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The Ritz-Carlton Is the Next Florida Hotel Set for an Upgrade

July 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over in Fort Lauderdale the best keeps getting better, as the next property in town—following some news from the W—to get a nip and tuck is The Ritz-Carlton.

The place hasn’t even been open ten years, but it’s already time to get some work done. They were the first property in town to score an AAA Five Diamond rating, so we guess they don’t want to just rest on their laurels. All in all they will be spending $8 million to upgrade and improve the place, as they work with the architecture and design group over at Streetsense.

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The Langford Hotel Will Open in Downtown Miami in September

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  Site Where: 121 SE 1st St [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33131
July 1, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another stamp on the Miami Hotel Mambo dance card. This time, however, the action is taking place off the beach, over in downtown Miami, where The Langford Hotel will open in September.

Like a number of hotels in other cities, this one finds its home in a former bank building, which from the get-go makes this a little different than the proliferation of sleek and modern new builds that have been popping up in South Beach.

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The Gale Hotel Moves North to Fort Lauderdale (And You Can Live There, Too)

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  Site Where: 401 Bayshore Drive [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
June 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

With scene-stealers like Delanoand SLS South Beach across the street (just to name a few), the The Gale South Beach doesn't get as much attention as perhaps it should. With crisp-looking rooms, a sweet rooftop pool, and one of our favorite bars on the beach -- The Regent Cocktail Club -- you could even call this the little hotel that could.

More evidence of that get-up and go mentality? The Gale is now expanding to Fort Lauderdale. That's it above, or at least what it will look like when the project opens towards the end of 2016. We say "project," because this is not simply a hotel. The Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences will contain a 96-room hotel as well as 128 furnished residences -- which owners will be able to rent out.

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More Miami Hotel News: What is The Plymouth Hotel?

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  Site Where: 2000 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 24, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may be the off-season in Miami but that doesn't mean the hotel scene is getting quiet. In fact, many hotels in South Beach use the summer to give themselves a makeover. In other cases, it's prime time for construction on new properties.

Which seems to be the case with this newest hotel-in-the-works, which we discovered while wandering in the residential streets between Collins and Washington Avenues recently -- the area across from Collins Park and the Bass Museum.

Like with all historic buildings on Miami Beach, the original facade remains while the jackhammers go to town on the inside. But what exactly is it?

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Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel in Miami Beach, Will Now Open in October

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  Site Where: 1825 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we strolled by another new hotel coming to Miami Beach--Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel at 18th and Collins Ave, which we last heard was opening on July 6. Well, that date's not going to happen anymore as reservations for the hotel are being pushed back to October 1. Bienvenido a Miami!

On that date, rooms are going for $238.67 for a king superior room which includes a king bed, white marble floors, SFERRA linens, REN bath products (an HC fave), Bluetooth docking station, 48-in. flat screen TV and this badass vintage travel chest which doubles as the mini-bar filled with gourmet goodies and even books on how to make a cocktail. Keep reading to have a closer look at it!

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W Fort Lauderdale is Being Prepped for a Nip and Tuck

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  Site Where: 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33304
June 18, 2015 at 5:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

W Hotels - design-driven, energy-infused, and known for upping its own game, has announced "W"hopping renovation plans for the W Fort Lauderdale and The Residences at W Fort Lauderdale.

The extreme makeover of the seductive hotel will be undertaken by The Related Group/Related Companies, who purchased the W last summer and the renovations will be carried out in stages throughout the year.

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Checking in on The Lennox Hotel Miami

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  Site Where: 1900 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been over three years since we first heard about the Lennox Hotel going up in Miami but there isn't much news to report.

We walked by the site of the old Peter Miller Hotel on Collins Avenue across from the luxury spot, The Setai. And work is coming along but it will be a while before this hotel opens its doors, especially since looking down 19th street, you can see all the units that need to be finished. You can head over to Kobi Karp Architects to peep some renderings of what the hotel should look like when it's finished. (That guest room is everything.)

