Hotel Victor Miami Remodel Moves Forward Without Thompson Hotels
A month ago we told you South Beach's historic Hotel Victor would undergo a huge change--they'd become a Thompson Hotel. Joining such a prestigious group would have been a welcome face-lift for the weary Victor, especially in a town where there's a new hotel or refurb on nearly every block.
But, the partnership to become Thompson Ocean Drive apparently wasn't meant to be because it was recently announced the deal was off. The Hotel Victor will remain with owners Pomeranc brothers who have sold the Thompson name in their portfolio. The details of that tale are here. Meanwhile, the Hotel Victor will eventually be branded under a new hotel company thanks to the assistance of former Thompson CEO Stephen Brandman, who's paired up with the Pomeranc brothers. The name of this new company? TBD. Dazzling news.
However, renovations started six months ago and the Victor officially closed in April, so it was decided to finish what had been started and run the property under the Commune brand until told otherwise. But the name will remain Hotel Victor. Period.
Get all that? No? You're not the only one. To say it's been an adjustment for everyone is an understatement.
We were fortunate enough to look at the progress and we must say, it's looking good!
Take a look at our photos and see the transformation in progress!
They reno resulted in adding only one room for a total of 91. The reno also includes bungalow rooms that have outside showers to rinse sand off from the beach. And, if you bring your iPad, you can watch your content on the 52-inch flat-screen television.
Being a historic hotel, the designers could only use certain colors on the interiors, but the consensus is that the current light wood and pastels are grades better than the Victor's dated harlot red of yesteryear.
Touches like an infinity-edge tub facing out to the beach make for the most killer view.
Other elements guests can expect to see include a pool for guests only (so forget about crashing!) but a bar that's open to the public. Also, the current restaurant will offer a complimentary breakfast buffet, but will eventually close until December to be remodeled.
The goal was to have the Hotel Victor open for business and back to its glory days on August 29th, however, we were unable to pull up rates for that date and the website says opening "this Fall" . However, early September shows a King Superior room available for $179.
As usual, we'll keep you abreast of the building and management developments as the details get sorted out.
[Photos: Chanize for HotelChatter]