This article reviews club lounges in the hotels in Miami in the Central Business District, on Miami’s South Beach, and near the airport (MIA), with a club or executive lounge. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotels I would select as having the best club lounge in Miami.
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Book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Paris, or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge, and you will get a guaranteed room upgrade and free club lounge access. This free access has got to be one of the best hotel deals in New York, Paris, and London!
Unfortunately, the InterContinental in Miami does not offer free club lounge access via our concierge, but we can share the best hotel club lounges in Miami, and our concierge will help you get extra free benefits such as free breakfast, free room upgrade and VIP benefits at these hotels. You also get your usual Marriott Bonvoy, Hyatt, Hilton, and other loyalty points and status benefits when you book with our concierge.
The most luxurious hotels in Miami include the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club right on Miami Beach, and the Four Seasons Hotel Miami in the Brickell neighborhood but not on the beach. Neither of these hotels has a club lounge but don’t worry, book via our luxury travel concierge and you will get free benefits at all Four Seasons hotels including the Four Seasons Miami, for the same price as their website.
Why Choose A Hotel In Miami With A Club Lounge?
When deciding which hotel to choose for your stay in a city like Miami, it is sensible to consider the added extras provided by a hotel club lounge. Offerings usually include complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day, breakfast in the morning, and evening cocktails with canapés. Often the evening food and drink offering is more than enough to replace the need to go out for the evening.
Club or executive hotel lounges provide an interesting environment to work and relax in. Some lounges also provide dedicated meeting rooms, although I find holding meetings in the main lounge more friendly. When I travel on my own for business, I don’t like to sit in restaurants on my own. Room service is also a lonely affair so a club lounge provides the ideal environment to enjoy good food and atmosphere whilst being completely comfortable that you are sitting on a table for one.
The clubrooms themselves are often a little bigger and offer more luxurious facilities than standard rooms, with more space, plus they are often on higher floors with better views.
Finally, executive and club benefits are great for early check-in / late check-out as you can often stay in the club lounge room with all the benefits in the afternoon if you have a late flight. Conversely, you can use the club lounge and executive facilities from early in the morning if you arrive early and your room isn’t ready.
Which Hotels Have The Best Executive Or Club Lounges In Miami?
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Miami. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. I will be reviewing each of these Miami hotel club lounges in detail in turn, so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami: Club Level Review
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami is a great luxury hotel choice and was relaunched in 2019. They describe the hotel as exotic and refined, paying tribute to Miami’s vibrant culture and colorful history. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, is one of your best luxury hotel choices on South Beach (pictured above).
We like the brilliant location of this luxury hotel, right off Collins Avenue at the slightly quieter southern end of South Beach. The building is designed to look like a docked ocean liner from the water and is very grand, with a huge foyer resembling the grand entrances of glamorous White Star Line cruise ships, complete with sweeping staircases.
This is one of the most family-friendly South Beach resorts, with a huge elevated pool area with private day beds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean which offers a peaceful place to hang out, whatever your age. The DiLido Beach Club is the perfect spot for people-watching if you want to be down on the beach. It has an exclusive VIP section and bar, lawn with day beds, a raw bar, and culinary and beverage offerings that are distinctly Miami.
With 375 guest rooms, including two poolside lanai wings in the style of early Miami Beach and more than 20,000 total square feet of meeting and conference facilities, a Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring the brand custom Time Capsule, and signature ESPA services, state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, this hotel offers a great destination for business or leisure.
2. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach Club Level Review
Updated in 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach club lounge is located on the 10th floor and is reserved for Ritz-Carlton Club Level guests, only those staying in rooms on the ninth and 10th floors. The renovation in around 2017 reimagined the space to create more of a social, lobby-lounge feel, encouraging interactive experiences with guests.
There are five daily food presentations featuring select dishes off the menu of Bistro One LR, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, and biweekly cooking demonstrations from chef du cuisine Luis Quant and pastry chef John Martinez.
A mixologist prepares seasonal cocktails for guests at a weekly Cocktail Action Station. Other events such as trunk shows, Espa product presentations, and wine and Champagne tastings from select vineyards, are also included if you have club lounge access.
Club Level guests can enjoy to-go snacks and beverages throughout the day, a dedicated concierge, Wi-Fi, and a personal computer station. To gain access to this lounge, you need to book Club Level rooms which are available either offering a City View, Partial Ocean View, Oceanfront, or Oceanfront View as a suite. There are just 64 Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms and suites in the 375-room hotel, so club lounge access is a truly exclusive experience.
