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Last summer, we passed by this building--the site of the perpetually-delayed Cipriani Miami--every day. And it was a dead zone. Nothing happening. Which led us to believe the fancy-pants project was dead in the water.
Not so! A Miami tipster sent us this shot snapped this week, along with word that construction was afoot. At last! But. It may not be a Cipriani.
It turns out that the ill-fated Cipriani development was taken over by Argentine hotelier Alan Faena--yes, of the hip Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires. And here's what he has in store for the site...
In following up again on some more shiny new hotels coming to Miami Beach, man about town Gregg Rory Holland ambled by the old Saxony Hotel at 32nd and Collins which was supposed to be redeveloped into the glamorous Saxony Hotel and Tower Residences but which got shelved and then was rescued by Cipriani restaurants who wanted to turn it into the Cipriani Ocean Resort and Residences. The opening date? Summer 2010.
Um, yeah. That never happened. And we're not sure it ever will, judging from the recent photos Gregg snapped.
Construction seems to have stalled and as we reported last month, the website is now defunct. There's also a lame Facebook page with nothing of note on it and the Cipriani main site keeps saying the place will open in Summer 2010. Ay, ay, ay. Oh well, at least we know there's work happening on these hotels in town.
Anyone see any signs of life coming from Cipriani Miami? Let us know!
We wanted to check up on the oddly named Mr. C Hotel at Beverly Hotels, which is poised to take over the Tower Beverly Hills Hotel. Looks like the renovations are still going on and the new Mr. C won't debut until spring.
There's no specific date mentioned, but the Tower Beverly Hills Hotel website is only taking reservations through April. Post-renovations, Mr. C's 138 rooms will have an old-world look, with hardwood floors, a burgundy-and-gray color scheme, vintage black-and-white photography and private balconies. Bathrooms will come with teak flooring and marble accents.
Update: The hotel is officially to be called Mr. C Hotel at Beverly Hills.
Cipriani Miami is a lost cause for 2011 (and maybe even 2012) but the Cipriani Hotels brand (which is in no way shape or form related to the Hotel Cipriani in Venice) is still intent on expanding and they will do it sooner than we all thought.
Mr. C Hotel at Beverly Hills is set to take over the Tower Beverly Hills Hotel (formerly a Loews Hotel) on the border of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles in
April sometime this Spring.
The hotel's website alternates between calling it Cipriani Los Angeles and Mr. C Beverly Hills (complete with that tired Rodeo Drive sign) but do note: the hotel is a bit south of all the glitzy, glammy action in BevHills. That's not to say a "Real Housewife" or two won't venture down below Olympic Boulevard but it's not a skip, hop and a Louboutin-wedge jump from the shops of Rodeo either.
The Glam Nest blog has the scoop on what the rooms will look like:
So yesterday we consulted the Magic Hotel Opening 8 Ball and asked if the Cipriani Miami would open this summer. Well, we didn't need to shake the ball for an answer as we had heard from one of our own that the current state of the building is that of an empty shell.
Now, another tipster on the scene in Miami confirmed that there is absolutely NO ACTION going on with Cipriani Miami:
Yes, It looks like construction has stopped. They put in windows in about 4 or 5 of the floors. But it is still a shell that they have basically stripped. A woman in sales said all will be done by the end of 2012.
Now, that's more like it. To be honest, this is better news than we were expecting. The fact that they still have someone working in sales (the resort will also have residences attached) is actually a good sign. But then again, an even better sign would be real, live construction. We'll check back in again with this property next year.
Answer: NOT LIKELY.
It was not a good day for Italians today as the Word Cup champions were booted early from this year's tournament by Slovakia. And it doesn't look like this will be a good summer for another Italian, The Cipriani Miami.
The last report we had was that the hotel would open this summer, although back in December that was a shaky prediction. However, when our own MsRebecca drove by the Cipriani last month she said the building was still an empty shell. Uh-oh. And it doesn't help that one of the developers, Flavio Braviatore, has been accused by the Italian government of evading taxes, which he denied, of course.
So yeah, we won't count on this one happening for a while now. Maybe like 2012?
Got any scoop-a on the Cipriani Miami? Let us know, capish?
Ooh, here's a story that involves condos, tax evasion, a tropical paradise, and the grand tradition of drinking Bellinis. (And, no, it's got nothing to do with Bernie Madoff.) We're talking about Cipriani Miami, which is meant to be bringing classic Italian luxury to South Beach in, uh ... the summer of 2010? We wish we could be more optimistic about that target opening date, but we feel like we've seen this movie before.
The first tell-tale sign that we should keep our hopes conservative? The Summer 2010 opening date hasn't changed since we last checked in back in March. And that came after about a year of radio silence from the Cipriani team. Now, an anonymous tipster with a condo across the street on Collins Ave tells us that there has been "a lot of work lately" but that the Summer 2010 does not seem realistic given what they're seeing.
We approach this with great caution, considering the number of hotel/condo projects that have been delayed, postponed or abandoned altogether this year alone, but: remember Cipriani Miami? Remember how it was supposed to open in mid-2009? Yes, well, no surprise here: delays.
Recall that the The Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences in South Beach, a 200ish-room beach resort and private condo development, was on track for completion in mid-2009 the last time we checked. The oh-so-famous Giuseppe Cipriani was bringing his brand to Miami and turning the old Saxony Hotel into an ultra-luxe condo-hotel, with Michele Bonan, the interior designer for the Ferragamo hotels in Italy, set to do the design.
But it's been about a year since we've heard any updates from the Cipriani camp, and the development's website remains un-updated since we last dropped by in June of last year. A bit of digging on Cipriani's central website revealed a new opening date of Summer 2010 but we won't be holding our breath.
Got any updates on the Cipriani South Beach? Anyone seen how construction appears to be progressing? Please, do tell.
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Earlier this month we wrote about how the Hotel Cipriani in Venice was undergoing an 50th "anniversary facelift", but too bad the Wall Street Journal's Finicky Traveler got there before the new look was completed.
Our fave hotel critic Laura Landro spent a few nights there and the opening of her review says it all:
Our suite at Venice's legendary Hotel Cipriani has stained mauve carpet, ratty faux-bamboo furniture and a platform bed looking into a whirlpool tub-for-two that seems not to have been scrubbed out since the 1970s. We feel positively transported -- to a honeymoon motel in the Poconos.
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The Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences in South Beach, the snooty-chic 209-room beach resort and private condo development, seems to still be on track for completion in mid-2009.
The 24-month construction project (which involves the restoration and revamp of the old Saxony property) will feature crazy Miami city and ocean views and some pretty baller amenities when all is said and done:
600 feet of pristine beachfront, a spa, fitness center, outdoor bar and grill, beach cabana food and beverage service, three swimming pools, a signature world famous Cipriani restaurant and as well as a grand ballroom.
We can't imagine room rates will be easily stomached by those of us whose idea of a splurge is buying a shirt from Banana Republic instead of Forever21, but the website already has some fairly stunning photos of the resort that make us long to be the rich WASP-y type or the overprivileged hyper-trendy type. We'd bet Blair Waldorf would book a room here in a red hot second.
Check out a rendering of the exterior after the jump.