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If you drink too much and stumble down these steps, we promise to keep your secret. Because we're good like that.
We know there's a ton of other events happening this day (some lame, some kinda cool) but we'd love to meet you in real life. (Or at least, I would.) So come on out if you're free or looking for something to do before your next
Match.com Tinder date.
So if you love hotels, travel and drinking or if you just want the chance to say
FU hi to HotelChatter in person, come join us. We'll be Twittering (tweeting?) our arrival and of course, our observations but don't worry, we won't make you use some lame hashtag or anything.
When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Who: For anyone in the hotel and travel business from travel writers to hotel employees to hotel geeks and even guests who just happen to be visiting the hotel that night. We wanna meet you all!
Now two years on, King & Grove is out at the Tides. They've removed the Miami property from their website and the Tides is just a stand-alone property. We're working on tracking down a reason for the split but King & Grove has been going through some big changes recently.
However, we bet the folks at Viceroy Hotels are fuming right now, especially since they had to de-brand their Tides Hotels spin-offs in Zihuatanejo, Rivera Maya and St. Lucia after they lost out on The Tides to K&G.
Whatever the reason for the switcheroo, it doesn't seem to be affecting the hotel's room rates. We found a "Best Available Rate" on their website this weekend for $525 a night. Fortunately, the WiFi is still free.
Big props to @DeeTCL for the heads-up
A long, long time ago we wondered if a Hyatt could be coming to South Beach? Well guess what? Yes, Hyatt will finally be strapping on their roller blades to go cruising down Ocean Drive. Ok, well maybe not quite Ocean Drive but close.
According to South Florida Business Journal, the property will open at 1600 Collins Ave. It will be a small hotel with only 105 rooms, an outdoor pool, fitness center and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. And we're guessing some muy caliente F&B options too.
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The Riviera South Beach was pretty proud of themselves for having scored some precious Banksy grafitti art tiles that are used in some of the public spaces, including lavatories, of their newest hotel addition. But The Miami New Times has discovered that these Banksy tiles are actually fake.
Apparently, the tiles were acquired from a Spanish company, Peronda, who has told the Miami New Times that the tiles are "Banksy-inspired" but are not actually his work. That's why the tiles are called, "Bansky." However, the Riviera South Beach's owners, the father-son team, Nathan and Alan Lieberman, believed that the tiles were really done by Banksy. In an email to the New Times' Ciara LaVelle, Alan Liberman wrotethe following:
Banksy was commissioned to do a series of different large tiles. There are a dozen different graffiti drawings of his most familiar and popular work. I was aware of his art being made available and contacted his agent and then placed the tiles throughout the new Riviera South Beach Hotel building's common areas.
Yet Banksy's own publicist has weighed in on the matter calling the tiles "fake." Whoops.
We're awaiting a reply from the hotel's PR rep but in the meantime, just know that you aren't in the presence of Banksy when going to the loo at the Riviera.
[Photo: Riviera South Beach]
UPDATE: The tiles are totally fake.
The stylish Riviera South Beach has just opened a third addition to their hotel complex, adding 43 new rooms for a total of 160.
The guestrooms in this entirely new building (the first of its kind for the South Beach Hotel Group) are described as "contemporary chic meets modern industrialism." True to that, the rooms feature chrome balconies and concrete ceilings which are softened by post-modern leather furniture, polished wooden floors and silk draperies. Amenities also include Tempurpedic pillow-top custom beds, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers, 42" flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, slippers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Oh and we can't forget about the free WiFi.
But perhaps more exciting than having new rooms to lounge around in is the artistic touch of British street artist, Banksy, who signature surrealism and larger-then-life abstract artwork is featured on the tiling in some of the public spaces and bathrooms.
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The other week we could scarcely believe the news that the new owners of Gianni Versace's South Beach mansion-turned-hotel would want to merge their new acquisition with their existing hotel--The Hotel Victor. After all, we though the Victor was supposed to be property of the Pomeranc brothers, formerly of Thompson Hotels.
But no, the Victor is now solely under the Nakash family who owns Jordache Enterprises. We know, Jordache Jeans and Versace in one place? Only in South Beach.
As for the Victor, the hotel has officially reopened after an impressive $8 million renovation that gave the hotel more of a "beachhouse vibe" with new guestrooms and oceanfront suites as well as an updated pool scene and cabanas, and a new lobby designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Amenities now include free WiFi, communal computers and complimentary beach cruisers, which let's face it, is the fastest way to get around South Beach in high season. Unless you've brought your own rollerblades, of course.
