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Sixty Hotels to Return to Miami Beach with The Nautilus Hotel

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May 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | ()

Sixty Hotels, the lifestyle hotel group that consists of four former Thompson Hotels, is adding to its collection with The Nautilus Hotel in Miami Beach, an iconic property originally designed by architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s.

In recent years, the oceanfront hotel at 1825 Collins Avenue, went by the name, Continental South Beach, and offered a rather sub-par South Beach experience. But now Sixty Hotels will renovate the property from top to bottom, to transform it into a "luxury beach house" with both an international and residential feel.

"South Beach is a natural fit for our clientele, who appreciate a great night out just as much as the rich sense of architectural history the hotel and its surroundings offer," said Jason Pomeranc in a statement.

The hotel will have 251 rooms with 29 suites and two signature penthouses with ocean views and a private garden terrace. All guest rooms will have a "soothing" color palette, along with SFERRA linens, gourmet mini-bars and amenities by REN, a skincare line that's hard to find in American hotels.

There's no photos or renderings of the property available yet, aside from these old nostalgic snapshots, but here's how Sixty describes: the decor and design (from Caroline Giraud-Sukornyk of CG Design and Miami-based architecture firm, Arquitectonica.)

Upon entering, guests will be immediately met with an unpretentious beach vibe with nautical accents and tufted grey linen sofas that and metallic orange leather chairs at the concierge desk brighten the space with eye catching pops of color. Furthering the beach home feel that the property brings as its design inspiration is the use of materials throughout the lobby area such as grey concrete, glove leather, various stones and linen chairs and sofas, reminiscent of those found in global beachfront estates. Timeless and sophisticated, the Nautilus South Beach will combine subtle design with attentive service.

Sixty Hotels will also recapture The Nautilus' former glory by creating lively public spaces. The lobby will feature communal seating areas, inviting guests to "plug and play." (We pray the WiFi will be free.) The hotel will also get a new-old restaurant from China Grill Management and chef Claude Troisgros and his son Thomas who plan to reopen The Blue Door eatery at the Nautilus. (Previously, Blue Door Fish was at The Delano.) The restaurant and bar will have 210 seats including an outdoor patio that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When it opens later this year, Sixty will have a presence in one of the most fiercely competitive hotel markets, especially as Edition Hotels, 1 Hotels, Hyde Hotels, Faena Hotels, AC Hotels By Marriott and East Hotels work their way into town.

“The Nautilus South Beach presents an exciting new milestone in the development of our company,” said Stephen Brandman, co-founder of SIXTY Hotels. “Projects of this magnitude in South Beach are rare. We look forward to repositioning this significant hotel with our unique style and personalized service in this thriving and high-barrier-to-entry market.”

Need a refresher on what Sixty Hotels are all about? Read the "Letter from the Innkeeper" right HERE

[Photos courtesy of Sixty Hotels]

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