Full of bright sun and palm trees, Miami is great because you can explore the city one day and the next relax on the beach without a care in the world. Like most American cities it can get pretty expensive, so cutting corners on the big things like hotels is important. Here are some of the best and cheapest hotels in the area. Some are rather basic and others have spas and are well-designed.

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Photo by Shumaila Gregory via Trover.com

Motel Blu:

Overall, this is a pretty basic hotel, but they have a nice pool area, bar, and restaurant so you don’t have to venture out to find food if you’re not in the mood. They also have a kitchenette if you’re looking to cook your own simple dishes. It’s close to the Bettcher Gallery, the Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center if you want to get your shop on, and an Aquatic Rental Center if you want to rent a sailboat.

Bikini Hostel, Café & Beer Garden:

The name says it all, doesn’t it? This Art Deco hostel has 35 guest rooms and a communal kitchen to cook your food, like all good hostels should. A neat feature is that you can get a massage or a facial onsite, which is unique for a hostel. If you stay here you’ll have a restaurant and a bar at your disposal without having to leave the building and when you venture out you’ll be next to Flamingo Park and the Colony Theater.

Days Inn Miami Airport North:

A good spot to stay after landing from your flight, it’s also a good vantage point to be at to explore the city. You’ll be next to the Miami Zoo, Jungle Island, and all of the stadiums such as the Miami Dolphins and the Sun Life Stadium. Inside you can visit the Expresso Café to grab breakfast or lunch (open 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM) or the Travelers Lounge which serves alcohol and has great reviews for their drinks.

Miami Sun Hotel – Port of Miami/Downtown:

Centrally located in Miami, you’ll be near the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which is the former estate and villa of James Deering as well as the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts if you want to catch a show. You’ll find a restaurant and coffee shop inside, but as far as amenities it’s pretty basic with nothing special outside of old washing machines you can use.

Chateaubleau Hotel:

This may be the best designed hotel on the  list. It’s richly decorated inside and out. The outdoor pool is surrounded by palm trees and the property in general is well groomed and will be nice to come back to after a long day of travel. Inside there’s a beauty salon if you want to get pampered, dry cleaning services, and a restaurant called Mylos, which is said to have a great menu. For the overall price, this hotel is a fantastic option to stay at and it’s probably the best on the list next to the hostel.

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