Fall has only just begun but there's a very good reason to start thinking about your winter getaway to South Beach now--the opening of the Metropolitan by COMO Hotel.
We've heard that the opening date is now December 15th although the website is not taking reservations just yet so no hint as to what the rooms will cost on opening night (to make your rezzies, email email@example.com.)
The 71-room hotel will open inside the former 1930s-era Traymore hotel. HotelChatter swung by the site in early August and reported on what's to be inside:
Like most COMO properties, the hotel's design will be understated, but still ooze luxury. The particular peppermint green and grey colors and contemporary white marble and chrome interior come courtesy of Italian designer Paola Navone, who amazingly enough is simultaneously working on the Point Yamu by COMO resort in Phuket, scheduled to open in November.
In addition to direct beach access (a door which will no doubt be guarded heavily from public foot access) and a 20-meter private pool, there will be a top-floor COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa with four treatment rooms, a rooftop hydrotherapy pool, and free daily yoga and Pilates classes. Plus there will be a juice bar where guests can take in the ocean-blue view while sipping smoothies.
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Some crazy news out of Miami yesterday. Gianni Versace's former South Beach residence, Casa Casuarina, was sold yesterday for $41.5 million to a company called VM South Beach LLC, whose principals include the Nakash Family, who in turn own Jordache jeans. Versace being taken over by Jordache? We never thought this day would happen. But wait, there's even more shocking news.
Most recently, Versace's abode had been a 10-room boutique hotel called The Villa By Barton G. Before that it was a members-only club by the name of Casa Casauarina. Now, the new owners plan on turning it into a hotel (again) and they want to merge it with another one of the properties they own--The Hotel Victor which sits next door.
But wait, isn't the Victor about to turn into a
Civilian Hotel new hotel from the Thompson Hotel founders? That's what we thought. But the Nakash family, who also own the Breakwater and Hotel Ocean, is saying they want to merge the two properties and rebrand the whole shebang using the Versace name.
'We'd like the public to use it, so we're going to create a hotel that will be consolidated with the Victor,' Nakash said. 'We're going to use the name Versace after we receive OK from the family.'
Ay dios mio. Mamma mia. We need a drink.
We can't say it enough, Miami is hot right now, and not just temperature wise. Not only are hotels popping up left and right, but celebrities are flocking down to South Beach in droves. And the interesting thing is--this is considered low season, where the star sightings are usually pretty slim.
First Bethenny Frankel Tweeted about heading down to sunny Florida yesterday:
Ok MIAMI ( @Fontainebleau beach) bring me a pink cocktail umbrella. I will be there closer to 2pm!— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) August 13, 2013
Now we've just found out Emmy-award winning actress Kristen Chenoweth was at the W South Beach this past weekend celebrating her assistant and best friend Julie Trussell’s, bachelorette party.
Check out a few photos of Kristen basking in the SoBe sun.
In May we mentioned that The Redbury South Beach, sister property to The Redbury Hollywood and Vine in L.A. was scheduled to open this fall. The ownership details of the new sbe hotel are here, but long story short--and probably most important--is Redbury guests will enjoy plenty of perks, including access to the pools and restaurants of the nearby SLS and The Raleigh hotels.
Since we've been in Miami checking out so much of the construction scene and news, we decided to take a look at the progress of the Redbury's conversion of the old Art Deco Fairfax Hotel.
Right now it's a busy construction site, but a cool HC fan let us take a sneak peek around the 69-room property.
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're expanding and bringing their upscale brand to U.S. for the first time--and they've chosen Miami's historic Collins Avenue to do so. Taking over the former 1930s Traymore hotel--the plan is to transform it into the 74-room Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach Reveal date? December 2013, just in time for high season, when everyone's looking to escape the cold. Pretty ambitious given the project only started in January, but thanks to the hiring of two construction companies, the development is progressing nicely.
HC was recently in towni getting the scoop on all the Miami Hotel Mambo going on, and we were allowed to take a hard-hat tour of the upcoming beachside beauty.
We'll be honest, we're unsure the Metropolitan can adhere to the COMO Shambhala wellness concept made famous at some of our favorite tranquil places like the brand's Parrot Cay and Bali resorts. After all, this is South Beach, not exactly known for its zen environment. But if COMO has been able to bring a piece of peace to its hotels in London and Bangkok, we suppose we should have some faith.
Here's some show-and-tell on what COMO has planned for their Miami Beach baby.