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Meet Lennox, Yet Another New Boutique Hotel Coming to South Beach

Where: 1900 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Ah, Miami. While much-ballyhooed big projects languish and have to be rescued by other developers, the smaller boutique hotels seem to be springing up like wildflowers along Collins Avenue.

Last week, we had a peek at Gale South Beach, rising across the street from Delano. Now, we're checking out what's going on a couple of blocks north, across from the Setai and Townhouse Hotel. (Yes, the west side of the street appears to be the scrappy up-and-comer.)

The words on the side of the building may say 'Peter Miller Hotel', but there is work afoot at this site, friends. Work on a new boutique property called Lennox Hotel.

Pretty! Even with a peekabo bathroom...

From what we can tell, a South American company called Lennox Corp Miami bought this property in December 2010--no doubt with plans of rescuing it from an episode of Hotel Hell, if this lone TripAdvisor review of the Peter Miller is anything to go by.

Also purchased in the sale was a a block of units on 19th Street and another (the Peter Miller Apartments) on nearby Liberty Avenue. No plans for the buildings were announced at the time, although details are now starting to emerge, starting with these renderings by Kobi Karp Architecture, who are also hard at work on restoring the Versailles further up the beach.

We also learned from the Miami Beach Preservation Board files, that Lennox Miami Corp has applied for permission to partly demolish, renovate and restore all three buildings--and to construct a new 5-story structure, "as part of a new hotel development."

Perhaps the best sign of what's to come at Lennox Hotel South Beach can be found down in Argentina, at the Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires? It has the same 'Lennox Hotels' logo that appears in the rendering of the revamped Peter Miller Hotel, so this must be the same company.

In other words, this lil hotel has a lot more in common with the ill-fated Cipriani project than we first realized: both involve dashing Argentine heroes swooping in to save a doomed Miami Beach hotel project. Happy endings for all?

Let's not get ahead of ourselves...

[Renderings: KobiKarp.com]

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