However, we did learn that this hotel will be a part of Lennox Hotels, which has two other properties in South America--one in Ushuaia Patagonia and the other in Buenos Aires. So expect even more South American flair to invade Collins.

[Photos: HotelChatter; Rendering: Kobi Karp]

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Sneak Peek at East Miami, Opening in December

June 15, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Feel Totally at East

That was the tagline that greeted guests who arrived at the pre-opening office of East, Miami, the first U.S. outpost of Swire Hotels' East Hotels brand.

This will be the third hotel for the business traveler brand (they bill themselves as a "business hotel with a life") with the other two East Hotels in China--one in Hong Kong and one in Beijing.

Not much has changed plans-wise since we first heard of the directions to, er, for the East. The hotel will still include 255 contemporary rooms, done with the signature orange accents of East, eight suites, and 89 residences, all designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica architects. The building is not quite ready but East helpfully had some model rooms for guests to walk through.

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Why The Trump National Doral in Miami is Not Just for Golfers

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  Site Where: 4400 N. W. 87th Ave. [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33178
June 12, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's more to Miami than people-watching and partying in South Beach.

A world away from the hectic scene of the beach, and just a few minutes from Miami International Airport sits The Trump National Doral Hotel, an oasis for golfing and relaxation. The actual resort has been open for over 60 years, attracting some of the best golfers and spa-goers, but in 2012 Trump purchased the property and brought the entire 800-acre resort firmly into the 21st Century.

Once we pulled into the private drive, we knew we were gearing up for something a lot more extravagant than just being surrounded by four PGA-level golf courses. The drive circled around an impressive fountain and ended at the equally impressive clubhouse for check-in. Once we were handed our key card and given a map to find our way to one of eight villas all named after some pretty renowned golfers; incidentally we were led to the Tiger Woods villa.

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Calling All 'Modern Explorers': Inside the Hyatt Centric South Beach

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Hyatt Centric was announced in January of this year, we presumed that this was just Hyatt Hotels' way of grabbing the attention of the millennial traveler. But after touring the Hyatt Centric South Beach, the second Hyatt Centric to open (the first opened in Chicago the other month), we realize the hotel goes deeper than just trendy design, free WiFi and social hours.

It's actually kind of the perfect hotel for the new and emerging yuccie or Young Urban Creative, introduced this week by Mashable. Yup, we're gonna need a new tag for these guests.

Keep reading for an all-around tour of the Hyatt Centric South Beach

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The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is Aiming for a November 1 Opening

June 11, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a while (ok, a few years) since we followed up on what Argentinian developer Alan Faena had in mind for Miami but strolling by the Faena construction sites the other day, we fully grasped how massive this hotel and residential project is. Fittingly, the six-block development from 32nd to 36th Street on Collins Avenue is being called The Faena District.

Some background: Faena is also the hotelier behind Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, one of the best luxury hotels in the city. (And also, not a fan of Justin Bieber.) Now, he's bringing his Faena flair to Miami in the form of three residence towers; one Faena Forum, a performance hall designed by Rem Koolhaas; and two hotels--one of which will be the Faena Miami Beach, created out of the old Saxony Hotel. (Faena also runs the existing Casa Claridge Hotel across the street from The Saxony on Collins Avenue.)

According to the Miami Herald, the Faena Miami Beach, with its 169 hotel rooms should open on November 1, but in doing a little walk-by the other day, we're skeptical (as always) of that date.

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Aloft South Beach is Almost There...Maybe

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
June 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been waiting a long time for The Aloft South Beach but it's really, truly, almost ready to open. Maybe.

Just a week ago, we had the opening (skeptically) pegged for June 4 but that has been pushed back again to Thursday, June 11. However, people seem to think it will really open this time so we'll see.

We snapped a few pictures of the hotel construction on Sunday. Indeed most of the hotel does look finished, even the pool deck but the entrance, which is being rehabbed from its life as the Motel Arkana, still needs a bit of work.

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