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18 fun, new (+ newish) Florida hotels to check out and into

Susan B. Barnes
Published: May 9, 2022

An occasional series highlighting recent hotel openings in Florida. Last updated May 9, 2022.

It’s been awhile since our last new hotels in Florida blog post, so it’s time for a refresh! Since FloridaBeyond launched in February 2021, new hotels continue to open in Florida, and we’re here for it. From Jacksonville Beach to Ocala to Bonita Springs and Miami Beach — and many more destinations in between — we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at 18 new hotels in Florida to check into.

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The Local St. Augustine

Take a classic road-side motel and transform it with modern digital experiences and you have The Local in St. Augustine, between downtown and the beaches. With a nod to nostalgic Florida with tropical wallpapers in the rooms and a soft, coral exterior, The Local brings modernity with its in-app check-in and -out, digital keys and more. Hop onto one of the motel’s bikes and cruise the area, or sit back and relax at the pool. 
512 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine 32080

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Sea Jay Motel and Marina — Treasure Island

Another newly-renovated motel that’s worth checking into is the Sea Jay Motel and Marina in Treasure Island, near St. Pete Beach and downtown St. Pete. Whether you arrive by boat, car, or foot, you’ll love diving into the pool or taking a shot at shuffleboard before diving into the Gulf of Mexico which is just steps away. Back at the motel, all of the guest rooms and suites have kitchenettes and kitchens so you can make yourself right at home.
12240 1st St. E., Treasure Island  33706

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Anna Maria Beach Resort — Anna Maria Island

One of our favorite parts of Florida has a new resort — the Anna Maria Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island, just west of Bradenton and north of Sarasota. The four-star resort has just 31 rooms, ensuring a nice, quiet beach getaway. The guest rooms have kitchens and kitchenettes so you can stay awhile and spent time at the beach, or poolside in one of the resort’s cabanas.
6306 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach  34217

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Uma House South Beach — Miami

The new Uma House in Miami’s South Beach has just 68 rooms, making it a boutique hotel that will be sure to be memorable. When you leave your room, check out the 12,000 square foot pool deck, the rooftop that’s fun day and night, and  and splendid poolside space. This rooftop is where you can laze around by day, and the beach lounge area that’s a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
1775 James Ave., Miami Beach  33139

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Shangri-La Springs — Bonita Springs

Arrive onto the 8 acres in the middle of Bonita Springs in Southwest Florida and you’ll feel like you’re arriving at your own private oasis. Originally built in 1921, Shangri-La Springs is a beautiful historic, boutique hotel with all the luxury you’re looking for. In addition to the comfortable rooms, the hotel features an organic restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom, a full-service organic spa and an organic garden to meander through on a garden tour offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Looking for a self-care spot? Look no further than Shangri-La Springs!
27750 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs  34135

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The Kimpton Goodland Hotel — Fort Lauderdale Beach

The historic Escape Hotel, which opened in in 1950 as the area’s first year-round resort, has been reimagined as the new, boutique Kimpton Goodland Hotel – Fort Lauderdale Beach in Southeast Florida. The 96-room boutique hotel opened in April and effortlessly blends into the neighborhood, and its Botanic and Good Bar are destined to become popular with guests and locals for refreshing drinks and bites. Like all Kimpton properties, the Goodland Hotel is pet-friendly, too.
2900 Riomar St., Fort Lauderdale 33304

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Salt Air Inn & Suites — Atlantic Beach

Originally built in 1946, the landmark Salt Air Inn & Suites in Atlantic Beach, just outside Jacksonville, recently underwent a rebuild and is ready to welcome you back again. The guest rooms feature clean lines and fun decor, and are the perfect spot to recharge after enjoying the beach and the locally owned restaurants, bars, shops and spa in Beaches Town Center.
425 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach  32233

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The Altair Bay Harbor Hotel — Bay Harbor Islands (Miami)

A boutique suite of accommodations, the best of hotel services and all the luxury you could want is wrapped up into one sleek package at The Altair Bay Harbor Hotel in Bay Harbor Islands in Miami. Stay close to all the action of the area’s fabulous beaches, fashion houses and fantastic nightlife with a quiet space to retreat back to to recharge. Choose from 1- and 2-bedroom suites, king balcony studios and 2 queen bed studios for your perfect stay.
9540 W. Bay Harbor Dr., Bay Harbor Islands  33154

