We’re less than a month away from our HD Americas conference and expo in Miami. By the time September 16th rolls around, the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to some of the top product companies in the hospitality world. And what better place than Miami to dig into the Latin American hotel boom.
It seems that not an issue of Hospitality Design magazine is published that we’re not discussing new hotels in Miami in some way or another. According to hotel data firm STR (and reported by Skift), Miami has 2,709 rooms under construction, third only behind New York City and Houston. The Art Deco style and vibrant culture, as well as the city’s proximity to many Latin American and Caribbean countries makes Miami a town that’s on fire. We understand what Will Smith was talking about.
During site visits at HD Americas this year, attendees will be able to visit two of those properties that are transforming Miami:
The Redbury South Beach, one of sbe’s newest hotels, offers a unique aesthetic. Designed by photographer and director Matthew Rolston in collaboration with California-based Avenue Interior Design (featured in our July issue as a startup to watch), the hotel relies on Miami’s past to inform its design. Calling upon the spirit of the 1950s Rat Pack and the Art Deco design elements pervasive throughout the city, the 69-guestroom boutique hotel is all about old Hollywood glamour. Design highlights include: historic Fillmore Theater posters adorning walls throughout the hotel; archival images of Miami Beach; old record players; red velvet opera curtains in the lobby; and bold, bright colors throughout the guestrooms.
The Metropolitan by COMO offers a more calming presence, with a tranquil color scheme of gray, green, and blue hues throughout. Our July cover girl, Paolo Navone designed the 1930s Art Deco building, a conversion of the Traymore Hotel, and notes in our interview that historic preservation rules constrained some of her design: “I thought we should work with what was there,” including the existing terrazzo floors, “so I picked out the light green color. I see it as fresh, and it reminds me of the sea,” she explained.