The 5 Best Budget (Cheap) Hotels in Miami Beach

With the cost of traveling having increased dramatically over the past several years, vacationers are always looking for ways to save money.  From finding the lowest costs flights to traveling during off peak time periods, there are a number of strategies that travelers can use to help their vacation budget stay within reason.

When traveling to Miami Beach, vacationers are typically not in their hotel for long periods of time since the area offers so many things to see and do.  A well located hotel that is a clean place to sleep and shower is what most vacationers want as they are spending more time exploring the area and enjoying the local culture.

As a result, many travelers are now staying at less expensive hotels instead of the high-priced oceanfront resorts that exceed $500.00 per night not inclusive of taxes or fees.  So finding a quality hotel for an affordable price could be very important for your next trip to Miami Beach.

The following list is what we feel are the 5 best budget (cheap) hotels in Miami beach for 2023.  This list was completed in the spring 2022 so with things constantly changing, we anticipate having to update it on a regular basis.

The 5 Best Budget (Cheap) Miami Beach Hotels

  • Freehand Miami
  • Circa 39 Hotel
  • Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach
  • Greenview Hotel
  • Hotel Chelsea

The Freehand Miami

The 63-room Freehand Miami is typically rated among the best budget hotels in Miami Beach.  Located just a few blocks from the beach along Indian Creek Drive in central Miami Beach (near 29th Street), this hotel and hostel features both private and shared rooms starting around $30 per night.

This 1930’s Art Deco style hotel is quite popular and features an outdoor pool, complimentary bicycles,  free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping and organized activities.  Food and beverage options are unique and include the award-winning Broken Shaker Bar and the 27 Restaurant and Eagle Room.  

Rooms range from private king suites to four-person bungalows as well as “shared dorm” rooms that have 8 beds.  There is also a share female quad (4-person) dorm as well as an 8-bed shared female dorm.

The beds in the doom rooms start from around $30 per night while the private king suites start from around $100.00 per night.  There is a resort fee of $15.00 per night for the private rooms and $5.00 per night for the shared beds.  Street parking is available (but difficult to find) for around $3.00 per hour.

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Circa 39 Hotel

The 97-room Circa 39 Hotel is located in the mid-beach area of Miami Beach just adjacent to 39th Street.  This boutique hotel is just two blocks from the beach and features tropical décor’ in an intimate setting.

Features at Circa 39  include an outdoor pool, complimentary grab-and-go breakfast and on-site fitness room.  Food and beverage options include all day dining at Jules Kitchen and specialty cocktails at the WunderBar.  The outdoor WunderGarden is also a relaxing place that features exotic plants, orchids and palm trees.

Rooms include two double bed rooms, king / queen rooms and ADA accessible rooms.  Rates typically start from around $135.00 per night and exceed $200 per night for peak weekend nights and holidays.   There is a resort fee of $32.00 per night which includes two beach chairs/umbrella & towels, wireless internet, use of an in-room safe and access to the fitness room.

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Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach

The Townhouse Hotel Miami Beach is located in the heart of South Beach at the corner of 20th Street and Collins Avenue near the trendy Setai Miami Beach hotel and the site of the former Shore Club.  The beach is easily accessible from 20th Street and just a two minute walk away.

Amenities at the Townhouse Hotel are limited (no hotel pool or fitness center) but there is the TH Rooftop Lounge and Ramen Baby Burger restaurant (unfortunately both are currently closed).  However, what set’s this hotel apart is it’s quality location near the beach as well as all the dining & nightlife of South Beach.

Rooms include Standard Rooms with one queen / two double room, Superior Rooms with one-king bed, Penthouse A (two terraces and partial ocean views) and Penthouse B (terrace with view of the Miami Skyline).  Standard rooms rates range from around $100.00 per night to more than $175.00 per night for peak weekends and holidays. There is a $30.00 per night resort fee including includes beach towels, two beach lounge chairs, WiFi, unlimited phone calls and baggage storage.

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Greenview Hotel

The Greenview Hotel is a three-star Art-Deco style hotel that was originally built in 1939.  This 45-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of South Beach Miami near Lincoln Road and the Miami Beach Convention Center.  The beach is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel via Lincoln Road.

Amenities include an outdoor pool and garden area with an on-site restaurant and laundry facilities.  This hotel is also pet friendly and is within walking distance of most local restaurants and entertainment venues.

Rooms include Standard Rooms with two double / one queen  / one king beds, deluxe rooms with city view and a 450 square foot junior suite with two queen beds and a city view.  All rooms feature mini-refrigerators and wireless internet access.

Nightly rates at the Greenview Hotel range from less than $100.00 per night to more than $200.00 per night during peak weekends and holidays. The $34.00 resort fee includes pool access, beach towels and an in-room safe.

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Hotel Chelsea

Centrally located in the heart of South Beach between 9th and 1oth Street along Washington Avenue, the 42-room boutique Hotel Chelsea is a South Beach Group Hotel.  This hotel is located within a 10 minute walk to the beach and the restaurants / entertainment venues along Ocean Drive.

Amenities are fairly limited (no pool or gym) but include an on-site restaurant & lounge with daily happy hour, free airport shuttle, complimentary wireless internet and premium bedding.

Rooms include two double beds, one queen bed and one queen accessible rooms.  Room amenities at this pet friendly hotel include 42-inch flat panel televisions with premium channels, cotton bathrobes, mini-bards and iPhone docking stations.

Nightly rates at the Hotel Chelsea range from less than $100.00 per night to more than $200.00 per night during peak weekends and holidays. The $25.00 resort fee includes beach towels and an wireless internet.

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Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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