Riviera Suites – http://www.rivierahotelsouthbeach.com
This beautiful boutique hotel has 3 buildings and 2 pools plus several great spots that look great in photos. There is a ground level pool and a sunroof pool. I have permission from the hotel manager to shoot in any part of the hotel including around the property. The suites are very beautiful and look very elegant.
Dream Hotel - http://www.dreamhotels.com
Beautiful Modern Hotel, but the regular rooms are too small so only book a junior suite or king suite. Great location in the middle of South Beach. Find online specials for the Jr Suites or larger rooms. The Platinum Sun Suite King is super with a top private sun deck area.
The Boulan Miami - http://boulanmiami.com
Glamorous High-End Big Rooms. The biggest ones in South Beach that I have found. Although they are all suites, don't book the smallest rooms to get the best space and decor. Sophisticated and beautiful. The best rooms are the Deluxe Luxury Suites. The Terrace and rooftops suites are not recommended unless you get a free update but do not accept Penthouse 2 as this room is smaller than the Deluxe Suite.
The Croydon Hotel - http://hotelcroydonmiami.com
This hotel has beautiful wood floors, and the manager lets me shoot on the premises (sun deck, pool area) Their penthouse suites are big and they have a large private sun deck area.
The Metropole Hotel - http://www.metropolesouthbeach.com
Very nice to shoot in and I like the 1 bedroom suites. I can also shoot here around the hotel location including the Patio Area and small pool. They have modern rooms but some are larger than others ones. You would have to mention at check that you are shooting with Paul Cobo and ask for the largest room possible. They know me there are will get you the biggest room possible.
Best days to shoot are Monday – Thursday. Also, avoid the crowds and the high rates by not traveling during a holiday week.