Finding a great hotel to stay at while vacationing in Florida is part of the fun. In this article, I highlight the top 10 luxury hotels of Florida in various regions of Florida. Here is a sampling of the the best Florida hotels.
Historic Luxury Hotels
The Casa Monica Resort & Spa in St. Augustine FL is in the heart of St. Augustine, FL. Although the hotel itself is not historic, it is walking distance to all the historic attractions of St. Augustine include the Fort Matanzas. You can climb on a horse drawn carriage from the front doors of the Casa Monica and enjoy historic St. Augustine as one would have a century ago.
The Don CeSar at St Pete Beach, FL is a pink palace on the beach. The Don CeSar boasts a long and storied history dating back to 1928. Distinguished celebrities such as Clarence Darrow and F. Scott Fitzgerald once frolicked here. With sugar-fine beaches, amazing sunsets, a world-class spa, and two heated pools, it seems you really can have it all. More than a history lesson, the Don is a study in epic style.
The Breakers – Palm Beach FL
In the late 1890s, just before the turn of the century, industry tycoons and elegant socialites began flocking to the pristine shores of a new destination—a long strip of an island called Palm Beach.
Henry M. Flagler, one of America’s great industrialists, built The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach FL. He started the trend of grand, gorgeous properties on the island. His first was The Royal Poinciana, a six-story Georgian beauty. Two years later, Flagler debuted his premier oceanfront hotel, which delighted guests with its proximity to the water and unique location—right at “the breakers,” where the waves crashed and sprayed.
After fires in both 1903 and 1925, the hotel reemerged more opulent each time. The second reconstruction of The Breakers was awarded to New York City-based designers Shultze and Weaver, the same minds who would later create many of Manhattan’s most coveted hotels: the Pierre, the Sherry-Netherland and Park Avenue’s Waldorf Astoria. Described by the duo as “the acme of perfection in design and magnificence,” The Breakers reopened in 1926, ushering in a higher degree of European influence and architectural flair. Flagler’s newest iteration was modeled after the magnificent Villa Medici in Rome—an ambitious effort that called for 75 artisans brought in from Italy. Together they completed the intricate paintings, detailed across the ceilings of the 200-foot-long main lobby and first-floor public rooms, which remain on display today. It was a grand gesture that placed The Breakers in a class all its own.
At any given time, the guest register read like a “who’s who” of early 20th-century America: Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan, vacationing alongside US presidents and European nobility.
Modern Luxury Hotels
The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach in Miami, FL is where you go for pure luxury accommodations.
The Alfond Inn is a lovely boutique hotel in Winter Park, FL.The Alfond Inn is recognized by Condé Nast Traveler – Readers’ Choice Awards: Best hotel in Florida – 2014, 2015 & 2016. One of the perks of the The Alfond Inn is that it is pet friendly. Winter Park is a doggie paradise with many parks and local shops welcoming dogs.
Fun and Luxurious Hotels
The Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista FL. This list would not be complete without mention of the best Disney Hotel in Orlando, FL. The Grand Floridian is one of 2 hotels at Disney’s Magic Kingdom that the Monorail drops off and picks up guests. This elegant Victorian style hotel has modern sophistication at this lavish Disney Resort hotel. Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Unwind outdoors, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch evening fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes the golden era.
It features character dining and three restaurants include the Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant AAA Five Diamond Award® recipient since 2000.
The Margaritaville Beach Hotel Hollywood Beach – Ft Lauderdale FL is a great place to stay if you’re looking for that laid back “Jimmy Buffet” style atmosphere. There is a huge pool area adjancent to the beach and live music going on most of the time.
More Honorable Mentions:
The Ritz Carlton – Sarasota FL
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Miramar, FL
The Gates Hotel Key West FL