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The Shortlist of Shiny New Hotels Coming to Miami

Where: Miami
September 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

The forecast for 2012 in Miami? Hot as hell with a deluge of new and newly renovated hotels. In fact, there's been so much Miami Hotel Mambo-ing going on of late that we're getting dizzy. To help us all keep things straight, we created this Shortlist of Shiny New Hotels Coming to Miami.

We'll return to this in the coming months to give you updates on each hotel's progress--and, as always, if you have the scoop on these or any other new hotels in the works, please do share!

Here's what's on deck for Miami Beach and beyond:

· The SLS Hotel at South Beach: The one with the biggest buzz, the fancy new restaurants and Lenny Kravitz's involvement. (Not Sally Hershberger's, as we thought, though). Coming some time in 2012.

· The Shelborne: By the time the renos and F&B additions are done—hopefully by the end of this year—this neighbor of The Raleigh might just give the SLS/Delano/Shore Club crew a run for its money.

· Thompson Ocean Drive: The hotel formerly known as Hotel Victor will get a much bigger profile as a Thompson Hotel.

· The James Royal Palm: The same goes for the old Royal Palm, which is getting a James Hotels makeover set to be revealed in late 2012.

· The Surfcomber: And ditto again for this former Doubletree property which is still open, but not really operating as a Kimpton just yet. We've seen work underway at the hotel but no word from Kimpton H.Q. on when the hotel will make its fully-fledged debut.

· B South Beach: Another Collins Ave Cinderella story in the making. This should B ready by fall 2012.

· EDITION South Beach: Let's hope Schrager and Marriott's new brand makes it to fruition on the site of the old Seville Beach Resort, in the mid-beach stretch of Collins.

· Cipriani Miami: We've seen small hints of activity on this site, also in mid-beach, lately. However, the website for what was to be Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences is no longer live. Hmm ...

· St. Regis Bal Harbour: This one looks to be in good shape, and the website's latest ETA is January 2012. Bring on the posh and the fancy!

· Marlin Hotel: The bar on street level is open. It can't be long now before the revamped rooms upstairs at this Deco gem open for business, too.

· The Fairfax Miami: Once upon a time, Todd Oldham was involved in plans to revive this little hotel opposite The Raleigh. We've heard nada, but we do see signs of construction work afoot on the site...

· Hampton Inn Brickell: This downtown eco-friendly hotel is on track to open this fall. Woo!

· Element Miami International Airport: Long-awaited, and still scheduled for a December 8 debut. For now.

· Aloft Miami-Brickell: Estimated time of arrival is July 2012.

· Aloft Miami Doral: To follow in 2013.

· Resorts Miami: The Sponge Bob Meets the Jetsons" mega-hotel-casino complex is still just a blueprint dream -- and Miami politicos are trying to block the casino part of it -- but once it's built, it will be the talk of the town.

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With the slew of hotels opening

With the slew of hotels opening in 2012, the already stiff competition will become much tougher. They would be competing with the several other established hotels for customers. These hotels need to find a niche, or a point of attraction to appeal to various groups of holiday goers. I just hope that people are not worried about end of the world scares to stop travelling and staying at hotels.

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