33139 Travel Guide
It may be the off-season in Miami but that doesn't mean the hotel scene is getting quiet. In fact, many hotels in South Beach use the summer to give themselves a makeover. In other cases, it's prime time for construction on new properties.
Which seems to be the case with this newest hotel-in-the-works, which we discovered while wandering in the residential streets between Collins and Washington Avenues recently -- the area across from Collins Park and the Bass Museum.
Like with all historic buildings on Miami Beach, the original facade remains while the jackhammers go to town on the inside. But what exactly is it?
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The other week we strolled by another new hotel coming to Miami Beach--Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel at 18th and Collins Ave, which we last heard was opening on July 6. Well, that date's not going to happen anymore as reservations for the hotel are being pushed back to October 1. Bienvenido a Miami!
On that date, rooms are going for $238.67 for a king superior room which includes a king bed, white marble floors, SFERRA linens, REN bath products (an HC fave), Bluetooth docking station, 48-in. flat screen TV and this badass vintage travel chest which doubles as the mini-bar filled with gourmet goodies and even books on how to make a cocktail. Keep reading to have a closer look at it!
It's been over three years since we first heard about the Lennox Hotel going up in Miami but there isn't much news to report.
We walked by the site of the old Peter Miller Hotel on Collins Avenue across from the luxury spot, The Setai. And work is coming along but it will be a while before this hotel opens its doors, especially since looking down 19th street, you can see all the units that need to be finished. You can head over to Kobi Karp Architects to peep some renderings of what the hotel should look like when it's finished. (That guest room is everything.)
However, we did learn that this hotel will be a part of Lennox Hotels, which has two other properties in South America--one in Ushuaia Patagonia and the other in Buenos Aires. So expect even more South American flair to invade Collins.
[Photos: HotelChatter; Rendering: Kobi Karp]
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When Hyatt Centric was announced in January of this year, we presumed that this was just Hyatt Hotels' way of grabbing the attention of the millennial traveler. But after touring the Hyatt Centric South Beach, the second Hyatt Centric to open (the first opened in Chicago the other month), we realize the hotel goes deeper than just trendy design, free WiFi and social hours.
It's actually kind of the perfect hotel for the new and emerging yuccie or Young Urban Creative, introduced this week by Mashable. Yup, we're gonna need a new tag for these guests.
Keep reading for an all-around tour of the Hyatt Centric South Beach
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At long last, the eagerly anticipated AC Hotel Miami Beach is now open. And it's got everything we loved about the first AC Hotel by Marriott that opened in the U.S. (in New Orleans) and a little bit more.
Located right across from the Miami Beach Edition, the AC has just 150 rooms, giving it a boutique vibe but still, a very approachable one. Miami-based design team Kobi Karp Architecture created several open-concept spaces in the lobby (as per AC's brand standard) which are outfitted with modern decor and furnishings such as tufted leather banquettes that rise up the walls and a seriously sleek bar.
Indeed, to show off the usefulness of the open spaces, AC hosted an intimate conversation about art, design and architecture at their official opening party last night, featuring celebrity fashion photographer, Nigel Barker; Rem D. Koolhaas (not that Rem but his nephew), co-founder and creative director of the architectural footwear brand United Nude; as well as Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Interim Director Leann Standish; artist, photographer and director Andrea Sisson; Slow Watches co-founder Chris Noerskau; and Jane Wooldridge, the business editor/visual arts editor of The Miami Herald Media Company.
Additionally, guests were able to browse the United Nude and Slow Watches pop-up shops at the back of the hotel lobby. These included a sneak peek at the super cool collaboration with architect, Zaha Hadid (the creative genius behind several new hotels) and the official look at Slow Watches Swiss-made product in the U.S.
But we found ourselves drawn to the other public spaces at the hotel--the rooftop pool deck and the 3rd-floor roofdeck lounge.
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The best things in life, as mother always said, are free – especially when we’re talking stuff that actually costs money, not some crappy homemade cake.
The Royal Palm South Beach Miami is the first hotel under Starwood’s new Tribute Portfolio umbrella, but we’re less about the branding and more about the free s*&t that they’re providing for the beach.
The hotel is on Collins ‘direct access to the ocean’ Avenue, and guests get a fair bit more than a beach lounger (the chic orange ones pictured above). Each guest gets a Beach Box which contains water, fresh fruit and hand sanitizer. The selection (presumably of fruit, not sanitizing wipes) changes each day, and family boxes are available on request.
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Earlier this year, we learned West Coast born-and-raised Joie de Vivre Hotels (JDV) would be expanding its horizons to Miami and New York. We're still waiting on the full details of the NYC property, but The Hall in Miami, at 15th and Collins, is going ahead with its "late summer" opening and now they've got "Top Chef" alum, Spike Mendelsohn, to create the food and bar menus.
Sunny's will be Spike's first outpost in Miami. The spot is named after his grandfather, but is also a nod to the weather in Miami (most days.) Designed by Robert McKinley, who also did the interiors for the rest of the hotel, Sunny's will "blend rustic elements and the tropics with natural, hand-crafted wood tables, all-weather chairs made from reclaimed rebar, and a Florida keystone main countertop."
Spike plans on serving reinterpretations of his favorite dishes he's picked up while traveling. That includes a Gulf Coast Grilled Grouper “Reuben,” the Greek-inspired Lifeguard Focaccia Myrtos Beach-Style, and the Jersey Shore Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich. (Um, it's not pork roll. It's Taylor ham. Just saying.) Spike will also create made-to-order, brick-oven pizzas for The Hall's backyard bar and outdoor lounge area.