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Hotel Effie — Miramar Beach

There’s a new spot to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Miramar Beach in Northwest Florida: Hotel Effie, a 250-room luxury hotel, opened in February within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Dive into the warm waters of the Gulf, or into the hotel’s rooftop pool. Indulge in treatments at the luxury spa and dine on culinary masterpieces created by Chef Hugh Acheson of “Top Chef” fame, and his team. Oh, and the hotel is dog-friendly, too!
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach 32550

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Max Beach Resort — Daytona Beach

This summer there’s a new resort in Daytona Beach, and it’s name is Max… Max Beach Resort, to be exact. Whether you’re in for the weekend or a longer stay, family-friendly Max is ready to welcome you with one- to three-bedroom residences that have plenty of space to spread out and make yourself at home. In addition to the Atlantic Beach just steps away, there’s also pools and cabanas to soak up the Florida sun, and a rooftop space for sunrises and sunsets, and all the time in between, and after!
1901 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores  32118

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The Equestrian — Ocala

Ocala in Central Florida is horse country, and now there’s the perfect hotel from equestrian enthusiasts to stay: The Equestrian. The luxury hotel welcomes guests for an unforgettable stay in its 248 stylishly-appointed rooms and suites. In addition to overlooking The Grand Stadium at The World Equestrian Center, the hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, Calluna day spa, an outdoor swimming pool, multiple walking trails and fine dining spots.
8510 NW 17th Lane, Ocala  34482

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Lake Nona Wave Hotel — Orlando

Between Orlando International Airport and Disney World sits the new Lake Nona Wave Hotel in, well, a new smart city called Lake Nona. In addition to fantastic tech that makes stays even more enjoyable, the hotel is decorated with more than 500 pieces of gallery-quality art and a 50,000 square foot sculpture garden. There’s also a fantastic pool deck with Insta-worthy cabanas, and access to the Chopra Mind-Body Zone, the first-ever from Dr. Deepak Chopra. There’s so much to do at the Lake Nona Wave Hotel, you may never want to leave.
6100 Wave Hotel Dr., Orlando  32827

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Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort

The 27-story Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort overlooks Daytona Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, and you won’t miss a second of the view thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows in all of the resort’s guest rooms and suites. Another space to take in the views is at the infinity pool, the only one on all of Daytona Beach. There’s no need to leave the pool, either, with poolside dining and drinks.
422 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach  32118

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YOTEL and YOTELPAD Miami

The first-ever joint hotel and pad in the world, YOTEL Miami in downtown Miami features its cleverly-designed rooms while YOTELPAD Miami, right above the hotel, features sleek, modern condos (YOTEL likes to call them pads). The two-properties-in-one are connected through shared spaces and communal areas like the pool deck and Mazeh with tapas-style Middle-Eastern fare.
227 NE 2nd St., Miami  33132

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Bellwether Beach Resort — St. Pete Beach

Retro Florida meets modern chic at Bellwether Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. The hotel’s 152 guest rooms and suites are just steps from the soft sands along the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with bright pops of flamingo pink, lime green, and tangerine orange. Let the gulf breezes wash over you on your private balcony, or go to the top and take in the sunset at Level 11 Rooftop Bar & Lounge.
5250 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach 33706

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The Avalon Club — Clearwater Beach

Over on the Gulf Coast, The Avalon Club is an eight-story boutique hotel with plenty of room to move in its 34 luxurious two- and three-bedroom suites ranging from 876 to 2153 square feet. Gather your friends or family and enjoy private balconies, large living room areas, full-sized kitchens and even front-load washers and dryers. Outside the suite, enjoy the fifth floor rooftop pool and its cocktail bar… and the award-winning beach is right there!
24 Avalon St., Clearwater Beach  33767

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CitizenM Miami Brickell

Art takes center stage at the new CitizenM Miami Brickell in downtown Miami. Though you may feel compelled to stay at the hotel — and we couldn’t blame you — you should really get out and explore the neighborhood, like Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana.
955 S. Miami Ave., Miami  33130

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