Three Hot New Hotels Revamping South Beach
Lately, new hotels in South Beach are as common as celebrity sightings. The neighborhood is in the midst of yet another boom period, and this week, three—count em’, three—new hotels hit the ever-happening Collins Avenue.
The 105-room Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami debuted Monday with an open, airy lobby bar and the Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant DECK Sixteen, featuring chef William Milian, formerly at the Bazaar by José Andres. Chicago and South Beach are the first two outposts of the new Hyatt Hotel Corp. brand, and they sport a highly designed yet youthful vibe. In a nod to Miami’s ever-throbbing art scene, the hotel’s art collection—which includes such local stars as Marina Font—is curated by Dina Mitrani, a gallerist in the Wynwood Arts District.
Aloft South Beach, Aloft’s first resort-style hotel, opened yesterday with all due fanfare. Continental Miami—helmed by Stephen Starr and inspired by Continental Restaurant + Martini Bar, the Philadelphia spot that launched his career twenty years ago—will start serving dinner in the next few weeks. The 235-room Starwood Hotels & Resorts property incorporates the structure of the original building, which housed the circa-1954 Ankara Hotel on Indian Creek. It sports two bars, W XYZ Bar and Re:mix Lounge, but striking a new Miami note is the Dip hot tub, which is flanked by an art wall with rotating displays of Wynwood street art.
This Sunday, June 7, the 150-room AC Hotel Miami Beach—Marriott’s millennial ‘a go go’ property designed to serve as a looser, less expensive complement to its Miami Beach EDITION—launches with two pop-up shops, Rem Koolhaas’ United Nude and Slow Watches. The AC Kitchen on South Beach will have a tapas menu with locally sourced fare, reflecting the Spanish roots of the AC Hotels chain.