We wonder if his former judge, Tom Colicchio, will pop in. Colicchio, after all, is opening his Beachcraft restaurant up the road at the 1 Hotel South Beach.
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The opening of 1 Hotel South Beach has been a very long time coming.
The luxury 1 Hotels brand, with its eco-friendly focus, was first announced in 2006 by Starwood Capital Group, led by Barry Sternlicht, the man largely credited with bringing boutique hotel experiences to the masses with W Hotels.
But 1 Hotels was quickly put on hold once the economic crisis hit in 2008. (As evidenced by this hole in the ground.)
Then nearly two years ago, word came that 1 Hotels would be resurrected, with their first property opening in South Beach, inside the old Gansevoort South Beach which was formerly the Roney Palace, an apartment building (many apartments still remain, although they are separate from the hotel.)
Today, after extensive, estimated $270 million renovation (not including the $230 million spent to buy the property), 1 Hotel South Beach is officially up and running, with the second 1 Hotel-- 1 Hotel Central Park--not that far behind (It's expected opening date is now mid-June.)
We were able to tour 1 Hotel South Beach, and we were wowed by the transformation from the affected Gansevoort days. 1 Hotels has filled all the empty and wasted space throughout the building with meaningful design. For instance, the guest rooms feature not just a bed, a desk and a chair, but rather a bed upon a raised platform, along with a cozy seating nook facing out the balcony, and a long (reclaimed) wood desk that runs the length of the room. The bathroom is a good-size, with a generous shower. Yes, it's peek-a-boo but there is a curtain to close in case you're shy.
You'll also notice these "filled in" spaces in the lobby where comfy white couches and armchairs take up much of the front area.
Yet while the luxury element of 1 Hotels is easy to distinguish thanks to their $700 a night room rate, there are more than a few eco-friendly initiatives you may not realize during a stay or even a visit. (This too is by design as the hotel wants to be sustainable without being preachy.)
We were seriously astounded by some of these practices, which go beyond just being LEED certified. You may have heard of small independent hotels doing some of them, but not in a beachfront hotel with 426 guest rooms, four pools, five F&B outlets, a rooftop pool and a spa and fitness center.
Allow us to list the ways.
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We've been known to obsessively collect hotel key cards from our stays but at the just-opened 1 Hotel South Beach (formerly the Gansevoort South Beach), we will, begrudgingly, give back their incredible room key.
Just slightly bigger than a silver dollar coin, the key card is made out of recycled wood. But that's not all. It's equipped with RFID, so you simply wave it in front of the door and boom, your room is unlocked. However, on the backside of the key it says, "Recycle Everything", a gentle encouragement from the hotel to guests, to send the key back so that it can be reused.
This key and its message are just one of many eco-initiatives that 1 Hotels have created not just for the South Beach property but for the upcoming 1 Hotels in Central Park and Brooklyn as well.
Tomorrow, we'll have more on those initiatives, the likes of which we've never heard being implemented in a hotel of this size before. But for now, we'll tease you with a shot of the guest room. It's pretty AND it's good for you.
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In July 2013 the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach closed down in order to renovate the entire property (which was very much needed). It opened again at the end of September 2014 as the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach with relatively little fanfare, so we’re going to toot its horn a little bit because, during a recent stay, we quite liked this 200-room property.
Designed by two very different designers – Meg Sharpe, who did the public and commercial spaces, and Richard Mishaan, who created the rooms and meeting spaces – the hotel has a sort of Jekyll and Hyde quality that, strangely, works together to create an Art Deco beauty.
First some history to give you context on the design. The building was constructed in the 1940s and embellished in the 1950s, when the Moderne Style of Art Deco was in fashion. Think glamorous streamlined design, with shiny metallic surfaces and a focus on the new, modern transportation design in cars, airplanes and trains. Both designers have worked to bring this particular era to life, albeit each with a distinctive flair.
Richard’s rooms are bolder in both color and pattern, with deep ocean blue furniture and rugs offset against stark white or mirrored furnishings. You’d think the heavily patterned wall coverings and lamp shades would throw the whole design into chaos, but it keeps the space oddly invigorating. Rooms have 46” Interactive Smart Samsung TVs with mobile connectivity, iPhone docking stations, Frette linens and private label bath amenities in a calendula scent.
Have a look at the Photo Gallery to see an Oceanfront Balcony room as well as a Partial Ocean View King, plus all of the public spaces!
Who knew that drinking alcohol could be good for you? When you show up for a cocktail at The Drawing Room in the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, have a chat with the apothékers (A.K.A. bartenders) and tell them what ails you. They’ll whip up a medicinal concoction full of herbs and other goodness and then write you a prescription in case you need a refill.
Run by famous (and a wee bit infamous) Austrian-born bar chef Albert Trummer, formerly of NYC's Apothéke and the Theater Bar, The Drawing Room has only been open since October 2014.
Using his knowledge of all things botanical (Albert is also a trained chef), he’s created a series of ten house elixirs using recipes he’s collected from monks and monasteries throughout Europe. These elixirs (not all are available at all times as it depends on seasonality and availability) are used to create his and his team’s Prescription Cocktails. If you plan it right you can bring yourself up at the start of the evening and then back down at its close.
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Yesterday was the official last day of existence for the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.
Not much else has changed at the property except for its logo which is quite cute. Rates for this weekend for a superior king bed start at $546 a night (plus a $25 resort fee.) FWIW, it's an SPG Category 6 hotel, which means it will take between 20,000 and 25,000 Starpoints to stay here for free night.
So we guess that's that. Or is it?