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The former Roney Plaza/Gansevoort South/The Perry Hotel in Miami is almost finished with its $100 million renovation to turn into the naturally glam 1 Hotel South Beach, but you can reserve a room today for stays starting on March 1.
Not surprisingly for a luxury hotel in season in Miami Beach, the rooms are ridiculously expensive, with a king room going for $665 a night. Want a balcony with your room? That will be $712 a night. Prefer an ocean view? That will be $855 a night.
But we have to admit, these are some seriously good-looking rooms. Gone is the high-sheen of The Gansevoort and in its place is a eco-luxe look with reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Don't forget, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating.
Up in New York, it's been sort of a hotel marketing trend to present the hotel as a mysterious, manly-named place with as few details as possible, like Paul. Down in Miami, the same sort of awareness/unawareness ploy is going on with Washington Park Hotel. except this time, the hotel is looks like a lady.
The Washington Park Hotel is set to open in early 2015 at 11th and Washington Avenues. Judging from its website, the hotel looks like a pretty place to hang out. (Indeed, there's a picture of two lady surfers.) But other than its pretty and feminine style, including a floral entwined logo, there's not much we know about the hotel. At least not on its website.
Like any good millennial hotel, the WPH does have aFacebook page but there's not much else there either, except for a mention about their upcoming curated cocktails, which is pretty par for the course in Miami. However, there is a sexy side to the hotel. Like, literally, a sexy side as the hotel
shares the space withis on the same block as The World Erotic Art Museum as well as a propaganda museum.
More details on the hotel, such as how many rooms, photos, amenities, services, etc, should be coming soon. But you know they already had us at "erotic art museum."
[Screengrab from WashingtonParkHotel.com]
Art Basel will swing back into Miami Beach from December 4-7 and if you're interested in heading down to the hot mess art party, you better book your hotel room now.
The good news is there are still plenty of rooms open but the bad news is that rates are rising fast. Room rates could drop at the last-minute depending on availability but otherwise, if you've got a preference of where you want to be, book now. And yes, expect to pay $500 and up for a centrally located hotel room that is about the size of a closet.
Is it your first time going to Art Basel? Read our Art Basel virgin's experience here.
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We've been so dazzled by the new big name hotels opening in Miami over the next few months--Thompson, Edition, Sixty, Aloft and AC Hotels to name a few--it's been hard to keep up with all the others. But we've been doing our best, dishing what we know so far on hotels like The Gale Suites and Villa Bagatelle. And now we've got an update on the forthcoming Hyatt South Beach.
Even though we once hoped this hotel would be an Andaz, it is still going ahead as a Hyatt hotel, the first such branded hotel for Hyatt in South Beach (there's a Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.)
Bagatelle, a popular restaurant brand that originated in NYC's Meatpacking District before expanding to Sao Paolo, St. Tropez and St. Barth (with a brief stint in Las Vegas), is now heading to Miami Beach. But instead of opening another hot restaurant or beach club, owners Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba are opening a restaurant + hotel + pool club, called Villa Bagatelle.
Located at 21st and Collins in the current Boulan Hotel, Villa Bagatelle will take about 18 months to fully open. The first phase of the renovation is happening now, with a cosmetic touch-up of the hotel's common areas and guest rooms. The rooms are actually all suites and have at least one bedroom with a deluxe Tempur-Pedic bed, a fully equipped epicurean kitchen with dining areas, living room with queen-bedded sofa bed, and oversized marble spa-inspired bathroom. Some suites have private terraces with either views of downtown or the ocean.
The second renovation phase will transform the rooftop pool deck into a "complete Bagatelle St. Tropez experience" with a full service food and beverage concept. The courtyard at the hotel will also transform in to The Bagatelle Gardens where guests can enjoy breakfast, light lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails. Is that Bagatelle enough for you?
You can actually stay at the hotel now, although the Villa Bagatelle branding is not complete. Rates start around $379 a night but we found a suite king in a few weeks for $289 a night.
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Last we checked, the Thompson Miami Beach was opening on November 14 but that opening date has been moved just a little bit back to November 21. However, the hotel is now offering a special opening package that starts at $399 a night, based on double occupancy, and includes the following:
· Minimum two-night stay in plush accommodations
· Daily breakfast for two at Seagrape, the restaurant from Miami's own Michelle Bernstein
· Signature welcome cocktails for two
· Beach swag bag with Coola sunscreen products, including body sunscreen, facial sunscreen and moisturizing lip balm
· Admission for two to Perez Art Museum Miami, so you can get a jump start on all the Art Basel festivities.