Also on the horizon for the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is a new spa, which will open at the end of this month and will be the first to implement the brand’s new spa technology, and a street-access Spanish restaurant, Tatel, slated to open in March. It will be the first outpost of the Madrid original in the U.S.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach implements a $28 USD per room, per night resort fee. Services and amenities included in the fee are Complimentary 5mb wireless Internet access for up to 5 devices in guest rooms, lobby, and most common areas, beach chairs and umbrellas, beach Activities, including boogie boards, skimboards, beach paddle tennis, bocce ball, and cornhole court, one-hour daily fitness class, 24-hour access to the fitness center.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Club Lounge Review
Just 9 miles/ 14 km from the main Miami airport, this tropical island oasis is set on the eastern shore of a unique island that offers guests a tranquil haven, surrounded by golden sands (if thin and seaweedy – see below), gentle waters, and towering palms. With a décor inspired by West Indies Colonial design, the 12-acre oceanfront resort captures the beauty of its waterfront setting with floor-to-ceiling lobby windows that offer the first dramatic glimpse of palm gardens and the Atlantic Ocean.
450 guest rooms, including 37 suites, 64 Ritz-Carlton Club level rooms, and suites, each overlooking either the water or gardens. All guestrooms and suites welcome guests with feather beds and down comforters, Frette linens, and comfortable, Caribbean-inspired furnishings.
This hotel is not in central Miami and is instead 20-30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach, so if you’re looking for nightlife, you may find this hotel on the quiet side. In the holiday season, the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne attracts families, so expect very busy restaurants and communal areas. You can escape the madness in the adults-only pool, but be aware that the hotel is a bit crazy, particularly on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
The beach here is somewhat disappointing, narrow, and full of seaweed, and golfing options are limited too. Crandon Park is nearby, a very nice but expensive municipal course full of quite bad golfers costing around $160 USD per round.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne club lounge gets excellent reviews and offers food presentations daily, breakfast, lunch, mid-day snacks, and fine selections of wines, liqueurs, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages. There is complimentary wireless in-room Internet access for Club guests along with the pressing of two garments pressed daily.
This exclusive lounge is on the 9th floor and features an endless array of beverage and culinary offerings throughout the day coupled with the finest personal service. Views from the lounge and adjacent Club Level guest rooms boast stunning panoramas of Key Biscayne and Biscayne Bay.
We highly recommend booking a room on the Club floor. It will almost undoubtedly work out cheaper than booking a standard room as you have all your meals catered for, for free, and the food in the lounge is excellent. A full breakfast buffet is served daily. Sandwiches are provided for lunch and heavy hors-d’oeuvres for an early evening (lobster, crab, and other delicious offerings). You may choose to eat all your meals there, and will certainly use it for breakfast and snacks and of course alcoholic drinks which are available 24/7. You can choose from wine, Champagne, beer, spirits, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day.
Kids are welcome here, and there is a dedicated kid’s room in the lounge which is fully stocked with classic board games, TV entertainment, puzzles, and more, along with glass candy jars are filled with a variety of delectable delights like the Executive Pastry Chef’s delicious cookies.
When comparing the lounge and property to the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, the lounge is marginally superior but the beach and the golf, and the sheer busyness of this hotel let it down when compared to other Ritz-Carlton’s in Florida.
4. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
This is the smallest Ritz-Carlton in Miami, with just 124 rooms. The ocean inspires from nearly every corner of The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, which is surrounded by water on the very northern tip of Miami Beach. The Ritz-Carlton hotel doesn’t have a club lounge or floor, but it is a great luxury hotel choice in this part of Miami.
They say: Whether visitors are seeking a quiet retreat from the everyday or looking for a unique destination for a wedding or event, this coastal sanctuary is the perfect setting.
Located near both Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International airports, the waterfront hotel offers a desirable address in the heart of the city’s most exclusive, Bal Harbour. From art and outdoor adventure to shopping and professional sports, visitors can explore top attractions just moments away. Those who prefer a leisure-intensive agenda can spend lazy days at the beautiful pool or take in the beach scene from floor-to-ceiling windows and the private terrace of their luxury guest room.”
Within the hotel is the 10,000 ft² waterfront Exhale Bal Harbour spa and fitness studio with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, personal training, and group exercise classes. Two Tesla charging stations, Two restaurants: Artisan Beach House and Water’s Edge featuring poolside alfresco dining and an elevated outdoor pool and private luxury cabanas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, along with beach lounge chairs and beds, umbrellas, and cabanas available for rent. There is no club lounge here, but this hotel remains another excellent choice in Miami.
5. InterContinental Miami: Club InterContinental
Built around Henry Moore’s famous sculpture, “The Spindle,” the luxury InterContinental Miami hotel lies along the downtown waterfront, with the city’s business center and with famous beaches both within easy reach. It is usually considered the best InterContinental in Miami.
