5 Miami Modern motels Miami

SINBAD MOTEL MIAMI

6150 Biscayne Blvd
MiMo District/
Upper East Side
+1 305 751 3110
sinbadmotel.com

Designed by Tony Sherman to resemble a ship – because the bay was visible then from the property – this blocky 1953 motel, complete with brise-soleils and winged overhangs, was named after Sinbad the Sailor. Its instantly recognizable neon signs, which remain today, are featured in the 1995 movie Miami Rhapsody.

NEW YORKER BOUTIQUE HOTEL

6500 Biscayne Blvd
MiMo District/
Upper East Side
+1 305 759 5823
hotelnewyorkermiami.com

Showcasing the neon signs and angular façade, this boutique hotel is in the hands of the family who have owned it since the 1980s. Renovated (with lots of flamingo décor) in 2009 to keep up with the changing MiMo District landscape, they solicit a clientele interested in quiet quality.

SHALIMAR MOTEL

6200 Biscayne Blvd
MiMo District/
Upper East Side
+1 305 751 0345
shalimarmotel.com

Architect Edwin Reeder designed this motel in 1951, and it stood apiece with the ramshackle others until a complete redo was accomplished in 2013. Streamlined with community balconies and MiMo accents – including the signature neon sign – it offers clean, reasonably priced lodging.

THE VAGABOND HOTEL

7301 Biscayne Blvd
MiMo District/
Upper East Side
+1 305 400 8420
thevagabondhotel.com

With its futuristic asymmetry and angularity, The Vagabond was a vision of Miami Modern. Designed in 1953 by Robert Swartburg, it was a magnet motel/lounge for the Rat Pack. Today it has been thoroughly reinvented and modernized, with a chic pool scene, high-end eatery and more.

BISCAYNE INN

6730 Biscayne Blvd
MiMo District/
Upper East Side
+1 305 756 0366
(resto)

While this property has the history and elements of the architecture, renting a room isn’t possible, as the property is closed at the moment. Instead, go here to admire the neon sign, complete with a palm tree for an ‘I’ in ‘Inn’, and dine at Danny Serfer’s Blue Collar restaurant, serving some of the best comfort food in Miami.

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