Months after a dramatic pre-dawn attempt to force Renaissance Hotels from management at the historic Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, the owners are finally getting what they wanted.
Marriott International said Thursday that its Renaissance Hotels division will stop managing the hotel at 4525 Collins Ave. effective July 11.
The hotel giant is also seeking millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract and costs from the Eden Roc’s owner, Miami real estate investment and development company Key International.
In the complaint, Marriott says Renaissance had the contract to manage the hotel through at least 2030 — and potentially 2055. The ownership, called Eden Roc LLLP in legal documents, sent a letter earlier this month removing Renaissance as manager, Marriott said in the filing.
The trouble started more than a year ago, when the hotel’s owners filed suit against Marriott for failing to maximize profits at the newly renovated 631-room hotel. The legal spat escalated in October, when a team including security guards showed up before 2 a.m. to kick the management company out.
Employees called police, who told the owners to get a court order. Instead, Marriott filed its own suit and got an injunction preventing the removal.
But in March, an appeals court ruled that the contract between the Eden Roc LLLP and Marriott couldn’t be enforced by injunction, which opened the way for the owners to bring in new managers.
Todd E. Soloway, a New York attorney representing the owners, said Destination Hotels & Resorts will manage the Eden Roc and the “vast majority” of employees will be asked to stay. On its website, the Colorado-based company describes itself as a leader “in the management and marketing of high-quality independent hotels and resorts, many of which we successfully converted from major brand affiliations.”
In an amended complaint filed Thursday, Marriott said that the prolonged renovation of the Eden Roc kept guests away and hurt cash flow — and said Renaissance provided financial incentives and concessions to the owners in 2008 and 2009. Marriott is requesting an unspecified amount of money.
“We look forward to having all the claims, including the Eden Roc’s claim, addressed by the courts,” Soloway said.