Mondrian South Beach Not Until May 2008 But It Will be Wander-Full
From the Bahamas to Florida....
Yesterday we were given a brief tour of the Mondrian South Beach which is, much to our dismay, still under construction. The hotel will technically open some of its units in January 2008, as had been previously reported, but the entire property won't be fully operational until May 2008.
Either way, when it opens the Mondrian will be spectacular. And we're not just saying this because we got a tour and we feel like we have to be nice.
For starters, Morgans Hotel Group basically gave designer Marcel Wanders creative freedom for the hotel. And his designs are pretty spectacular if somewhat unusual.
The Dutch-born designer was named "Designer of the Year" by Elle and been recognized by Time magazine as a top interior designer. Here's how he described his vision for the Mondrian:
Wanders, 44, conceived the hotel as "Sleeping Beauty's castle," with gardens that serve as indoor and outdoor living spaces, featuring cabanas, tented play spaces for children and a hanging chandelier above the elegant pool. The hotel rooms, which resemble theater boxes, overlook the gardens so that "everyone has the best seat in the house," he says.
We saw samples of the interior decor and furnishings inside the sales office of the Mondrian South Beach which is temporarily housed in the building. Wanders' contemporary designs have been called bold, innovative and romantic but we thought it was also incredibly happy and giddy (excuse our layperson's descriptions.)
It's decor that we wouldn't want to live in 365 days a year but we firmly believe a hotel stay (especially in a luxury hotel) should be an experience different from your daily life. And Wanders' whimiscal but bright decor should do the trick.
MORE pictures from inside the Mondrian SoBe after the jump.
What the entrance to the Mondrian South Beach looks like now.
Interior furnishings for the units (which range from oversized studios to two-bedroom suites, along with penthouse residences) are chosen by the hotel from Wanders' designs. You can't see from here but Wanders also designed the fabric for the sofas which modestly have his face featured on them.
The showers in the units feature floating clouds in tiles with chandelier showerheads. (Only one chandelier per shower.)
The pool area will look out onto the Biscayne Bay which is an amazing sight at sundown.
As mentioned above, there will be a place for kids in the form of a children's pool. Mondrian and children. Wow, we never thought those words would be in the same sentence.
Guests and residents will be shuttled to the beach at sister hotel, The Delano in these status symbols--Range Rovers with the Mondrian logo.
Wanders furniture. Crazy but kind of cool, right? Surely, the Mondrian South Beach will be a bright spot in the next Morgans Hotel Group company report, given all of the group's recent troubles. No price point has been given yet but it's expected to be in line with other Morgans prices so $400 to $500 a night.
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