Bentley Beach Hotel
This 109-suite hotel at the southern tip of Ocean Drive (the quieter end of South Beach) couldn’t be closer to the ocean. The sumptuous suites, only 10 per floor, come with kitchens or kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, and gilt- and-upholstered headboards. If you can swing it, spring for an oceanfront corner suite —the balcony is less than 60 feet from the water. Ideal for families, the Bentley offers milk-and-cookie turndown service, and the kid-friendly beach has water toys and pint-sized lounge chairs.
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