Although this is a five-star hotel, there is a lack of soundproofing, and you can hear noise from the corridor and the next-door room, which can be a problem for light sleepers. The hotel also has an extra “service fee,” a concept similar to the Las Vegas Resort Fee. As long as you pay this mandatory $15 USD extra per day, you can use the spa and gym and get two bottles of water every day.
Book a Club InterContinental room and experience luxurious Miami hotel rooms along with exclusive Club amenities. These spacious rooms feature modern decor, contemporary in-room amenities, and access to the Club InterContinental Lounge. Located on the 29th floor of the InterContinental Miami hotel, the Club InterContinental Lounge offers a place to enjoy a hot breakfast in the morning and hors d’oeuvres and drinks later in the evening.
Options a bit limited if you are expecting a full American breakfast. During happy hour you can enjoy alcoholic cocktails there while taking the excellent views of Miami from floor 29.
There is a rooftop pool at this InterContinental sounds nice on the third floor, which means that around noon the taller buildings surrounding the hotel start blocking the sun. There are about 40 pool chairs available right next to the pool, plus a couple of daybeds that need to be booked separately. The on-site Bluewater Café is open until 10:00 pm.
The fitness center is next to the pool, a compact gym with weight machines, treadmills, exercise bikes, and a free weights area.
6. InterContinental At Doral Miami: Club InterContinental
The InterContinental At Doral Miami tends to be significantly cheaper than the main Miami property. The rooms here are nice and clean, if compact, with a contemporary design, light woods, nice granite vanity top in the bathroom, and marble on the floor and in the shower. This hotel is quite some distance from Miami beach, with taxis costing around $40 USD each way.
The Club lounge on the 5th floor offers a satisfactory breakfast with a limited selection but includes some nice products, including smoked salmon but no cooked-to-order items like eggs or omelets. In the evening, after 6:00 pm, you get simple finger food and a cheese plate along with alcoholic drinks during happy hour. Worth knowing: parking at this InterContinental is free.
7. Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami Club Lounge Review
Book a room at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami and you get Club Level access. Here you will find a 5x a day drink and snack service, a great gym, and a nice pool on the 16th floor.
The hotel is situated in Downtown, so make sure you rent a car as using taxis/uber is expensive to get to and from landmarks, and Miami beach (Cab to south beach is 25 dollars for a one-way trip) and public transport in Miami is not great.
8. Hyatt Regency Miami Club Lounge Review
There are two Hyatts in Miami and neither are very good. The Hyatt Coral Gables is a reasonable property with well-appointed rooms, some with a balcony overlooking the pool area. You can get a view of the water from the high floors of Coral Gables as the balcony/cabana type rooms over the pool are nicer. Two Sisters restaurant is great and the lounge is good. If you plan on not leaving the hotel much, Coral Gables is the better choice. The rooms at the Coral Gables property are much nicer but it isn’t very well located for getting around.
Downtown Hyatt is in a better location with great views. The gym and pool are poor as is service plus it is next to a busy drawbridge. Even up high, you can hear boats passing. But there is a rather disappointing Regency Club lounge. This isn’t a hotel that we would currently recommend.
9. Miami Airport Marriott Club M Lounge Review
Marriott Reward Elite Members, plus one guest, enjoy automatic access to the Executive Lounge as part of their Elite status. Additional guest passes are available for $20 USD per person per day and are good for breakfast and/or evening appetizers. This lounge is a nice space with wooden floors and big windows.
Worth knowing: Children age eight and under, accompanied by a parent, are welcome free of charge.
This Executive Lounge is where you want to be and is centrally located next to Cane Fire Grille Restaurant on the first floor of Miami Airport Marriott. Access gets you:
- 24-hour access to snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
- Cocktails and wine service available for a fee
- Single-brew coffee machine, with lattes and cappuccino
- Daily breakfast buffet, including eggs cooked to order and omelettes
- Evening service and complimentary Hors d’oeuvres (Sunday through Thursday)
- Boarding pass printing station
- Convenient access to charging stations
- 24/7 flight information screen to keep you on track
- The Executive Lounge at Miami Airport Marriott offers 24-hour access
Which Is The Best Lounge Overall?
Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne offer the best club lounges in Miami. These lounges are superior to most of the other lounges in Miami. Get a better deal by booking with our luxury travel concierge.
Other Hotels Where Our Concierge Offers Benefits Without A Lounge
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COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, The Miami Beach EDITION, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Trump National Doral Miami, SLS Brickell, The Setai Miami Beach, EAST Miami, Mandarin Oriental, Miami, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, SLS South Beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, W South Beach.
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