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An Inside Look at the Newly Renovated Shelborne Wyndham Grand in Miami

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
March 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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Drink to Your Health (Literally) at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand in Miami

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
March 19, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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This is What The Royal Palm in Miami Has Turned Into...

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  Site Where: 1545 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
March 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Moving out.

Yesterday was the official last day of existence for the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.

Today, the property is reborn as...wait for it...The Royal Palm Miami South Beach, a Luxury Collection Hotel from Starwood.

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?

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James Hotels Have Checked Out of The Royal Palm Hotel in Miami

Where: 1545 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beah, FL, United States, 33139
March 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (6)

Miami Hotel Mambo dances again!

The James Hotel brand has left the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, after just two and half years.

The 393-room beachfront Collins Avenue hotel was recently sold to Chesapeake Lodging Trust, who have named HEI Hotels & Resorts as the manager with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the franchisor. Here's the official farewell notice from The James as posted on their website:

While we maintain our commitment to community, art and design, we will be moving on from Miami - as of March 9, The James Royal Palm will no longer be part of The James Hotels. Endless thanks to the South Beach community, our local partners and especially to you - our guests - for supporting us as we evolve. During our time in Miami, we were proud to be acknowledged by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s and Forbes.

We hope you’ll join us for inspired James experiences in Chicago and New York, and look forward to welcoming you at The James Los Angeles in 2016.

All existing reservations will be honored, and we hope you enjoy your stay on South Beach. Should you have any questions about an upcoming reservation in Miami, please call the hotel directly at 305-604-5700.

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A Light is On at The Nautilus in South Beach But No Opening Date Yet

Where: 1825 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Continuing with our construction check-ups in Miami, we've got this bright lights snapshot of the forthcoming Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel, from the founders of Thompson Hotels.

These guys (Jason Pomeranc, Stephen Brandman and Pomeranc's two brothers) have been hard at work on transforming former Thompson hotels into sleek Sixty Hotels (you can read about one such transformation here) which may explain why there's a delay on the opening of Nautilus. Then again, several big name Thompson Hotels often failed to make their opening dates as well. #oldhabits

The hotel was set to open by the end of 2014, but now the date is simply "spring" and we're not sure if that means March, April or (gasp) May.

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Will Hyatt Centric South Beach Make Its April Opening Date?

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week got a bit Hyatt Centric with the news that both Miami and Chicago would be blessed with one of these new hotels geared towards millennials in the coming months.

But just how close will the one in South Beach, come to hitting its targeted open date?

We swung by the construction site on the corner of Collins Avenue and 16th Street the other morning to take a look. As if the company had been stirred into action by our coverage, the site was abuzz with activity. Detour signs were set up in front a massive hole in the road on 16th Street and construction workers tinkered away on the exterior of the building at multiple levels.

That's all a good sign, for sure. But--and you can call us jaded if you like--we're not convinced this means that the hotel will be finished by April.

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Hyatt Centric to Open Their First Hotel in South Beach in April

Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 12, 2015 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember the other day when we gave you the lowdown on the high season hotel happenings in Miami? Well, there's already been a change to the list. A BIG ONE. Sit down for it. Or at least stop glancing at Facebook while you read this important news.

The expected Hyatt South Beach at 16th Street and Collins Avenue will actually open as the Hyatt Centric South Beach, making it the very first Hyatt Centric hotel to open. If you aren't familiar with Hyatt Centric, you can read all about that here. In short, it's a hotel for millennials.

Since the name change was pretty sudden (or at least we think it was), the hotel's layout has not changed much since its initial description. But here's what you can expect from the 105-room hotel:

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Jordache Jeans are Now In Fashion at The Setai in Miami

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beachh, FL, United States, 33139
January 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Setai, a seriously sexy and swanky hotel in Miami Beach, received their Christmas present a little early the other week--a big box of Jordache Jeans!

Kidding. But The Setai did get snapped up by The Nakesh Family, who started the cheesy "designer" jeans company in the late 1960s, and which hit their peak in the 1980s.

The New York Post reports that the Nakeshes are purchasing the hotel for close to $90 million. They apparently already owned 15 of the 163 luxury residences attached to the 80-room hotel. The same family also owns Gianni Versace's old mansion which goes by the name Casa Casuarina, as well as the adjacent Hotel Victor.

Just two years ago, The Setai had a major shakedown where the owners kicked out the General Hotel Management group who was running the property and replaced them with Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group.

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Out With the Old, In With Cleo at The Redbury South Beach

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  Site Where: 1776 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
December 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Redbury South Beach just celebrated its first birthday by opening a new restaurant, Cleo.

The Redbury shuttered Tony Mantuano's Lorenzo restaurant a while ago to install the newest outpost of Cleo, a Mediterranean-style restaurant found at The Redbury in Hollywood as well as the SLS Las Vegas.

Aside from Cleo's staple dishes of flatbreads and tanginess, Chef Danny Elmaleh has created a few plates especially for Miami like the Lamb Shawarma, Wagyu Tongue Kebabs, Potato Latkes and Monkfish Tagine. And of course, this being Miami, cocktails are abound on the menu. We recommend the Mediterrean margarita made with Avion Tequila, a housemade fig-almond syrup and fresh lime.

Looking to make a night of it? Rooms at The Redbury, which have a hip apartment feel, start at $329 a night. For just $334 a night, you can add a little brekkie to go.

[Photos: Cleo]

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You Can Now Book a Room at The 1 Hotel South Beach for March 1

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  Site Where: 2399 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

The former Roney Plaza/Gansevoort South/The Perry Hotel in Miami is almost finished with its $100 million renovation to turn into the naturally glam 1 Hotel South Beach, but you can reserve a room today for stays starting on March 1.

Not surprisingly for a luxury hotel in season in Miami Beach, the rooms are ridiculously expensive, with a king room going for $665 a night. Want a balcony with your room? That will be $712 a night. Prefer an ocean view? That will be $855 a night.

But we have to admit, these are some seriously good-looking rooms. Gone is the high-sheen of The Gansevoort and in its place is a eco-luxe look with reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Don't forget, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating.

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As Expected, Hotel Room Rates for Art Basel are Getting Insanely Expensive

November 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Art Basel will swing back into Miami Beach from December 4-7 and if you're interested in heading down to the hot mess art party, you better book your hotel room now.

The good news is there are still plenty of rooms open but the bad news is that rates are rising fast. Room rates could drop at the last-minute depending on availability but otherwise, if you've got a preference of where you want to be, book now. And yes, expect to pay $500 and up for a centrally located hotel room that is about the size of a closet.

Is it your first time going to Art Basel? Read our Art Basel virgin's experience here.

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Don't Forget About The Hyatt South Beach, Opening This Spring

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've been so dazzled by the new big name hotels opening in Miami over the next few months--Thompson, Edition, Sixty, Aloft and AC Hotels to name a few--it's been hard to keep up with all the others. But we've been doing our best, dishing what we know so far on hotels like The Gale Suites and Villa Bagatelle. And now we've got an update on the forthcoming Hyatt South Beach.

Even though we once hoped this hotel would be an Andaz, it is still going ahead as a Hyatt hotel, the first such branded hotel for Hyatt in South Beach (there's a Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.)

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