5 Miami modern motels in Miami

1) Sinbad Motel Miami

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.

the Sinbad Motel against a sunset sky

6150 Biscayne Boulevard, MiMo District/Upper East Side

+1 305 751 3110

2) New Yorker Boutique Hotel

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

motel The New Yorker Hotel Boutique in Miami

6500 Biscayne Boulevard, MiMo District/Upper East Side

+1 786 913 0680


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3) Shalimar Hotel

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.

street sign of Shalimar Hotel Miami

6200 Biscayne Boulevard, MiMo District/Upper East Side

+1 305 751 0345


4) The Vagabond Hotel

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.

large swimming pool at the Vagabond Hotel

7301 Biscayne Boulevard, MiMo District/Upper East Side

+1 305 400 8420


5) Biscayne Inn

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.

cars parked outside the Biscayne Inn

6730 Biscayne Boulevard, MiMo District/Upper East Side

+1 305 756 0366 (resto)

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