We've already given you 5 hotels to put on your radar when planning a trip to Miami Beach this winter but we don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing. Hotels be opening left and right in this
loca caliente city. And here's another one.
The Gale Suites at Kaskades is an extension of the extremely popular Gale Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue. The Gale Suites won't actually be adjacent to The Gale but they will be close by, located in a building behind The Gale on 17th Street. (The hotel says its only 10 steps away.)
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After what feels like years of waiting, you can now officially book a room for November 10 at the Edition Miami Beach. And if you use corporate/promotional code ISS, you can stay on opening night for $250 a night, compared to the regular rate of $430 a night.
There is a $25 resort fee, per day, that includes beach chair service, beach towels, Internet access, bike rental and "more." A resort fee is never fun but it is actually very common for South Beach hotels
Nevertheless, after we fell head over heels in love with Edition London, we've been anxiously awaiting its Miami Beach sister. The 294-room hotel from hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels was designed by architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelber, along with landscape designer Madison Cox. While the guest rooms will be luxurious in an understated, frill-free way, the rest of the resort will be very turnt up.
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We thought yesterday's story about the resort that wants you to take the honeymoon suite home with you was pretty insane, but the W South Beach has come up with the most ridiculuxe hotel wedding extravaganza that we have ever heard of--The Million Dollar Wedding Package.
Before we go any further, allow us to answer the question that's just about to come rushing out of your mouths--Yes, the wedding costs a million dollars. Actually, according to the hotel rep, it's a little over a million dollars. Alright, now with that out of the way, here's what a million dollar W Hotel wedding includes and how much each items costs. Emphasis is ours but if we had our way, we'd really just bold the whole darn package, all the way to the bottom.
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We don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing.
Today, we discovered that the beachfront party spot that is The Shore Club will move into a condotel operation. Yup, the dreaded condotels, once all the rage in the pre-recession era, are back. GROAN.
The Real Deal reports that the hotel's new owners, HFZ Capital Group, who acquired the property late last year, are splitting the hotel into 85 luxury residences and 100 hotel rooms. Currently, the historic hotel has 309 hotel rooms.
Word is the residences will start to go up for sale in early December, just when all the moneyed art collectors arrive in town for Art Basel. However, if you're keen to reserve a spot, limited reservations will open next month.
What's crazier than someone attempting the condotel operation again is the fact that neither HFZ Capital nor their sales agents, Douglas Elliman, have released any info on how these luxury residences are to come about. There are no renderings, no construction plans, no nada. But whenever this "transformation" happens, just know that the Shore Club will never again be the same. Fingers crossed, the condotel thing works out for them.
[Photo: Shore Club/Facebook]
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We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
The weather is getting cooler but the hotel scene in Miami is getting hotter. We already told you about five new hotels to look for this winter but here's one you can check out as soon as next week--The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.
We first heard about The Shelborne closing for much-neededrenovations back in May 2013. A HotelChatter contributor had stayed at the property only months before and had this to say about the rooms:
The Shelborne's suite had last been furnished in the early 1990s, the dining chairs were broken, the mattress was so old you could feel the springs, the tables were scratched and water-damaged, the art was like that of a greasy strip mall generic Asian restaurant, the floors felt so dusty we were relieved to have brought slippers from our last hotel, and the power outlet actually shocked us as we tried to plug in our phone charger. Firetrap much?
Above is how the hotel rooms used to look. Keep reading to see the transformation!
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Miami and Las Vegas have become sister cities of a sort. Both are well-known for their robust hotel scenes, their penchant for partying, their "less is more" credo when it comes to clothing and their general love of excess.
More recently, we've been seeing an influx of South Beach in Sin City, thanks to the opening of the SLS Las Vegas and the Delano Las Vegas. But now, Vegas is sending off something to Miami--Michael Mina's StripSteak restaurant.
Stripsteak can be found in Vegas at Mandalay Bay, where the Delano Las Vegas also lives, but Mina plans on spinning off StripSteak Miami at The Fontainebleau sometime this fall. Mina already operates the Michael Mina 74 restaurant at the resort so he's already familiar with the property. StripSteak will replace Gotham Steak restaurant. We'll keep you updated on the opening date. In the meantime, peruse the StripSteak Vegas menu for a hint of what's to come. We'll take the 10oz filet mignon, the truffle mac n' cheese and one, make that two, orders of the potato gratin please.