miami Beach is a luxurious retreat in a prime position on the oceanfront. It offers a cluster of swimming pools, has kayaks and paddleboards for hire (£23 an hour), and boasts an Ocean Garden with direct beach access.

The Setai

For the ultimate in style, check in to The Setai, which is surprisingly child-friendly in its own subtle way, with cuddly toys, kids’ slippers and bathrobes in the room, cookies and milk, games on the beach during family holiday seasons and bespoke concierge and restaurant services.

Circa 39

Similarly well-located (a block back from the sea on Collins Avenue), but at a decidedly lower price, Circa 39 is one of those chic boltholes Miami does so well. Refurbished in 2013, it has teak lounge beds laid out around a courtyard pool.



2/7 Fort Lauderdale

The Pillars Hotel

Miami’s near neighbour to the north caters to visitors with hideaways of every star rating. The Pillars Hotel was ranked one of the top three hotels in Florida in 2013 by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, and it maintains this prestigious vibe by facing west, looking over the sheltered currents of the Intracoastal Waterway, where mega-yachts cruise.

Birch Patio Motel

Nearby, set two blocks back from the Atlantic, the Birch Patio Motel does three-star affordability with a stylish feel, spreading out around a pool framed by palm trees.



3/7 Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando

You can, of course, book accommodation within the theme parks that make Orlando a child magnet. Four Seasons Orlando is the latest to open at Walt Disney World Resort, with views of the Magic Kingdom.

The Hyatt Regency Orlando

If you want to base yourselves slightly away from the theme parks, The Hyatt Regency Orlando is on the main drag of International Drive, and thus convenient for both Disney and Universal, but also fitted with a water park and slides (plus a spa).

Park Plaza Hotel

Orlando can also do boutique, particularly in Winter Park, its less visited district of art galleries, cool restaurants and fashionable stores. The Park Plaza Hotel has been a fixture on the gilded boulevard of South Park Avenue since 1922.



4/7 Florida Keys

Parmer’s Resort

Idyllic possibilities for a few days’ relaxation are dotted along the archipelago that acts as a full stop to the Florida story. Parmer’s Resort, on Little Torch Key, 30 miles from Key West, is a great base for family breaks and has its own mini-golf course, hammocks hanging from palm trees and kitchens in all rooms.

Ibis Bay Beach Resort

Key West is the island chain’s end of the line, and with it, a holiday mecca. The Ibis Bay Beach Resort has nestled on the north coast since 1956. Children should be enthralled by a place where herons and macaws soar above, fish leap in the water by the dock, and paddleboards, jetskis and bicycles are available for rent.



5/7 Southwest

Sanibel Inn

West-coast Florida gazes at the Gulf of Mexico insleepy fashion, and this wooziness is reflected in many of its hotels. Sanibel Inn dovetails neatly with the unhurried ambience on Sanibel island, tucked onto a pale beach where kids can gather seashells. It offers free bikes for guests to explore Sanibel’s many cycle trails.

Sarah’s Seaside

Sarah’s Seaside, just outside Clearwater on the edge of Indian Rocks Beach, has a similar family focus. Here, spacious cottages eye the Gulf through tropical foliage, and kayaks can be rented for days of bobbing on the waves.


6/7 Northeast

Si Como No Inn

The southern section of Florida’s Atlantic coast delivers loud excitement in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but the northern half revels in something less noisy. Flagler Beach is a slice of traditional American seaside, where Si Como No Inn is gloriously trapped in the Fifties. The ocean is a stone’s throw away, and kayaks can be rented for the day.

Castillo Real

Further north, Castillo Real is a more sophisticated option, and a fine spot from which to visit the waterslides and historical theme parks of St Augustine. Bright, modern artworks deck the walls of this 21st-century retreat.



7/7 Northwest

Our Happy Place

Those who venture to this less-visited portion of the Gulf shoreline won’t find all-singing, all-dancing mega-resorts, but will encounter discreet options in quiet towns. Our Happy Place is an aptly named condominium in Cedar Key that can host up to six people. Wood beams and a balcony overlooking the sea lend the property a definite charm, and there are board games, puzzles and toys to keep junior guests amused.

The House Of Tartts

Elsewhere, don’t be put off by the name of The House Of Tartts in Apalachicola. Perched three blocks from the water, it was built as a family home in 1886, and sings of Old Florida.